Hiring Process

Apprenticeships are an excellent way to earn a living wage while preparing for a career in the energy industry. Opportunities are typically presented two times a year:

  • January/February: Cable Splicer, Electrician Constructor, Generation Electrician Constructor, and Meter Electrician
  • September: Pre-Apprentice Lineworker

If you are eligible for a City Light apprenticeship, we invite you to participate in the hiring process which includes the following:

  • Written test: This test assesses your basic mathematical ability, understanding of electrical theory, mechanical reasoning, and reading comprehension. The written test also includes a Worker Attribute Survey which is a set of questions relating to the personality traits and characteristics most correlated with successful job performance as a City Light apprentice. Candidates with the most competitive scores will be invited to the working test. Pre Apprentice Lineworker candidates will first be asked to complete a physical capacity test.
  • Apprentice Lineworker physical capacity test: To evaluate your physical capacity in upper body strength you will be asked to perform three physical tests, including chin-ups, upright rows, and a measurement of your hand's grip strength. You must successfully pass each physical test to continue on to the working test.
  • Working test: This is a hands-on test to demonstrate your mechanical aptitude, knowledge of tools and electrical equipment, typical working skills, safety, work speed, and the ability to follow directions. The most competitive candidates passing this test will be invited to the oral panel interview.
  • Oral panel interview: In this interview, you will answer questions from a City Light panel that includes skilled trade representatives and management. Questions about your work experience and background, as well as hypothetical situations you could encounter on the job will be asked. 
  • Reference check: After the interview, the references you have provided will be contacted.
  • Conditional job offer: Candidates chosen for the program will receive a conditional job offer pending the following:
    • A pre-employment medical examination to determine whether you can perform the mental and physical functions of the job
    • A drug test if your apprenticeship position requires a Class "A" Commercial Driver's License (federal law requires random drug tests throughout your career for this license)
    • A background check that includes criminal history, driving record, education, and employment verification