What Does an Entertainment Industry Power Technician Do?

An Entertainment Industry Power Technician (269E) plans, installs and maintains temporary power distribution systems for use in the entertainment industry, including film, television, live performance, tradeshows and special events.

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • utilizing hand tools, power tools, metering, testing devices and accessories
  • calculating electrical load requirements
  • planning and hanging temporary power systems
  • installing and removing set practicals and wiring
  • planning, selecting, building and maintaining rigs, hoists and lifts
  • assessing job site conditions and calculating electrical load requirements
  • utilizing rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment and procedures
  • scheduling job site materials and equipment
  • planning, building, maintaining, and disassembling electrical power systems
  • installing, controlling, and disassembling lighting
  • managing and maintaining temporary and portable power supply systems

To view the Essential Skills necessary to work as an Entertainment Industry Power Technician (NOC Code 5226), click on the following link:


Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

To become an apprentice, you need to complete your Grade 12 secondary school diploma or Grade 12 equivalency, preferably with credits in mathematics, English and science. To achieve success in this trade, you should have a good mechanical aptitude and good hands-on skills. You should be able to use many different types of power, pneumatic and hydraulic tools or equipment. If you are attending high school, you may benefit from enroling in an Arts and Culture Specialist High Skills Major Program. For more information, please click the following link:


Successful completion of a total of 5000 hours of apprenticeship training includes 4520 on-the-job hours and 480 hours of in-school instruction at an approved training institution. This is arranged by the Apprenticeship Branch consultant once you are registered as an apprentice. Training may be completed by block release (full-time, 4 weeks for each level) or day release (1 day per week - same day each week), or part-time (generally night-school programs). This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

Entertainment Industry Power Technician is a Voluntary trade regulated by the Apprenticeship and Certification Act. Upon successfully completing the program, a person working in this trade is entitled to a Certificate of Apprenticeship and can challenge the trade examination to obtain a Certificate of Qualification.

What’s Your Future as an Entertainment Industry Power Technician?

Entertainment Industry Power Technicians generally work on sets for film, television, stage, live performance, carnivals, special event or tradeshow productions. Entertainment Industry Power Technicians may need to travel to various work sites to perform their duties. Some of these sites may be outdoors. Entertainment Industry Power Technicians usually work a standard 40 hour work week, but this will vary depending on the needs of the production. Career progression within the trade can lead to Supervisory/Management positions.

For additional information about this career check out: http://www.cmg.ca - website for the Canadian Media Guild, or the Canadian Film Centre website at http://www.cfccreates.com and click on Careers and Industry information.

http://www23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/2001/e/groups/2241.shtml - HRSDC National Occupations Classification website

Wage Rate

  • you start at a wage rate that is less than that of a journeyperson
  • this rate increases gradually as you acquire skills and gain competency


Ask Yourself: Is Working as an Entertainment Industry Power Technician for You?

Do you have a good mechanical aptitude, good vision and enjoy learning about and fixing different systems and components?

Yes      No

Do you have the physical stamina to be on your feet for long hours, working to deadlines, and are you willing to work overtime if required?

Yes      No

Are you able to bend, lift, kneel, stoop and crouch?

Yes      No

Are you visually able to tell different colours apart?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy keeping up with and learning about new technology?

Yes      No

Do you take pride in persisting until the job is done safely and just right?

Yes      No

Can you communicate effectively as a member of a team?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as an Entertainment Industry Power Technician may be for you!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Industrial Electrician
  • Construction Electrician
  • Power Line Worker
  • Carpenter


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