EDS Journeyman Lineman


Job Summary:

The Lineman is responsible for performing diversified work related to the construction and maintenance of poles, power lines, auxiliary facilities, and equipment for the distribution of electricity. This position supports the Line team and works with other personnel from the department.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None


  • Operate and maintain aerial distribution systems
  • Operate and maintain underground distribution systems
  • System restoration
  • Must be able to work safely and effectively following all required safety standards
  • Must be willing to travel when necessary

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of approved methods, materials, and tools used in electric line work
  • Knowledge of the principles of electric theory which apply to electric distribution and the hazards of live line work and safety of the procedures to be used
  • Install electrical distribution systems, including conduits, cables, wires, transformers, circuit breakers, and switches
  • Maintain and repair electrical distribution systems, including conduits, cables, wires, transformers, circuit breakers, and switches
  • Must be familiar with REA Framing.
  • Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment to locate and identify problems, using reading and testing instruments
  • String wire conductors and cables between poles, towers, trenches, pylons and buildings, setting lines in place and adjust wire tension.
  • Test voltage to ensure correct connections are made
  • Lay underground cable directly in trenches or string the cable through conduit running through the trenches
  • Ability to deal with the general public in a courteous and tactful manner
  • Ability to understand and follow both oral and written instructions
  • Must be able to take direction and coaching to effectively meet production standards while following safety standards
  • Ability to operate various types of industry-specific equipment such as, but not limited to, bucket trucks, material handlers, stake body trucks with lift gates and elevating platforms
  • Must be safety-minded and possess the knowledge of applicable laws, codes, and safety-related work practices common to electric utility work (i.e. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269(a)2(iii), NESC). Be able to learn and apply Company rules and procedures (including company safety rules) to the job function
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervision, co-workers, contractors, and customers

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Must have 4 years working experience and be classified as a Journeyman
  • Proficient in safe rubber glove and sleeves techniques
  • Knowledge of electric utility construction standards, National Electric Safety Code, and VOSHA/OSHA standards
  • Valid driver license required
  • CDL class A license preferred.
  • Pole Top Rescue, Bucket Truck Rescue, CPR, First Aid, Equi-Potential Grounding, Buck Squeeze, OSHA 10 preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Must have physical strength, balance, hand-eye coordination, and stamina necessary to complete jobs in various areas.
  • Must possess the coordination and manual dexterity necessary to climb poles, operate hand and power tools and equipment utilized in the upkeep, repair, and maintenance tasks
  • Must be able to stand and walk up to ten hours per day and climb multiple sets of stairs while carrying materials weighing between 40 and 60 lbs.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 100 pounds at a time and push or pull 100-pound loads at a time.
  • Must be able to ride in a vehicle up to four hours to travel to and from job sites.
  • Must be able to work in varying weather and temperatures.
  • Must be able to traverse and inspect all areas of jobsite in all types of weather; this may include walking, climbing, reaching, bending, crawling, or stretching.
  • Exposure to characteristic construction site dangers.
  • Must have flexibility in scheduling to meet the needs of the business.