Job Overview


Southwestern Power Administration offers career opportunities in the highly energized electric utility industry.  We market federally produced hydropower from 24 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers multipurpose dams in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

We operate and maintain 1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, substations and a communications system that includes microwave, VHF radio, and state of the art fiber optics.  Our offices are located in Gore, Oklahoma, Jonesboro, Arkansas, Springfield, Missouri, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A successful candidate in this position will individually, or with the assistance of other linemen, line equipment operators, and equipment operators, perform maintenance and construction work in the erection and repair of high-voltage transmission power lines and related equipment.


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.  Splices wire or conductor when broken and reinstalls.
  • Operate and/or uses and maintains all types of equipment and tools.
  • 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.