Distribution System Technologist Apprentice 1

Toronto Hydro is proud to be recognized as a Sustainable Electricity Company™ by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). This award is an important milestone in our sustainability journey and ensures we are mitigating the risks associated with climate change, emerging clean technologies and increasing stakeholders’ expectations. As a result, we strive to provide electricity to our customers in a way that minimizes financial and environmental risks while maximizing the benefit to society.

Toronto Hydro Corporation is a holding company, which wholly-owns two subsidiaries:

  • Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited - which distributes electricity and engages in Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) activities; and
  • Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. - which provides street lighting services.

The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited. Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 761,000 customers located in Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.

At Toronto Hydro, we strive to attract and retain employees through a combination of benefits, positive working conditions and a culture that values team work, results and accountability.  We are committed to accessible hiring practices. Upon request, accommodation for applicants with disabilities is available. Accommodation for applicants selected to participate in an assessment or selection process will also be provided, if requested.


Distribution System Technologist Apprentice



The Distribution System Technologist (DST) Apprentice operates, installs, commissions, constructs, repairs, maintains, and decommissions all types of substation equipment, protective relay and control systems, station metering, distribution automation equipment, and SCADA systems, including completion of all associated work orders, specifications, engineering drawings, reports, and work procedures, under the direction of a Distribution System Technologist.


The Incumbent is expected to behave ethically and follow the established code of business conduct, policies and internal control procedures, laws and regulations governing Toronto Hydro.


Successful candidates must possess the following competencies and will be pre-screened for those bolded, prior to the interview portion of the selection process. Competencies are listed in order of significance.



  • Plan and coordinate  work activities as related to the project
  • Install, inspect, maintain and  repair all types of substation equipment, protective relay and control systems, station metering, distribution automation equipment, and SCADA  RTU systems
  • Commission, test and approve for service all substation distribution equipment, protection and control systems, station metering, distribution automation equipment, SCADA  RTU systems, and substation communication systems
  • Provide operating instructions for substation equipment
  • Perform cable terminations and testing of stations primary and secondary cable
  • Commission, test and maintain all substation building protection systems including fire/smoke detection and suppression
  • Install, repair, maintain substation building equipment as required (e.g. HVAC, lighting)
  • Conduct switching
  • Record on/off work protection
  • Test, repair and maintain high voltage test equipment and live line tools
  • Complete, maintain and update work orders, engineering drawings, specifications, reports, work procedures, and any other associated records/documentation
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose substation equipment failures, distribution automation equipment failures, protection and control system failures, SCADA failures, communication system and station metering failures.
  • Perform infra-red inspections
  • Install and maintain  switchgear stenciling and locking equipment
  • Prepares reports determining cause of failure, proposed remediation activities, risk management alternatives, post-repair test procedures, and implements accepted recommendation
  • Identify defects, contraventions and dangers
  • Operates electric cranes in stations



  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with one of the following: Electrical/Mechanical Technologist diploma; Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree; a Bachelor of Technology degree with a concentration on Energy Systems Engineering may be considered
  • Must have a valid “G” and be eligible to obtain a “DZ” License in the Province of Ontario
  • Related hands on field experience preferred
  • Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T) Certification from the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a PC environment and engineering software applications
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Safety performance and familiarity with utility safety regulations and practices; adopts safe and efficient work practices, participates in job planning, risk reduction, and reports problems
  • Customer Service and Trust; excels in providing timely and effective services and exceeding customer expectations
  • Leadership; keeps people informed, promotes team morale and productivity
  • Adherence to Policies and Procedures; complies with policies, practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of Work; demonstrates an in-depth level of knowledge regarding the job, current role and accountabilities
  • Problem Solving; takes into account all relevant information when making a decision
  • Dependability; reliable and counted on to get the work done, ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Quality of Work; work is organized, detailed, in-depth, and is consistently of high quality
  • Volume of Work completed far outreaches the expectations; adapts well to changing volumes of work and/or pace of work and proactively seeks out additional work
  • Collaborating; stresses collaboration and interacts effectively with others






Toronto Hydro
Full time
Toronto, 08, CA