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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.

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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 890 $71,980
Birmingham 890 $71,980
Mobile 240 $76,980
Montgomery 210 $72,040
Dothan 90 $59,930
Muscle Shoals 60 $69,540
Florence 60 $69,540
Decatur 40 $59,690
Daphne N/A $60,950
Fairhope N/A $60,950
Foley N/A $60,950
Huntsville N/A $63,460
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 220 $87,920
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1050 $76,720
Mesa 1050 $76,720
Phoenix 1050 $76,720
Lake Havasu City 140 $74,010
Kingman 140 $74,010
Tucson 70 N/A
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 370 $48,520
North Little Rock 370 $48,520
Little Rock 370 $48,520
Jonesboro 120 $61,450
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 2140 $99,100
Los Angeles 2140 $99,100
Anaheim 2140 $99,100
Riverside 1420 $73,410
San Bernardino 1420 $73,410
Ontario 1420 $73,410
San Diego 660 $109,470
Carlsbad 660 $109,470
San Francisco 480 $107,100
Oakland 480 $107,100
Hayward 480 $107,100
Bakersfield 340 $112,140
Arcade 320 $108,720
Roseville 320 $108,720
Sacramento 320 $108,720
Arden 320 $108,720
Ventura 280 $108,650
Thousand Oaks 280 $108,650
Oxnard 280 $108,650
Lodi 170 N/A
Stockton 170 N/A
Vallejo 150 $103,780
Fairfield 150 $103,780
Modesto N/A $97,160
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1260 $66,220
Denver 1260 $66,220
Lakewood 1260 $66,220
Colorado Springs 250 $65,460
Greeley 150 $65,220
Fort Collins 80 $82,610
Boulder 70 $78,330
Pueblo 50 $75,390
Grand Junction 40 $74,560
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 210 $92,130
West Hartford 210 $92,130
Hartford 210 $92,130
New Haven 170 $90,880
Stamford 130 $89,850
Norwalk 130 $89,850
Bridgeport 130 $89,850
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 40 $74,110
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 1230 $47,030
West Palm Beach 1230 $47,030
Miami 1230 $47,030
Tampa 760 $54,050
Clearwater 760 $54,050
St. Petersburg 760 $54,050
Orlando 690 $49,420
Sanford 690 $49,420
Kissimmee 690 $49,420
Jacksonville 460 $60,720
Tallahassee 260 $57,650
North Port 190 $37,780
Bradenton 190 $37,780
Sarasota 190 $37,780
Lakeland 170 $61,500
Winter Haven 170 $61,500
Cape Coral 160 $45,250
Fort Myers 160 $45,250
Port St. Lucie 150 $47,910
Brent 150 $48,050
Pensacola 150 $48,050
Ferry Pass 150 $48,050
Ocala 110 $66,800
Panama City 100 $45,550
Palm Bay 90 $59,370
Melbourne 90 $59,370
Titusville 90 $59,370
The Villages 60 $63,850
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 3910 $46,670
Atlanta 3910 $46,670
Sandy Springs 3910 $46,670
Athens 90 $52,770
Clarke County 90 $52,770
Warner Robins 60 N/A
Valdosta 60 $52,220
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 100 $76,370
Idaho Falls 70 $89,350
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 70 $87,710
Peoria N/A $47,510
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 660 $56,840
Anderson 660 $56,840
Carmel 660 $56,840
Fort Wayne 140 $72,990
Columbus 110 $38,990
Bloomington 50 $72,460
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 320 $68,060
Des Moines 320 $68,060
Cedar Rapids 170 $70,200
Iowa City 70 $51,390
Cedar Falls 50 $71,430
Waterloo 50 $71,430
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 220 $73,290
Topeka 190 $76,810
Lawrence N/A $72,600
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 390 $50,790
Lexington 390 $50,790
Fort Knox 50 $74,770
Elizabethtown 50 $74,770
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 370 $42,530
New Orleans 370 $42,530
Baton Rouge 130 $57,600
Lake Charles 60 $45,440
Lafayette 60 $46,930
Monroe 40 $56,660
Bossier City N/A $49,730
Shreveport N/A $49,730
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 110 $60,700
Portland 110 $60,700
Auburn N/A $56,590
Lewiston N/A $56,590
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1180 $57,710
Columbia 1180 $57,710
Baltimore 1180 $57,710
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 130 $90,730
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1340 $78,730
Warren 1340 $78,730
Detroit 1340 $78,730
Wyoming 310 $71,860
Grand Rapids 310 $71,860
East Lansing 90 $39,500
Lansing 90 $39,500
Ann Arbor 40 N/A
Muskegon N/A $82,420
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 90 $71,790
North Mankato 50 $80,400
Mankato 50 $80,400
St. Cloud N/A $83,340
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 810 $57,890
Pascagoula 170 $59,390
Biloxi 170 $59,390
Gulfport 170 $59,390
Hattiesburg 60 $64,220
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 200 $77,250
Springfield 130 $74,780
Columbia 80 $46,620
Joplin N/A $72,550
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 90 $85,810
Great Falls 40 $91,970
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 190 $64,630
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 460 $65,220
Henderson 460 $65,220
Las Vegas 460 $65,220
Reno 80 $84,550
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester N/A $76,660
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 140 $70,720
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Syracuse 270 $58,890
Troy 250 $79,240
Schenectady 250 $79,240
Albany 250 $79,240
Niagara Falls 210 $84,430
Cheektowaga 210 $84,430
Buffalo 210 $84,430
Rochester 140 $85,730
Fort Drum 40 $85,850
Watertown 40 $85,850
Utica N/A $80,190
Rome N/A $80,190
Binghamton N/A $88,470
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 520 $44,900
High Point 230 $69,930
Greensboro 230 $69,930
Wilmington 190 $61,550
Winston 160 $47,850
Salem 160 $47,850
Asheville 160 $60,130
Durham 120 $70,130
Chapel Hill 120 $70,130
Hickory 100 $53,740
Morganton 100 $53,740
Lenoir 100 $53,740
Fayetteville 90 $51,690
New Bern 50 $66,600
Greenville 40 $48,330
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 120 $80,080
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 790 $68,390
Cleveland 790 $68,390
Columbus 550 $66,180
Toledo 200 $39,850
Dayton 200 $64,100
Akron 150 $69,280
Canton 120 $67,530
Massillon 120 $67,530
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 630 $46,690
Oklahoma City 290 $56,490
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 160 $91,540
Albany 90 $74,010
Eugene 80 $91,560
Redmond 80 $93,460
Bend 80 $93,460
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 700 $63,370
York 490 $89,990
Hanover 490 $89,990
Reading 40 N/A
Chambersburg 30 $73,700
Waynesboro 30 $73,700
Altoona N/A $67,360
Hazleton N/A $69,830
Barre N/A $69,830
Wilkes N/A $69,830
Scranton N/A $69,830
Harrisburg N/A $75,910
Carlisle N/A $75,910
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 1060 $44,730
Carolina 1060 $44,730
San Juan 1060 $44,730
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 480 $56,500
North Charleston 480 $56,500
Greenville 270 $58,820
Mauldin 270 $58,820
Anderson 270 $58,820
Sumter 260 $44,660
Columbia 250 $57,170
Florence 70 $59,320
Beaufort N/A $70,460
Hilton Head Island N/A $70,460
Bluffton N/A $70,460
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 170 $71,420
Sioux Falls 100 $82,130
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1170 $75,640
Franklin 1170 $75,640
Davidson 1170 $75,640
Nashville 1170 $75,640
Knoxville 390 $67,140
Johnson City 120 $71,650
Jackson 60 $70,060
Morristown 50 $56,250
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Houston 2870 $59,900
The Woodlands 2870 $59,900
Sugar Land 2870 $59,900
Arlington 2470 $53,140
Fort Worth 2470 $53,140
Dallas 2470 $53,140
New Braunfels 580 $50,180
San Antonio 580 $50,180
Amarillo 430 $52,830
Austin 360 $51,670
Round Rock 360 $51,670
Lubbock 190 $67,050
Brownsville 180 $50,510
Harlingen 180 $50,510
McAllen 150 $55,160
Mission 150 $55,160
Edinburg 150 $55,160
Corpus Christi 150 $56,520
College Station 140 $46,970
Bryan 140 $46,970
San Angelo 120 $33,710
Midland 120 $58,180
Abilene 90 $45,120
Victoria 90 $48,230
Odessa 60 $51,770
Tyler 60 $52,020
Temple 60 $53,220
Killeen 60 $53,220
Longview 50 $56,770
Sherman N/A $37,440
Denison N/A $37,440
Wichita Falls N/A $45,610
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 270 $84,270
Clearfield 130 $67,520
Ogden 130 $67,520
St. George 40 $74,980
Orem N/A $74,690
Provo N/A $74,690
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 90 $72,990
Burlington 90 $72,990
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 590 $65,820
Roanoke 260 $68,200
Charlottesville 60 $66,130
Staunton 50 $47,460
Waynesboro 50 $47,460
Radford 40 $70,010
Blacksburg 40 $70,010
Christiansburg 40 $70,010
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 690 $86,740
Seattle 690 $86,740
Tacoma 690 $86,740
Spokane Valley 220 $94,300
Spokane 220 $94,300
Kennewick 120 $91,540
Richland 120 $91,540
Wenatchee 100 $91,540
Walla Walla N/A $75,480
Bellingham N/A $91,560
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 130 $54,340
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 400 $77,030
Waukesha 400 $77,030
West Allis 400 $77,030
Madison 380 $63,640
Green Bay 120 $76,510
Eau Claire 80 $67,080
Fond du Lac 50 $85,240
Appleton 40 $74,090
Janesville 40 $76,980
Beloit 40 $76,980
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 60 $77,210

Most Popular Industries for :
Power Line Installers and Repairers

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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