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Do you know what it takes to be a line maintainer or utility arborist at Hydro One?

More than 240 youth from in and around Manitoulin Island explored what it takes to keep the lights on at the 15th Annual
Kenjgewin Teg Career Fair hosted by Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute in M’Chigeeng First Nation on October 17, 2017.

ravis, the Customer Operations Manager for the area, took the opportunity to spend the day with youth of all ages.

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This event gave us the opportunity to speak with youth and show them what we do every day, including our commitment to safety, which was an incredible experience. I hadn’t smiled that much in a long time,” said Travis.

Youth had a firsthand look at a day on the job and what it takes to become a journeyperson. This included an on-site bucket truck demonstration and an interactive display of the tools and equipment that crews use. It takes 8,000 hours of in-class and on-the-job learning to become a certified line maintainer and 6,000 hours to become a utility arborist. At Hydro One, these among other apprenticeships are offered in a joint partnership with the Power Workers’ Union.

“I honestly believe that your staff were an inspiration to these students,” said Natasha, a Post-Secondary Education Instructor Coordinator at Kenjgewin Teg.

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