Graduate Technologist-in-Training

Develop the skills and experience to be a technologist

BC Hydro's Graduate Technologist-in-Training (GTT) program is a structured career development program designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and experience required to become a fully qualified technologist in Distribution Design, Engineering, or Transmission Maintenance, or Apparatus.

What you learn and experience

The GTT program is designed to translate academic knowledge into practical experience to make the candidate a highly valued employee. The formal GTT program is two to four years of on-the-job training, supplemented by classroom training, reports and presentations, and technical courses and seminars. Most streams incorporate rotations during the first two years, with possible relocation throughout B.C.

Each division seeks different areas of expertise and offers unique opportunities for candidates with a technology background:

Divisions Duties Disciplines


Distribution Design

Four-year program

  • Conduct field studies and design and prepare cost estimates for a variety of single and three-phase distribution projects, including underground and overhead
  • Develop the knowledge of the distribution network system
  • Develop the knowledge of surveying and the ability to read legal and building plans


  • Electrical Technology
    (Power option preferred)

Engineering (Electrical)

Two-year program

  • Perform a variety of complex technical functions relating to the design, planning, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of electrical systems
  • Provide project management support, including preparing budgets and economic analysis
  • Liaise with internal and external groups
  • Electrical Technology
    (Power option)

Enginnering (Civil)

Two-year program

  • Design a variety of civil and structural facilities and develop knowledge of the related construction, operation and maintenance of generation stations, transmission facilities and interrelated equipment
  • Develop knowledge of computer applications for a variety of systems related to design, project costing, estimating and project management functions
  • Assist with and complete soils and geotechnical assessments, sometimes in remote areas
  • Civil Engineering Technology

Transmission Maintenance

Two-year program

  • Perform a variety of technical and planning functions related to maintenance of rights-of-way, such as contracting, road access, priority assessments and property issues
  • Coordinate activities involved in the surveying, tendering and inspection of transmission slope stability, erosion and civil work
  • Liaise, communicate and make applications as required with government agencies and stakeholders to ensure adherence to legislation and environment standards
  • Provide troubleshooting and technical guidance on transmission line equipment and interpret test results
  • Civil/Structural/Construction Management
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical Technology (Power option)


Four-year program

  • Perform a variety of technical and planning functions related to maintenance of transmission lines, including designing minor relocations, estimating, scheduling, inspections, testing and monitoring
  • Conduct field evaluations and respond to failures and malfunctions on a variety of power apparatus and equipment
  • Design a varity of electrical station equipment layouts and complex control circuits
  • Electronics Technology (Power – Electrical option)
  • Instrumentation Engineering Technology


Qualifications: what you bring

  • You've completed a diploma in civil/structural, electronics, mechanical or electrical (power option) technology from a program nationally accredited by The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board, or other training equivalent to Canadian Technology Standards. Please check with your place of education if you are unsure if your diploma qualifies you for this position
  • You enjoy working both in the outdoors and in the office, sometimes in remote locations and various conditions
  • You hold a valid driver's license
  • You have a proficiency in English
  • You have strong interpersonal skills and are able to deal with both internal and external customers
  • You have excellent computer literacy
  • You have a keen interest and lifelong commitment to learning
  • You have good analytical skills

Within BC Hydro there is also a CPC Technologist Trainee program which has an electrical (power option) and telecom focus. Apply online to BC Hydro's Communications, Protection & Control Technologist Trainee Program.

Equivalence documentation & transcripts

To successfully claim an equivalent status, you must provide documentation that effectively demonstrates you've taken equivalent courses. You'll submit either a letter from your place of education or your instructor indicating the course(s) stating that the course(s) taken would be considered equivalent to the BC Hydro educational requirements.

Once accepted as a trainee, you'll need to submit a copy of your transcripts demonstrating completion of a National Diploma Program in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology.

Program details and future job prospects

The Graduate Technologist in-Training program is open for applications once per year, beginning in January. The program commences in late June/July.

As a successful trainee applicant, your career begins with 24 to 48 months of on-the-job technical training and technical courses and seminars, classroom training and reports and presentations.

You will be exposed to challenging assignments and be trained to the highest standards. Upon graduation, your training experiences will lead you into a technologist position at the end of your training period.

Where you train and work

As a trainee, you'll be headquartered in one of our regional offices throughout B.C. and will experience a minimum of one rotation from one location rotation to ensure you gain the maximum training and experience. The headquarter and rotation locations will vary, but can be anywhere in the province of B.C. including Burnaby, Prince George, Fort St. John, Vernon, Surrey, Terrace, Kamloops, Dawson Creek, Cranbrook and Nanaimo.

Pay and benefits

On your way to a challenging and satisfying career, you'll be paid while you learn with a minimum starting salary of $25.96* per hour and you’ll receive increases during the program.

You learn and work in a healthy and safe environment supported by a competitive benefit package that includes vacation (minimum of 3 weeks), designated day offs with pay, disability income, health and vision and dental benefits.

*The wage included here is subject to change. As of November 2013.