Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

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What do they do?

Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

Also known as:

A Class Lineman, Apprentice Lineman Third Step, Class A Lineman, Electric Lineman, Electrical Lineman (Power), Electrical Lineworker, Groundhand, Groundman, Groundman/Lineman, Journey Lineman, Journeyman Lineman, Lineman, Lineman A, Lineman A Class, Lineman Apprentice, Lineworker, Lone Lead Lineman, Power Lineman, Power Lineman Technician, Serviceman, Serviceman (Lineman)

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 0.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #35 in job growth rate
  • 310

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #11 in net job growth

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Majors that prepare Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (0.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5%)
  • Associate's degree (13.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (34.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (40.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (5.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Monitor work areas or procedures to ensure compliance with safety procedures.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
  • Control power supply connections.
  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.
  • Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.
  • Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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