Electric lineworkers install and repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. They erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers. They locate line trouble, climb poles, use hot line tools, and operate and maintain substations.
Because electric cables are strung from utility poles or are underground, electric lineworkers must climb and lift or work in stopped and cramped positions. They usually work outdoors in all kinds of weather and are subject to 24-hour call. Most usually work a 40-hour week, but when severe weather damages power lines, they may work long and irregular hours to restore service.
Classroom instruction is offered in weekly blocks staggered throughout the year.
Four year program
7,360 hours of on-the-job training
640 hours paid related instruction
Additional related instruction may be required
View application requirements below:
High school diploma or equivalent
Valid driver's license or reliable transportation
Commercial driver's license (CDL) with an "A" endorsement or the ability to get the CDL
Most employers test applicants for basic verbal, arithmetic, and abstract reasoning skills.
Some employers test for physical ability such as balance, coordination, and strength and mechanical aptitude.