Powerline Technician Apprentice

Burlington Hydro Inc.
Burlington, Ontario

Posted On: November 16, 2023
Last Day to Apply: December 15, 2023



Burlington Hydro Inc. is currently seeking an Apprentice Powerline Technician. Reporting to the Powerline Supervisor, you will work with a crew responsible for the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground distribution systems at voltages of up to 27.6 kV. Responsibilities will be aligned to the trainee’s experience level, and duties may include maintaining tools and equipment, troubleshooting repairs and restoring system outages. The apprentice will work towards position objectives at ever-increasing levels of responsibility relative to training and experience. As the incumbent's individual skill level improves, they will work towards the following objectives based on the Supervisor’s direction.

The successful candidate must enroll and work towards completing the MEARIE Powerline Technician certification program by satisfying the hours and training requirements for certification. Once certified, the incumbent will be responsible for the maintenance, troubleshooting, and construction of overhead and underground distribution lines. Candidates will be required to comply and be familiar with Company work practices and standards, operating rules, and regulations, as well as all pertinent OHSA regulations. This is a full-time unionized position.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES (Under the guidance of certified Journeyperson Powerline Technicians/Supervisors)

  • Construction, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of the electrical distribution system, including overhead and underground of various voltages (up to and including 27.6 kV)
  • Perform live line work on overhead and underground electrical distribution lines of up to 27.6 kV
  • Weekly standby duty; emergency and planned overtime
  • Ensure ESA permits and locate requirements are in place
  • Service and troubleshoot electrical-related issues
  • Ensure all work meets ESA and internal requirements
  • Responsible for completing work/service orders within the allotted time frames
  • Ensure all installation/service work is done according to quality standards
  • Report and communicate according to company procedures
  • Assist with work overflow as needed
  • Follow all company policies and procedures
  • Adhere to all company safety policies; report all near-miss and incidents immediately
  • Performance of all work within health and safety regulations, company standards, industry standards and applicable regulatory codes
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Successful completion of a Secondary School Diploma – OSSD or recognized equivalent
  • Successful completion of the 2-year Powerline Technician Co-op College Program and in good academic standing
  • Enrolled with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities as a registered Powerline Technician Apprentice
  • Willingness and ability to complete all requirements of the MEARIE Power Line Technician program
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal and customer relations skills and a solid work ethic with a positive approach to work and coworkers
  • Willingness and ability to eventually perform regular emergency call-out and on-call duties and work under emergency conditions, with the willingness and ability to respond to a call-out and be on the work site within one hour of receiving the call
  • Possess and maintain a valid Ontario Drivers’ License with a clean abstract; Class AZ or ARZ preferred; DZ acceptable with the ability to obtain the ARZ within twelve (12) months
  • Current First Aid/CPR/AED certification is a definite asset
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer relations skills
  • A good work ethic with a positive approach to work and coworkers
  • Energetic and motivated with an excellent attendance record
  • Possess and maintain a level of physical fitness essential to do the work, including the ability to climb and work confidently at heights and the willingness and ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions


Established in 1945, Burlington Hydro is a local distribution company (LDC) serving the City of Burlington, with a total licensed service area of 188 square kilometres and a customer base of 69,000 customers (consisting of Residential, General Service, Street Light, and Unmetered Scattered Load customers/connections).

At Burlington Hydro, we strive to exemplify excellence in every aspect of our business. From the exacting work of our engineers and the professionalism of our customer service representatives to our resilient operations crews and all those in between, we work together to deliver value at every level of the organization. It’s a value proposition that lies at the very core of our company – caring for people and community and caring about stewardship and sustainability – all with a commitment to continuous improvement in everything we do.

We rely on the skills and abilities of all of our employees to assist us in reaching our mission, goals and objectives. We put high emphasis on our Core Values and expect all employees to act consistently in accordance with those Values. 

We care about our team, our work, our customers, and our business. Our commitment to delivering quality service and providing a safe work environment govern all of our daily activities. Each member of our team has a responsibility to help one another achieve success, and satisfaction on the job. Vision and strategy are vital, but it's our people who create value.

Burlington Hydro is consistently voted as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers. We promote a culture that is performance driven, values centric, diverse, and inclusive. We’re always looking for good people who share the same values and want to combine their professional talents with a commitment to our goals.

To be part of our team, we look for candidates who:

  • Thrive in a dynamic team environment and resilient in the face of challenges or uncertainty
  • Are committed to safety and working as part of a team to ensure the highest standards of safety are upheld
  • Take the initiative, leads by example, demonstrates a positive attitude and respectful of diverse perspectives
  • Have a strong track record of excellence in all that they do

In exchange, we offer:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Safe working conditions
  • Comprehensive benefits (medical, dental) for you and your family
  • Defined benefits plan
  • Exciting career challenges
  • Training and development support

In accordance with Burlington Hydro's COVID-19 Vaccination Proof Policy, as a condition of employment, successful job applicants must provide an official QR code as proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their start date. This requirement is subject only to valid human rights-based requests for accommodation.


Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume to by   click here  or if the link does not work enter the following address into your brower:   https://burlingtonhydro.bamboohr.com/careers/85

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diversity & Inclusion: Burlington Hydro Inc. is committed to creating an inclusive workplace and we encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and those who may need accommodation to apply to join our team. Our commitment to excellence in diversity goes beyond promoting equity. By incorporating a variety of experiences and perspectives, we create opportunities for innovative solutions and maximize the impact of our work.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Burlington Hydro Inc. will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.

Skip to the main content