Apprenticeships

Our in-house apprenticeship training programs help people interested in careers in trades to develop skills and experience. We offer distribution apprenticeships throughout our gas service areas across the province and power line technician apprenticeships in our electricity service area of the Southern Interior of BC.

Natural gas distribution apprenticeship

Our success relies on having highly skilled natural gas field operations crews, so we’ve 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. 

Look for natural gas distribution apprenticeships on our job opportunities page

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. Applicants should complete our pre-apprenticeship training program (or an equivalent post-secondary pre-apprenticeship program) to enter the power line apprenticeship training program.

Pre-apprenticeship training

Our pre-apprenticeship training program is a structured temporary position for up to six months. You’re provided with in-house and hands-on job training to prepare you for power line technician apprenticeship positions with FortisBC. Qualified applicants must:

  • have a high school diploma
  • have successfully completed courses including Academic Math 11, Academic English 12 and Physics 11
  • hold a class 3 driver’s licence with an air brake endorsement 

Experience in the electrical field is an asset, and any related post-secondary education is highly recommended.

Pre-apprenticeships are posted on our job opportunities page, but you can also complete this training at a BC post-secondary institution – visit the Industry Training Authority for more information. 

Apprenticeship training

After successfully completing pre-apprenticeship training, you may apply to be a power line technician apprentice and work toward becoming certified in your trade. The length of your apprenticeship depends on successfully completing ongoing training and 6,350 work-based training hours, including 500 hours of “live line” work. You’ll be expected to travel to various locations in FortisBC’s electricity service area to gain experience under direct supervision.