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Apprenticeships

​FortisBC offers in-house apprenticeship training programs for trades that provide the chance to develop your skills and experience. We offer power line technician apprenticeships in our electricity service area of the Southern Interior of BC and distribution apprenticeships throughout our gas service areas across the province.

Distribution apprenticeship (natural gas)

Our success relies on having highly skilled natural gas field crews, so we have developed a 36-month apprenticeship program that’s one of the best in the industry.

You’ll learn welding and pipe fitting skills to work on our gas systems, and be trained in safety, customer service and software applications. You’ll receive hands-on experience and coaching through a combination of classroom and on-the-job training to prepare you for advancement.

Power line technician apprenticeship

Power line technicians are responsible for constructing and maintaining low- and high-voltage power lines and responding to customer needs. These jobs require highly specialized training.

FortisBC offers two programs to train qualified applicants. Completing the pre-apprenticeship program is the primary means of entrance into the apprenticeship training program.

Pre-apprenticeship training

The pre-apprenticeship training program is a structured temporary position for up to 6 months. You’re provided with in-house and hands-on job training. Upon completion of the pre-apprenticeship program, you may have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeship positions with FortisBC.

Qualifications

Pre-apprenticeship applicants have a high school diploma and have successfully completed the following subjects:

  • Academic Math 11 
  • Academic English 12 
  • Physics 11

Experience in the electrical field is an asset, and any related post-secondary education is highly recommended. A class 3 driver’s licence with an air brake endorsement is also required.

Apprenticeship training program

The duration of your power line technician apprenticeship program depends on the successful completion of ongoing training and other required job duties, and 6350 Work-based Training hours including 500 WBT "live line" work. You’ll be expected to travel to various locations in FortisBC’s electricity service area to gain experience under direct supervision.

 

 Interested in applying?

 
​Look for apprenticeship openings posted on our current job opportunities.
 

 Jumpstart your energy career

 

​Apprenticeship training can also be completed at post-secondary institutions in BC.