How To Become an Electrical Lineman

Electrical lineman at work

If you’re thinking about making a career change, you might want to consider becoming an electrical lineman.  An electrical lineman can also be known as a ground man, power lineman, or journeyman lineman.  Some of the duties an electrical lineman performs include, but aren’t limited to, installing and maintaining transformers, stringing new wire and maintaining old wire, repairing overhead distribution and transmission lines, setting up devices that hold electrical wiring, and tree trimming.  You need to be in great physical shape to become a lineman due to all of the climbing and lifting done on the job.  You will also need to be very proficient in math because you will be calculating the projects you’re working on.

In order to get a job as a journeyman lineman, there are a few steps you will need to complete first.  The first thing you need to do is enroll yourself in electrical lineman school.  Here you will learn the skills you need to be a lineman and get training experience on how to safely work around electricity.  This type of job isn’t for everyone, and lineman school will be the best place to find out if this line of work is for you.  You can search through your local phone book or do a Google search to find the nearest electrical lineman school.

The next step you will want to take is getting your Commercial Drivers License (CDL).  You will need this type of license in order to drive the company trucks.  Some lineman schools will offer this training course as part of their curriculum.  If it doesn’t, you will need to find a place that offers this type of training.

After you have finished lineman school and obtained your CDL, the next step you will need to take will be to purchase all of the necessary tools to do your job.  You will need to purchase your own body belt, climbers, and hand tools.  On average, you will be spending about $2,000 to obtain these things.  You might receive a few tools from the school you’re enrolled in, but they will not be enough for you to perform your job to the fullest.  It’s better to be fully prepared for your job than have to borrow something from your co-workers or have to back out of a job because you’re not prepared.

After you have completed the above steps, you’re ready to work.  Once employed, you will generally start out as an apprentice.  Your apprenticeship will last about three to four years. You will probably start out as a ground man and work your way up to journeyman lineman.

If you’re strong and can withstand all types of weather conditions and long hours, this would be a great career to look into.


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