Powerline Technician

Individuals working in this trade construct and maintain overhead and underground power lines and related equipment.

What do Powerline Technicians do?

  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems.
  • 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 related electrical tools.
  • Inspect and test overhead and underground power lines and cables and associated 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.

Powerline technicians are required to have good mechanical aptitude, the ability to lift heavy objects, the ability to work at heights in varying extreme climates, a thorough knowledge of the principles of electricity, power transmission and distribution systems, and communication systems, and familiarity with the materials and techniques of construction. All powerline technicians are required to be competent in the use and care of a variety of vehicles and equipment such as articulated bucket trucks, digger derricks, mobile cranes, and trenchers as well as a variety of hand, power, electrical testing, and “hot line” tools and equipment.

All electrical wiring and installations must conform to the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) standards and codes or to the provincial or territorial power supply utility standards. Therefore, powerline technicians must be thoroughly familiar with the applicable sections of those documents. For safety, permits and other regulations they follow local electrical, building and safety codes.

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