About This Career
Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers work with crew members from other professions, such as electricians, to construct, maintain and repair the overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems that make up the electrical power grid. During the construction of oil and gas facilities and pipelines, these workers ensure the significant power requirements of these projects are met.
Whether scaling power line poles or crouching in confined spaces, Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers place a high value on personal safety and the safety of those around them. They spend a great deal of time outdoors and travel to remote parts of the country, sometimes by helicopter, where power generation plants and new facilities are located.
Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P) and oil sands sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Apprentice Lineman/woman, Cable Installer - Electrical Power, Cable Splicer - Electrical Power, Power Line Technician, Lead Line Worker
- Supervisory positions
- Power System Electrician
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- LNG export facility construction
- Natural gas pipeline construction
When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Construction of buildings (primarily non-residential)
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- Completion of a provincial three- or four-year lineman/women apprenticeship program is required to become a certified tradesperson. Another route into apprenticeship training is a pre-apprenticeship foundation program.
- The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Confined space entry
- Fall protection