Apprentice Electrician

BC Hydro
April 3, 2024
Various Locations
Job Type
No experience required
Salary Type
Hourly Rate
High School Diploma
British Columbia


Source:             BC Hydro
Job Title:           Apprentice Electrician

Job Location:    British Columbia, Canada

Hourly Rate:      $ 35.95


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Providing clean electricity to 4 million customers takes a diverse workforce and that’s where you come in. We need your talent to help us build major projects to meet growing demand. To help our customers find clean energy solutions for their homes and businesses and to be ready to respond during storms and outages to keep our system reliable.

Working for BC Hydro is meaningful. And now, the stakes have been raised as we work towards a solution to climate change while safely providing clean, affordable electricity to our customers.

We offer a healthy work life balance, training opportunities and career progression. We're proud to be ranked as one of B.C.'s Top Employers and one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers. Join us as we build an even cleaner B.C.



This Trade will interest those who enjoy working outdoors and performing hands on physically demanding work, which requires upper body strength. Mechanical and technical aptitude is essential. The ability to learn how to collect diagnostic information, analyze data and formulate a logical plan for solving complex problems is a requirement for this position. Proficiency with computers is required. Familiarity with industrial tools, equipment, and safety procedures is an asset.

The successful candidate will:

  • Learn to install, operate, diagnose and repair electrical equipment within generating stations and substations throughout the electrical system.
  • Learn how to follow safe working procedures and how to properly use tools, diagnostic equipment and machinery that are required for your trade. You will acquire a strong basic understanding before taking on more complex, technical and challenging assignments.
  • Work safely in many different situations and environments. This includes working in generation stations and high voltage substations. You will often work at heights, confined spaces and inclement weather.
  • Operate and repair software driven electrical controls and equipment.
  • Gain the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment of restoring the power to customers at any time of the day or night.


Besides having a challenging and satisfying career, you're paid while you learn and have an excellent benefit package. Apprentices earn 75% of the full trade rate with further increases during the apprenticeship. The starting apprentice rate is $35.95. The journeyperson rate is $47.93.

You will also receive:

  • A comprehensive benefits package
  • A minimum of 15 paid vacation days
  • A lifetime pension
  • Training and development courses

For more information on the benefits we offer, visit

What else you should know

This position is affiliated with the international Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW local 258)


48 months (four years) of on the job and in school technical training (10 weeks/year). The apprentice is also expected to complete various assignments and projects during the program. Continued satisfactory performance both in respect to work and study is required, or apprentices will be removed from the program.


Apprentices work throughout the BC Hydro system and will be hired to various locations within BC. They are required to relocate to 3-4 different locations during the four year apprenticeship to gain experience in both substations and generating stations. Typical locations include Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Cranbrook, Mica Creek, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Terrace, Prince George, Fort St. John and Hudson's Hope.


Apprentices are eligible to apply on electrician jobs anywhere in the BC Hydro system during the last 6 months of their apprenticeship. If an apprentice is unsuccessful in securing a position they will be placed into unfilled electrician job vacancies after graduation.

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

We include everyone. We welcome applications from anyone, including members of visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

We are also happy to provide reasonable accommodations throughout the selection process and while working at BC Hydro. If you require support applying online because you are a person with a disability, please contact us at

Flexible work model role definitions


Our four role types identify the degree of flexibility an employee could have to work from home based on the type of work they do. The flexibility for an individual job is up to the manager for each position and the operational requirements. Employees also have the right to work full-time from the office if they prefer. All of our roles require at least some in-person time.

IBEW/Field – No option to work from home

Resident – Works primarily (4+ days per week) in the office.

Hybrid – May be able to work from home up to 3 days per week.

Remote – Works from home 4+ days per week


  • High school graduation with the following courses: Any English 12, Pre-Calculus 11 and Physics 11, or directly equivalent English, Math and Physics courses taken at College or University level.
  • Where equivalent or higher status is claimed, documentation from the educational institution or the Ministry of Education must be provided by the applicant that will show equivalency or a higher level of the required Math, English and Physics courses taken.
  • Valid class 5 or 7N BC driver´s license or higher, or equivalent from other provinces with a clean driving record.
  • Physically capable of performing the work.
  • Must be in good health, including normal color vision, adequate hearing, vision and strength, and have a strong mechanical aptitude. Applicants are required to complete physical testing as part of the selection process.
  • Interpersonal skills in dealing with employees and internal and external customers are essential factors in the selection process.

How to Apply

Please ensure you submit a complete and comprehensive application package, making sure you include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume (include street address and mailing address if different, email address and phone contacts)
  • Proof of pre-requisite completion: electronic copies of official / unofficial school transcripts from your educational institution confirming grade 12 graduation, including Any English 12, Physics 11, and Pre-calculus 11 or acceptable equivalent courses include college / university equivalents.
  • Electronic copies of official / unofficial school transcripts from any post-secondary institution (university, college or trade school) that you have attended, including your Skills Trade BC (formerly known as ITA) transcripts if applicable.
  • Your driving record (i.e. ICBC Driver's Abstract -
  • Insurance Claims History Letter from ICBC

Please ensure you include ALL of the above in your application package no later than MIDNIGHT Pacific Time on

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2024. Please note only successful candidates will be contacted.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at  by April 28, 2024.

Click here to access the job posting or visit the BC Hydro “Current Opportunities” Careers page to view and apply for jobs.

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On the BC Hydro Careers site, click on the Apply button in order to complete the steps to apply for this job. Please be sure to update your Candidate Profile with your current resume and include copies of your certifications, if applicable.

We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It's an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Our values guide our work. Want to join us?

We are safe.

We are here for our customers.

We are one team.

We include everyone.

We act with integrity and respect.

We are forward thinking.

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