Job description

Linemen install, maintain and repair the high voltage systems that distribute electric power from the generating source to the end user.

Their duties include testing conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections; climbing poles or using truck-mounted buckets to access equipment; and opening switches or attaching grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs.

To become a lineman, most employers require one to two years of training or an associate’s degree, as lineman jobs require in-depth knowledge of machines and tools, safety practices and procedures, and mechanical and electrical structures and processes.

Source: O*Net OnLine using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Learn about the Power Utility Technician degree

Similar Job Titles

  • Electrical Lineman
  • Electrical Power Line Installer
  • Electrical Power Line Repairer

Median Pay:

$31.70 hourly; $65,930 annually

Projected Growth:

9-13% from 2014-2024