Halton Catholic District School Board

Bishop Reding OYAP Students on Power Trips!


Recently, students enrolled in the Concentrated Dual Credit Electrical OYAP Program at Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School in Milton visited twoHydro One facilities to experience first-hand some of the various career pathways available through the Power Workers’ Union.

At the Hydro One Linesperson Training Facility, students learned about the daily activities of a trained and certified Electrical Linesperson. During the visit, the students were fitted with fall arrest safety harnesses (provided by Hydro One), which must be worn whenever a Linesperson is lifted to a height of over 65 feet in the bucket of a boom truck.

“Safety is always at the forefront when visiting these facilities,” says Mario Ferko, Electrical OYAP Teacher at Bishop Reding. “The visits always begin with a safety orientation, and students must wear protective gear which includes fire-resistant clothing, hard hats, safety glasses and electrically insulated safety boots.”

Students also visited a Hydro One Transformer Station, where they met Hydro One Electricians and had a chance to speak with them about their careers. During the visit, the students received some ‘hands-on’ instruction on a few of the ‘tools of the trade’ that Hydro One Electricians use on the job, as well as an in-depth look at the equipment that they work on.

Later this month, the Electrical OYAP students in Mr. Ferko’s class will be visiting the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station to explore career options available at a power generating facility.

Ontario Hydro OneBruce Power and the Power Workers’ Union are strong supporters of the Concentrated Dual Credit Electrical OYAP Program. Mr. Ferko’s class extends a special note of appreciation to Sue McCleod, Jon Hering, Ralph Evans and Dean Eurkar for welcoming BR students to their facilities, and for organizing and providing such powerful learning experiences for all!

For more information about OYAP, and other Pathways Programs visit: http://studentsuccess.hcdsb.org/where-do-i-start/ontario-youth-apprenticeship-program-oyap/.