Skip navigation

Electrical Power-Line Installers & Repairers

Also called: Class A Lineman, Journeyman Lineman, Lineman, Power Lineman

What they do:
Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
On the job, you would:
  • Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas.
  • Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections.
  • Open switches or attach grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • physics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Training Find Certifications Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
per year, on average
Check out my state Local Salary Info Find Jobs

Explore More

See more details at O*NET OnLine about electrical power-line installers and repairers.