Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers 


Electrical power line and cable workers construct, maintain, and repair overhead / underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems.


Work: People in this group work for electrical contractors, maintenance departments of buildings, factories, plants, mines, and shipyards, electrical power generation, transmission / distribution, and cable television companies, public utilities, and telephone and other telecommunications services / organizations.

Title Examples: Electrician, Industrial electricians, Telecommunications installation and repair workers

Useful Secondary School subjects: Industrial Arts (Electricity), English, Computer-related courses, Drafting, Math, Physics

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: To work in this field, you need a high school diploma. To gain trade certification, you usually need to complete an apprenticeship program or have a combination of experience / courses. Trade certification is required for some occupations in some or all areas of Canada. Qualified tradespersons may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country. In some occupations, you need college or other courses in electronics / electrical technology, experience or on-the-job training or apprenticeship training. Most recent entrants have a trade / vocational certificate or community college diploma.

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