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» Lineworkers: Putting Stem to Work

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Pass Pre-Employment Tests and Become a
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Educational Opportunities for Advancement
1-5 Years
Line Worker
  • Associate's Degree
  • Long-Term On-the-Job Training
3-6 Years
Senior-Level Crew Leader
  • Long-Term On-the-Job Training
  • Experience in Position
6-8 Years
8+ Years
LINE WORKER: What will you do?What competencies will you need? (built on energy foundational competencies—incremental as career advances)
Note: Most utilities use a pre-employment test—to pass you will need math, communications, problem solving, and mechanical reasoning skills.

Starting off as a Line Helper:

  • Provide assistance to line crew by providing tools and equipment
  • Make work area safe
  • Drive equipment to job site
  • Teamwork
  • Be comfortable with heights
  • Able to drive heavy commercial vehicles
  • Able to lift 75 lbs
  • Listen and follow directions
  • Come to work on time

Apprenticeship Training Components:

  • Alternating Current / Direct Current
  • Pole climbing
  • Stringing cable
  • Installing transformers and other pole top equipment
  • Apply knowledge learned during training to work environment


  • Install equipment on poles
  • Climb poles
  • Identify defective devices such as fuses, switches, and wires
  • Lay underground cable
  • Inspect and test power lines
  • Define how the various parts of systems interact (e.g., parts of the distribution systems) and diagnose the effect on the system of changes or malfunctions in its parts
  • Solve problems involving limited options by applying common sense understandings such as selecting the correct cutting tool or proper gauge of wire for a job
  • Listen to and understand customer needs
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Understand mechanical relationships in practical situations such as understanding leverage, how pulleys work, and the direction gear arrangements turn
  • Visualize length, width, thickness, height, or depth and the differences among shapes, widths, or lengths

Senior-Level Crew Leaders:

  • Supervise crew members
  • Determine schedules and work activities
  • Check for unsafe work conditions
  • Communicate with customers
  • Install equipment on poles
  • Climb poles
  • Identify defective devices such as fuses, switches, and wires
  • Lay underground cable
  • Inspect and test power lines
  • Handle customer concerns and issues
  • Assign priority or sequence to the steps for completing a job
  • Coordinate several competing activities for efficient use of time and material
  • Adapt work procedures or priorities in response to changing or unforeseen requirements or conditions


  • Schedule and oversee work of line crews
  • Review crew member performance and provide feedback
  • Financial management
  • Computer skills for report preparation
  • People management

Energy Industry Competency Model

competency model

Energy industry careers offer:
  • Excellent salaries
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Job growth & stability
  • Community service
  • Great benefits

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