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Job Requirements

Power Protection and Control Technicians install, commission, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair the critical system equipment used for detecting and responding to power system faults, controlling system devices, metering schemes and telecom throughout a region or area.

They may also perform design functions under the supervision of Professional Engineers. They are employed by electric power utilities and private electrical contractors. Their range of duties and responsibilities is dependent upon the type of operation for which they are employed.

Educational Requirements:
Completion of 3 year electrical/electronic/instrumentation and control program from a college or vocational school is typically required; additional training in relay protection and control (post-secondary or in-house) is often required.


National Occupational Standard

NOS are a benchmark of the knowledge and abilities needed to be competent in a particular occupation. Developed by current job incumbents, NOS are a collection of the individual competencies that make up the whole picture of an occupation.

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Related NOC code:

  • 22310 – Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians


Working Conditions

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  • Many workers, like Utility Arborists and Meter Readers, spend their days outside and are exposed to harsh weather conditions, including intense heat and cold, and adverse weather events (such as snow and ice storms, heavy winds, and rain).
  • Various workers, like Utility Arborists and Wind Turbine Technicians are required to work from heights on a daily basis. They may be required to manually climb trees and must be able to use aerial lifts and bucket trucks.
  • Many technicians, mechanics and electricians are also required to work in confined spaces.
  • Asset maintenance workers often require manual dexterity and some degree of flexibility and physical strength to complete their maintenance and repair work.