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Apprenticeship

Powerline Technician

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Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

School

The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

The power electrician trade is separated into 2 disciplines:

  1. power generation and metering (power system electrician)
  2. power transmission and distribution (powerline technician)

This separation allows a tradesperson the opportunity to specialize within a very complex electrical system. There is a strong emphasis on safety in both disciplines of the powerline technician trade, both in the lab setting and on the job. 

The first 3 periods of the Powerline Technician program consist of on-the-job training and technical classroom training at NAIT, while the fourth period is on-the-job training only. The technical training focuses on:

  • electrical theory
  • transformer theory
  • metering theory
  • line construction
  • safety

The lab requirements provide hands-on work, enabling the student to fully understand the theory learned in the classroom.

At NAIT we've been training power electricians

since the mid-1970s

We're here to teach you everything you need to know.

Classroom and study hours

Students can expect to spend, on average, 30 hours per week in classrooms and labs.

Is this program for you?

Powerline technician work is most rewarding for those who enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions and developing specialized skills at varied and challenging tasks. To be successful in the trade, powerline technicians need:

  • the ability to lift heavy objects weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • good physical coordination and manual dexterity
  • mechanical ability
  • good hearing and colour vision
  • the ability to work at heights and in varying extreme climates
  • the ability to work as a member of a team and adapt to changing tasks and locations

Student experience

The School of Skilled Trades wants our first-year students to become confident in their abilities, get connected to NAIT through groups, peers and staff, be supported personally and academically, get motivated to complete their program and most importantly enjoy the learning environment here at NAIT.

Being an apprentice student is quite different from being a full-time student. Apprentices are in school for short periods of time and some programs are on satellite campuses. Our goal is to improve communication with apprentices on all campuses to ensure you have access to all the services we have to offer at NAIT for you to be successful.

If there is something you are looking for or if you need additional information, please contact us at apprentice@nait.ca.

 Enter the workforce with confidence

Powerline technicians are employed by utility companies and their contractors. In some companies, powerline technicians must be union members.

Experienced powerline technicians may advance to foreman and line supervisor positions.

For more information on roles, duties, career paths, salaries and more, visit

Graduate information and opportunities

Red Seal Certification

Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. A Red Seal ensures recognition of your certification throughout Canada without further examination.

Blue Seal Certification 

Individuals possessing a valid Alberta Journeyman Certificate, an Alberta Qualification Certificate, an Alberta Occupational Certificate, or a valid recognized credential are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business credential after completing the necessary requirements.

Please note: Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca

For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact articulations@nait.ca

Have questions? We have answers

Daniel Milan, Program Chair

Email: dmilan@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.8318

Student for a Day

At NAIT, we want our prospective students to feel as comfortable as possible, so we are proud to offer Student for a Day. This is your opportunity to spend a day with a NAIT student, to attend classes and laboratory sessions, to ask questions about your chosen program and to experience NAIT first-hand. The availability for Student for a Day varies by program, so please contact us for more details.

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How to Apply

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Scholarships & Awards

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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

The powerline technician apprenticeship term is 4 years (four 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,800 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of technical training in periods 1 through 3, and a minimum of 1,800 hours of on-the-job training in period 4.

Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 7 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in electrical theory, transformer theory, line construction theory, metering and safety.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 7 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in electrical theory, transformer theory, line construction theory, metering and safety.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 7 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided advanced training in electrical theory, transformer theory, line construction theory, metering and safety.

Period 4

The fourth period does not have a technical training component.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $686.00
  • Books & Supplies: $250.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $127.88
  • Athletic Fee: $32.90

Period 2

  • Tuition: $686.00
  • Books & Supplies: $250.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $127.88
  • Athletic Fee: $32.90

Period 3

  • Tuition: $686.00
  • Books & Supplies: $250.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $127.88
  • Athletic Fee: $32.90

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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