Career Profile - Airfield Electrician
Next time you’re taxiing along the runway at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, look for a small building in the middle of the airfield and you may see Nevin Edmundson. It’s not your typical workspace, but it’s where an Apprentice Airfield Electrician hangs his hard hat.
“I’ve been working for the Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) for five years now and you never get bored of seeing those huge planes take off or come in for a landing,” said Edmundson. “It’s pretty exciting to see the F-18 and other fighter jets.”
When Edmundson graduated from River East Collegiate he went to work at the WAA doing a variety of jobs. When an opportunity to become an apprentice electrician came up he jumped at the opportunity.
“Working as an apprentice is the best of both worlds. I basically get paid to learn and go to school. I’m finishing up my second level apprenticeship and will start my third level in February at the University College of the North in The Pas.”
As an industrial electrician, Edmundson maintains the airfield. He’s working with high voltage and everyday is met with different challenges. “I enjoy variety and the feeling you get when you’ve completed the job. It’s just good to know that I played a part in the finished project.”