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Working As A Lineman

  • 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 Lineman Do At Chain Electric Company

* Regular attendance and punctuality.
* Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas and follow company procedure in reporting unsafe conditions or practices.
* Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to access equipment and works at heights.
* Safely construct, maintain, and repair electrical overhead and underground distribution systems and substations, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.
* Verify proper grounding of truck.
* Safely control traffic passing near, in or around work zones.
* Keep unauthorized people away from work area.
* Identify defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments.
* Drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.
* String wire conductors and cables between poles, towers, trenches, pylons, and buildings, setting lines in place and using winches to adjust tension.
* Replace or straighten damaged poles.
* Attach cross-arms, insulators, and auxiliary equipment to poles prior to installing them.
* Dig holes, using augers, and set poles, using cranes and power equipment.
* Splice or solder cables together or to overhead transmission lines, customer service lines, or street light lines, using hand tools, epoxies, or specialized equipment.
* Cut and peel lead sheathing and insulation from defective or newly installed cables and conduits prior to splicing.
* Clean, tin, and splice corresponding conductors by twisting ends together or by joining ends with metal clamps and soldering connections.
* Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.
* Lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduit running through the trenches.
* Cut trenches for laying underground cables, using trenchers and cable plows

What Does A Lineman Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* String, splice, transfer and sag wire and connect to transformers.
* Shorten or lengthen lines utilizing splices, connectors, sleeves or clamps.
* Install, remove, transfer and maintain or repair cross arms, pins, insulators, guys, transformer and switch racks as well as all other overhead pole and underground equipment using a variety of hand tools.
* Flights, lodging, and meals provided.
* PAY: Up to $7,000 a week!
* Start: 1/25/2018 Travel to Ft.
* Lauderdale (flight covered, need name as it appears on drivers license, DOB and closest airport for flight scheduling)
* Orientation in Ft Lauderdale ( Site TBD)
* Travel to Puerto Rico (flight covered

What Does A Lineman Do At M. C. Dean, Inc.

* Lineman 1 is the entry level class for this skilled electrical trade.
* Under close supervision incumbents learn and perform basic aspects of the trade and learn how to work with energized high voltage distribution or transmission line voltages, while assisting Lineman with the construction, maintenance, and repairs on the electrical overhead and underground distribution and transmission system.
* Learn and assist with performing the construction, maintenance, and repairs on the electrical overhead and underground distribution and transmission system.
* Learn and assist with operating, inspecting, and maintaining aerial devices, digger/derricks, excavation equipment, and other electric line related equipment.
* Learn and observe proper safety precautions, particularly when working on or near energized circuits and with hazardous chemicals.
* Dig pole and anchor holes.
* Load and unload, remove and install, and transport framing poles.
* Set transformers and pull underground primary and secondary conductors.
* Assist Lineman with performing distribution switching, documentation and mapping information, and perform other related duties as assigned.
* This class is distinguished from the Lineman in that the latter is competent to perform the full range of skilled duties

What Does A Lineman Do At Chenega Corporation

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position)
* Ability to safely work on energized equipment and apparatus of voltages up to 46kV and be proficient in the use of either rubber gloving or hot stick work practices.
* Performshighlyskilled,journey-leveltransmission,distribution,andelectricalworkintheinstallation,construction,maintenance,andrepairofundergroundandoverheadelectrictransmission,distributionandservicelines,transformers,meters,meteringequipment,electricalsubstations,andrelatedequipment.
* Maintainallwiringtoandmaintenanceofallpolelighting.
* SupporttheprojectSafetyPlanthroughpersonalinvolvementinallaspectsofsafety,includingtrainingandattentiontotheadherenceof company, base, and OSHAsafetyrequirements.
* ThispositionisMissionCriticalandrequiredbythecompanytomeetcontractrequirements which requires working on call shifts as scheduled and responding to “call-outs” at any time of day, year-round, regardless of weather conditions.
* May lead crew or support supplemental help as required by Supervisor due to absence or work load.
* Performotherwork-relateddutiesasassignedbysupervisor.
* Non
* Essential Duties:
* Other duties as assigned
* Supervisory Responsibilities:
* None

What Does A Lineman Do At Trans-Tel

* Experience in OSP Fiber pulling installations
* Bucket truck certification is a plus.
* Knowledge of ADSS fiber cabling
* Job includes using bucket trucks to Lash and De
* Lash Existing & New Cable.
* Knowledge of lashing machine.
* Obtain permits for construction, aerial and underground when required.
* Prepare daily production log.
* Assist in coordinate between local utilities, when necessary.
* Meet with developers, associations and home or business owners to discuss client’s plans when necessary.
* Scheduling plant related activities for construction and / or maintenance.
* Submit reports on all construction activity, daily, weekly and monthly as required.
* Attend training classes for new technology and safety as required.
* Be proficient in pole climbing and working from Hooks/Gaffs.
* Hiring is contingent upon successfully passing a pre-employment drug screen and background check

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How To Become A 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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Top Lineman Skills

  1. Bucket Truck
  2. Safety Practices
  3. Fiber Optic Lines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Replaced cable that was broken or burnt, transferred cable from old poles to new ones, used aerial bucket truck.
  • Trained in line worker safety practices including personal grounding, pole top rescue and proper use of equipment and tools.
  • Install and repair fiber optic lines on poles and underground.
  • Exchanged overhead and underground transformers, framed new poles and worked complete pole transfers in emergency situations.
  • Performed elevated work with high voltage lines effectively & safely.

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