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Equipment Operator/Distribution Assistant


Courtenay, BC, CA

Branch: Gas
Affiliation: IBEW
Employment Status: Full-Time Regular
Salary: $38.49 Hourly

We’re looking for new talent to join us as we reinvent the future of energy. Across BC, we have a diverse team of more than 2,500 employees we can’t do without, yet we’re growing as fast as ever.

You may think we’re your standard utility that delivers natural gas and electricity, but we’re also into cool, innovative energy solutions. Think carbon capture, renewable energies and lower-carbon transportation for a start. We believe in creating a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.

If you like meaningful work, a dynamic environment and forward-thinking colleagues, build your career with us. You’ll get opportunities to grow, lead, solve, and create. So what are you waiting for? Let’s rethink energy together.

Position Overview

Our success relies on having highly skilled field operators, so we have developed an training program that's one of the best in the industry. The Equipment Operator/Distribution Assistant will learn to use the tools and procedures required for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Gas Distribution system. You will assist in the installation of distribution pipes, fittings and related components and carryout repairs and alterations to existing mains or services, in addition to operating rubber tire back-hoe and/or excavating equipment. 

You will learn welding and pipefitting skills, and will also be trained in safety, customer service and software applications. You will receive hands-on experience and coaching through classroom and on-the-job training to prepare you for advancement.

The Equipment Operator/Distribution Assistant will be trained in all aspects of emergency response.

All positions carry competitive compensation and benefits that include regular paid vacation, medical, dental, extended health, group life insurance, pension plan and optional group RRSP.


  • High school/Grade 12 graduation/GED (education will be verified)
  • Hold a current Class1 Driver’s License with a safe driving record.
  • Underground utilities experience (gas, water, sewer) is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to proficiently operate a backhoe around underground utilities.
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Demonstrated safe work habits and adherence to safety regulations and practices on a sustained basis
  • Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Initiative and sense of responsibility.
  • Ability to become proficient in the use of power operated and hand tools, equipment and instruments
  • Ability to learn simple pipefitting, small meter setting and residential appliance relight setting
  • General good health, adequate physical strength and agility
  • Ability to meet the public as a representative of FortisBC
  • Ability to absorb, follow and retain instructions relating to function
  • Ability to acquire a thorough knowledge of theory and operation of material and equipment relating to Gas Operations
  • Ability to use and complete time slips, trucking slips, simple work and similar forms
  • Ability to successfully obtain Gas Utility or higher certificate of qualification
  • Ability to provide running maintenance on backhoes
  • Ability to operate and provide running maintenance on any of the following or similar equipment: front-end loaders, trenching machines, portable cranes, crawler tractors, side booms, direct bury plowing machines or any equipment which requires up to a Class 1 Driver’s License (with air endorsements).

Additional Information

  • Considerable walking, bending and lifting
  • Exposure to all weather conditions
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience operating rubber tire backhoe and/or excavating equipment in shallow construction
  • Current Gasfitter qualifications (B ticket or higher) are considered an asset
  • Welding experience/credentials are considered an asset
  • Out of town training and work may be required

Our engaging workplace offers a wide range of challenging opportunities, while being safe, inclusive and diverse. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, while supporting life-long career development. We also encourage volunteerism and nourish the need to give back to your community.


The safety of our customers and FortisBC family members is our number one priority. To ensure the safety of our employees on our job sites, there is strict adherence to our worksite safety plans and social distancing practices. As an essential service provider, we’ll continue to follow the government COVID-19 guidelines and adjust our plans as necessary. As we welcome new employees, our commitment to safety remains for all of our FortisBC family.


To learn more about the recruitment process with FortisBC, please visit the You’re Applying. What now? page for additional information. 

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