What Does an Electrical Lineworker Do?

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Interested in electrical theory? Do you enjoy climbing?

If this sounds like you, you may be ready for an Electrical Lineworker program. The mean pay for line installers and repairers is $71,190, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.*

A rewarding job and a quality wage, it’s a win-win! So, “what does an electrical lineworker do?”

What Does an Electrical Lineworker Do?

Electrical lineworkers install and repair electrical power systems and telecommunication cables.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, linemen do the following:

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  • Install, maintain, and repair power lines and transformers.
  • Identify and replace defective components
  • Test power lines and other electrical lineworker equipment.
  • Install, maintain, and repair power lines between residences, commercial buildings, and street poles.
  • Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to repair power lines.
  • Travel to job sites and remote transformer stations.
  • Follow safety standards and protocols set by federal, state, and local governments.

Where Do Electrical Lineworkers Work?

Most electrical lineworker will find themselves either working for an electric power company or telecommunications company. The utility company that serves Dallas is Oncor Electric Delivery. They offer over 100 electricity companies to choose from including TXU Energy, Pulse Power, and Constellation Energy.

Did you know that Dallas residents have the power to choose between commercial electricity companies? This means more jobs for electrical lineworkers and more advancement opportunities. Texas has also invested in renewable energy, making Texas a national leader in wind and solar power production.

If you are interested in sustainability, renewable energy companies are hiring.

How Long Does It Take to Become an Electrical Lineworker?

Did you know that a lineworker program can be completed in just 15 weeks attending full-time?

Here’s what you learn at Tulsa Welding School’s Electrical Lineworker program:

  • OSHA and compliance training
  • Pole climbing school
  • General pole line construction
  • Field equipment
  • Tools and materials
  • Introduction to transformers and grounding

Students get hands-on experience in real life situations. Instructors guide you through the program, offering personal attention and mentorship to help you become a successful electrical lineworker.

After completing the Electrical Lineworker program, graduates can start working as an apprentice to satisfy the work experience requirement to become a journeyman lineworker.

Plus, your education can supplement your work experience when you consider applying for a Journeyman Lineman License.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know what an electrical lineworker does, it is time to learn more about Tulsa Welding School.

The Electrical Lineworker program prepares you for entry-level employment in the field of utility power transmission and distribution construction, troubleshooting, and commercial electrical maintenance and repair. Get started today and contact our admissions department. Tulsa Welding School is here to help.

Want to Learn More?

Technical training is typically required for anyone to enter this field and become a lineworker. Many people decide to invest in a trade program to learn the trade skills they need to be safe and effective as a professional. To learn more about our Electrical Lineworker program offered at our Dallas Metro campus, contact us at Tulsa Welding School, call (214) 227-9911.

* According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers (49-9051) in the Dallas area were $71,190 through May 2022. http://data.bls.gov/oes.