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Power Distributors & Dispatchers

Also called: Journeyman Lineman, Power System Operator, System Operator, Transmission System Operator

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army or Marine Corps.

What they do:
Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.
On the job, you would:
  • Respond to emergencies, such as transformer or transmission line failures, and route current around affected areas.
  • Prepare switching orders that will isolate work areas without causing power outages, referring to drawings of power systems.
  • Control, monitor, or operate equipment that regulates or distributes electricity or steam, using data obtained from instruments or computers.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
  • telecommunications


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


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns


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
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • ABB MicroSCADA Pro DMS
  • OSI monarch/SGP
Map creation software
  • Geographic information system GIS software


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

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
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