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.

What responsibilities are common for Lineman jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Lineman jobs?
  • 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
EducationAssociate's Degree
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3.3 ★
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3.5 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does a Lineman make?

$47,880 /yr
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Lineman I
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Journeyman Lineman
Feb 12, 2021

“I have had many managers in my career but Nick in Carlsbad is the best I’ve ever experienced.”

Soccer Referee
Jun 21, 2021

“Games are fairly fun and good pay as well.”

ADB CompaniesADB Companies
Feb 16, 2023

“Company turn over rate is an embarrassment and have to deal with threats to your career.”

May 6, 2022

“Money was good work was good”

Feb 12, 2021

“Great not bad good good good”

David Stanley Consultants, LLC & StanHurstDavid Stanley Consultants, LLC & StanHurst
Underground Coal Miner
Feb 15, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Pike CorporationPike Corporation
Mar 25, 2021

“Good pay good job recommend”

Apprentice Lineman
Jul 13, 2021

“Good good good good good”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Lineman

When working as a Lineman, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CDL, Operational Excellence, Investigating, English, and Customer Focus.

The most similar professions to Lineman are:
  • Installer
  • Welder
  • Electrician
  • Millwright

The most common qualifications to become a Lineman include a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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