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Power Line Installers and Repairers

Power line installers and repairers install, maintain and repair wires and cables utilized in electrical power or distribution systems. They work on the networks of power lines that connect customers with generating plants. Electrical power line installers and repairers sometimes construct transmission towers and erect power poles. They're also responsible for maintaining power lines.

Power line installers and repairers travel by trucks, airplanes and helicopters in order to visually inspect the power lines. Electrical line workers need to have specialized knowledge of electrical power distribution systems, substations and transformers. Some sample job titles are electrical line worker, power lineman, line erector, and lineman.

Responsibilities

  • Perform inspections and tests
  • Determine causes of operating errors
  • Install and repair wiring and equipment
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment
  • Determine the type of equipment and tools that are necessary for installation and repairs
  • Adhere to safety procedures
  • Take into consideration the costs and benefits of potential actions and select the most appropriate plan
  • Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets in order to access equipment

Job Characteristics

Workers that install and repair power lines sometimes need to work in harsh weather conditions to fix or replace equipment. They may have to work irregular hours and overtime in order to fix damaged equipment caused by storms. However, they work standard hours when installing new lines and performing normal maintenance.

Electrical line workers sometimes have to travel long distances. Electrical power line installers and repairs sometimes have to deal with serious hazards and need to follow safety procedures. The job may include climbing towers and poles and lifting heavy objects.

Power line installers and repairers need to be able to solve problems, read instructions and write reports. The job sometimes requires stamina, strength and coordination. They should be mechanically inclined.

Employment Outlook

The employment growth for electrical power line installers and repairers is forecasted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow by 7 percent from 2006 to 2016 which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. After gaining experience in stringing cable and performing service installation, line installers may move up to more complicated maintenance and repair positions. In addition, the median annual earnings for electrical power line installers and repairers in 2008 was $55,100.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Power line installers and repairers typically must have at least a high school diploma. Some employers look for candidates that have good reading and writing skills and basic knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Some employers prefer to hire workers that have obtained technical knowledge of electronics or electricity via a community college or vocational program.

Some educational programs collaborate with local companies and offer a one-year certificate that includes plenty of hands-on field work. Two-year associate degrees offer students a more broader knowledge of the types of technology used with electrical utilities. Courses are provided in electronics, electricity and related subjects. Employers often prefer to employ graduates from these programs.

Electrical line installers and repairers receive the bulk of their training on the job. They usually need to complete apprenticeships or other types of employer training programs. The training programs combine classroom learning with on-the-job training. Sometimes the programs are administered from a partnership of the employer and the union which represents the workers. The training and education requirements for apprentice electrical line installers have to follow the government safety regulations.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employment industries are electric power generation transmission and distribution, utility system construction, local government, building equipment contractors and natural gas distribution.

Schools for Power Line Installers And Repairers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Power Line Installers and Repairers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Power Line Installers and Repairers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 850 $71,710
Hoover 850 $71,710
Mobile 210 $80,450
Montgomery 190 $71,630
Dothan 90 $53,850
Foley 90 $55,660
Daphne 90 $55,660
Fairhope 90 $55,660
Decatur 50 $62,610
Muscle Shoals 50 $67,590
Florence 50 $67,590
Huntsville N/A $60,930
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 170 $90,660
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 910 $83,430
Mesa 910 $83,430
Phoenix 910 $83,430
Yuma N/A $84,440
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 290 $54,420
North Little Rock 290 $54,420
Little Rock 290 $54,420
Jonesboro 120 $66,560
Pine Bluff N/A $70,100
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1650 $104,140
Los Angeles 1650 $104,140
Long Beach 1650 $104,140
Ontario 1010 $88,680
San Bernardino 1010 $88,680
Riverside 1010 $88,680
Carlsbad 650 $107,640
San Diego 650 $107,640
Hayward 590 $102,670
Oakland 590 $102,670
San Francisco 590 $102,670
Bakersfield 440 $107,130
Sacramento 310 $107,050
Arden 310 $107,050
Arcade 310 $107,050
Roseville 310 $107,050
Sunnyvale 200 $105,030
Santa Clara 200 $105,030
San Jose 200 $105,030
Santa Maria 70 N/A
Santa Barbara 70 N/A
Thousand Oaks 40 N/A
Oxnard 40 N/A
Ventura 40 N/A
Fairfield N/A $103,440
Vallejo N/A $103,440
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1210 $70,840
Lakewood 1210 $70,840
Denver 1210 $70,840
Colorado Springs 210 $61,840
Greeley 140 $32,810
Boulder 70 $77,000
Fort Collins 60 $77,130
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Haven 280 $88,100
West Hartford 180 $91,440
Hartford 180 $91,440
East Hartford 180 $91,440
Norwalk 70 $87,120
Bridgeport 70 $87,120
Stamford 70 $87,120
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 40 $67,180
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1660 $47,980
Fort Lauderdale 1660 $47,980
Miami 1660 $47,980
Tampa 1000 $50,390
Clearwater 1000 $50,390
St. Petersburg 1000 $50,390
Sanford 900 $50,070
Kissimmee 900 $50,070
Orlando 900 $50,070
Jacksonville 540 $58,410
Lakeland 310 $62,660
Winter Haven 310 $62,660
Cape Coral 240 $44,980
Fort Myers 240 $44,980
Brent 220 $47,480
Pensacola 220 $47,480
Ferry Pass 220 $47,480
Tallahassee 200 $57,550
Port St. Lucie 140 $46,530
Melbourne 130 $56,030
Palm Bay 130 $56,030
Titusville 130 $56,030
Ocala 120 $64,360
Panama City 100 $40,990
Crestview 70 $55,080
Fort Walton Beach 70 $55,080
Destin 70 $55,080
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 4270 $45,220
Sandy Springs 4270 $45,220
Atlanta 4270 $45,220
Valdosta 100 $40,830
Athens 70 $61,710
Clarke County 70 $61,710
Albany 60 $45,560
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 310 $79,000
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Idaho Falls 70 $88,550
Boise City N/A $70,410
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 110 $72,020
Springfield 80 $87,330
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 510 $70,940
Carmel 510 $70,940
Indianapolis 510 $70,940
Fort Wayne 200 $64,310
Columbus 100 $44,800
Bloomington 80 $69,090
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 300 $66,840
Des Moines 300 $66,840
Cedar Rapids 220 $68,340
Iowa City 60 $67,150
Cedar Falls 30 $69,610
Waterloo 30 $69,610
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Topeka 190 $63,730
Wichita 160 $70,940
Lawrence N/A $71,590
Manhattan N/A $72,910
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 360 $56,430
Lexington 360 $56,430
Fort Knox 50 $73,480
Elizabethtown 50 $73,480
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 340 $40,740
New Orleans 340 $40,740
Baton Rouge 270 $54,890
Lake Charles 90 $50,310
Lafayette 80 $48,210
Monroe 30 $66,630
Bossier City N/A $52,580
Shreveport N/A $52,580
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 100 $61,110
Portland 100 $61,110
Auburn N/A $55,630
Lewiston N/A $55,630
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1050 $59,480
Columbia 1050 $59,480
Baltimore 1050 $59,480
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town N/A $89,490
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1430 $73,910
Detroit 1430 $73,910
Warren 1430 $73,910
Wyoming 250 $64,410
Grand Rapids 250 $64,410
Muskegon 100 $78,910
Portage 70 N/A
Kalamazoo 70 N/A
Ann Arbor 40 $88,820
Monroe N/A $75,970
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 210 $64,500
Rochester 60 $68,230
North Mankato 40 $79,990
Mankato 40 $79,990
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 650 $61,050
Gulfport 160 $60,530
Pascagoula 160 $60,530
Biloxi 160 $60,530
Hattiesburg 70 $65,230
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 250 $79,530
Springfield 150 $74,900
Columbia 100 $66,670
Joplin N/A $74,290
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 70 $85,870
Great Falls 50 $90,520
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 150 $58,950
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise N/A $72,840
Henderson N/A $72,840
Las Vegas N/A $72,840
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 230 $63,170
Farmington 70 $48,310
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 210 $85,510
Cheektowaga 210 $85,510
Buffalo 210 $85,510
Syracuse 190 $80,540
Albany 170 $84,030
Troy 170 $84,030
Schenectady 170 $84,030
Binghamton 150 $86,340
Rochester 130 $87,960
Fort Drum 40 $83,950
Watertown 40 $83,950
Rome N/A $76,250
Utica N/A $76,250
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 400 $59,820
Greensboro 210 $63,430
High Point 210 $63,430
Wilmington 190 $59,570
Fayetteville 140 $45,380
Durham 140 $69,650
Chapel Hill 140 $69,650
Winston 130 $46,990
Salem 130 $46,990
Morganton 120 $48,440
Hickory 120 $48,440
Lenoir 120 $48,440
Asheville 70 $67,250
Greenville 50 $47,330
New Bern 50 $61,420
Goldsboro 50 $68,950
Rocky Mount 30 $41,800
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 90 $72,060
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 760 $66,930
Cleveland 760 $66,930
Columbus 610 $64,630
Dayton 230 $61,970
Akron 170 $66,080
Toledo 150 $63,370
Canton 120 $66,080
Massillon 120 $66,080
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 410 $55,360
Oklahoma City 340 $64,010
Lawton 60 $65,430
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 140 $88,670
Eugene 80 $88,770
Redmond 70 $91,720
Bend 70 $91,720
Albany N/A $71,250
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 620 $68,110
Hanover 540 $78,540
York 540 $78,540
Harrisburg 70 $73,690
Carlisle 70 $73,690
Reading 70 $74,550
Lancaster 40 $69,150
Altoona N/A $68,610
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 1060 $44,850
Carolina 1060 $44,850
San Juan 1060 $44,850
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Spartanburg 620 N/A
North Charleston 360 $50,200
Charleston 360 $50,200
Columbia 340 $49,180
Greenville 320 $57,780
Anderson 320 $57,780
Mauldin 320 $57,780
Sumter 270 $44,050
Florence 60 $59,120
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 150 $70,780
Sioux Falls 60 $70,030
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1050 $74,780
Franklin 1050 $74,780
Davidson 1050 $74,780
Nashville 1050 $74,780
Knoxville 460 $63,120
Johnson City 130 $70,130
Jackson 70 $68,870
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 2730 $58,190
Houston 2730 $58,190
Sugar Land 2730 $58,190
Dallas 2650 $55,110
Arlington 2650 $55,110
Fort Worth 2650 $55,110
San Antonio 520 $49,590
New Braunfels 520 $49,590
Amarillo 330 $25,370
Round Rock 330 $58,900
Austin 330 $58,900
Port Arthur 210 $67,240
Beaumont 210 $67,240
Lubbock 190 $65,350
Odessa 170 $52,250
Corpus Christi 150 $53,660
San Angelo 140 $28,860
Abilene 140 $54,190
Bryan 110 $49,210
College Station 110 $49,210
Temple 70 $49,810
Killeen 70 $49,810
Victoria 60 $38,810
Tyler 40 $56,210
Denison N/A $36,830
Sherman N/A $36,830
Waco N/A $47,430
Midland N/A $58,730
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Clearfield 180 $64,370
Ogden 180 $64,370
Orem 80 $64,300
Provo 80 $64,300
St. George 40 $73,030
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 80 $72,320
Burlington 80 $72,320
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 510 $61,300
Roanoke 110 $56,120
Lynchburg 70 $41,340
Waynesboro 60 $48,280
Staunton 60 $48,280
Charlottesville 60 $66,750
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 750 $85,240
Seattle 750 $85,240
Bellevue 750 $85,240
Spokane 210 $89,130
Spokane Valley 210 $89,130
Kennewick 120 $88,660
Richland 120 $88,660
Wenatchee 110 $88,670
Walla Walla 40 $87,350
Yakima N/A $78,770
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 460 $67,620
West Allis 340 $76,920
Waukesha 340 $76,920
Milwaukee 340 $76,920
Green Bay 90 $69,740
Eau Claire 50 $49,470
Fond du Lac 40 $79,310
Sheboygan 30 $75,430
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 70 $70,540
Casper 40 $82,680

Most Popular Industries for :
Power Line Installers and Repairers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Utilities 54,090 49% $58,960
Civil Engineering 31,460 28% $45,390
Government 14,790 13% $54,240
Construction Trades 6,790 6% $52,290
Business Management 1,900 1% $56,400
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