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Electrical power line and cable workers construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems. They are employed by electric power generation, transmission and distribution companies, electrical contractors and public utility commissions.
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- Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems including overhead and underground power lines and cables, insulators, conductors, lightning arrestors, switches, transformers and other associated equipment
- Erect and maintain steel, wood or concrete poles, towers and guy wires
- Splice, solder and insulate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution and transmission networks using splicing tools, related electrical equipment and tools
- Inspect and test overhead and underground power lines and cables and auxiliary equipment using electrical test equipment
- Climb ladders or operate hydraulic buckets when working aloft on poles and towers, or work in confined spaces such as trenches and tunnels to install power lines and cables and associated equipment
- Install and maintain street lighting systems
- Communicate with other workers to co-ordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments.
Outlook & Prospects for Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers in Southern Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Currently the chances of qualified Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. Employment potential is fair locally because most people this occupation work for Nova Scotia Power where opportunities are rare and usually the result of attrition. However, Nova Scotia Power anticipates many retirees over the next 3-5 years. They also stated that it can be harder to fill positions in remote or rural areas and that mobile people entering the five-year line worker apprentice program will likely find employment. Opportunities are rare and usually the result of attrition. NSP has also lined up local contractors who can help out in rare and extreme weather. Overall, this will result in a limited number of new opportunities.
This occupation is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program which allows qualified tradespersons to practice the trade in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated without having to write further examinations.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
- A plant utilizing organic waste from various sources to produce electricity by the end of the year will be constructed in Digby County. Several other renewable energy projects are in the works in the area as well.
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