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Working As A Journeyman Lineman

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $51,880

    Average Salary

What Does A Journeyman Lineman Do At Touchstone Energy

* Constructs, maintains and retains a working knowledge of the YVEA transmission and distribution electrical system including:
* Stringing, sagging, armor rodding, tying in of conductors, making up and installing down guys,
* Installing and maintaining underground equipment, cable, and special underground switches
* Clearing right-of-way, digging pole and anchor holes, framing poles, setting poles and anchors
* Maintains and repairs switching structures and substations.
* Maintains and tests oil circuit breakers, oil circuit reclosers, sectionalizers, and transformers.
* Reads operations counters and forwards recorded information.
* Patrols transmission and distribution lines and reports (in writing) conditions which may need maintenance.
* Tests and reports voltage condition and load checks, balance loads; takes load and voltage surveys as directed.
* Performs standby as scheduled to answer trouble calls when required.
* Maintains assigned vehicles and tools in a safe operating condition; refers vehicle repair work to mechanic in writing.
* Completes all proper reports as relates to job briefings, truck maintenance, daily time and mileage reports, staking sheets, oil samples, switching orders, transformer changes, OCR & sectionalizer changes, pole and underground maintenance reports, outage reports, etc. as required to maintain proper files and documentation.
* Performs other miscellaneous duties to accomplish the assigned work such as loading and unloading poles, transformers and other material, reads meters, removes for testing or makes field test of meters as required, operates two-way radio, etc.
* Uses communication skills necessary to effectively deal with foreman, other line crew personnel and the general public to meet the goals of the Association
* Installs transformers, transformer banks, breakers, take-off assemblies, services, regulators, street lights and related equipment, meters, lightning arrester equipment, etc. on energized or de-energized lines.
* Assist meter technician in the construction or maintenance of C
* T. and P
* T. meter installations.
* Other duties as assigned
* Requirements
* Completion of a qualified four-year apprentice lineman/line worker training program with certification of the successful completion of the program or proof of previous employment as a journeyman lineman by another utility with a minimum of four year’s experience,
* Class A CDL with a satisfactory driving and safety record,
* Working knowledge of the duties of the position with knowledge or ability to learn RUS construction specifications and a portion of the National Electric Safety Code,
* Manual dexterity to maintain proper safety while performing work from the pole in hooks or in the bucket, while driving the line truck and in normal operation of a winch truck, line construction vehicle(s), snowmobiles, four-wheelers or other tools,
* Ability to read, write and do arithmetic,
* Ability to communicate clearly,
* Demonstrated ability to follow directions and prioritize job tasks,
* Ability to analyze information, coordinate people and resources and communicate with a variety of co-workers.
* Thorough knowledge of first aid and CPR,
* Willingness attend courses relating to this area of work,
* Willingness to work at either YVEA office as needed
* Job Information
* Location:Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 80487, United States
* Job ID:25235080
* Posted:January 2, 2018
* Position Title:Journeyman Linema

What Does A Journeyman Lineman Do At Consumers Energy

* Locate and repair faults on all types of overhead and underground lines and equipment on regulators, transformers of all types, capacitors, boosters and similar devices.
* Install or remove poles, towers, arms, pins, insulators, dead ends and associated equipment in and on energized circuits.
* Measure voltage and current, phasing and paralleling circuits, power or lightning transformers and regulators.
* Install and test electronic devices on equipment such as capacitors and other associated equipment on electric distribution systems.
* Direct and train electric line apprentices in accordance with the electric line apprenticeship program

What Does A Journeyman Lineman Do At American States Utility Services

* Under general supervision perform skilled tasks in accordance with standard trade practices in the construction, maintenance and repair of overhead/underground electric transmission, distribution and substation systems and do related work as required.
* Construct, maintain and repair overhead/underground electrical distribution, transmission and substation systems including such things as stringing of wire, setting poles and anchors, installing street lights, capacitor banks, transformers, cutouts, crossarms and insulators under all weather conditions and at all hours of day or night.
* Install, maintain and repair energized transmission/distribution lines, performing live line work on energized 34
* Kv lines and equipment and rubber glove energized 4 Kv lines and equipment.
* Perform transmission, distribution and substation line switching, sectionalizing and fusing on a routine and emergency basis..
* Assist in conducting voltage and load surveys.
* Assume rotational on call duties, and participate in planned and emergency overtime as required.
* May perform any other duties not listed but within the limits of good safe working practices and the job classification

What Does A Journeyman Lineman Do At Foreman Electric

* Work safely while performing new construction, maintenance or repair work of energized and de-energized overhead work.
* Capable of leading crew members in the absence of the Foreman.
* Stringing overhead wire.
* Setting poles and anchors.
* Installing transformers, lightening arrestors, cutouts, crossarms, insulators, switches and switchgear.
* Troubleshooting trouble in primary and secondary systems.
* Replaces cutout fuses and clears faulted circuits and systems.
* Frequently works with energized high voltage systems requiring skill and care to protect the lives of themselves and others.
* Maintains company vehicles, equipment and tools in good working order.
* Does all other related work as required to complete the job.
* Position Requirements Applicant must have a U
* S. Labor Board issued Journeyman license 4 plus years experience Able to perform rigorous physical labor.
* Able to identify primary and secondary voltage on a circuit.
* Must be familiar with induced voltage.
* Understands grounding procedures.
* Capable of working at heights and/or confined spaces.
* Capable of properly installing and removing PPE and cover up.
* Must be able to climb different types of structures (wood, steel, etc.) and possess the necessary tools to do so.
* Understands grounding procedures.
* Understands how to phase out a line using phasing sticks.
* Capable of planning safe work based on a job print or work order.
* Understands how to obtain a one shot on a recloser.
* Must be able to effectively conduct a pre-job or tailgate briefing.
* Must be able to safely perform a reconductoring job.
* Capable of safely installing and removing mechanical jumpers.
* Understands how to use a load bust tool.
* Able to properly inspect rubber goods and PPE.
* A Commercial Drivers License is

What Does A Journeyman Lineman Do At City of Fountain

* ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Install, maintain, repair and/or remove overhead and underground distribution lines in accordance with systems and Division standards.
* Locates faulted primary and secondary cable and lines, and repairs and restores to original or upgrading state upon completion of maintenance, assuring compliance with Division standards.
* Locates energized primary and secondary lines and cables for private entities, other departments and customers involved in construction.
* Pull wire, connect transformers.
* Erect and set poles, sets meter sockets, transformers, and switching gear.
* Trouble shoot issues related to these operations.
* Terminates all classes of lines, transformers and meters.
* Installs, maintains repairs, operates, and reads all functions of switching and other equipment system wide.
* Clear right-of-ways of all obstructions for installation and maintenance of lines.
* Inspect substation records, and conduct monthly maintenance checks for abnormal conditions.
* Responds to emergency calls, operating equipment as required.
* Respond to after hours call outs within 30 minutes.
* Operates a wide range of heavy and light equipment in performing the tasks associated with installation, replacement and maintenance of lines.
* Responds to emergency calls, and coordinates personnel during power outages operating equipment as required

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How To Become A Journeyman Lineman

Although most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed. For more information, contact your local or state electrical licensing board.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Some electricians start out by attending a technical school. Many technical schools offer programs related to circuitry, safety practices, and basic electrical information. Graduates usually receive credit toward their apprenticeship.

After completing their initial training, electricians may be required to take continuing education courses. These courses are usually related to safety practices, changes to the electrical code, and training from manufacturers in specific products.


Most electricians learn their trade in a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship program. For each year of the program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.

In the classroom, apprentices learn electrical theory, blueprint reading, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training related to soldering, communications, fire alarm systems, and elevators.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Many apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. 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

Some electrical contractors have their own training programs, which are not recognized apprenticeship programs but include both classroom and on-the-job training. Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some electricians enter apprenticeship programs after working as a helper. The Home Builders Institute offers a preapprenticeship certificate training (PACT) program for eight construction trades, including electricians.

After completing an apprenticeship program, electricians are considered to be journey workers and may perform duties on their own, subject to any local or state licensing requirements. Because of this comprehensive training, those who complete apprenticeship programs qualify to do both construction and maintenance work.

Some states may require a master electrician to either perform or supervise the work.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require electricians to pass a test and be licensed. Requirements vary by state. For more information, contact your local or state electrical licensing board. Many of the requirements can be found on the National Electrical Contractors Association’s website.

The tests have questions related to the National Electrical Code, and state and local electrical codes, all of which set standards for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Self-employed electricians must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan payroll and work assignments. 

Color vision. Electricians must identify electrical wires by color.

Critical-thinking skills. Electricians perform tests and use the results to diagnose problems. For example, when an outlet is not working, they may use a multimeter to check the voltage, amperage, or resistance to determine the best course of action.

Customer-service skills. Residential electricians work with people on a regular basis. They should be friendly and be able to address customers’ questions.

Physical stamina. Electricians often need to move around all day while running wire and connecting fixtures to the wire.

Physical strength. Electricians need to be strong enough to move heavy components, which may weigh up to 50 pounds.

Troubleshooting skills. Electricians find, diagnose, and repair problems. For example, if a motor stops working, they perform tests to determine the cause of its failure and then, depending on the results, fix or replace the motor.

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Journeyman Lineman Winsett Contractors LLC Norman, OK Dec 08, 2010 $31,305
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Top Journeyman Lineman Skills

  1. Energize Transformers
  2. Safety Meetings
  3. Bucket Truck
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Hang and energize transformers.Accomplishments: Service award 2003 for 10 years of service at Imperial Irrigation District.
  • Attended general weekly and specified monthly safety meetings to ensure machine operation and crew safety.
  • Operate equipment; boom trucks, bucket trucks, and other related vehicles and power tools.
  • Worked on meter stations and substations and installations of sub transmission lines.
  • Project consisted of Changing out Porcelain stand ozff insulators on 161kv circuit to braced post polymer insulators in Cleveland, OH.

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