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Outside lineman

Apprentice linemen learn to build and maintain the electrical power line systems. They work in an industry that builds the entire job from start to finish. The activities of a Journeyman Lineman are diversified and non-routine. An apprentice will learn and master many skills and will have the satisfaction of working with a team to complete a project. The duties of the apprentice lineman often include, but are not limited to, assembly and erection of metal towers and wood poles along with the installation of footings, hardware, conductors and other related equipment. Performing work on conductors, underground cables and related electrical apparatus possibly energized at voltages up to 500,000 volts. Climbing, lifting, hoisting and pulling, while installing or repairing equipment, often at considerable heights. Physically demanding work on all kinds of terrain in locations inaccessible to mobilized equipment. Work in extreme weather conditions, from freezing blizzard conditions to temperatures over 100 degrees. The program generally takes about four years to complete and may require extensive travel. It consists of a minimum of 7,000 hours of on-the-job training and related instructional classes, held on Saturday and Sundays. Apprentices are assigned to a full time job and earn wages while learning the trade. No compensation is given for related training. Current trends and changes in the industry fueled by deregulation provide optimism for steady growth and reliable employment opportunities in the future, especially in the construction branch of the trade.

traffic signal technician

(Colorado Only)

Traffic signal technicians build and maintain traffic signal systems of all kinds. They must remain alert; aware of the many hazards associated with the control of traffic flows during temporary, emergency and normal conditions. Technicians use powered equipment and hand tools to install structures for signals and associated lighting systems. Signs, controllers and conduit are installed for both underground and overhead applications. Technicians work on electrical circuits, sometimes energized, that supply power for signals and lighting. They may install computer equipment for more sophisticated systems and must know how to program and troubleshoot them. The use of metering and test equipment is extensive. Technicians can expect to work outdoors, often in inclement weather. They must be willing to travel. The job often requires the individual to work away from home, in another city. The work can be strenuous at times and is occasionally performed in elevated positions. A technician must be stable, dependable and be able to work with others or alone. You must be able to adjust to a variety of duties often characterized by frequent change. A mechanical and mathematical aptitude is desirable, as is the ability to plan and organize work. Manual dexterity and muscular coordination are also necessary attributes. Continuing growth in residential and industrial sectors of most western cities creates opportunity for employment. Current patterns of growth are anticipated to continue in the future, creating the need for apprentices and journeymen.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTs & documentation

An applicant to both programs must be at least 18 years of age and provide the following:

Your application will be rejected and closed if the following documentation is not provided.  Any application fees paid will not be refunded.

  • Completed Application

  • $25.00 application fee (non-refundable)

  • Birth Certificate or valid Passport

  • High School or GED Transcript with graduation date or two-year Associates Degree or higher

  • One credit of Algebra or higher math course

  • DMV Driving Record going back 3 years (must be within 30 days of applying)

Outside Lineman

  • Valid Class A COMMERCIAL Driver's License with no restrictions on transmission type, tractor trailer, or air brakes (and YES a CDL is required)

  • Medical Examiner's Certificate (for Commercial Driver's License)

Traffic Signal Technician

  • Valid Driver's License, a Class A Commercial Driver's License will need to be obtained once in the program

Items strongly recommended (not required) to include in your application:

  • Documentation of past outside electrical work experience, if applicable

  • Line School completion certificate and transcript

  • Current First Aid/CPR card

  • Current Flagging/Traffic Control certification

  • Industry related certifications: Crane Operator, Heavy Equipment, OSHA, Digger Derrick, Rigger Signalman, etc.

  • Any other college or trade school transcripts, which you feel to be applicable

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Women and Minorities

are encouraged to apply.

wages & benefits

Being treated as a full-time employee not only assures you an adequate wage, but also provides a range of benefits associated with full-time employment.

The apprentice’s hourly wage is based on a percentage of the negotiated journeyman’s wage. At each step the apprentice receives an incremental increase in their wage.  These rates may vary according to the area or contract for a particular job.  The apprenticeship is broken down into steps of 1,000 hours per step.  Each step marks the apprentice’s progression through their apprenticeship.  The break down is outlined below.

Outside Lineman

  • Current Journeyman Wage: ranges from $50.35 to $53.61 (as of 9-1-22)

  • 1st Step 1000 hours 60% of Journeyman Wage

  • 2nd Step 2000 hours 65% of Journeyman Wage

  • 3rd Step 3000 hours 70% of Journeyman Wage

  • 4th Step 4000 hours 75% of Journeyman Wage

  • 5th Step 5000 hours 80% of Journeyman Wage

  • 6th Step 6000 hours 85% of Journeyman Wage

  • 7th Step 7000 hours 90% of Journeyman Wage

Traffic Signal Technician

  • Current Journeyman Wage: $34.32 (as of 3-1-22)

  • 1st Step 1000 hours 65% of Journeyman Wage

  • 2nd Step 2000 hours 68% of Journeyman Wage

  • 3rd Step 3000 hours 70% of Journeyman Wage

  • 4th Step 4000 hours 75% of Journeyman Wage

  • 5th Step 5000 hours 80% of Journeyman Wage

  • 6th Step 6000 hours 90% of Journeyman Wage


LINECO Medical Insurance

As an apprentice or journeyman lineman, you’ll receive health insurance benefits for yourself and your dependent family, including health, dental and vision insurance. This insurance is provided 100% by the electrical industry and is not deducted from your paycheck. The health insurance plan provided allows you to see any doctor you wish, anywhere in the country.

Retirement Plans

In a time when most companies are cutting back on retirement benefits, the journeyman lineman profession offers two outstanding retirement plans and NEBF benefits to ensure you and your family of a secure financial future.

Eighth District Electrical Benefit Fund



Under the local agreements (IBEW locals 12, 111, 113, 57, 291, 322, 449, 44, 532 & 768) you will receive a retirement benefit for each hour you work. This amount is paid by the electrical contractors and is not deducted from your paycheck.

National Electrical Benefit Fund

This multi-employer defined benefit plan provides monthly contributions of 3% of gross pay for electrical workers associated with participating local unions of the IBEW. Journeymen and apprentices receive the benefit as part of their compensation package when they work for a contributing employer. Vesting in the fund takes just five years. Your benefit is secure once you have earned five service credits. Generally, you earn one service credit a year.

College Credit

Because your apprenticeship is more than just on-the-job training, you are eligible to earn college credit issued by the American Council of Education (ACE). (Outside Lineman apprenticeship program only.)


Veterans may be eligible for educational benefits while working their way through the apprenticeship program. Once you have been indentured, our Certifying Official will work with you to get your benefit claim going.

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