EHRC to research new and changing jobs in Canada’s electricity sector
By Peter Saunders
October 11, 2018 – Ottawa-based Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)—a partnership between business, labour, education and government, formerly known as the Electricity Sector Council—has launched funding for a new National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Career Portal project, which will research changing and emerging occupations in the electricity sector.
As ‘smart grids,’ automation and other technological innovations transform the traditional electricity industry, EHRC suggests new skill sets will be needed. Based on the project’s labour market research, the following occupations’ national standards and essential skills profiles will be revised or further developed, to better prepare tomorrow’s job seekers:
• Electrical engineering technician/technologist.
• Power protection and control technician/technologist.
• Power systems operator.
• Solar photovoltaic (PV) installer.
• Power station operator.
• Wind turbine technician.
• Geothermal heat pump installer.
• Solar thermal installer.
• Utilities project manager.
• Heat pump designer.
• Small solar system designer.
• Energy storage technician.
• Smart grid specialist.
(Two additional occupations are yet to be determined.)
The project is funded in part by the federal government’s Sectoral Initiatives Program (SIP) and supports its goal to address current and future skill shortages.
“By collaborating with EHRC, we can ensure we are empowering workers today and planning for the jobs of tomorrow,” says Patty Hajdu, federal minister of employment, workforce development and labour.