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What Does an Electrical Lineman Do?

Do you get a thrill out of living on the edge? If you do, and don’t mind heights, this is a job worth exploring. Electrical linemen install, maintain and repair electric power lines and other equipment associated with electrical distribution and transmission systems.

Electrical linemen — also called linemen, lineworkers, line installers and repairers, and power line technicians — regularly work at height and deal with high-voltage electricity, so the job is considered dangerous. Much of the work is done outdoors, in all weather conditions. Transmission lineman bring power to the pole, and they are the ones who climb 100 feet off the ground. Distribution lineman, who bring the power from the pole to the customer, usually only climb around 50 feet off the ground.

Working on evenings, nights, weekends and holidays is often necessary during emergencies.

A related job is telecommunications line installer and repairer, which involves installing and repairing telecommunications cables, such as fiber optic cables for internet and cable TV. These workers typically earn less than electrical linemen.

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Electrical linemen work on a power line pole
Electrical linemen frequently work about 100 feet off the ground with a view you don’t get in most jobs. (Credit: Sawat Banyenngam/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Install equipment ranging from utility poles to power lines to crossarms, insulators, switches and switchgear
  • Test equipment, including conductors, switches, voltage regulators and transformers
  • Climb poles and transmission towers and use truck-mounted buckets to reach power lines and other equipment
  • Dig holes and set (erect) poles using construction equipment
  • Drive work vehicles to job sites
Education + Training

Becoming an electrical lineman typically takes several years and requires technical instruction, often at a community college or technical school, plus on-the-job training. An apprenticeship may provide both classroom instruction and on-the-job training.

Some community colleges offer related two-year associate degree programs; degree titles vary. One-year certificate programs in electricity and related topics are also available through schools or companies. Certain work may require a safety certification. Most employers require a basic knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Are physically fit and agile
  • Have good balance and no fear of heights
  • Pay close attention to detail
  • Like to work outdoors

Electrical Lineman training in your area

Coordinates

Electrical Apprenticeship Career Training

Indian River State College
Fort Pierce (0.0 Miles)

Power Technology Specialization, A.A.S.

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Line Technician Continuing Education

Durham Technical Community College
Durham (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Power Distribution Technical Diploma

Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Lineworker Certificate

North Georgia Technical College
Clarkesville (0.0 Miles)

Power and Trades Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship: Assistant Substation Operator and Electrical Maintenance Journeyman Certificate of Achievement

Henry Ford College
Dearborn (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Systems Technology, A.A.S.

Pitt Community College
Winterville (0.0 Miles)

Utility Lineworker

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)

Line Worker Basic Training Course

Fayetteville Technical Community College
Fayetteville (0.0 Miles)

Energy Technology (Basic) Certificate

Pima Community College
Tucson (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Lineworker Certificate

North Georgia Technical College
Clarkesville (0.0 Miles)

Power and Trades Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship: Electrical Field Service Representative Certificate of Achievement

Henry Ford College
Dearborn (0.0 Miles)

Find Electrical Lineman Jobs in Your Area

Coordinates

Overhead Line Worker

The Valley Transportation Authority
Santa Clara ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 7 months 1 week ago

A Class Lineman OH

Sumter Utilities, Inc.
Aiken ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Electric Serviceman/1st Class (East Richmond)

Dominion
Richmond ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Lineman/Linewoman First Cl.

Public Service Enterprise Group
Hicksville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Groundman - Overhead (Duke)

Pike Electric Company
Greenville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Overhead Electric Lineman C

MasTec
Miami ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

C Lineman - Underground (Oncor)

Pike Electric Company
Dallas ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago

Electric Journeyman Lineman

CMS Energy
Big Rapids ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago