Apprentice Winder

Vancouver BC
Posted On Nov 2 2019 Dec 2 2019

As per IBEW Collective Agreement.

Winders at B.C. 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) 

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BCH-T-5160-190626E1 - Apprentice Winder

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* 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 $29.66/ hour and the journeyperson rate is $39.55/ 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. 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

Please ensure you submit a complete and comprehensive application package, making sure you


• Cover letter

• Resume (include street address and mailing address if different, email address and phone


• Proof of pre-requisite completion: electronic copies of official / unofficial school transcripts from

your educational institution confirming grade 12 graduation, including English 12, Physics 12, and

Math 12.

Acceptable equivalent courses include college / university equivalents, Communications 12 for

English; and Principles of Math 12 (Pre-Calculus Math 12) or Applications of Math 12

(Foundations of Math 12) for Math.

• Electronic copies of official / unofficial school transcripts from any post-secondary institution that

you have attended (university, college or trade school).

• Your driving record (i.e. ICBC Driver's Abstract -

• Insurance Claims History Letter from ICBC

Please ensure you include ALL of the above in your application package no later than MIDNIGHT

of WEDNESDAY, JULY 31st. Please note only successful candidates will be contacted. 

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