Pre-Apprentice Power Line Technician

FortisBC - Kelowna, BC (30+ days ago)

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Branch: Electric
Affiliation: IBEW
Employment Status: Full-Time Temporary
Salary Min: $34.37 Hourly
Temp Duration: Approximately 6 months

We’re looking for new talent to join us as we reinvent the future of energy. Across BC, we have a diverse team of more than 2,400 employees we can’t do without, yet we’re growing as fast as ever.

You may think we’re your standard utility that delivers natural gas and electricity, but we’re also into cool, innovative energy solutions. Think carbon capture, renewable energies and lower-carbon transportation for a start. We believe in creating a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.

If you like meaningful work, a dynamic environment and forward-thinking colleagues, build your career with us. You’ll get opportunities to grow, lead, solve, and create. So what are you waiting for? Let’s rethink energy together. Position Overview
An opportunity exists for individuals to join FortisBC's Pre-Apprentice Power Line Technician program in our North Okanagan and Kootenay service areas.

The duties of a Pre-Apprentice Power Line Technician are to assist other members of a line crew. This is a semi-skilled position requiring the supervision of a tradesman. It is also a learning position where one can improve his skills or gain new skills. Climbing and aerial bucket work will be permitted for training purposes while under the supervision of a journeyman.

The pre-apprenticeship training program is a structured temporary position for up to 6 months. Candidates are provided with in-house and hands-on job training. Upon successful completion of the pre-apprenticeship program, candidates may be considered for full-time permanent apprenticeship positions with FortisBC.
Responsibilities
Performs duties as a Lineman’s trades helper which requires some skills as acquired by experience and/or on-the-job training and instruction.
Carries out maintenance and construction work as directed, including pole framing, right-of-way clearing and maintenance, road maintenance, line patrol, etc.
Carries out assignments normally carried out by lower classification employees or those of a higher classification to gain skills and experience.
Operates and carries out running care of vehicles and mobile equipment.
Handles, uses and cares for hand and power tools and equipment as required.
In addition to the duties and responsibilities above the pre-apprentice lineman performs all duties of the Labourer classification. Requirements
Candidates must currently hold all of the following minimum education requirements: English 12, Math 11 and Physics 11.
Candidates must currently hold a minimum of a valid Class 3 driver’s license with air brake endorsement
Ability to carry out a variety of duties requiring significant physical effort.
Knowledge and ability to handle, use and care for hand and power tools and equipment. Additional Qualifications
Post Secondary Pre-Apprentice Electrical diploma or equivalent course
Occupational First Aid Level 1, 2 or 3
Transportation of Dangerous goods
WHMIS
Any other applicable skills or educational achievements that directly relate to the trade will be acknowledged
Class 1 driver's license with air brake endorsement preferred. Additional Information
Candidates that are successful throughout the temporary 6 month pre-apprentice period, may be considered for full-time permanent power line technician apprentice positions.
Subject to operational requirements, successful candidates may be required to work from various headquarters within our service territory.
Please note that this is a developmental, entry-level role into the power line technician trade. Applicants that have attended PLT trades school (1st, 2nd or 3rd year), in addition to being indentured as an apprentice will not be considered for this pre-apprentice opportunity.
The recruitment process for this position will include the following: video prescreen, formalized interview (in Kelowna or Trail), skills demonstration, employment references, criminal record check, drug testing and physical assessment.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to complete a video prescreen by the end of July 2020. Candidates not contacted by the beginning of August have not been selected to move forward in the recruitment process.
Our engaging workplace offers a wide range of challenging opportunities, while being safe, inclusive and diverse. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, while supporting life-long career development. We also encourage volunteerism and nourish the need to give back to your community.

The safety of our customers and FortisBC family members is our number one priority. Depending on the responsibilities of the job, some employees continue to report to the office while others work remotely. To ensure the safety of our employees on our job sites, there is strict adherence to our worksite safety plans and social distancing practices. As an essential service provider, we’ll continue to follow the government COVID-19 guidelines and adjust our plans as necessary. As we welcome new employees, our commitment to safety remains for all of our FortisBC family.

To learn more about the recruitment process with FortisBC, please visit the You’re Applying. What now? page for additional information.