Learn to repair, test, and replace rotating and stationary mechanical equipment
As a Winder with BC Hydro, you test, rewind, rebuild, and replace electric motors, generators, alternators, transformers, control equipment and mobile machines.
You play a key role in the utility industry, ensuring that critical electric machinery is maintained, producing and bringing electricity to our homes and industries.
What you learn and experience
Qualifications : what you bring
Equivalence documentation & transcripts
To successfully claim an equivalent status, you must provide documentation that effectively demonstrates you've taken equivalent courses.
You'll submit either a letter from your place of education or your instructor indicating the course(s), stating that the course(s) taken would be considered equivalent to or better than a grade 12 level.
Once selected as an apprentice, you need to provide a copy of transcripts demonstrating your high school graduation including Math 12, English 12 and Physics 12.
Program details and future job prospects
The Winder Apprentice program is open for applications once per year, beginning in mid-September. The program commences in January.
As a successful apprentice applicant, your career in the electricity trade begins with 48 months of on the job training and 8 weeks per year of in school technical training.
Once you graduate, you can apply for winder jobs anywhere in the BC Hydro system.
Where you train and work
During your apprenticeship, you're assigned to a regular headquarters in Surrey in the Lower Mainland and temporary headquarters throughout the province as the jobs require.
Pay and benefits
You earn 75 per cent of the full trade rate as an apprentice, and you get increases during the apprenticeship. The starting winder apprentice rate is $26.53.
You learn and work in a healthy and safe environment supported by a competitive benefit package that includes vacation (minimum of 3 weeks), overtime pay, designated day offs with pay, disability income, health and vision care, and dental benefits.