The Overhead Lines Operative Traineeship is designed to provide the electrical transmission and distribution sector with personnel who have the knowledge, skills and competencies to undertake a range of tasks associated with the erection and maintenance of overhead power lines. Participants will get the opportunity to develop the practical and technical skills needed to construct and maintain overhead power lines. The course is the ideal starting point for anyone who is interested in developing a career in this type of work.
A combination of training methods is used to deliver this course. These include instructions, presentations, demonstrations, supervised practice, simulated work environment, practical work training, and giving and receiving feedback. Participants are required to actively participate in the learning process and to engage in course work outside of normal course hours. They must complete a number of written exercises and assignments throughout the course and keep up-to-date records of their progress. A number of methods are used to assess the participants’ progress and for certification purposes. These include assignments, practical exams, learner portfolios, and skills demonstrations.
- Reached the statutory school leaving age.
- Minimum of Junior Cert or equivalent.
- Good literacy, verbal and numeracy skills.
- Good hand/eye co-ordination, manual dexterity and spatial aptitude.
- Ability to work at heights is absolutely essential.
- Must have an appropriate level of fitness and physical ability to carry out duties as described.
- Must pass a colour vision test.
- Must be willing to travel throughout Ireland.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work in a team.
- Willing and able to perform duties in all weather conditions in rural and remote locations.
- Previous experience working in construction, agriculture or general operative sectors.
- Full Category B Driving licence.
Overhead power line operatives build, repair, refurbish and maintain the transmission and distribution lines that supply electricity from power stations and wind farms to our homes and businesses. Ireland has in excess of 6,900 km of transmission lines and 88,000 km of distribution lines. Much of the work involved in renewing and upgrading these lines and building new ones is carried out by private sector companies on behalf of Eirgrid and ESB Networks. Course graduates gain employment with these companies to build on their experience and further their careers. Past graduates of the course have worked on major projects in Ireland and the UK.