Source: BC Hydro
Job Title: Apprentice Winder
Job Number: BCH-T-5160-190626E1
Job Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Job Status: Full Time - Apprentice
We’re BC Hydro and we have a big job to do.
Keeping the lights on for over 4 million people across the province takes a lot of talented people doing many different jobs. From working deep in a generating station, atop a power pole, or behind a desk, whatever it is that makes you tick we offer challenging careers to help you reach your potential.
We’re investing more than $2 billion per year in major capital infrastructure projects to help meet the growing demand for safe, reliable power. We’re upgrading transmission lines, building new substations, and investing in our hydroelectric generation facilities. We aim to provide meaningful and challenging work, opportunities for growth and a healthy work/life balance. We’ve been recognized for excellence and been named one of Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for four years in a row.
It’s our vision is to be the most trusted, innovative utility company in North America by being smart about power in all we do.
As per IBEW Collective Agreement.
Winders at Hydro do a lot more than the wiring people often associate with the electrical trade. Winders test, rewind, recondition, rebuild, replace and generally services electric motors, generators, alternators, transformers, control equipment, mobile machines and other related components. They are capable of repairing and rebuilding electrical machines, systems and equipment. Winders play a key role in the utility industry, ensuring that our critical electric machinery is maintained, producing and bringing electricity to our homes and industries.
As an apprentice in this trade you would learn to:
• Recondition and repair rotating equipment
• Check and repair stationary equipment
• Test systems and equipment
• Repair/replace defective mechanical, electrical and electronic part(s)/components
• Handle large, bulky and often heavy materials or equipment
• Learn to handle oiling of large utility reactive equipment
• Work both inside and outdoors during apprenticeship – in all weather conditions in various locations around the province
• Complete significant travel around the province (minimum of 60% of working hours)
• Share the satisfaction of working in a team environment in one of Canada´s largest utilities
The successful candidate will have:
• Graduated from high school with the following courses: English 12, Math 12 and Physics 12. Note acceptable equivalent courses are listed in the "How to Apply" section below
• A valid BC Class 5 driver’s license (or higher)
• A desire to travel around the province (minimum of 60% of working hours)
• Strong interpersonal skills to deal with both internal and external customers
• Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and familiarity with industrial tools/equipment
• Good verbal and written communication skills
This position is affiliated with the international Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW local 258)
The winder apprentice program involves 48 months of practical job training and 8 weeks per year of technical training.
When you graduate, you will remain at our headquarters in Surrey and continue to travel to temporary headquarters around the province.
During your apprenticeship, you're assigned to a regular headquarters at Construction Services in Surrey and temporary headquarters throughout the province as the jobs require. This job requires significant travel around the province (minimum of 60% of working hours), working in all weather conditions.
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 Apprentice rate is hour and the journeyperson rate is hour. Additionally, we are committed to keeping our employees healthy and safe by providing a generous benefit package that includes vacation (minimum of 3 weeks), overtime pay, designated day offs with pay, disability income, health and vision care, and dental benefits.
• A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain your BC Driver's License Type = Class 5 in good standing.
As part of the selection process, you may be required to demonstrate successful completion of a pre-placement medical check.
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.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit their applications online at by July 31