Power system electricians (NOC 7243)

About this job

Power system electricians:

  • install, maintain, test and repair electrical power generation, transmission and distribution system equipment and apparatus
  • work for electric power generation, transmission and distribution companies
Common job titles
  • electrician, electrical powerhouse
  • electrician, power station / substation
  • maintainer, voltage regulator
  • relay tester-maintainer-repairer

Duties

Power system electricians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • install and maintain electrical power distribution equipment such as transformers, generators, voltage regulators, switches, circuit breakers, capacitors, inductors, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • install and maintain electrical equipment and apparatus in generating stations or powerhouses
  • inspect and test installed electrical equipment and apparatus to locate electrical faults and check their operation, using volt meters, ammeters and other electrical test instruments and equipment
  • repair or replace faulty electrical equipment and apparatus
  • complete test and maintenance reports

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place both indoors and outdoors, so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Exposure to electrical circuitry, high tension wires, transformers or other equipment in the workplace may be a potential source of electrical shock.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.