Powerline Technician (Power Lineman III & Cableman)
EPCOR Utilities Inc. - Edmonton, AB

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Electricity Services, Distribution & Transmission (D&T)

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, EPCOR Utilities is one of Alberta's Top 55 Employers and the best overall employer in Alberta Venture's ranking of Alberta's Best Workplaces.

EPCOR Utilities provides clean water and wastewater, and safe, reliable power to the places in which we live and work. Not an easy job, but one we all take pride in. Join EPCOR and help keep the lights on and the water safe for your friends and neighbours.

Are you looking for a career that would allow you to be home every night and work with a steady team? Would you enjoy working alongside experienced journeyman in your trade, or being a key element in the mentoring and development of Apprentices? EPCOR's Distribution & Transmission (D&T) Team is currently recruiting for Journeyman Powerline Technician's to join their team.

Up to fifteen (15) Permanent Full Time positions are available.

In the Power Lineman III position you would be working on energized aerial systems (120-25,000 volts) using rubber glove and other live line techniques. The accountabilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Constructing, repairing and maintaining new and existing D&T aerial systems up to 500kV.
  • Training apprentices and supervising non-trades personnel.
  • Responding to emergency conditions and environmental hazards.
  • Performing administrative duties using written and basic computer skills as required.

In the Cableman position you would participate in the day-to-day work engaged in the construction, repair and maintenance of EPCOR's Underground Residential (URD) and Underground Industrial (UID) Distribution Systems, the Downtown Network system, Power Cable feeder systems and/or Underground Oil Filled Pipe Type (OFPT and XLPE) transmission systems. Work is done on different types of power cables such as PILC (paper insulated lead covered), XLPE (cross linked polyethylene) and EPR cables (Ethylene Propylene Rubber).

The accountabilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Cable testing (VLF, hipot, megger testing)
  • Splicing Cross Linked Polyethylene (XLPE), Ethylene Propylene Rubber (EPR) and/or Paper Insulated Lead Covered (PILC) cables.
  • Terminating live front & dead front equipment.
  • Trouble shooting.
  • Inspecting work completed by contractors.
  • Fault locating.
  • Switching on energized electrical apparatus and system automation components up to 25 kV.
  • Promoting safe and organized work sites.
  • Mentoring and training apprentices.
  • Supervising non-trades personnel.
  • Responding to emergency conditions and environmental hazards.
  • Performing various administrative functions - report writing, as built information, timesheets.
  • Identifying controls for hazards and safe work planning.

The successful candidates must possess the following qualifications:

  • Grade 12 or G.E.D.
  • Journeyman Powerline Technician certificate or Power Lineman certificate. Equivalent certifications/experience in this trade will be considered.
  • 3-5 years of related experience at the Journeyman level.
  • Proven ability to read technical drawings and schematics (hard copy and electronic).
  • Familiar with Occupational Health & Safety regulations and will be required to obtain a working knowledge of related provincial safety legislation, AEUC, OH&S and city bylaws.
  • Valid Class 5 Alberta Motor Vehicle Operator's License, with 6 or fewer demerits. A driver's abstract will be required.
  • Ability to qualify for and maintain an EPCOR driver's permit.
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft suite of products including, Excel and Word.
  • To meet the demands of the position, good physical health is required. Clearance on pre-placement medical and drug and alcohol testing will be required.
  • Specific to a Power Lineman 3 working on Aerial systems you require a thorough working knowledge of:

o Protective grounding
o Switching
o Climbing of poles with belt and spurs
o Aerial bucket/hydraulic equipment
o Tension stringing devices
o Electrical safe work practices

  • Specific to a Cableman working on Underground systems you require a thorough working knowledge of:

o Protective grounding
o Switching
o Electrical safe work practices
o Cable testing instruments and
o Working in excavations, manholes and vaults

  • As a personal respirator is required for some job functions in the Underground area, a clean shaven appearance is required while a respirator is worn.
  • Clearance on a background security check is required.

Additionally, these would be valuable assets for successful candidates to possess:

  • Valid Class 1 Alberta Motor Vehicle Operator's License, or the ability to obtain it within three months of hire date with 6 or fewer demerits.
  • Experience on network systems or on PILC cables.
  • Demonstrable hands-on knowledge and operational skills on Underground switchgear, cables, testing methods and automation components.
  • Working knowledge of EPCOR Safety Manual & EPCOR procedures and work practices current to within 6 months.

To be fully successful in the Power Lineman or Cableman roles our best candidates will demonstrate the intellectual, emotional, social and leadership behavioral traits required in the Power distribution industry. This will include demonstrated competencies in being detail oriented with high level of critical thinking combined with the ability to exercise good judgment under pressure. The successful candidates will also be results oriented with well-developed motivation and organizational skills. They will be expressive, maintaining a positive mental attitude, in dealing with people issues, including providing feedback, mentoring and coaching.

In addition, our best candidates will have a focus on continuous improvement by looking for and being an advocate for opportunities to improve products, streamline processes and increasing efficiency of their team and the overall Business Unit. They will actively seek opportunities to increase their personal knowledge and skills and be consistently open to feedback. The successful applicants also possess open communication skills; respond to change with an open attitude demonstrating a willingness to learn new ways to accomplish work activities and objectives as well as conducting themselves in a professional manner at all times.

Additional Details
Jurisdiction: IBEW1007
Class: TR3

Wage: December 2012 to December 2013 - $46.24 per hour
December 2013 to December 2014 - $47.86 per hour
December 2014 to December 2015 - $49.54 per hour

Hours of work: 8 hours per day between the hours of 0700h - 1800h, 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. However, in accordance with Article of the Agreement, the work week may be any 5 consecutive days.

Wages and conditions of work as per collective agreement.

Work Locations:
North Service Centre
12116 - 107 Street
Edmonton, AB
T5G 2S7


South Service Centre
8743-58 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T6E 5W4

Commencing with your first day of employment as a permanent EPCOR employee you will enjoy a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual incentive (bonus) pay program
  • Paid vacation
  • Flexible benefits plan
  • Access to internal and external career development programs
  • Financial support for personal development
  • Pension Plan
  • Wellness (Personal Spending) Account
  • Career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines and operational areas
  • Financial support for charitable organizations that employees contribute to

Edmonton is one of Canada's most diverse cities with more than 60 cultural and ethnic groups. Well known for its vibrant cultural life, diverse business community and outstanding river valley park system, Edmonton is a great place to call home. For more information about the area and all it has to offer individuals and their families, please visit http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/jobs/relocating-to-edmonton.aspx

For more information on this exciting career opportunity, please refer to IRC27874 on the EPCOR career website www.epcor.com/careers. EPCOR only accepts resumes via on-line application at www.epcor.com/careers. If you choose to submit your resume by any other means, we cannot guarantee that your application will be considered.

Application Deadline: December 29, 2013

Thank you for your interest in a career with EPCOR. Although we would like to respond to each individual candidate, due to the large volume of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.