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Apprentice Electrician



Competition # : 36346 

Department: Public Works

Location: TRURO

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/19/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Maintaining our Provincial built infrastructure is no small job. We’re recruiting for people like you to help our Province achieve big things.


Jump start your Apprenticeship and gain valuable experience with the Building Services Division at the Department of Public Works. This is an exciting opportunity to advance your professional development through hands on experience, training, and mentorship from highly qualified Red Seal Certified Tradespersons. As an Apprentice with Public Works, the skills you will learn are invaluable and will last a lifetime!


At Building Services, we support the efficient use and care of government owned buildings ranging from offices, to justice centers. Without our staff’s proactive measures, equipment issues or failures could lead to an interruption of government services provided. As the apprentice, you are just one of the key players who support the overall safety and efficiency of our infrastructure.


About Our Opportunity


This is your opportunity to jump start your Apprenticeship and gain valuable experience with the Building Services Division. In this role, you will advance your professional career through hands on experience, training, and mentorship from highly qualified Red Seal Certified Tradespersons. We guarantee that the skills you will gain from an Apprentice experience us our team, are invaluable and will last a lifetime!


Primary Accountabilities


During your apprenticeship, you will be under the general supervision of the Electrical Superintendent or Electrical Foreperson. As our Electrician Apprentice, you will assist in the inspection, maintenance, repair and/or installation of electrical systems and related equipment, in our provincial owned and leased buildings. You will work with electrical motors, distribution systems equipment, motor control centres, fire alarm systems, security systems, communication systems, emergency power systems and lighting, and much more.


Qualifications and Experience


At a minimum, you must be a Level 2 Apprentice and currently enrolled in an Electrician Apprenticeship Program recognized by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.  


A valid Nova Scotia driver’s license is required.


Safety training in the following are considered assets: Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act, Safety Orientation, First Aid Certification and CPR, WHMIS, Scaffolding Safety, Fall Protection (Basic and Scaffolding Practical), Confined Space Awareness, Elevating Work-Platforms


You are able to analyze information, problem solve, and have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing. Your ability to efficiently and effectively obtain information and exercise sound judgment is key. As our next Apprentice, you demonstrate key qualities such as collaborating in a team environment and demonstrate an understanding of diversity and inclusivity. Daily, you respond with tact and diplomacy when working with various government clients, contractors, public, and staff.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.




Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as  Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions


Most of your work is completed indoors, but also occasionally outside where normal hazards of a construction site are present. Your safety is important to us, and we count on you to follow all safe work practices when handling machinery, tools, and materials. Some of your duties will require you to climb, work at heights, or within confined spaces.


Additional Information


This is a term opportunity with an approximate end date of September 30, 2024.


This position requires the successful candidate to work on-site.


What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.



Pay Grade:  TRA 14  

Salary Range:  $18.00 - $28.50 Hourly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to