Powerline Worker Apprenticeship

Location: Tasmania
Duration: 4 Years
Qualification: Certificate III in ESI (Powerline)

If you enjoy working outdoors in a crew, don’t mind working at heights and keeping the lights on then becoming a Powerline Worker could be just for you.

Powerline workers service conductors (powerlines) supplying electricity to consumers. They construct and maintain overhead distribution lines and attend to faults as required.

Some tasks performed are but not limited to:

  • Erection and removal of poles
  • Run overhead conductor (lines)
  • Installation of substations
  • Augmentation of existing overhead conductors and apparatus
  • Maintain/replace overhead substations
  • Upgrade/replace failed or existing conductors
  • Connection and disconnection of premises on the electricity network.
To become a Powerline Worker you have to complete an Australian Apprenticeship, being the Certificate III in ESI (Powerline) which comprises of on-the-job and off-the-job education, training and workplace experience. The off-the-job training is delivered by TasNetworks Training School and TAFE Tasmania.
Entry requirements may vary however employers generally require a minimum of Year 10 but prefer Year 12.

Qualifying as a Powerline Worker involves:

  • Four years commitment
  • Attending paid work with a ‘host employer’ for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Attend off-the-job training at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • Successfully complete all requirements.

Ideal personal requirements to be a Powerline Worker include:

  • Willing and able to work in all outdoor weather conditions
  • Comfortable working at heights (on ladders, poles or elevated work platforms)
  • Enjoy mathematical and technical activities
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Problem solving ability
  • Physically fit
  • Good communication skills.
  • You earn while you learn
  • Annual Leave
  • Personal Leave
  • Nationally recognised qualification
  • Dedicated Industry Careers Consultant, who will guide you every step of the way, from the day they interview you, through to completion. Whether this is one, two or four years from now, your Industry Careers Consultant will always be there for you to discuss training needs, workplace performance or to have a general chat about work or life, or both.
  • A head start to your career!