Lineworkers install and repair cables, wires, and other critical transmission and distribution equipment that help power homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, etc. Other common titles include: Line Installer and Line Technician.
Skills required for Lineworker:
- Install necessary equipment on poles.
- Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to reach equipment.
- Identify defective devises such as fuses, switches, and wires.
- Understand that safety and use of safety equipment is critical; poles and towers have very high voltages of electricity.
- Inspect and test power lines and other equipment using special reading and testing devices.
- Lay underground cables.
Lineworkers also need to:
- Show a good natured, cooperative attitude.
- Work well with others.
- Listen and understand customer needs and how to meet them.
- Be able to be on your feet for a long time.
- Not mind heights or working outdoors.
Post-High School Education and Training
A two-year degree is optional. On-the-job training is required for this profession. To view a list of available degree and training programs in your area, use the Get Into Energy NEEN Program Locator.
Average Annual Lineworker Salary: $69,380
From O*NET. Will vary depending on geographic location.
What’s the future?
The future of linework is in Smart Grid Technology. The “Smart Grid” consists of devices connected to transmission and distribution lines that allow utilities and customers to receive digital information and communicate with the grid. These devices allow a utility to find out where an outage, or other problem, is on the line as well as fix the problem in some circumstances.*
*US Energy Information Administration