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Utility Lineman



Career Overview

What They Do

Source: Melissa Wentland – Director of Outreach & Workforce Development, Livingston Associates

Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. Erect poles and light or heavy-duty transmission towers.  This includes work from power plants to the meters on customers’ homes.

Job Duties

  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.

  • Install audio or communications equipment.

  • Test communications equipment to ensure proper functioning.

  • Collect payments for goods or services.

  • Explain use of products or services.

  • Travel to worksites to perform installation, repair or maintenance work.

  • Measure equipment outputs.

  • Analyze test or performance data to assess equipment operation.

  • Inspect telecommunications equipment to identify problems.

  • Connect electrical components or equipment.

  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.

  • Install insulation in equipment or structures.

  • Lay cables to connect equipment.

  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.

  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.

  • Calculate requirements for equipment installation or repair projects.

  • Move large objects using heavy equipment.

  • Dig holes or trenches.

  • Assemble structural components.

  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.

Job Earnings

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (**2019 Median Annual Salary)

In New York State, the average annual wage for this occupation is: $55,920 for entry level workers and $93,790 for experienced workers

Education/Training Requirements

Source:  Benjamin Williams - Journeyman Lineman, National Grid                                                           

A climbing certificate is required in order to be hired, the other components may be typically be pursued once you have begun working for an employer, company dependent:

  • Climbing school certificate

  • To become proficient, most line installers and repairers require technical instruction and long-term on-the-job training. Apprenticeships are common.

  • CDL-A is often required

Job Outlook & Growth


In New York State based on the total number of annual openings and its growth rate, employment prospects for this occupation are described as Favorable.  Through 2026, there are expected to be 1,100 job openings annually due to new job creation, attrition, and retirement.

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!

Middle & High School Opportunities

Source:  Benjamin Williams - Journeyman Lineman, National Grid                                                         

Local Colleges/Training

Source: Melissa Wentland – Director of Outreach & Workforce Development, Livingston Associates

Local Career Connection

Benjamin Williams

Journeyman Lineman

National Grid

Avon, NY

Deeper Dive

Line Installers & Repairers

Monroe2BOCES student learns skills for career as an electrical worker


Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With Utility Lineman Jobs
national grid logo link
logo link to first light
logo link to power and construction group
logo link to spectrum
the DDS companies logo link
logo link to Frontier Communications

This is a selection of businesses in the region offering this career.  That does not mean that there are currently positions available.  For information on companies who are hiring right now, please visit

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