Learn to install, operate, and maintain electrical equipment
As an electrician at BC Hydro, you play a key role in ensuring that homes and businesses across B.C. have access to reliable electricity.
What you learn and experience
Qualifications : what you bring
Equivalence documentation and 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 as well as a driver's abstract and claims history.
Program details and future job prospects
As an apprentice electrician, your career in the electricity trade begins with 48 months of on the job and in-school technical training for 10 weeks per year.
After a probation period, you’ll follow a course of study which involves moving locations throughout the province. Your progress in both your work and the study program are both essential to continuing in the apprentice program.
After you graduate, you can apply for electrician jobs anywhere in the province working on BC Hydro’s system.
Where you train and work
During your apprenticeship, you’re required to work in 3-4 headquarters, usually starting out in substations and moving to the larger generating stations over the next 4 years.
Typical locations include Victoria, Campbell River, Lower Mainland, Cranbrook, Bridge River, Mica Creek, Prince George and Hudson's Hope.
Pay and benefits
As an apprentice, you earn 75% of the full journeyperson trade rate while you learn, with further increases during the apprenticeship.
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.