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What does a Lineman do?

A lineman is responsible for the installation, repair and maintenance of overhead and underground electrical power lines and auxiliary equipment. This includes work from power plants to the meters of customers homes. Additionally, a lineman digs trenches for the installation of underground lines, install meters, climb poles to repair overhead lines and inspect power lines for possible repair or replacement. A Lineman usually works for utility companies, energy companies or telecommunications companies.

A high school diploma as well as the successful completion of a four-year apprenticeship is required to become a lineman. Successful lineman possess excellent problem-solving, troubleshooting and organizational, and analytical skills.

  • Operate and maintains the electric SCADA system
  • Maintain knowledge of and implement safety procedures at all times
  • Safely and accurately prepares work sites with warning signs and secures areas
  • Operate diggers, bucket trucks, hand tools near and around electrical distribution lines
  • Locate underground electric cable faults for repair
  • Read and interpret wiring diagrams
  • Install primary and secondary overhead and underground electrical systems
  • Conduct work outdoors in various types of weather
  • Four-year electrical lineman apprenticeship
  • CPR and First aid certification
  • Hilti gun, and forklift certification
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Commercial driver's license (CDL) with tanker and airbrake certification
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Able to work under mildly safe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations, odors, and toxic agents
  • Able to pull up loads of up to 100 pounds
  • Able to exert heavy physical effort in moderate to heavy work

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
51%
2 - 4
30%
5 - 7
1%
8+
18%

Common Skill Sets

CDL
Operational Excellence
Investigating
English
Customer Focus
Portable
Schedules
Disassembly

Lineman Seniority Levels

L2
Lineman
$69,094/yr
L3
Senior Lineman
No Salary Reports
L4
4th Year Lineman
No Salary Reports
Installer
3% made the transition
Electrician
5% made the transition
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Lineman Salaries

Average Base Pay

$69,094 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$51K
Median: $69K
$87K
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