Power Line Technicians (PLTs), play a crucial role in providing electricity to over 550,000 customers across Saskatchewan. PLTs build and maintain our power lines and related equipment, both overhead and underground.
How to Tell If This Job Is For You
PLTs get a lot out of the job, financially and personally. It's pretty much unanimous - they all say it's a great feeling to get the lights back on, especially when people need it most. You'll be hard pressed to find a team that's more dedicated to their job or each other.
The job is also tough. To be a PLT, you’ll want to be comfortable answering yes to each question below:
- Are you in great physical condition?
- Do you have a knack for mechanics and math?
- Are you prepared to work outside during Saskatchewan’s harsh winters and blazing hot summers?
- Are you comfortable working at great heights or in confined spaces?
- Are you willing to work varying hours, sometimes in the middle of the night when there’s a power outage?
- Are you flexible about your work location? Chances are, you’ll start out working in a rural location. Before getting to work in your preferred town or city, you’ll need to build up seniority.
Becoming an Apprentice
Applicants who make it through the screening process are invited to our annual Skills Assessment and Trade Orientation in Weyburn in late April or early May. We’ll reimburse you for other expenses such as meals and accommodations.
Dress appropriately and rest up. Rain or shine, you’ll be outdoors the majority of the time doing physically demanding work, just like the actual job requires. A panel will assess your skills at various stations.
Learn more about what you'll be doing in Weyburn
- Climbing wood pole skills;
- Using tools and electronic devices;
- Operating equipment;
- Constructing overhead and underground power lines;
- Completing and interpreting documentation;
- Performing power line maintenance; and
- Operating distribution systems.
What to bring
- Steel toe boots with a heel and a stiff sole
- Long sleeve shirt with a collar (recommended to protect from harness rubbing)
- Jeans or work pants with no holes or tears
- Rain gear. Be ready for any weather
- Any personal healthcare items, like EpiPens, medication, prescription eye wear, etc.
- Your driver’s license
If you complete the assessment and rank as a top performer, there are two possible outcomes:
1) You may be hired on as a Power Lineperson Apprentice and spend the next four years working toward your journeyperson certificate, or
2) You may be offered a job as a labourer to work on a crew with other potential apprentices for approximately a year, before becoming an apprentice.
Get Paid to Train Hard
Forget student loans - you’ll be paid during the four years you train to become a journeyperson. Get ready for a steep learning curve. You are expected to learn all the tools and tricks of the trade—and the technical language that comes along with it. You’ll also need to learn the basic fundamentals of electricity like the back of your hand.
See what a four-year apprenticeship includes
- A one-week conditioning period and one-week orientation to kick off your apprenticeship
- A probationary period on a training crew
- Assignment to a crew in rural Saskatchewan, helping experienced apprentices and journey
- Online training courses and returning to Weyburn for 2 two-week and 3 three-week technical training sessions throughout your apprenticeship
- Acquiring a minimum of 1,700 hours of hands-on experience each year (that’s roughly 33 hours on average per week)
Your hard work will pay off. The wage for a journeyed power line technician in Saskatchewan is up to $90K/year; this does not include overtime.
Building Your Skill Set
You’ll start with the basics, working in a safe, non-energized environment and focusing on your pole-climbing skills.
See what else you'll learn
- Constructing, repairing and maintaining overhead and underground power line systems
- Following safety procedures to perfection
- Using different tools and materials like a pro
- Operating a bucket truck
From there, you'll be expected to learn increasingly complex technical skills and challenging assignments.
At the end of your apprenticeship, you can start applying for jobs in your preferred location, but remember that it might take time to get there.
Interested in Applying?
Think you've got what it takes? Get your high school transcripts, driver's license and driver's abstract (i.e. record) ready - you'll need to attach them when you apply.
To be qualified, you'll need
- Grade 12 diploma or GED, or a 20-level math and 10-level science (no modified or general classes);
- Valid Class 5 driver's license; and,
- Prior experience that demonstrates an ability to meet the physical demands of the position.
Applicants that make it through the screening process will be contacted early in March and asked to join our Annual Skills Assessment and Trade Orientation in Weyburn in mid-April.