I am a 20 year old electrical engineering technician (2 year diploma program) student at a Canadian college in Ontario. I am attending this school mainly to obtain the Post-Graduation Work Permit which I can use to become a permanent resident (I'm studying in Canada with a study permit).
My current plan is to graduate from this program, obtain the Post-Graduation Work Permit and work in Canada as an engineer or an engineering technician for a few years until I get the permanent residence. Once I become a Canadian PR, I am planning to enrol in a Lineman apprenticeship programme to become a high voltage electrician/utility electrician.
Here are my questions:
1. What would be the best route for becoming a utility electrician (powerline technician) in Ontario? e.g. working for Toronto Hydro, Hydro One, etc.
2. Would my electrical engineering technician diploma count in the lineman apprenticeship program in any way? (e.g. exemption of classroom hours required, or overall reduction in total hours required to become certified)
3. What hourly pay and how many hours of work per week can I expect as a newly certified lineman? I would like to work as many hours and overtime as possible, including 24-hour on call and storm/emergency works.
Thank you for reading.