As a Journeyman Lineman, you will:
- Erect power lines consisting of supporting structures, conductors, insulators, and auxiliary equipment.
- Replace or install poles, cross arms, insulators, line hardware, guys and anchors, overhead ground wire, braces, dampers, lightning arrestors, transformers, bird wire, and other auxiliary substation equipment.
- String conductors from structure to structure, clamping or tying to insulators, with or without armor rod, in such a manner as to maintain proper sag. Splice wire or conductor when broken and reinstalls.
- Operate and/or use and maintain all types of equipment and tools common to the utility trade including, but not limited to, multiple-drive vehicles, bull dozers, truck-mounted augers, compressors, winch trucks, truck/trailer combinations, bucket and/or crane or boom trucks, truck-operated winch, digging tools, etc.
- Work on energized lines (up to 161-kV) requiring the use of safety devices such as hot line tools, rubber gloves, mats, etc.
- Investigate, as requested, transmission line equipment failures/interruptions, diagnosing problems and determining possible remedies (troubleshooting).
Physical Demands: The work requires physical exertion such as heavy lifting and carrying (over 100 pounds) over rough terrain, i.e., one end of an assembled 34-foot cross arm or a string of suspension insulators. Frequent pulling and or pushing, often from awkward positions, i.e., dinging and un-dinging suspension insulators while in hooks, requiring the use of both legs; climbing wooden poles using climbers and steel towers with steps or step bolts while wearing gear weighing approximately 35 pounds, requiring the use of both legs; frequent use of hands and fingers requiring the use of both hands and all fingers; moderate walking over rough terrain, stooping and kneeling, and standing for long periods.
Working Conditions: The work environment involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations or unusual environmental stress such as working on energized high-voltage electrical power transmission equipment (.001 volts to 161,000 volts as general criteria); extreme outdoor weather conditions; emergency situations at all hours of the day and any day; and potential exposure to poison ivy, poison oak and poisonous snakes. The employee must apply a wide range of safety precautions.