Entertainment Industry Power Technician

Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade

Trade Code 269E
NOC 5226


  • Demonstrates an understanding in temporary power distribution systems for the entertainment industry, including film, television, live performance, tradeshows, special events and carnivals
  • Plan proposed film television, live performance, tradeshow, special event and carnival layouts, installations and rigs from technical drawings, sketches and/or specifications
  • Responsible for the connection of plug-in devices to mobile generator sets and working on circuits limited to 400 amps and less than 750 volts
  • Lays out and connects single-pin-based distribution and power distribution taps, including tees, single-pin multiple-connection devices, and multi-pin sub-distribution boxes
  • Responsible for installing rigging, set practicals and special effect lighting
  • Fits, repairs and maintains luminaries and dimming systems, portable power distribution equipment, cables and mobile generator sets
  • Responsible for working on temporary installation up to, but not including, hardwire connection to the power systems of permanent buildings

Personal Qualities

  • You are able to work at varying heights
  • You have strong problem solving skills
  • You enjoy working with your hands
  • You are able to work independently but also possess the leadership skills to manage a crew, if required
  • You are safety conscious
  • You are willing to engage in continuous learning to keep up with technological change and advancement

Career Opportunities

  • Tradespersons in this trade may be employed by television and radio stations and networks, recording studios, film and video production companies, concert promoters and theatres or stage and dance companies
  • Entertainment Industry Power Technicians may also be self-employed

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 4,520 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 5,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Trade Related Programs

Trebas Institute
2340 Dundas Street West, 2nd Floor
Toronto ON M6P 4A9
416-966-3066 www.trebas.com
Harris Institute
188 Sherbourne Street
Toronto ON M5A 2R2
416-367-0178 www.harrisinstitute.com
Fanshawe College
1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard, P.O. Box 7005
London ON N5Y 5R6
519-452-4430 www.fanshawec.on.ca Apprenticeship Training

Information not available at this time. Please contact Employment Ontario at 905-837-7721 or 1-800-461-4608.

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices progress towards a journeyperson’s wages over time
  • Wages 1 generally range from $12.60 to $36.25 an hour, excluding overtime, with journeypersons usually earning the higher end of the pay scale

Prospects For Employment

  • Employment is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2009 2 .

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Apprentices may be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction