Powerline Worker Apprenticeships

Essential Energy

A Powerline Worker apprenticeship is a four year apprenticeship comprising of theory and on the job training. As an apprentice, you will work in a team of highly skilled powerline workers who are passionate about working to keep the lights on in their local communities and will teach you what they know. You will need plenty of enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

The Training
You will complete a Certificate III in ESI – Distribution while participating in a structured four year training program. You will have access to the latest training resources to ensure your skills and knowledge remain current and at the forefront of the industry.

Subjects such as work, health and safety, power system components, power distribution, and electrical drawing interpretation are all components of the course that you will undertake as an apprentice.

You will work in a team of qualified Powerline Workers gaining invaluable on the job training in areas such as plant safety practices, dogging, science and materials, and pole and line inspection. Safety is our number one priority at Essential Energy and to ensure you are kept safe you will be supervised in every aspect of your work, mentored and taught safe work practices.

During the course of an apprenticeship, you will be trained and qualified in a number of WorkCover and other industry-accredited operations such as elevated work platform operator, traffic controller and dogging.

As a Powerline Worker apprentice you will have the opportunity to gain the following skills throughout your apprenticeship:

  • Correct use of power tools
  • Safe use of test equipment
  • Manual skills in using hand tools
  • Knowledge of how to operate, maintain and repair high voltage equipment
  • Construction skills in overhead and underground power systems
  • Practical skills in plant operation eg elevated work platforms
  • Electrical theory and how system components work
  • General knowledge in asset inspection methods.

To be successful in obtaining an apprenticeship opportunity, you will need to meet the safety and educational requirements of the role.
Due to the weight limits placed on the safe mechanical operation of particular equipment and the general need for full colour identification, you will need to be less than 110kg in weight and have no intact colour sight restrictions. All of these elements will be assessed throughout the selection process.

You will have a willingness to live, travel and work in regional NSW locations throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. View the map to see the coverage of Essential Energy’s network.

What does a qualified Powerline Worker do?
Powerline workers are responsible for building, improving and maintaining the poles and wires that deliver electricity to homes in regional NSW.

A typical work day would involve:

  • Constructing, maintaining, and repairing overhead and underground distribution assets
  • Operating plant and equipment associated with the installation and maintenance of the distribution network
  • Installing and maintaining street lighting equipment
  • Repairing and maintaining high voltage and low voltage network assets
  • Emergency fault finding and repairs
  • Installing, maintaining, repairing, and joining of power cables, signal cables and equipment associated with underground distribution systems to ensure system reliability.

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