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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 quarterly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 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.


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.

Current Journeyman Wage: ranges from $52.11 to $56.57 (as of 3-1-24)

  • 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

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTs & documentation

An applicant 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.

  • $25.00 application fee (non-refundable)

  • Completed Application

  • 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)

  • Valid Class A COMMERCIAL Driver's License with no restrictions on transmission type, tractor trailer, or air brakes (and YES a CDL is required) Permits will NOT be accepted

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

Prohibited Restrictions:

  • E- No Manual Transmission Equipped CMV.  This restriction will only allow the CDL driver to operate an automatic transmission.

  • O- No Semi-Trailer or Tractor Trailer.  This restriction will only allow the CDL driver to operate a pintle hook or other non-fifth wheel connection.

  • L- No Air Brake Equipped CMV.  This restriction will not allow the CDL driver to operate a commercial vehicle using air brakes in any combination.

  • Z- No Full Air Brake Equipped CMV.  This restriction will not allow operation of full air brake commercial vehicle and means operator only completed air hydraulic brake operation.

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.

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