Power Line Technician – Masset

BC Hydro
June 7, 2024
Job Type
Some experience required
Salary Type
Hourly Rate
Trades Certification
British Columbia


Source:             BC Hydro
Job Title:           Power Line Technician - Masset

Job Location:    Masset, British Columbia, Canada


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  • A Journeyperson Power Line Technician shall undertake any work required to construct, repair or maintain transmission and distribution lines on poles, towers and structures, such work to include patrolling of circuits, inspections as assigned, emergency repairs, repairing of street lights, makes distribution transformer connections, investigates customer complaints and interruptions, notwithstanding the duties assigned to a Meter Technician installs and removes meters, keeps
  • themselves familiar with lines and the distribution portion of substations, refuses transformers and disconnects, makes collections and connects and disconnects services, operates or switches on lines
  • A Power Line Technician including a Power Line Technician designated Person In Charge (P.I.C.) will not operate any station apparatus equipped with supervisory control
  • In addition they shall undertake the framing, erection, stringing and terminating of all wire buses and overhead lines supported by strain type insulators in outdoor substations
  • Notwithstanding the duties assigned to a Power Cable Technician, a Journeyperson Power Line Technician may perform work on plastic insulated cables and accessories up to and including 20/35 kV
  • Hole digging attachments, pole setting and related equipment on line trucks shall be operated by Power Line Technicians
  • On distribution lines 35 kV and below, not under the direct control of an Area Control Station or a generating station, the BC Hydro will designate by local operating orders a Journeyperson Power Line Technician to be the P.I.C. of the operation of the distribution lines or circuits who shall be identified and recorded as such
  • The P.I.C. responsibilities of a Power Line Technician shall include issuing instructions for safety assurances on
  • distribution lines and circuits as required by those working in proximity
  • In addition they shall deal with area electrical disturbances, maintain logs and other records as well as keeping up to date the mimic display board for the system
  • Notwithstanding the duties assigned to an Electrician, a Power Line Technician may on 35 kV and below operate and
  • switch distribution equipment up to but not including the feeder bus in distribution supply stations
  • On 35 kV and above in distribution supply stations a Power Line Technician may on occasion be required to switch or replace fuses where fault conditions have occurred and an Electrician is not readily available
  • Notwithstanding the duties normally assigned to a Communication, Protection and Control Technologist, a Power Line Technician may perform installation and maintenance of Distribution automation equipment (eg. battery replacement, modem replacement and power resets). Communication Protection and Control Technologists retain jurisdiction for this work. 


What we offer

  • A comprehensive benefits package
  • A minimum of 15 paid vacation days
  • A lifetime pension
  • Flexible work model, depending on your role type
  • Training and development courses

For more information on the benefits we offer, visit bchydro.com/benefits.

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.

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 Recruitmenthelp@BCHydro.com

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


  • As per IBEW Collective Agreement.
  • Trade qualification as a Journeyperson Power Line Technician with an Interprovincial Red Seal Certificate or qualifications to obtain one
  • Class 3 driver's license with airbrake endorsement
  • Physically able to perform work

Please be advised that this role has been assessed as safety sensitive and pre-qualification alcohol and drug testing will be required as a pre-condition to employment.

What else you should know

This position is affiliated with the international Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW local 258) www.ibew258.bc.ca

  • Travel away from headquarters may be required.
  • Successful candidate must live in a primary residence within 30 km / 30 minutes of the Masset headquarters on Haida Gwaii.
  • Weekend and weekday standby will be required.
  • Required to fly in float plane or helicopter and to travel by crew boat.
  • This location is eligible for a Remote Incentive of 20%. Remote Incentives are paid bi-weekly to Full-Time Regular employees working in eligible remote locations.
  • This location is eligible for Travel Incentive. The Travel Incentive is extended to Full-Time Regular employees who are working in eligible remote locations.
  • This location is eligible for Extended Health Care Medical Travel Benefit. The Extended Health Care Medical Travel Benefit is extended to Full-Time Regular, Part-Time Regular and Full-Time Temporary employees who are permanently working in eligible remote locations.
  • Employees who work in a remote location that receives the 12 or 20% remote incentive are eligible for an interest-free housing loan of up to $25,000 as well as the retiring relocation program.
  • A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain your Class 3 Driver's License in good standing.
  • Applicants’ written exam results will be kept on file for a 12 month period and re-used for other MES selection processes during that timeframe in which the same exam is utilized.

Don't forget to update your Candidate Profile with your current resume and copies of your certifications. If applicable, include your Trades Qualification. This will ensure we have all the necessary information to assess your application without any delays.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at https://app.bchydro.com/careers/current_opp.html  by June 19, 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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