Powerline Technician
Introduction
Powerline technicians construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems. They erect and maintain steel, wood, fibreglass, laminate and concrete poles, structures and other related hardware. They install, maintain and repair overhead and underground powerlines and cables, and other associated equipment such as insulators, conductors, lightning arrestors, switches, transformers and lighting systems. They splice, solder and terminate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution and transmission networks.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read instructions and warnings written on signs and labels, e.g. read labels on transformers to learn about electrical shock hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of manuals and textbooks, e.g. read textbooks to learn how to install and service voltage regulators. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read safety-related information, e.g. read safety rules and regulations governing the use of rigging and hazards, such as confined spaces, falls and electrical shock. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to use checklists, e.g. use worksite procedure checklists to locate emergency contact information, voltages and other information about conditions that are unique to individual work sites. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the safety of the work environment by considering workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Powerline Repair, Installation and Maintenance
Reading
Ability to understand written instructions for the set-up, operation and maintenance of equipment such as explosive-actuated spiking tools. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a wide range of code books, standards of practice, standard work methods, safe limits of approach and regulations, e.g. read standards and regulations to learn procedures for stringing, line clearing and underground cable installations. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read newsletters, website articles and trade magazines, e.g. read online articles posted on electrical association websites to keep up-to-date on new regulations and industry trends. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate devices such as switches and relays in simple wiring schematics. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data in a variety of lists, e.g. look at parts lists to locate identification numbers and specifications. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate devices such as switches, relays and other electrical devices in moderately complex schematics. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret a variety of complex electrical schematics, e.g. use wiring schematics to determine connections and the operation of complex distribution and transmission systems. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to interpret schematic drawings in order to identify the electrical parts and devices required to assemble equipment. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate data in a variety of complex tables, e.g. study sag charts to identify the correct amount of sag for different conductor weights, pole spacing and temperatures. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use standard construction drawings, e.g. use codes and symbols on construction drawings to determine the location of underground gas, telephone and cable lines. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to decide the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide which electrical installations to complete first. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the performance of electrical installations and systems. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use hand-held electronic devices like oscilloscopes and multimeters to locate operational data, such as electrical readings. (Complexity: 1)
 
General Administrative Activites
Reading
Ability to read short text entries on drawings, labels and forms, e.g. read labels to learn about the appropriate use of materials. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read email, notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices and bulletins from manufacturers to learn about defective materials. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to read labels on product packaging, equipment, drawings and panels to locate specifications, voltages, safety information and identification numbers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to view meters and digital readouts, e.g. scan electrical readings to determine the operating condition of transformers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete a variety of paper-based and electronic forms, e.g. enter data, such as dates, locations and identification numbers, on forms used to track the disposal of hazardous materials, such as polychlorinated biphenyl. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data in a variety of forms, e.g. locate details, such as job locations, job descriptions, timelines, contractor requirements and project hazards in work and job hazard assessment forms. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use road maps to locate driving routes and worksite locations. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write comments on forms, such as job hazard assessments and work orders, e.g. write comments on job hazard assessment forms to describe worksite hazards and the measures taken to eliminate or minimize the risks posed to workers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write daily logs containing reminders and notes about job progress, deliveries, weather conditions and unusual occurrences. (Complexity: 1)
Digital Technology - Communication Software
Ability to use communication software to exchange email with customers, suppliers and help desk technicians. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Internet
Ability to use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, electrical codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)