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Working As An Aerial Lineman

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $52,920

    Average Salary

What Does An Aerial Lineman Do At Aero Communications Inc.

* Climb telephone poles and ladders, enter tunnels, buildings, vaults, trenches, attics, crawl spaces or man holes to place, maintain or remove wiring or equipment in remote and rough terrain locations.
* Perform construction work such as digging holes, placing poles, laying fiber in the ground, unreeling, pulling and stringing wire and fiber from pole to pole by perceiving differences in wire and fiber colors to place fiber cable from NAPs through conduit or attach pole lines to customer business or distribution points.
* Perform work with heavy-duty power equipment and hand tools in the construction, repair and maintenance of outside plant facilities by loading tools and equipment onto trucks and/or trailers.
* Dismantle, move or remove aerial, underground or building wire, cable, associated equipment, poles and hardware as per the customer and supervisory order.
* Move, lift, or pull weights of 100 pounds or more to operate power equipment such as compressors, pumps, blowers, winches and hydraulic equipment such as aerial lifts (buckets), diggers, directional bore rigs, and trenchers.
* Must be able to lift or move manhole covers or similar items.
* Responsible for the correct, safe and efficient locating and marking of underground utilities by thoroughly searching for underground plant in an area.
* Properly mark the location and complete the necessary paperwork.
* Complete and supply necessary documentation for daily reporting.
* Perform various splicing operations on fiber optic cable, if trained to do so

What Does An Aerial Lineman Do At Tetra Tech

* Throwing weighted rope over elevated cable lines and tree branches and pull lashing equipment down cable lines to secure wires.
* Operating a bucket truck properly and safely.
* Use pounding equipment to install ground rods and anchors into the ground.
* Assist in pulling out cable lines.
* Install equipment and dress pole to customer specifications using assorted small hand and power tools.
* Read blueprints to interpret daily work assignments

What Does An Aerial Lineman Do At Bear Communications

* Ability to utilize bucket trucks, crawl spaces, ladders, ceilings, tunnels, and trenches to access various installation and construction points as required
* Safely operate a boom truck, climb poles as needed, and utilize standard tools of the trade.
* Pull coax through existing duct package, pull cable through conduit either manually, blowing, or mechanically, and splice and activate underground and aerial lines.
* Close a project by completing daily production sheets, verifying proper levels after activation, and adjust and troubleshoot as necessary
* Flexibility to work across all divisions (underground, fiber, coax) Willing to work outside in varying weather conditions

What Does An Aerial Lineman Do At Star Construction

* RESPONSIBILITIESAssists in maintaining proper inventory on vehicle based on work assignmentAbility to throw 1
* pound weighted rope over elevated cable/telephone lines and tree branchesAbility to pull lashing equipment down cable lines to secure wiresAbility to use pounding equipment to install grounding rods and anchors into groundAbility to assist in pulling out cable lines and other equipment used in installing cable wiresInstalls equipment and dress pole to customer specifications, using assorted small hand and power toolsOperates chain hoist to add tension to cable and guy wiresOperates vehicle and bucket lift safely, following all safety and traffic regulationsBasic daily maintenance of Company vehicle including fluids check, cleanliness vehicle organizationAssists in directing traffic flow in accordance with local and state DOT guidelinesResponsible to fill out daily production reportsOur Company is an equal employment opportunity employer.
* The Company's policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.
* The Company also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.
* It is also the Company's policy to comply with all applicable state and federal laws respecting consideration of unemployment status in making hiring

What Does An Aerial Lineman Do At Ervin Cable

* Completion of low level and high level labor intensive tasks as well as operation of assigned construction equipment.
* Completion of daily production reports to document work performed.
* Use of hand tools, ladders, and equipment to assist in the completion of an assigned project.
* Clean and maintain supplies, tools, equipment, and work areas in order to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
* Additional Duties as assigned

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How To Become An Aerial Lineman

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required for entry-level positions, but most line installers and repairers need technical instruction and long-term on-the-job training to become proficient. Apprenticeships are also common.


Most companies require line installers and repairers to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers prefer candidates with basic knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. In addition, technical knowledge of electricity or electronics obtained through military service, vocational programs, or community colleges can also be helpful.

Many community colleges offer programs in telecommunications, electronics, or electricity. Some programs work with local companies to offer 1-year certificates that emphasize hands-on field work.

More advanced 2-year associate’s degree programs provide students with a broad knowledge of the technology used in telecommunications and electrical utilities. These programs offer courses in electricity, electronics, fiber optics, and microwave transmission.


Electrical line installers and repairers often must complete apprenticeships or other employer training programs. These programs, which can last up to 3 years, combine on-the-job training with technical instruction and are sometimes administered jointly by the employer and the union representing the workers. For example, the Electrical Training Alliance offers apprenticeship programs in four specialty areas. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • One year of algebra
  • Qualifying score on an aptitude test
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Line installers and repairers who work for telecommunications companies typically receive several years of on-the-job training. They also may be encouraged to attend training from equipment manufacturers, schools, unions, or industry training organizations.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not mandatory, certification for line installers and repairers is also available from several associations. For example, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE offers certification for line installers and repairers in several specialty areas.

In addition, The Fiber Optic Association (FOA) offers two levels of fiber optic certification for telecommunications line installers and repairers.

Workers who drive heavy company vehicles usually need a commercial driver’s license.


Entry-level line workers generally begin with an apprenticeship, which includes both classroom training and hands-on work experience. As they learn additional skills from more experienced workers, they may advance to more complex tasks. In time, experienced line workers advance to more sophisticated maintenance and repair positions in which they are responsible for increasingly large portions of the network.

After 3 to 4 years of working, qualified line workers reach the journey level. A journey-level line worker is no longer considered an apprentice and can perform most tasks without supervision. Journey-level line workers also may qualify for positions at other companies. Workers with many years of experience may become first-line supervisors or trainers.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Workers who handle electrical wires and cables must be able to distinguish colors because the wires and cables are often color coded.

Mechanical skills. Line installers and repairers must have the knowledge and skills to repair or replace complex electrical and telecommunications lines and equipment. 

Physical stamina. Line installers and repairers often must climb poles and work at great heights with heavy tools and equipment. Therefore, installers and repairers should be able to work for long periods without tiring easily.

Physical strength. Line installers and repairers must be strong enough to lift heavy tools, cables, and equipment on a regular basis.

Teamwork. Because workers often rely on their fellow crew members for their safety, teamwork is critical.

Technical skills. Line installers use sophisticated diagnostic equipment on circuit breakers, switches, and transformers. They must be familiar with electrical systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.

Troubleshooting skills. Line installers and repairers must be able to diagnose problems in increasingly complex electrical systems and telecommunication lines.

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Aerial Lineman Demographics


  • Male

  • Female



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier


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Top Skills for An Aerial Lineman


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Top Aerial Lineman Skills

  1. Fiber Optic Cables
  2. Utility Bucket Trucks
  3. Pole Transfers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Splice fiber optic cables including both loose tube and ribbon optic cables.
  • Pole transfers and lashing cable lines.
  • Climb poles, set poles, work in bucket truck, complete transfers, hang fiber/copper/coax.
  • Climb utility poles and/or use aerial lift truck to place cables on poles per system design.
  • Use a variety of construction equipment to complete installations, such as digger derricks, trenchers, or cable plows.

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