An electrical lineman works with electrical systems and equipment, including electrical lines, utility poles, and underground systems. They work with electrical distribution systems whenever maintenance needs to be carried out. The lineman must be able to work with electrical lines that are either energized or de-energized, as well as understand how to properly ground electrical lines and be able to use phasing sticks. Systems are often high voltage, so the electrical lineman must follow all safety requirements and protocols. Electrical linemen are also responsible for stringing new wires and setting up the poles along with the anchors. When circuits and fuses malfunction, the lineman needs to be able to fix them or replace them; when electrical systems malfunctions, the lineman must find the source of the problem and work toward an effective solution.
Completion of a certified electrical program (or a similar education) and/or relevant experience is generally required for this position. Additionally, electrical linemen should be proficient in working with transformers, switches, and other related items and equipment. Some jobs also require the lineman to have a commercial driver's license or to be able to obtain one. Electrical linemen may work on a team, so the ability to effectively communicate and work with others is important. This job mostly takes place outdoors and is physically demanding, so physical requirements often exist for these positions as well. Hours vary depending on the needs of their employer, and the linemen may need to work on call as well.
Electrical Lineman Tasks
Erect and maintain steel, wood or concrete poles, towers and guy wires.
Install and maintain street lighting systems.
Splice, solder and insulate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution.
Inspect and test overhead and underground power lines and cables.
Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical distribution.