- Oil sands
- High school diploma
About This Career
You have climbed to the top of your trade. Literally. You can be seen scaling the tall power line poles that bring power to industrial facilities. The opposite is also true. Sometimes, you can be found crouched in confined spaces, such as trenches and tunnels, installing power lines, cables and other equipment. During the construction of oil and gas facilities and pipelines, you ensure their significant power requirements are met. Are you charged up to play a part?
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.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Travelling in trucks, helicopters and planes to inspect lines for freedom from obstruction and adequacy of insulation
- Erecting and maintaining steel, wood, or concrete poles, towers and guy wires
- Installing, maintaining and repairing electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers and switches
- Laying underground cable directly in trenches, or stringing it through conduit running through the trenches
- Inspecting and testing power lines and auxiliary equipment to locate and identify problems using reading and testing instruments
- A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Fall protection
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Confined Space entry
- 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.
Your skills include problem solving, teamwork and physical strength.
- Building and construction
- Active listening
- Selecting equipment
- Installing equipment
- Attention to detail
- Public safety and security
- Critical thinking
- Quality control analysis
- Repairing machines and systems
- Analyzing systems
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- Apprentice Lineman/woman
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- Cable Splicer - Electrical Power
- Power Line Technician
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