Continuing Education

Power Line Technician

Trades

Train for a high voltage career

UFV’s Powerline Technician (PLT) program can lead to an exciting and well-paid career in building, maintaining, and repairing the overhead and underground electrical systems that power our world.

The UFV eight-week Powerline Technician foundation program is delivered in collaboration with instructors from industry-recognized Electrical Industry Training Institute (EITI Global), who teach you the real-world technical and safety skills you need to succeed in this trade. If you have physical stamina, no fear of heights, and would love the freedom to work outdoors, this career is a great and lucrative option.

Call 1.888.823-8734 to register for a free, mandatory orientation on July 15

Credential: Pre-apprenticeship

Format: Full time

Duration: 12 weeks

Days and times: Mon–Thu, 7:30 am–4:30 pm, Fri, 7:30 am–12:30 pm

Location: Abbotsford campus, Chilliwack campus — Canada Education Park

Tuition*: $12,000

Additional costs: Raingear ($250), Line boots ($250)

Program eligible for financial aid

Start dates: September

Employment facts

Power line technicians are employed by electric power companies, electrical contractors, public utilities, equipment suppliers, or mining companies. The demand for electrical power keeps rising as society adopts new technologies. And with an expected wave of older workers soon to retire, this trade is currently in high demand.

The Government of Canada's Job Market Report reveals that over the period 2015-2024, the demand for electrical power line and cable workers & telecommunications line and cable workers will remain stable. New job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 8,200, while 8,000 new job seekers are expected to be available to fill them.

Power Line Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Red Seal program. Students who complete the UFV Power Line Technician foundation program can pursue an apprenticeship with an electrical utility or electrical contractor company.

Entrance requirements
  1. High school graduation or equivalent or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes
  2. Full privilege B.C. driver’s licence (Class 5 or 6) or equivalent, and an acceptable driving record
  3. In order to qualify, candidates must successfully complete an orientation to test physical stamina and the psychological attitude to work at elevated heights. The next orientation is July 15, 2017 for the Fall 2017 intake. Call 1.888.823-8734 to register.
Program outline

The Power Line Technician (PLT) program at UFV is a pre-apprenticeship program that provides you with the basic skills necessary to enter the workplace as a power line worker.

Power line technicians build and maintain overhead and underground power transmission and distribution systems. They erect and maintain electrical poles, towers, and guy wires, and install or repair live-line wiring.

The program covers the activities and core skills required of a level 1 power line technician, and includes both theory and outdoor performance-based exercises. The hands-on training is delivered in collaboration with highly experienced instructors from Electrical Industry Training Institute (EITI Global).

During the program’s last week, an on-site job fair will provide you with the opportunity to meet employers, make connections, and demonstrate your skills.

Power Line Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Red Seal program.

This course is now eligible for a student loan. Check out with UFV Financial Aid.

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Phone: 604-847-5451
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441 ext. 5451
Email: parttimetrades@ufv.ca
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