Dyana Reid is an Apprentice Lineman from the most easterly point in North America, St. John’s Newfoundland. She loves creating practical art, especially with wood, being close to the water on her paddle board or in the waves on her boogie board, and traveling with her hubby who she’s been married to for 13 years.
How long have you been in your current role?
I’ve been working in the electrical sector in one way or another for over a decade… but the “Powerline Technician Apprentice” role is fairly new… I’m halfway through a 4 year apprenticeship journey … to become a journeyman.
What made you consider a career in the trade may be for you?
When I was finishing high school and deciding what to do, I took a year off to stop and think. I realized I didn’t want to be stuck in an office and always preferred being hands on with things… so going into the trades was a no-brainer for me.
What are your favourite parts of your career?
I love that I have an outside office that’s ever changing … either the location or the weather. And being able to have a job that keeps me active and working with my hands is amazing.
What do you see changing in the sector in the next 5 years?
Hopefully, we’ll see more women and with that more readily available and better fitting PPE. It’s getting better and better all the time. I can also see a lot of change coming in the industry with more renewable energy projects and electrical vehicle popularity creating a shift.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Being in this field isn’t easy and it’s not for everyone but if you think you’d like working with your hands, occasionally braving extreme weather, keeping physically fit and having an above average salary, it’s definitely worth checking out.