Journeyman Powerline Technician - Construction Representative
EQUS - Innisfail, AB

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EQUS, Canada's largest member-owned utility, requires a skilled Journeyman Powerline Technician to work on our construction team.

Job Purpose
To perform duties of a Journeyman Powerline Technician.


Inspection and Patrols

  • To conduct patrol of lines, right-of-ways, and underground installations
  • To conduct inspections of rural substations including auto booster and regulator installations, reset targets and investigate failures as required
  • To collect periodic samples of transformer and regulator oil as required and arrange for appropriate lab testing and disposal
  • To conduct load and voltage readings as required
  • To conduct periodic inspections of radio equipment and arrange any emergency radio repairs from Telecontrol personnel

Construction Overhead (Duties involving climbing)

  • To string, sag, armor and tie in conductors
  • To frame poles aloft and install bus work
  • To connect grounds, both primary and secondary
  • To install lightning arrestors and switches
  • To check oil levels in transformers, oil circuit breakers and regulators. Add or replace oil as needed.
  • To install and connect regulators, oil circuit breakers and transformers
  • To test and repair system grounds
  • To obtain samples from transformers to check for PCBs

Construction Underground

  • To prepare foundations for, and in the erection of totally enclosed ground substations, and when assigned, to direct the work of contractors hired for projects of this kind
  • To install A, B, and C ground connectors of all types
  • To splice tension and non-tension conductors of all types
  • To frame poles on the ground, dig holes, set poles and anchors
  • To insure proper connection of stand-by generators
  • To ensure there is no conflict between R.E.A. system and other utilities or customer facilities

Underground – Circuits up to and including 25kv

  • To supervise and backfill trench
  • To string primary, secondary and occasionally communication cable
  • To build stress cone splices and to connect underground transformers both primary and secondary
  • To terminate conductors, phase out, and primary conductors and install switching cubicles
  • To switch in cubicles and transformers and to install riser ways and disconnects
  • To energize line and check transformers and breaker cabinets

Salvage of Distribution Overhead and Underground Facilities

  • To dismantle structures and to salvage re-useable materials, equipment and apparatus
  • To return re-useable materials, equipment and apparatus to material stock or repair depots in line with standard practice

Trouble Calls

  • To test and replace damaged equipment or apparatus that cannot be repaired on-site
  • To perform distribution systems maintenance duties such as replacing poles and transformers following an interruption
  • To trouble shoot and repair underground systems
  • To investigate trouble with the operation of distribution equipment and apparatus and to effect repairs as required
  • To test and replace damaged equipment or apparatus that cannot be repaired on-site


  • When assigned, to arrange for clearance and interruptions of service with service staff and to provide visual clearance of re-closures etc.
  • To conduct routine visual tests on new transformers and regulators and on units taken out of service for repair or for installation at another site
  • To assist in the testing and adjusting of switches and regulators

Review and Approval of Work
This position reports directly to the Construction Work Leader.

Job Requirements

  • Journeyman Powerline Technician Certificate
  • Valid class 5 driver's license with a clean driver's abstract and a Q air endorsement
  • First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Solid knowledge of requirements of the Alberta Utility Electrical Code pertinent to the field of power line construction
  • Ability to communicate with members of team and to be able to easily comprehend and follow instructions-must work well with others
  • Previous experience in rural power distribution system operations would be an asset
  • Knowledge and experienced in the operation of heavy equipment
  • Skilled in the use and care of tools, equipment and materials of the trade
  • Capable of performing field repairs
  • Good health, strong physique and possess good body coordination

Closing date
Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2013.

About this company
EQUS is the largest member-owned utility in Canada, with a service area spanning 28 Alberta counties. The organization has three Area...