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Distribution Assistant


Nanaimo, BC, CA

Branch: Gas
Affiliation: IBEW
Employment Status: Full-Time Regular
Salary: $29.43 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 a training program that's one of the best in the industry. The 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 in carrying out repairs and alterations to existing mains and services.

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.


  • High school/Grade 12 graduation/GED (education will be verified)
  • Valid BC driver’s license with safe driving record – minimum Class 5 required. Class 1 or 3 with air endorsement preferred
  • Underground utilities experience (gas, water, sewer) is an asset
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Demonstrated safe work habits and adherence to safety regulations and practices on a sustained basis
  • Initiative
  • 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 1
  • 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

Additional Information

  • Considerable walking, bending and lifting
  • Exposure to all weather conditions
  • Experience operating rubber tire backhoe and/or excavating equipment in shallow construction is considered an asset
  • 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

What you need to know:

  • Standby requirements:  This role has standby requirements based on operational needs approximately 5 weeks once fully trained 
  • On-Call requirements:  This role has on-call requirements based on operational needs
  • Residency requirements:  The successful candidate must adhere to the residency requirements of this position. 
  • Overtime requirements:  This role may have overtime requirements based on operational needs  
  • Travel requirements:  This role may have travel requirements based on operational needs  
  • Out of town work requirements:  This role may out of town work requirements based on operational needs 
  • This position has a requirement to be clean-shaven as per WCB standards. 
  • Prior to the interview, Talent Acquisition will conduct a full employee general record review. This will include, but is not limited to: sick leave and attendance records, personnel file review and letters on file.

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.


Safety is our number one priority, and to maintain the health and safety of our employees and broader communities, we have a number of COVID-19 safety measures in place. This includes a requirement for all new employees to provide proof of full vaccination, prior to their first day of work or the start of their employment. And of course, we will consider an accommodation for anyone who’s unable to be vaccinated due to a protected ground as defined by the Human Rights Code.


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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