Education Required
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Median Wage
A lineworker's work often requires working high in the air, occasionally up to 300 feet off the ground, and sometimes requires working in underground vaults or trenches.
About The Job

Lineworkers work on or around high voltage wires and equipment. They respond to and correct problems with the electrical distribution system during any hours and after severe weather. Also, they assist in the daily construction and maintenance of the distribution and transmission systems.

What You'll Do
  • Inspect and test power lines and other equipment using special reading and testing devices.
  • Clean, tin, and splice corresponding conductors by twisting ends together or by joining ends with metal clamps and soldering connections.
  • Coordinate work assignment preparation and completion with other workers.
  • Cut and peel lead sheathing and insulation from defective or newly installed cables and conduits prior to splicing.
  • Cut trenches for laying underground cables, using trenchers and cable plows.
  • Attach cross-arms, insulators, and auxiliary equipment to poles prior to installing them.
  • Lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduit running through the trenches.
  • Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.
  • Replace or straighten damaged poles.
  • Trim trees that could be hazardous to the functioning of cables or wires.
  • Adhere to safety standards
  • Work with customers in the field.