What you learn and experience
BC Hydro's Apprentice Interchange Plant Operator program provides you with the knowledge and skill set to become an Interchange Plant Operator.
You'll learn the electrical and mechanical fundamentals as it pertains to the day-to-day operations of the provincial electrical grid, develop competency to operate the Interchange desk (which administers BC Hydro's Open Access Transmission Tariff with its Transmission Customers) and work with BC Hydro's distribution system and generating stations.
Before moving on to more complex technical skills and challenging assignments, you'll learn the operating and safety procedure and how to isolate high voltage electrical equipment for maintenance.
Apprentice Interchange Plant Operators are selected for their technical capability, their alignment with our core values, their attitude and their ability to become productive members of BC Hydro.
Qualification : what you bring
To qualify, you must meet the following criteria :
Program details and future job prospects
The two-year program consists of self-study, classroom and on-the-job technical training. As an apprentice, you're expected to complete various assignments during the program and achieve a satisfactory (70 per cent) pass on seven term exams.
Following completion of the program, the apprentice will receive a full time regular position and a certificate of program completion.
We aim to maintain our status as a top employer and continue to attract and retain our skilled employees through career progression and leadership development.
We will help you develop and grow through on-the-job experiences, relationship building and training.
Where you train and work
As an apprentice, all work will be performed at the Control Center in the Fraser Valley with the exception of short field trips for training.
Pay and benefits
As an apprentice, you will earn a starting rate of $24.72 per hour* based on a 37.5 hour work week.
You will learn and work in a safe and healthy environment supported by a competitive benefit package that includes a minimum three week vacation, health and vision care, dental benefits, disability income and flex credits that can be used in a variety of ways such as paid flex days.