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Hiring Apprentice Lineworkers

The backbone of any long term pipeline of talent in the power line trade lies in its apprentices.


However, finding the right apprentice line workers can be a challenging task, and it all begins with crafting a compelling job description. Recruiting the right apprentices is not just about filling positions; it's about investing in the future of your team and ensuring the safety and reliability of our power systems. 

Lineman Central powers thousands of new powerline apprentices each year. Lets get you started with the right job description template. 

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Job Description Template for Hiring Apprentice Line Workers

Job Title and Company Introduction
Job Title: Apprentice Lineworker
Company: Mears Construction, A Quanta Services Company
Location: Charlotte, NC
Type: Full-time
Before delving into the specifics, begin your job description with a clear and concise introduction. Mention the job title, company name, location, and employment type. This sets the stage for potential applicants to understand the context of the position.

Job Qualifications

List the qualifications and skills required for the job. In this example, the qualifications include:

  • Ability to learn equipment operations: Mention specific equipment like cranes, flatbed trucks, trailers, forklifts, and aerial lifts.

  • Accurate reading skills: Emphasize the importance of reading labels, job site maps/directions, instruction manuals, and written instructions.

  • Personal tool maintenance: Highlight the need to acquire and maintain personal hand tools and equipment required for the position.

  • Hand tool proficiency: Include a list of hand tools that will be used in the role.

  • Safety: Mention the requirement to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

  • Physical fitness: Describe physical requirements such as standing, walking, lifting, climbing, and more.

  • Technical background: Specify whether a lineman course graduate or equivalent experience is necessary.

  • Education: State that a high school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Regulatory compliance: Mention any relevant regulatory requirements, such as DOT drug and alcohol testing.

Ensure that these qualifications are specific to the needs of your company and the role. The above are the most common job qualifications we see for powerline apprentice jobs. 

Apprentice Job Responsibilities

Clearly outline the responsibilities associated with the position. Here are some common ones you may consider pulling from after discussing with the crews foreman:

  • The Apprentice Lineman  assists the Journeyman Lineman and the Foreman while in training and learning the trade

  • Responsible for performing work related to the construction and maintain of poles, power lines, auxiliary facilities, and equipment for the transmission and distribution of electricity

  • This position supports and learns from the Lineman team and works with other personnel from the department

  • Provide technical skills needed for the operation and maintenance of reliable electrical services for the consumer, completing jobs with quality and timeliness

  • Provide for connecting and disconnecting, installing and removal, moving and transferring of various electrical devices on customer facilities, i.e

  • transformers, transformer banks, regulators, switches, switching devices, capacitor banks, etc

  • Route or reroute power lines over, under, or around existing lines and structures

  • Inspect and/or remove power lines that are damaged

  • Assist in carrying poles, digging holes, and other operations involved in setting or replacing poles

  • Perform line switching or sectionalizing, as directed

  • Investigate consumer complaints and make repairs to energized electrical distribution lines, as needed

  • Responsible for timely submission of all Apprentice Program required documentation

  • May troubleshoot electrical problems on customer equipment

  • Drive bucket truck to jobsite and maintain truck stock

  • Perform other duties as required and/or assigned

  • This role routinely requires extended periods of bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, pushing, pulling, lifting, lifting in awkward positions, standing, and twisting

  • Also, working in inclement weather conditions, such as extreme heat, extreme cold, rain, ice, snow, and wind


Share the benefits of working for your company. In this example:

  • Training: Highlight on-the-job technical and professional training.

  • Career growth: Mention a defined career path for future growth.

  • Compensation: Include information about competitive wages and industry-leading benefits, such as a retirement plan.

Additional Requirements

List any additional requirements, such as a valid CDL, physical fitness requirements, and climbing abilities. Ensure that candidates know exactly what is expected of them.

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