Just curious to see if anyone has any info on working out in BC Canada I have heard there is a demand for guys Im a young lineman in ontario Im bored and I am willing to travel, I have distribution rubber glove exp and I like to climb but I want to learn other aspects of this trade, I have heard its all sticks out west but I am eager and interested in learning but I have also heard some employers want guys with glove exp?? I have heard BC hydro pays some moving expenses does anyone know their rough wage $$ pension and benefits? or where possible locations they would send someone like me? any info on some contractors out there? any info would be appreciated thanks guys
Hydro pays about $38 hr, not bad beneifits, pension. Areas currently available are north, Fort Saint John, Valemount, Bella colla and some in Vancouver and areas. If your rubber glove trained get ready for a surprise, they don't use gloves for line line work only sticks. All live line work 25 and up is all done with sticks, zero class 3 work with gloves, no closing cutouts off poles, from ground or bucket truck only. They will fly you out, interview the snot out you, send you for skill assesment to their training school, then send you home to await your evaluation. The hydro guy that I have talked to and met like Hydro except that they have been getting boned on the wages the last couple of years, thank you olympics.
The Contractors are screaming for Linemen and pay top dollar, unfortunatly your on the road and work every where they want you, Alteck and Artic are supposed to be the better contractors to work for.
ya no way would I want to live near vancouver the prices are insane for housing and way to many people for me, somewhere on the island, okanogan is nice but definatley cant afford to live in van, I would still like to be able to buy a house as I would be selling mine here.
How about staying in Ontario? I'm with Black and Macdonald. We have 3 to 4 years work ahead in the Toronto area alone. Good work too. Or wind farms or there is more utility work around southern Ontario.
I have definatly thought about contractors in ontario what is Black and mac paying? are they union? I have also thought about Hydro one but I called the hiring hall and they said they were laying off??
Black and Mac is Ibew 353. If you call and haggle a little you might get a perk or two. As for Hydro One, its a good gig, BUT, you will get laid off late in the fall, and you won't see job calls again until March at least. Plus the pension and benefits are better with 353