Author: Women of PLT

Raelynn Hawco

Raelynn Hawco

Raelynn Hawco is a Journeyman Lady Lineman with a high voltage contractor in Canada. Her work and love of the trades has taken her through the Yukon, British Columbia and Manitoba building transmission lines. Raelynn is proud to call Newfoundland, Canada, home.

Raelynn Hawco est une compagne Lady Lineman avec un entrepreneur en haute tension au Canada. Son travail et son amour des métiers l’ont amenée à construire des lignes de transmission au Yukon, en Colombie-Britannique et au Manitoba. Raelynn est fier d’appeler Terre-Neuve, au Canada, chez elle.

What first attracted you to the electricity sector?

Back in 2010 I applied to every course in the college, I was not sure at that point what I wanted to do. Then I got accepted into the powerline technician course. It was a 9 month course, and I loved it since day one. Now I’ve been in the electricity sector for 7 years now.

Can you give a brief summary of the responsibilities and duties of your occupation?

Right now I’m in a quality inspector role. Inspecting framing, setting, stringing on a transmission H-Frame project. When I’m not doing that I’m filling on either one of those crews, when short handed.

What are the qualities that someone would need to be successful in your occupation?

Good work ethic, willing to learn, attitude, being observant, willing to work long shifts and away from family.

Where would you like to see your career take you and what changes do you think are coming in your occupation in the next 5 years?

I would like to finish my safety and crane course but I don’t really have a 5 year plan, I’m just going with the flow with life.

What advice do you have for women following that are starting out or want to pursue a career path like yours?

Determination is key, don’t let discouragement throw you off. Have a good work ethic, attitude, willing to learn and pulling your weight. 

Are there any final words you would like to say?

The line trade is amazing, happy to be apart of it. It can be tough, but I love going new places, working with new people and new challenges.

Qu’est-ce qui vous a attiré en premier dans le secteur de l’électricité?
En 2010, j’ai postulé à tous les cours du collège, je n’étais pas sûr à ce moment-là de ce que je voulais faire. Ensuite, j’ai été accepté dans le cours de technicien Powerline. C’était un cours de 9 mois, et je l’ai adoré depuis le premier jour. Cela fait maintenant 7 ans que je travaille dans le secteur de l’électricité.

Pouvez-vous donner un bref résumé des responsabilités et des devoirs de votre profession?
En ce moment, je suis dans un rôle d’inspecteur de la qualité. Inspection du cadrage, du réglage, du cordage sur un projet de transmission H-Frame. Quand je ne fais pas ça, je fais partie de l’une ou l’autre de ces équipes, quand je suis en désavantage numérique.

Quelles sont les qualités dont quelqu’un aurait besoin pour réussir dans votre profession?
Bonne éthique de travail, disposé à apprendre, attitude, observateur, disposé à travailler de longs quarts de travail et loin de la famille.

Où aimeriez-vous voir votre carrière vous mener et quels changements pensez-vous à venir dans votre profession au cours des 5 prochaines années?
Je voudrais terminer mon cours sur la sécurité et la grue, mais je n’ai pas vraiment de plan sur 5 ans, je suis juste au rythme de la vie.

Quels conseils donneriez-vous aux femmes qui débutent ou souhaitent poursuivre une carrière comme la vôtre?
La détermination est la clé, ne laissez pas le découragement vous décourager. Avoir une bonne éthique de travail, une bonne attitude, être prêt à apprendre et à peser.

Y a-t-il un dernier mot que vous aimeriez dire?
Le commerce en ligne est incroyable, heureux d’en faire partie. Cela peut être difficile, mais j’aime aller dans de nouveaux endroits, travailler avec de nouvelles personnes et de nouveaux défis.

Leadership Accord & Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E)

In April of 2017, Women of Powerline Technicians signed on as an accord advocate for Electricity Human Resources Canada’s Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity. The Accord is a commitment by employers, unions and educational institutions to strive for equal representation and inclusion within their organizations among skilled trades and non-traditional positions.

In August of 2019, Women of Powerline Technicians signed on as a partner to the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative and Equal by 30 campaign.

Equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities by 2030. #Equalby30

Equal by 30 is a commitment by both public and private sector organizations to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.

The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment is an initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) that works to enable greater gender diversity in clean energy professions. The C3E was launched at the CEM in 2010; in recognition that the transition to a clean energy future will only succeed only if we harness all possible talent.

The Initiative was initially led by the United States. Members included the United States, the United Arab Emirates, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Canada joined the C3E initiative at the Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco in 2016. Today the C3E is led by Sweden, Italy and Canada, and recently welcomed Finland, Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Chile. With the support of Natural Resouces Canada, Equal by 30 launched on May 24, 2018, at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Copenhagen.

Equal by 30 and EHRC’s Leadership Accord are powerful initiatives transforming the energy sector within Canada and Internationally. Women of PLT is proud to be partners for both initiatives. Women of PLT will continue to elevate our voice nationally and internationally to support women in being active participants in the future of energy.

Click here to learn more about Electricity Human Resources Canada’s Leadership Accord and Natural Resources Canada’s #Equalby30 campaign.

Events 2019

  1. Women of PLT Field Trip to Plug ‘N Drive the Electric Vehicle Discovery Center
  2. EDA Women Connected Conference
  3. Raelynn Hawco featured on the Powerline Podcast
  4. Lana Norton featured for Women’s History Month, Natural Resources Canada – Equal by 30
  5. Pollution Probe webinar – YOUTH AND ENERGY: A GROWING VOICE
  6. Mackenzie Gillan, Powerline Technician student at Conestoga College, featured on the cover of Planet Media – WOMEN IN TRADES
  8. Women of PLT Day Retreat in Toronto, ON
  9. Sydney Schultz featured on the Powerline Podcast

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