Apprentice Mechanic

Date posted: 2/1/2018
Closing date: 2/12/2018
Number of positions: 3
Location: Various Locations, BC
Length: full-time

Description / duties:
Job Title: Apprentice Mechanic
Job Number: BCH-R-4720-180124E1
Job Location: Various locations, British Columbia, Canada

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 B.C.’s Top

Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for four years in a row.

It's our vision 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.

The successful candidate will:
• Learn to install, maintain, overhaul and repair all types of mechanical equipment
• Learn machining skills and the correct usage of materials, tools and equipment
• Learn correct safety procedures and the operation/maintenance requirements for a wide variety of equipment such as generators, pumps, turbines, gates, cranes and valves
• Work mostly at generating stations, sometimes outside in all types of weather
• Enjoy the physical challenge of the job, climbing steel ladders and structures as well as handling tools, materials and equipment that can be heavy and bulky
• Share the satisfaction of helping restore essential equipment to service.
Additional Information:

This position is affiliated with the international Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW local 258)

THE PROGRAM 48 months in length, consisting of on the job and in school technical training (seven weeks/year after entry level is complete). Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship program, graduates will receive a Machinist TQ and will be expected to pass the
Machinist Interprovincial (IP).

THE LOCATION Mechanical work is done mostly at generating stations. When you graduate, you can apply for available mechanical positions, which may be in any region of BC Hydro's operations. To ensure apprentices are exposed to the full scope of work in their trade, they are usually located in three to four different areas during their apprenticeship, e.g. Mica, located 140 km north of Revelstoke; GM Shrum, located about 100 km west of Ft. St. John; Seven Mile, located near Trail. Graduated apprentices usually obtain jobs in places such as Mica, GM Shrum and Bridge River near Lillooet.

THE BENEFITS Besides having an exciting, varied, and challenging 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 starting apprentice rate is $28.61 per hour and the final Journeyman rate is $38.15.

THE DEMANDS This trade will interest those who have exhibited a degree of "hands- on" skill, are physically fit and have normal colour vision. A high level of mechanical ability is required. At times, underground work in drainage galleries (similar to underground mines) is required. You should be comfortable working at various heights as well as in confined spaces. Please ensure you submit a complete and comprehensive application package, making sure to include:
• Cover letter
• Resume (include street address and mailing address (if different), email address and telephone contact numbers)
• Proof of pre-requisite completion: copies of school transcripts from your educational institution confirming grade 12 graduation, including English 12, Physics 12, and Math 12 equivalency or better.
• Post secondary transcripts from any univeristy, college, or trade school that you have attended.
• ICBC Driver's Abstract, which can be obtained from a motor vehicle branch or by calling Public Information at 604-661-2800 or 1-800-663- 3051
• ICBC Claims History, which can be obtained from a motor vehicle branch or by calling Public Information at 604-661-2800 or 1-800-663-3051

Completion of Entry Level Trades Training for Millwright/Machinists will be an asset.
Please attach all documents to your online application by the deadline date below. Please ensure you inlclude ALL of the above in your application package, incomplete or late applications cannot be processed.
BC Hydro conducts pre-placement medical checks of applicants entering certain positions to help safeguard BC Hydro’s workplace. 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.

We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It's an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Our values guide our work. Want to join us?

We are safe.
We are here for our customers.
We are one team.
We act with integrity.
We respect our province.
We are forward thinking.

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

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.

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Interested candidates should submit their applications online at by February 12, 2018.

Click here to access the job posting or visit the BC Hydro “Current Opportunities” Careers page to view and apply for jobs.


The successful candidate will have:
• High School graduation with the following courses: English 12, Math 12 and Physics 12 or equivalent, or higher College or University level.
• Where equivalent or higher status is claimed, acceptable documentation must be provided by the applicant that will show equivalency or a higher level of courses taken. Either a letter from your place of education or your instructor indicating the course(s) and stating that the course(s) taken would be considered equivalent to or better than a Grade 12 level.
• Applicants must be in good health, including normal colour vision and adequate hearing, vision and strength, and have a mechanical aptitude.
• Applicants must have a valid Class 5 B.C. driver's license

Contact information

BC Hydro
333 Dunsmuir Street

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