Powerline technicians and cable workers

Powerline technicians and cable workers

NOC
7244

- Electrical power line and cable workers

Construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

46
 

Median Hourly Wage

$35.00
$15.00
Low
$40.00
High

Median Salary

$79,653
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

401
 

% Working Full Time

97%
 

% Working Full Year

71%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Electrical power line and cable workers construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems. They are employed by electric power generation, transmission and distribution companies, electrical contractors and public utility commissions.

Main Duties

Electrical power line and cable workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems including overhead and underground power lines and cables, insulators, conductors, lightning arrestors, switches, transformers and other associated equipment
  • 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 splicing tools, related electrical equipment and tools
  • Inspect and test overhead and underground power lines and cables and auxiliary equipment using electrical test 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
  • Install and maintain street lighting systems
  • Communicate with other workers to co-ordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments.

Also Known As

  • apprentice lineman/woman - electric power systems
  • cable installer - electrical power
  • cable splicer - electrical power
  • construction lineman/woman - electrical power line
  • power line patroller
  • power lineman/woman
  • powerline technician
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a provincial three- or four-year lineman/woman apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in electrical technology is usually required for electrical power line and cable workers.
  • Trade certification for powerline technicians is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Trade certification for powerline technicians (construction) is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Trade certification for distribution construction linemen/women is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified powerline technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: No
  • Red Seal: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

2.7%
Female
97.3%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

6.9%
15-24
15.1%
25-34
21.9%
35-44
35.6%
45-54
17.8%
55-64
2.7%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

4.2%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
8.3%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
50.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
33.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
4.2%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

67.1%
Utilities
23.3%
Construction
6.8%
Public administration
2.7%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

21.60%
Northeast
17.60%
Southeast
20.30%
Southwest
21.60%
Central
18.90%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$88,375
Northeast
$107,081
Southeast
$110,802
Southwest
$98,638
Central
$85,277
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$35.00
$15.00
Low
$40.00
High
No Data Available

Southwest

$35.00
$15.00
Low
$40.00
High

Central

$35.00
$15.00
Low
$40.00
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$79,653

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$99,909

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$79,653

Newfoundland

$95,984

Prince Edward Island

$94,823

Nova Scotia

$98,050

Canada

$96,344
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

46
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-14
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

59
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

179
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-12
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

189