Electrical Power-Line Installers & Repairers

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Electrical Lineman, Lineworker, Power Lineman, Service Man

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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.
  • Drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.
  • Open switches or attach grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs.


Engineering and Technology

  • building and construction
  • mechanical

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


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

People and Technology Systems

  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


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
  • use rules to solve problems


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software

  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Video conferencing software

  • Zoom Hot Technology

Computer aided design CAD software

  • Bentley MicroStation Hot Technology
  • Computer aided design and drafting CADD software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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