Linemen

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DESCRIPTION

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairer install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems & may erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections. 
  • Open switches or attach grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs. 
  • Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to access equipment. 
  • Drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.
  • Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas. 

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • Conduit benders — Cable benders; Hand benders; Hydraulic benders; Power benders 
  • Pneumatic hammer — Air hammers; Ground rod drivers; Jackhammers 
  • Power drills — Concrete drills; Gas drills; Hammer drills; Hydraulic drills 
  • Protective gloves — Asbestos gloves; Insulated gloves; Leather gloves 
  • Voltage or current meters — Current leakage meters; Digital recording amp meters; Digital voltmeters DVM; Insulator testers

AT A GLANCE

AVERAGE WAGE

The average annual wage is $69,620 or $33.47/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $45,210 and $86,240.

JOB OPENINGS ACROSS THE U.S. (THROUGH 2026)

11,700

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★★✩ High

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.