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Become A Groundman

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Working As A Groundman

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $66,450

    Average Salary

What Does A Groundman Do At Touchstone Energy

* As a Groundman, you will provide assistance to lineman and other personnel in connection with construction, maintenance and repair of the electric system.
* You will assist in providing customers with a reliable source of energy that is available when needed.
* You will:
* Assist lineman, as instructed, in the construction, replacement, and maintenance of electric distribution lines, structures and equipment.
* Load and unload material and equipment.
* Perform routine equipment maintenance.
* Participate in emergency on-call time (providing service at times other than normal working hours).
* Transition to an Apprentice Lineman October 2017.
* Strong focus on safety:Working knowledge of the hazards that exist in the form of falls, electric shock, electric flash, falling objects, and traffic
* Competent in electricity:Knowledge of the Rural Utilities Service Specifications and Guidelines, substations, switching devices, transformer banks, oil circuit breakers, voltage regulators, line fuses, line currents, and voltage levels.
* Adheres to bucket weight limits and participates in bucket truck and pole-top rescue training.
* Analytical abilities:Able to gather relevant data using appropriate methodologies and analyze that data in such a manner that valid conclusions and insinuations can be drawn that assist in making important business decisions.
* Voluntary and Open Membership
* Democratic Member Control
* Member's Economic Participation
* Autonomy and Independence

What Does A Groundman Do At Pike Corporation

* As a Groundman you will support your team by:
* Securing the safety of yourself and others
* Assisting fellow line-workers in meeting project objectives
* Readily joining storm restoration efforts in times of need
* Operating vehicles and equipment in a professional manner

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How To Become A Groundman

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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Groundman Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Dakota

  • Arabic

  • French

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Top Groundman Skills

  1. Safety Rules
  2. Bucket Truck
  3. And/or Chainsaws
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Follow all safety rules and regulations to ensure the job gets done without any accidents.
  • Utilized equipment such as bucket trucks, tree chippers, stump grinders, chainsaws, tools, and ropes.
  • Prepared sites, set and remove telephone poles, build and wreck out cable, transport material to job sites
  • General Landscaping and Tree Removal Removed Trees Operated machinery, and cut firewood Collected payments, and estimated jobs Snow Removal
  • Obtained CDL Class A drivers license for further career advancement.

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