Trades Recruitment

How to apply

The waterfront is always in need of BC Trades Qualified (BCTQ) or Canadian Interprovincial Red Seal tradespeople, particularly in the following trades: 

  • Electricians
  • Heavy Duty Mechanics
  • Millwrights
  • Welders 

The BCMEA accepts applications for tradespeople on an ongoing basis and retains application details for a period of two years. Trades recruitment occurs regularly and is based on port demand.

Requirements for Trades Employment

Trades applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

Trades Qualification

Applicants must be BC Trades Qualified (BCTQ) or Canadian Interprovincial Red Seal Certified in their relevant trade.

Citizenship Status

Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. Candidates must currently be eligible to work in Canada.

English Skills

As English is the international language of the ports, all candidates must be proficient at speaking and writing English.


Applicants must be 17 years of age or older.

Security Clearances

The applicant may be required to submit to a Transport Canada background security check and clearance which must be maintained as a condition of employment.

Application Process

To apply for trades positions please send your resume and a copy of your BCTQ or Interprovincial Red Seal to Christi Frank by email:

Fax: 604 602 9859.

The BCMEA is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from everyone including women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected will be contacted.

Testing Process

As Trades applicants will only be eligible for dispatch in their qualified trade, the selection process differs from that of general longshore candidates.

Electricians selected for recruitment are required to pass a BCIT exam arranged by the BCMEA to ensure their ability to transfer their skills to the Longshore Industry.

All trades applicants must successfully complete the Waterfront Basics program, which provides candidates with the basic knowledge of waterfront procedures and safety regulations required by waterfront workers, such as:

  • Professionalism
  • Basic waterfront work procedures
  • Rules and Regulations 
  • Duties and Rights of Employers and Employees
  • Emergency Response
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hazard Identification
  • Safety Standards
  • Workplace Hazards

Candidates must successfully complete a written test at the close of the program to ensure their understanding and knowledge retention of the materials covered.

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