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Bruce Power is Canada's first private nuclear generating company.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Why do I need grade 12 mathematics?
2) What is an apprenticeship?
3) How do I become an apprentice?
4) What is the prerequisite education for an apprenticeship?
5) How much money can a skilled worker make?
6) What is the starting wage for an apprentice?
7) What different apprenticeships are available and what do they do?
8) How long is an apprenticeship?
9) Where would I work if I became an apprentice?
10) Where do I send my application and what should it include?

1) Why do I need grade 12 mathematics?

Math is an important part of any skilled trade. Whether calculating voltage drop, distances or measurements, it is necessary for a trades person to be able and understand math principles.

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2) What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is hands-on training for people who enjoy learning by doing and want to work in a skilled trade. Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience, and their wages increase with their level of skill.

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3) How do I become an apprentice?

To become an apprentice an applicant must find an employer who is willing to provide training. Some employers advertise directly for skilled workers in local newspapers, but most employers rely on word-of-mouth to attract applicants. People who want to become apprentices usually apply directly to an employer or a training committee of local employers.

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4) What is the prerequisite education for an apprenticeship?

The minimum prerequisite education for apprenticeships through Hydro One and Bruce Power are Grade 12 with grade 12 math and grade 12 English. Some trades require additional education including some post secondary education. Please see the specific trade description to confirm the requirements for the trade you are interested in.

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5) How much money can a skilled worker make?

The demand for skilled workers continues to increase, and top performers in some skilled trades earn more than $40,000 a year. Because skilled workers are in such great demand, their salaries may be even higher due to overtime and bonuses. With bonuses, an electrician can earn more than $70,000 a year and a power line technician more than $90,000 a year.

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6) What is the starting wage for an apprentice?

Depending on the apprenticeship the wage can be anywhere from $15.00 to $18.00 per hour.

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7) What different apprenticeships are available and what do they do?

Please visit the Download Information section for a description of the apprenticeship you are interested in.

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8) How long is an apprenticeship?

Foresters require 6,000 hours (4 x 1,500 hour terms)
Lines require 8,000 hours (4 x 2,000 hour terms)
Electrician requires 9,000 hours (5 x 1,800 hour terms)
Mechanic requires 8,000 hours (4 x 2,000 hour terms)

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9) Where would I work if I became an apprentice?

Apprentices working through the Power Workers’ Union at Hydro One work all over the province with the majority of the work in Southern Ontario. As an apprentice you will be expected to move throughout the province to receive all available work and training opportunities. The Power Workers’ Union collective agreements pay room and board or lodging allowances when apprentices are working away from their homes.

Apprentices working through the Power Workers’ Union at Bruce Power will work at the Bruce Nuclear Site just north of Kincardine on the eastern shore of Lake Huron.

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10) Where do I send my application and what should it include?

All applicants must apply through the new electronic application system available through links at the Hydro One,the Power Workers' Union, or the TradeUp for Success websites.

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