Great Co-Workers - Terrible Management
Powerline Technician (Ancien employé) – Winnipeg, Manitoba & Kenora, Ontario – 14 septembre 2019
If you like, let yourself get pressured into risky situations with scrap yard quality equipment & 1960s tools ... on a powerline project.
Realize quickly that your co-workers - although good & eager to work guys - have little-to-no relevant experience.
Moncreif has built a small construction empire by crushing rocks and dumping them to make road-beds. For some reason, they think powerline is an industry they need to dip their big toes into - with very little experience & vintage equipment. Grandpa Moncreif did powerline work in the 60s and 70s and they have moved far from those roots and experiences. More recently, they have completed a fair amount of dead line stringing and telecom stringing and building in northern Ontario reserves - but nothing live, and rarely even connect a simple transformer as they are not allowed to in Ontario. They seem to think they can in Manitoba - although their attempts to get a foot-fold in Manitoba have proven to be ill-fated so far - thank god. Competency in terms of powerline work extends to about as far a 2nd year apprentice can do - actually less - as 2nd years begin to do supervised live rubber-glove and stick work - Moncreif’s so-called powerline division has completed little-to-none.
Tight-budget, high-pressure, and high critical is what you can expect from Supervisors & Management. And for all the long-hours you will work away from home you can expect to receive the lowest live-out allowance I have ever seen in the industry - $45 per day - and they will make you bunk up & share rooms with other guys - that is if they remember to book you space at all. Don’t be surprised if you have to sleep on a couch or in your car the first few days or week after they called to out to a job.
The ‘Powerline’ Division you can expect:
Amateur Knowledge, Poor Planning, High-Pressure / High Expectations, Terrible Equipment, Vintage / Improper Tools, All Big Talk / No Support
I would expect that workers experience is similar in their other construction divisions - perhaps even in the office - but I cannot speak to that.
There are some Good Guys to work with how Try Hard
Unexperienced in Powerline Industry, Belligerent Management who make sure that it rolls down hill, Shoddy Tools & Vintage Equipment, No Actual Back-up, All Talk / No Action from Supervisors