LINEMan

$95,780 earning potential

Linemen deal with electrical lines, whether in utility poles or underground systems. Electrical linemen often work with high-voltage electrical lines, so they need to understand how to safely fix problems in electrical systems.

This option is for you if:

You’re not afraid of heights

You're dependable

You like to save the day (think power outages!)

You work well with others

You don’t mind nontraditional work hours

CLINT RAY

JOURNEYMAN LINEMAN

High school: Salem High School

Age: 27

Where I trained: Arkansas State University–Newport and an apprenticeship at North Arkansas Electric Cooperative

What I Earned: Technical certificate in High Voltage Lineman Technology

SALARY INFO:

HIGH-END EARNERS IN ARKANSAS (TOP 10%):

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RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Help maintain a safe work environment
  • Build and maintain electric lines
  • Help with troubleshooting and restoration of power outages as needed
  • 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
  • Build transformer banks
  • Operate bucket and digger trucks safely and efficiently

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I enjoy meeting new people on the job every day. That could be when replacing a pole or restoring power after a storm. I also like being a role model for kids. They definitely like and want to ride the bucket trucks. That makes your day. I also like helping the apprentices starting their careers."

ADVICE FROM A LINEMAN:

"You also have to understand that working with electricity can be a hazardous job, and safety has to be your first concern. Electricity can’t be heard, seen or smelled, but you have to be aware of it at all times. If you fail to follow safety guidelines, you could seriously injure or kill yourself or those you work with. They become your family, and you are responsible for their lives."

UPWARD MOBILITY:

"A journeyman lineman at NAEC can work his way up to lead lineman of a crew or a serviceman who works alone, then a line foreman in charge of a crew followed by a line superintendent in charge of operations work in a district."