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Electrical Power-Line Installers & Repairers

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

Where in the Army? In the Army: Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer; Powerline Distribution Specialist (RC)

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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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

Abilities

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
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

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

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$63,250
per year, on average
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