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Hiring Good Journeyman Lineworkers

At Lineman Central, we understand the critical importance of strengthening your senior workforce by finding and retaining top-tier Journeyman Linemen. As industry leaders in lineworker recruitment and development, we're excited to help you craft a compelling job post that attracts seasoned professionals and reinforces the value they bring to your team.


Today, we'll guide recruiters on creating a job description that not only highlights the unique skills of these experienced lineworkers but also emphasizes the enriching opportunities that await them within your organization.

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Job Description Template for Journeyman Line Workers


Begin your job description with an introduction to your organization. Highlight your company's commitment to excellence and safety in the electrical field. Let potential candidates know that they are considering a career opportunity with an industry leader.

1. Job Summary

Clearly define the primary purpose of the position. In this case, it's the operation and maintenance of high voltage electrical systems. Emphasize the significance of the role in maintaining safe, efficient, and reliable power distribution.

ex: This position is responsible for the safe repair and rejuvenation of medium to high voltage underground cables using Novinium’s patented technology and processes.

2. Primary Responsibilities

List the core duties and responsibilities of the Journeyman Lineman. Use bullet points for clarity and readability. Be comprehensive but concise, covering tasks such as:

  • Construction and maintenance of power lines: Mention both overhead and underground systems.

  • Operation of vehicles and heavy machinery: Highlight specific equipment like bucket trucks, backhoes, and trenchers.

  • Working with high and low voltage lines: Emphasize the safety protocols required for energized work.

  • Installation and replacement of electrical components: Include transformers, switches, conductors, and more.

  • Substation maintenance: Describe tasks related to substation equipment, troubleshooting, and repairs.

  • Troubleshooting and system maintenance: Explain the lineworker's role in identifying and rectifying power system abnormalities.

  • Safety and equipment maintenance: Stress the importance of adherence to safety standards and equipment upkeep.

  • Leadership and training: Mention the opportunity for experienced linemen to lead and train junior team members.

  • Regulatory compliance: Highlight adherence to OSHA rules, APPA Safety Manual, and company Standard Operating Procedures.

3. Job Requirements

  • Supervision and Reporting: Describe the reporting structure, such as working under the general supervision of the Electric Operations Supervisor. Mention that the position is non-exempt from overtime provisions.

  • Working Conditions: Explain the working conditions, including the physical nature of the job, risks, and requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE). Mention participation in the on-call rotation and residency requirements.

  • Physical Requirements: Provide detailed information about the physical demands of the job, including lifting, climbing, and vision and hearing requirements.

Other examples: 

  • Relevant work experience as a Lineman, Class A Lineman, Class B Lineman, First Class Power Lineman, or Cable Splicer with current certification or documentation

  • Experience with underground line work, including URD, fault location and repair, and switching

  • Strong Lineman underground craftwork skills, including inline splices, terminations and elbows

  • Ability to read circuit maps

  • Basic computer skills and entry level proficiency with MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, internet/web)

  • Understanding of basic construction skills

  • Strong mechanical skills

4. Qualifications

List the educational and experience qualifications necessary for the role. Highlight the minimum requirements, preferred qualifications, and any additional certifications or training. In this example, a diploma, four years of verifiable experience as a Journey Lineworker, and relevant certifications are required.

5. Special Requirements

Include any special requirements, such as possessing a valid commercial driver's license (CDL) and passing drug and alcohol screenings. Emphasize the importance of meeting these requirements for safety and regulatory compliance.

6. About the Company & Benefits

End the job description with a brief overview of your organization. Highlight your company's commitment to equal opportunity employment and mention any unique benefits, such as a family-friendly culture, compensation, and career development opportunities.

  • 401k with Matching & Pension Plan (Eligible for Pension after 1,000 Hours Worked)

  • Family and Individual Insurance Packages (Health, Life, Dental, and Vision)

  • Paid Time Off & Paid Holidays

  • Long & Short-Term Disability

  • Supplemental Insurance Plans

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Employee Referral Program

  • Tuition Reimbursement Programs

By following these guidelines, you can create a comprehensive and engaging job description that not only attracts experienced Journeyman Linemen but also sets clear expectations for the role. Remember to tailor the job description to your organization's specific needs and values, and you'll be well on your way to strengthening your senior workforce with top-tier lineworkers.

Have openings you are looking to fill? Post on Lineman Central today. 

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