Power Lineworker

TQAA, Voluntary Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems including overhead and underground power lines and cables, insulators, conductors, lightning arrestors, switches, transformers and other associated equipment
  • Erect and maintain steel, wood or concrete poles, towers and guy wires
  • Splice, solder and insulate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution and transmission networks using splicing tools, related electrical equipment and tools
  • Inspect and test overhead and underground power lines and cables and auxiliary equipment using electrical test equipment
  • Climb ladders or operate hydraulic buckets when working aloft on poles and towers, or work in confined spaces such as trenches and tunnels to install power lines and cables and associated equipment
  • Install and maintain street lighting systems

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You may work outside at various times of the year and experience a range of environmental conditions
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are extremely safety conscious
  • You need to be in good physical condition to carry materials
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/LES/index.shtml

Career Opportunities

  • Journeypersons work for electric power generation, transmission and distribution companies, electrical contractors and public utility commissions; e.g., Hydro One
  • Small and medium companies that do work for utilities
  • Municipal utility companies
  • Many power lineworkers belong to the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers
  • Some power lineworkers have their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, many employers and unions are requesting a Grade 12 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent ) including Grade 12 Math and English.
  • Completion of a 4 year apprenticeship program at 2,000 hours per year
  • If you have completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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