Linemen perform work in telecom construction using extensive knowledge and experience in power system operations, as well as the ability to repair and maintain network infrastructure. The job involves servicing electrical lines which may be energized or de-energized; direct supervision is necessary for certain energized line applications, and familiarity with circuit maps and fiber-splicing is also important in this position.
Hands-on work with primaries, secondaries, junction boxes, and transformers and close contact with heavy-duty power equipment.are required for linemen, as is the installation of communications fiber and coaxial cables. They must also be familiar with energized distribution banks and be able to successfully perform air flow tests. Some serve as supervisors and may be assigned to work with a crew, and they must also be willing and able to climb tall wooden and metal aerial structures to access infrastructure points, which may require the use of ladders and bucket trucks. Some lines are located underground, so aspiring linemen should be familiar with access and service of underground lines and able to perform testing and analysis of cable paths and splicing.
A commercial driver’s license, clean driving record, high school diploma, and completion of a lineman certification program are generally required for this position, and a drug test and background check may also be necessary. Familiarity with and access to required tools is also important, and some work-related travel may be required.
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Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical distribution.