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Apprenticeships

Idaho Power offers eight different training programs, all recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.

These career opportunities offer excellent compensation, career advancement, stability and an opportunity to provide a valuable service to our customers. Click the name of the apprenticeship to view its details.

Interested in joining our team of exceptional apprentices? Visit our Career Opportunities page to view available apprenticeship job postings and apply online. Apprentice applicants must be at least 18 and meet all basic requirements as listed on the job posting.

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Apprenticeships

Lineman Apprentice I


Lineman Apprentice I


Description

Approximate Starting Rate: $18.23 per hour.

Job Summary

Under direct supervision, performs new construction and maintenance work on overhead and underground distribution and transmission lines.

Examples of Duties

The following is a representative list - other duties may be required.

  • Builds and maintains distribution overhead and underground and/or transmission lines and facilities, both energized and de-energized.
  • Assists in planning jobs to ensure compliance with approved safety and construction standards and procedures.
  • Maintains work records.
  • Assists in stocking line trucks and maintaining tools and equipment.
  • Drives, maintains and operates lines vehicles and properly stations them for the work to be done.

Basic Requirements

Must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: High school diploma or GED.

Experience: Successful completion of a recognized line worker training program (such as Northwest Lineman College).

Licenses/Certifications: Valid Class A CDL with acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position and capable of acquiring tanker, doubles and hazardous materials endorsements.

Competencies: Safety awareness; communication; decision-making; adaptability; applied learning; initiating action; managing work (includes time management); contributing to team success; building strategic working relationships; building customer loyalty.

Physical Ability

Perform occasional overhead work, lifting up to 75 pounds shoulder-height and above; occasionally lift 100 pounds chest-, waist-, and knee-high; occasionally carry items up to 125 pounds with two hands (75 pounds with one hand); occasionally push and pull weight in excess of 50 pounds; climb and work off of poles, ladders and other structures that may be 40–150 feet high; work in and around energized lines; work long hours (up to 10 hours on average and occasionally up to 24 hours) in extreme weather conditions. To ensure the manufacturer's rated capacity of climbing hooks are not exceeded, applicant's body weight cannot exceed 300 pounds.

Applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others or property.

Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment, post-offer Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA).

Additional Requirements

Apprentices must also be at least 18 years of age (or 21 years of age, depending on the location of the position and the driving requirements as regulated by the Department of Transportation [DOT]).

The successful candidate must live or relocate within 20 miles of the assigned location, complete required company and safety training, and abide by the company's safety rules and regulations.

He/she will be required to work on-call rotation and may be subject to non-traditional hours, including daytime, evenings, weekdays and/or weekends.

The successful candidate must also enroll in, and successfully progress through, the company-sponsored Lineman Apprentice Training Program.

Valid first aid and CPR cards, or ability to obtain within 60 days; complete training assignment, which may include six months away from base location.

If you're interested in being considered for an apprenticeship position, you must wait for one to be posted on our Career Opportunities page.

Station Technician Apprentice


Station Technician Apprentice


Description

Approximate Starting Rate: $18.23 per hour.

Job Summary

Works in a team environment to learn the mechanics of operation, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and installation, and repair of station apparatus.

Examples of Duties

The following is a representative list - other duties may be required.

  • Assists in performing minor and major maintenance and repair of apparatus, equipment and station facilities.
  • Assists with emergency operation of stations and station equipment.
  • Assists with installing and commissioning substation equipment.
  • Assists in moving power transformers and regulators, including oil handling, loading, unloading, refilling and preparing for service.
  • Assists in performing maintenance on power transformers and regulators, including switching equipment out of service, wiring, replacing gaskets, grounding, rebussing and other work required to return equipment to service.
  • Assists with tests of station apparatus using a variety of test equipment.
  • Assists with switching and operation of station equipment.

Basic Requirements

Must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: High school diploma or GED.

Licenses/Certifications: Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position; Valid CDL or the ability to obtain one within 90 days of hire.

Competencies: Safety awareness; communication; decision-making; adaptability; applied learning; quality orientation; contributing to team success; initiating action; managing work; energy.

Physical Ability

Work in the field up to 85 percent of the time in adverse weather conditions and within proximity of energized equipment; drive in all weather conditions; work in and around substations and occasionally in confined spaces; climb ladders and structures; lift and carry test equipment weighing up to 75 pounds chest-high; carry up to 75 pounds; climb into and out of vehicles; and perform the essential functions of the position without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others or property.

Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment, post-offer Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA).

Additional Requirements

Apprentices must be at least 18 years of age (or 21 years of age, depending on the location of the position and the driving requirements as regulated by the Department of Transportation [DOT]).

Completion of required safety training and the ability to travel extensively with overnight stays; ability to work hitches away from headquarters; ability to work on-call.

If you're interested in being considered for an apprenticeship position, you must wait for one to be posted on our Career Opportunities page.

Meter Technician Apprentice


Meter Technician Apprentice


Description

Approximate Starting Rate: $24.55 per hour.

Job Summary

Under the direct guidance of Meter Technicians, learns to plan, coordinate and perform meter site verifications, metering installations, planned and unplanned metering maintenance and meter accuracy testing in accordance with industry standards and the Meter Quality System requirements. Apprentice is responsible for learning the Meter Quality System requirements in his/her area of control and is accountable for adherence to the system requirements.

Meter Technician Apprentices will learn to plan, execute and keep records of projects related to periodic and statistical maintenance programs, new technology implementation and control of meter quality system nonconformance. They will also learn to investigate power quality problems.

Examples of Duties

The following is a representative list - other duties may be required.

  • Satisfies the requirements of the apprenticeship training program and becomes certified by the Office of Apprenticeship.
  • Learns to perform verification and testing of metering equipment and installations, including self-contained secondary, 480V metering, transformer-rated secondary, transformer-rated primary, transformer-rated substation and transformer-rated transmission station.
  • Learns to plan, coordinate, and/or perform metering installations and maintenance activities.
  • Learns to energize and de-energize distribution and service facilities to facilitate metering installations, maintenance, and customer connections and disconnections.
  • Learns to use a personal computer and mainframe applications to maintain all pertinent records related to metering.
  • Becomes proficient at detection and correction of non conformities to meter quality system requirements, including troubleshooting, corrective action, calculation of billing corrections and assisting in implementation of preventative action.
  • Communicates with customers and other stakeholders regarding metering issues.
  • May occasionally be required to perform connects/disconnects and field collections and will function as a mentor for the Meter Specialists on the metering team.

Basic Requirements

Must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: High school diploma or GED. Associate's degree in electronics, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the desired knowledge, skills and abilities.

Licenses/Certifications: Valid driver’s license. Department of Transportation medical card prior to hire.

Competencies: Safety awareness; decision-making; managing work (includes time management); quality orientation; communication; initiating action; applied learning; energy; contributing to team success.

Physical Ability

Occasional lifting of items weighing up to 60 pounds shoulder height and above, waist-high and knee-high; frequently use exertional force greater than 50 pounds pulling meters. Frequently use both hands or one hand to carry items weighing up to 60 pounds. Requires the ability to manipulate hand and foot controls, as well as to grasp hand tools, power tools, bucket truck levers and to use fine manipulation when operating small tools and when keyboarding. Must have the ability to perform the essential functions of the position without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others or property. The successful applicant for this position must take and pass a pre-employment/post-offer Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA).

Additional Requirements

Meter Technician Apprentices are required to satisfy the requirements of the apprenticeship training program and achieve state certification within the timeline defined in the apprenticeship agreement. Work on-call outside regular business hours. Work outside in seasonal adverse weather conditions. Some overnight travel required.

If you're interested in being considered for an apprenticeship position, you must wait for one to be posted on our Career Opportunities page.

Line Operations Technician Apprentice


Line Operations Technician Apprentice


Description

Approximate Starting Rate: $24.55 per hour.

Job Summary

Under the guidance of a Lines Operation Technician II, is responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of capacitors, reclosers, regulators, sectionalizers, line relays/controls, distribution automation systems, remote device communications systems. Provides technical expertise and support for lines operations and emergency restoration. Works closely with the regional engineering teams. Monitors devices for correct operation and appropriate settings.

Examples of Duties

The following is a representative list—other duties may be required.

  • Participates in automated capacitor programs and integration into the Automated Capacitor Control (ACC) system.
  • Oversees the installation of growth-related capacitor banks.
  • Prepares existing capacitors for summer peak.
  • Sets up and troubleshoots communications with remote line devices and various automation systems.
  • Sets up and troubleshoots automated switching schemes for large commercial and industrial customers, including customer interaction.
  • Monitors and upgrades line voltage regulators and controls.
  • Manages line recloser and capacitor periodic maintenance programs.
  • Creates the relay/control setting and maintenance database.
  • Collects actual field measurements of feeder loadings and voltage levels for model verification and calibration.
  • Provides training to teams and line crews on line equipment controls.
  • Performs field and bench repairs of electronic and microprocessor line equipment controls.
  • Assists in the analysis of lines systems operations.
  • Ensures protective schemes are performing to lines design/performance expectations, by test or analysis.
  • Initiates action to resolve apparatus problems that arise, and evaluates changes to ensure accurate, timely and efficient implementation.

Basic Requirements

Must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: High school diploma or GED.

Licenses/Certifications: Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.

Competencies: Safety awareness; applied learning; communication; adaptability; initiating action; managing work; quality orientation; energy; innovation; stress tolerance.

Physical Ability

Perform field work 40 percent of the time in adverse weather conditions; occasional lifting of items weighing up to 60 pounds shoulder height and above, waist-high, and knee-high; frequently use exertional force greater than 50 pounds pushing and pulling meters. Frequently use both hands or one hand to carry items weighing up to 60 pounds; enter and exit truck up to 50 times per day; use a 32-40 foot, 15-pound extendo stick, pull open and push closed mechanical apparatus using exertional force; working with arms extended overhead for periods of time throughout the day; operate and use an ATV and/or snowmobile; work in confined spaces; utilize foot controls while driving a vehicle; frequently use hand grasp and fine finger manipulation. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others or property. Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment, post-offer Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA).

Additional Requirements

Extensive travel with occasional overnight stays. Successful applicant’s total weight, while wearing job-specific tools, is not to exceed the 300-pound capacity of ladders and buckets the applicant will be working from.

If you're interested in being considered for an apprenticeship position, you must wait for one to be posted on our Career Opportunities page.

Relay Technician Apprentice


Relay Technician Apprentice


Description

Approximate Starting Rate: $25.48 per hour.

Job Summary

Under supervision, the Relay Technician Apprentice ensures secure operation of interconnected electrical power-system operations by installing, commissioning, troubleshooting, repairing, testing and maintaining power-system monitoring equipment, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) remote terminal units (RTU), remedial action schemes (RAS), and protective relay, control and communication systems.

Examples of Duties

The following is a representative list - other duties may be required.

The apprentice performs these duties under the supervision of a Relay Technician and/or System Protection and Communications Leader.

  • Performs both routine and emergency testing and maintenance on power system protective relaying, monitoring and communications equipment.
  • Ensures all transmission system operations are analyzed for cause and proper operation and implements corrective actions, as required, in coordination with system-protection engineering.
  • Interprets and analyzes power, control and communication system test data.
  • Calibrates power-system monitoring equipment, transducers and protective relays.
  • Reads and properly interprets substation drawings (e.g., single-line drawings, AC and DC schematics, panel wiring diagrams and panel layout drawings).
  • Installs, tests and terminates fiber-optic circuits.
  • Tests instrument transformers.
  • Works as a member of project teams to assist with scoping, detailed design review, shop-panel testing, project construction and commissioning.
  • Responds to power system emergencies and is available to stand as after-hours system support/on-call.

Basic Requirements

Must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: High school diploma or GED. Associate’s degree in electronics, OR an equivalent combination of the appropriate education and experience that provides the desired knowledge, skills and abilities.

Licenses/Certifications: Valid driver’s license.

Competencies: Safety awareness; applied learning; communication; decision-making; adaptability; quality orientation; managing work (includes time management); contributing to team success; innovation, stress tolerance.

Physical Ability

Occasionally lift and carry with one or two hands relay and test equipment weighing up to 44 pounds above head, waist-high and knee-high; push/pull using exertional force greater than 44 pounds; work in remote areas with limited space and in inclement weather conditions; operate a snowmobile or ATV; ascend/descend microwave towers up to 150 feet high; operate foot controls, grasp and manipulate hand tools and keyboards. Must be able to perform all duties of the position without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others or property. Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment, post-offer Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA).

Additional Requirements

The successful candidate must live or relocate to an acceptable distance from work location. The apprentice-level candidate must enroll in Idaho Power's Relay Technician Apprenticeship Training Program.

If you're interested in being considered for an apprenticeship position, you must wait for one to be posted on our Career Opportunities page.

Communication Technician Apprentice


Communication Technician Apprentice


Description

Approximate Starting Rate: $25.48 per hour.

Job Summary

Under supervision, the Communication Technician Apprentice ensures secure operation of the interconnected electrical power system by installing, commissioning, troubleshooting, repairing, testing and maintaining communications systems.

Communications systems include: microwave, power line carrier, telephone, fiber optics, leased circuits, mobile radio systems, and other associated electronic equipment.

Examples of Duties

The following is a representative list - other duties may be required.

  • Installs, troubleshoots and repairs two-way mobile radios. Ensures all communications system trouble alarms are analyzed for root cause and system service is restored or maintained, in coordination with System Communications Engineering.
  • Performs testing and maintenance of power line carrier systems.
  • Performs scheduled inspections and maintenance routines to evaluate the status and performance of the interconnected power system communications grid, in accordance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards.
  • Performs testing, installation, commissioning and maintenance of microwave and fiber-optic equipment.
  • Performs communications site maintenance, including battery and emergency power systems.
  • Maintains the communications database (CommData) with new equipment, test data, new test plans, and schematic changes.
  • Provisions microwave communication channels.
  • Works as a member of project teams to assist with scoping, detailed design review, shop panel testing, project construction and commissioning.
  • Responds to system emergency situations after normal business hours in on-call rotation.

Basic Requirements

Must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: High school diploma or GED. Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in electronics, OR an equivalent combination of appropriate education and experience that provides the desired knowledge, skills and abilities.

Licenses/Certifications: Valid driver’s license.

Competencies: Safety awareness; adaptability; decision-making; applied learning; communication; managing work (including time management); contributing to team success; quality orientation; innovation; stress tolerance.

Physical Ability

Ability to occasionally reach and lift items weighing up to 44 pounds above shoulder level; lift and move items weighing up to 44 pounds waist-high and knee-high; push/pull using exertional force greater than 44 pounds; carry items weighing up to 44 pounds with two hands; work in remote stations or sites in inclement weather conditions; operate a snowmobile or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to access facilities in winter or spring thaw conditions; hike up to one mile into remote communications sites with snowshoes during winter months; operate foot controls, grasp and manipulate hand tools and keyboards. Applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others or property. Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-authorization post-offer Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA).

Additional Requirements

The successful candidate must live or relocate within an acceptable distance of the assigned location; complete certain Idaho Power Relay Tech Training Program blocks within the first two years of employment to enable standing on-call rotation.

If you're interested in being considered for an apprenticeship position, you must wait for one to be posted on our Career Opportunities page.

Generation Specialist Apprentice


Generation Specialist Apprentice


Description

Approximate Starting Rate: $20.38 per hour.

Job Summary

This is a training position, designed to prepare future Generation Specialists for work in a team-based environment. These individuals will learn how to operate and maintain a hydro plant and associated equipment. Other tasks include normal hydro plant housekeeping, park maintenance and preventative maintenance on hydro plant equipment.

Examples of Duties

The following is a representative list - other duties may be required.

  • Operates and maintains electrical equipment; generators, governors, exciters, voltage regulators, transformers, motor generators, cranes and hoists, power circuit breakers, turbines, pumps, air compressors, building and vehicle wiring, and other auxiliary equipment.
  • Operates and maintains dams, waterways, intakes, spillways, penstocks, gates, turbine runners, bulkheads and other related equipment.
  • Operates and/or maintains trucks, cranes and other heavy equipment used in conjunction with maintenance and repair work.
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on the power facilities, buildings, fish facilities and other associated equipment.
  • Designs, fabricates, assembles, installs and performs modifications to existing and new equipment.
  • Coordinates plant maintenance and operation with Generation Dispatchers.
  • Works with Plant Generation Specialists and Technicians on various projects.

Basic Requirements

Must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: High school diploma or GED.

Experience: Education and/or experience in power plant operations and maintenance.  

Competencies: Safety awareness, communication, adaptability, decision-making, contribute to team success; manage work (includes time management) initiate action, quality orientation; innovation; build customer loyalty.

Licenses/Certifications: Valid driver's license. A Class A CDL may be required at some locations.

Physical Ability

This job will require occasional, physically strenuous work for long periods of time and in adverse conditions. Job requires the ability to bend, stoop, squat, crouch, crawl, climb into and out of vehicles, twist, kneel, balance and reach. Rarely lift shoulder height and above, waist high and knee high items weighing up to 75 pounds. Occasionally using exertional force to push/pull items weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasionally carrying items with two hands or one hand weighing up to 75 pounds. Requires the ability to operate foot pedals while driving a vehicle. Must be able to grasp and hold simple hand tools and testing equipment and use fine motor skills to use a computer keyboard, test equipment and replace parts. Applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others or property. Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment, post-offer Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA).

Additional Requirements

Job requires the ability to respond to emergencies outside of and/or in excess of normal working hours; also requires being on call on a rotating basis for the power plant and ability to respond in an appropriate time frame. Job requires occasional travel with overnight stays. Successful candidate may be required to provide a basic set of hand tools. Job requires the employee obtain and wear approved safety footwear. Required to work swing shifts on a rotational basis. This is a training position and relocation, while in this job classification, is a condition of employment.

If you're interested in being considered for an apprenticeship position, you must wait for one to be posted on our Career Opportunities page.

Generation Technician Apprentice


Generation Technician Apprentice


Description

Approximate Starting Rate: $26.45 per hour

Job Summary

Provides technical support to generation plants in the procurement, installation and programming of new equipment. Assists and receives training from journeyman technicians and/or supervisors in performing the necessary functions to maintain power plant apparatus in reliable working condition. Includes programming, maintenance and service work. Completes additional assigned tasks and assumes a lead role when necessary.

Examples of Duties

The following is a representative list - other duties may be required.

  • Performs maintenance and service work on power plant apparatus and equipment, including protective relays and devices, indicating and recording instruments, SCADA and load control equipment, voltage regulators, governors, controls for cranes and hoists, circuit breaker mechanisms and controls, start and shutdown controls of the main generating units, microwave radio and multiplex equipment, telephone systems, protective relaying carriers, and microprocessors.
  • Assists in the installation, wiring, programming and checking of equipment additions.
  • Provides assistance in the design and installation of control systems and software programs, and in the proper use of test equipment. Conducts tests, makes adjustments, diagnoses trouble and takes measures to correct.
  • Updates plant prints as changes are made and should expect to provide technical assistance in procuring and installing new equipment and maintaining existing equipment. Keeps records of maintenance and spare parts.
  • Actively participates in and promotes a team environment, including performing other duties as assigned, participating in team meetings and receiving training from journeyman technicians as needed.

Basic Requirements


Must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: High school diploma or GED.

Licenses/Certifications: Valid driver’s license.

Competencies: Safety awareness, quality orientation; decision-making; applied learning; contributing to team success; communication; initiating action; managing work (includes time management); stress tolerance.

Physical Ability: Work outside, possibly under inclement weather conditions; Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis and up to 75 pounds on a rare occasion; obtain and wear approved safety footwear; perform the essential functions of the position without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others or property. Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment, post-offer Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA).

Additional Requirements

Required to complete Idaho Power's Generation Technician Apprentice program. Will be subject to call-out as required.

If you're interested in being considered for an apprenticeship position, you must wait for one to be posted on our Career Opportunities page.

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