Training, Apprenticeship & Skills Development

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The electricity industry offers numerous opportunities for rewarding careers. Starting many of these career paths requires advanced skills and training that must be frequently honed along the way.

Electricity Human Resources Canada assists employers develop in their workforces the skills and knowledge the industry demands. And we provide resources for both employees and job seekers to find the training and gain the skills they need for rewarding careers.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training and in-school instruction, offering you the practical knowledge you need to succeed at your trade.

As an apprentice, not only will you earn money as you learn, you will also work alongside experienced professionals who are eager to share their tricks and tips.
Trades that offer apprenticeships, as well as their associated programs, vary across the country. The following is a complete list of electricity-sector trades that provide apprenticeships in the specified province or territory.

    • Inter-provincial (Red Seal) Trades:

Construction Electrician
Electric Motor System Technician
Industrial Electrician
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Machinist
Powerline Technician
Truck and Transport Mechanic

    • Alberta:

Electrician
Machinist
Millwright
Communication Technician
Electrical Motor Systems Technician
Heavy Equipment Technician – Truck and Transport Mechanic
Instrument Technician
Power Lineman
Power System Electrician

    • British Columbia:

Machinist
Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic (Truck and Transport Vehicle)
Electrician
Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic
Millwright
Area Dispatcher
Cable Splicer
Meter Technician
Power Line Technician
Telecontrol Technologist
Winder Electrician
Community Antenna Television Technician
Utility Arborist

    • Manitoba:

Machinist
Truck and Transport Mechanic
Construction Electrician
Electric Motor Winder
Power Electrician
Industrial Electrician
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Industrial Mechanic Millwright

    • Newfoundland and Labrador:

Truck and Transport Mechanic
Construction Electrician
Residential Electrician
Industrial Electrician
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Power Systems Operator
Power Line Technician
Power Line Technician (Construction)
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Machinist

    • New Brunswick:

Truck and Transport Service Technician
Construction Electrician
Engineering Assistant
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Power Line Technician
Industrial Electrician
Machinist
Power Engineer (2nd Class)
Power Engineer (3rd Class)
Power Engineer (4th Class)
Power System Operator
Distribution System Operator
Electrical Mechanic (Electric Utility)

    • Northwest Territories:

Communication Electrician
Electrician
Power Line Technician
Power System Electrician
Industrial Instrument Technician
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Machinist
Electrical Motor Systems Technician

    • Nova Scotia:

Alarm and Security Technician
Truck and Transport Mechanic
Construction Electrician
Industrial Electrician
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Machinist
Power Engineer
Power Line Technician
Communications Technician

    • Nunavut:

Small Equipment Mechanic
Communication Electrician
Electrician
Electronic Technician
Power Line Electrician
Power System Electrician
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Machinist
Electrical Motor Systems Technician

    • Ontario:

Arborist
Truck and Coach technician
Construction Millwright
Construction and Maintenance Electrician
Domestic and Rural Electrician
Network Cabling Specialist
Surface Mount Assembler
Industrial Electrician
General Machinist
Instrumentation and Control Technician
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Powerline Technician
Entertainment Industry Power Technician

    • Prince Edward Island:

Truck and Transport Mechanic
Construction Electrician
Industrial Mechanic-Millwright
Power Line Technician
Industrial Electrician
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Machinist

    • Quebec:

Electrician construction [CCQ]
Electrician [Emploi-Quebec]
Millwright
Electrician construction and industrial [Emploi-Quebec]
Techniques in cable telecommunications servicing
Industrial mechanics
Instrument man (Surveyor)

    • Saskatchewan:

Machinist
Truck and Transport Mechanic
Electrician
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Power Linesperson

    • Yukon Territory:

Truck and Transport Mechanic
Construction Electrician
Industrial Electrician
Power Line Technician
Communication Electrician (Switching)
Communication Electrician (Toll)
Electrical Rewind Mechanic
Power System Electrician
Power Line Technician
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)

National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are an inventory of the skills, competencies and knowledge required to competently perform a specific job.
. Well-developed NOS enable the recognition of workers’ knowledge and skills across the entire labour market, facilitating labour mobility across all Canadian sectors.

How Are NOS used?

Employers, employees, and educational institutions can put NOS to a wide variety of uses. All support effective workforce planning.

  • Support personnel certification or accreditation programs
  • Inform curricula for college and apprenticeship courses and programs.
  • Assist in recruitment by informing job descriptions and providing a benchmark for employee appraisals.
  • Identify career paths in order to promote employee retention.
  • Help employers evaluate and determined the competencies of potential employees, including internationally trained workers.

Job seekers can use the NOS to determine which skills they currently have and which ones need to be improved or courses that they can take.

The NOS That We’ve Developed

EHRC has developed the following NOS for your use. Developed and validated with the input of employers, employees, labour and education, all our NOS have the mark of industry approval.

  • Electrical Engineering Technician and Technologist – (NOS | ESP)
  • Electrical Power Station Operator – (NOS | ESP)
  • Electrical Power Systems Operator – (NOS | ESP)
  • Utilities Project Manager – (NOS | ESP)
  • Power Protection and Control Technician – (NOS | ESP)
  • Wind Turbine Technician – (NOS | ESP)
  • Geo-Exchange Installer – (NOS)
  • Solar Thermal Installer – (ESP)
  • Solar Photovoltaic Installer – (ESP)

New!

  • Industry Trainer – (NOS | ESP | User Guide)
  • Powerline Technician Project

    The Powerline Technician Project directly addressed key human resources challenges around recruitment, retention and development of one of the most critical operational roles within the electricity business — powerline technicians.

    Line Trade Development Project

    EHRC developed a web-based Toolkit and associated resources to support the industry and provincial authorities in building effective refresher training for post-journey powerline technicians.

    By looking to best practices across the industry, we expect several benefits, including:

    • Greater consistency of post-journey refresher training for the powerline trade
    • Improved on-the-job safety
    • Improved labour mobility for the powerline trade and trades associated with powerline work.

    Visit http://electricityhr.ca/our-work/projects-programmes/supporting-line-trade-development/ to learn more.

    Wind Energy Curriculum

    Electricity Human Resources Canada partnered with Natural Resources Canada to produce and promote an English translation of the Wind Turbine Maintenance Curriculum. This program was originally developed by CEGEP De la Gaspesie et des Iles.

    The English curriculum has been shared with community colleges and training providers across Canada to support the development and ongoing success of wind-turbine maintenance programs.