Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
SOC: 49-9051.00

Description:

Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
118,600 employed

Projected (2024):
131,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • A Class Lineman
  • Aerial Lineman
  • Apprentice Lineman Third Step
  • Cable Inspector
  • Cable Installer Repairer
  • Cable Installer-Repairer
  • Cable Layer
  • Cable Splicer
  • Cable Splicer Apprentice
  • Cable Splicer Assistant
  • Cable Tester
  • Cableman
  • Class A Lineman
  • Climber
  • Electric Installer
  • Electric Lineman
  • Electric Power Line Repairer
  • Electric Powerline Examiner
  • Electric Serviceman
  • Electric Utility Lineworker
  • Electrical High Tension Tester
  • Electrical Line Worker
  • Electrical Lineman
  • Electrical Lineman (Power)
  • Electrical Lineworker
  • Emergency Man
  • Emergency Service Restorer
  • Emergency Worker
  • Ground Crew Lines Person
  • Ground Crew Linesman
  • Groundhand
  • Groundman
  • Groundman/Lineman
  • High Tension Tester
  • Hiker
  • Hot Stick Man
  • Hot Stick Worker
  • Installer
  • Journey Lineman
  • Journeyman Lineman
  • Line Builder
  • Line Crewman
  • Line Erector
  • Line Erector Apprentice
  • Line Inspector
  • Line Installer
  • Line Maintainer
  • Line Mechanic
  • Line Patrolman
  • Line Repairer
  • Lineman
  • Lineman A
  • Lineman A Class
  • Lineman Apprentice
  • Linesman
  • Lineworker
  • Locate Technician
  • Lone Lead Lineman
  • Mechanic
  • Overhead Foreman
  • Overhead Line Worker
  • Patrolman
  • Pole Climber
  • Power Line Installer
  • Power Line Lineman
  • Power Lineman
  • Power Lineman Technician
  • Power Lineworker
  • Radio Interference Trouble Shooter
  • Relay Man
  • Relay Worker
  • Service Crew Leader
  • Serviceman
  • Serviceman (Lineman)
  • Splicer
  • Street Railway Line Installer
  • Third-Rail Installer
  • Tower Erector
  • Tower Foreman
  • Trolley Wire Installer
  • Trouble Lineman
  • Trouble Shooter
  • Underground Conduit Installer
  • Underground Electrician
  • Utility Lineman
  • Utility Locate Technician
  • Utility Locator
  • Wire Chief
  • Wire Stretcher


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas.
  • Open switches or attach grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs.
  • Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to access equipment.
  • Place insulating or fireproofing materials over conductors and joints.
  • Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.
  • Identify defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments.
  • Drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.
  • Coordinate work assignment preparation and completion with other workers.
  • Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment to locate and identify problems, using reading and testing instruments.
  • String wire conductors and cables between poles, towers, trenches, pylons, and buildings, setting lines in place and using winches to adjust tension.
  • Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections.
  • Replace or straighten damaged poles.
  • Install watt-hour meters and connect service drops between power lines and consumers' facilities.
  • Attach cross-arms, insulators, and auxiliary equipment to poles prior to installing them.
  • Travel in trucks, helicopters, and airplanes to inspect lines for freedom from obstruction and adequacy of insulation.
  • Dig holes, using augers, and set poles, using cranes and power equipment.
  • Trim trees that could be hazardous to the functioning of cables or wires.
  • Splice or solder cables together or to overhead transmission lines, customer service lines, or street light lines, using hand tools, epoxies, or specialized equipment.
  • Cut and peel lead sheathing and insulation from defective or newly installed cables and conduits prior to splicing.
  • Clean, tin, and splice corresponding conductors by twisting ends together or by joining ends with metal clamps and soldering connections.
  • Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.
  • Lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduit running through the trenches.
  • Cut trenches for laying underground cables, using trenchers and cable plows.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air compressors
  • Air hammers
  • All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Allen wrenches
  • Ammeters
  • Arc suppression blankets
  • Arrow boards
  • Asbestos gloves
  • Auger bits
  • Augers
  • Awls
  • Backhoes
  • Bashlin belts
  • Bench vises
  • Block and tackle equipment
  • Boats
  • Bolt cutters
  • Breathing protection equipment
  • Buck saws
  • Bucket trucks
  • Cable benders
  • Cable cutters
  • Cable strippers
  • Cant hooks
  • Capstan hoists
  • Chain jacks
  • Chain saws
  • Charge-actuated spiking tools
  • Clamp-on multimeters
  • Climbing hooks
  • Climbing spikes
  • Comealongs
  • Compression tools
  • Concrete drills
  • Conductive clothing
  • Continuity meters
  • Crowbars
  • Current leakage meters
  • Digging spades
  • Digital dynamometers
  • Digital recording amp meters
  • Digital voltmeters DVM
  • Drill bit sets
  • Dump trucks
  • Ear plugs
  • Elbow pullers
  • Electric drills
  • Electric screw guns
  • Face shields
  • Fall arrest harnesses
  • Fire blankets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire retardant clothing
  • Fish tapes
  • Flares
  • Fuse pullers
  • Gas drills
  • Gin poles
  • Ground rod drivers
  • Ground testers
  • Grounding devices
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammer drills
  • Hammers
  • Hand benders
  • Hand lines
  • Hand reamers
  • Hand saws
  • Hard hats
  • Hydraulic benders
  • Hydraulic cutters
  • Hydraulic drills
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Hydraulic tampers
  • Infrared guns
  • Insulated cable cutters
  • Insulated gloves
  • Insulated knives
  • Insulated pliers
  • Insulated skinning knives
  • Insulated wrenches
  • Insulator testers
  • Jackhammers
  • Jumper clamps
  • Keyhole saws
  • Knockout punches
  • Ladders
  • Laser printers
  • Leather gloves
  • Levels
  • Lifelines
  • Lifting slings
  • Light pickup trucks
  • Line tracers
  • Load break tools
  • Material handling aerial devices
  • Measuring wheels
  • Megohmmeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Non-metallic NM cable locators
  • Nut drivers
  • Nylon strap wrenches
  • Ohmmeters
  • Optical power meters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Overhead hoists
  • Peaveys
  • Personal computers
  • Phase rotation meters
  • Picks
  • Pike poles
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Plumb bobs
  • Pneumatic drills
  • Pole belts
  • Pole jacks
  • Portable generators
  • Potential testing meters
  • Power benders
  • Power borers
  • Power chippers
  • Power reel trailers
  • Power washers
  • Punches
  • Radial boom derrick trucks
  • Ratchet cutters
  • Reel jacks
  • Robotic arms
  • Running grounds
  • Saber saws
  • Safety boots
  • Safety goggles
  • Scaffolding
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shovels
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Sledgehammers
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Snowmobiles
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Soldering irons
  • Static discharge sticks
  • Telescoping boom trucks
  • Tension machines
  • Time domain reflectometers
  • Torque wrenches
  • Toxic gas detectors
  • Trenchers
  • Truck-mounted cranes
  • Two way radios
  • Utility knives
  • Water pumps
  • Welding tools
  • Wheel chocks
  • Wheeled bulldozers
  • Winches
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire tongs
  • Wire tuggers
  • Wood chisels
  • Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
  • Email software
  • Inventory management software
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990