Powerline 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. 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 2015-2024 reveals that, the demand for electrical powerline and cable workers and telecommunications line 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.
Training to be a Powerline Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Red Seal program. Students who complete the UFV Powerline Technician foundation program can pursue an apprenticeship with an electrical utility or electrical contractor company.
The Powerline 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.
Powerline 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 Powerline 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.
Powerline Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Red Seal program.
This course is approved for eligible students under the the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant.
This course is now eligible for a student loan. Check out with UFV Financial Aid.
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