Becoming a Lineman in Georgia
Georgia is a beautiful state with quite a variety of electricity sources. Natural gas accounts for 46% of Georgia’s net energy generation while the four nuclear reactors produce about 26%. Georgia is actually one of the few states that doesn’t produce enough electricity for itself, so it often receives additional electricity from other nearby states. In this report we are focusing on Georgia linemen.
Georgia lineman schools
Some of the most popular in-state choices for lineman school in Georgia are Elite Lineman Training Institute, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Southeast Lineman Training Center, and North Georgia Technical College. These programs is a great starting point for people trying to enter the lineman career, as they start as little as a few thousand dollars for tuition. Plus, with at least a 93% employment rate at all of them, you are almost guaranteed to start making $50,000 to $60,000 with your certificate.
In order to become a lineman in Georgia the first step is an apprenticeship. A lineman apprenticeship is an “earn while you learn” program in the sense that it is an entry level role that is focused on education and training. Georgia apprenticeships in the line industry can be difficult to enter and having a CDL as well as going to line school can improve your chances in the region. Some of the lineman schools are also known as pre-apprenticeship programs. In an interview, either union halls or contractors in Georgia, an aspiring lineman will be expected to articulate why he is interested in the field as well as what sort of relevant experience would translate well. Most linemen working in Georgia generally have a good outlook on their job, probably because the are heavily compensated for their work!
Georgia lineman apprenticeships
Some of the most popular choices for Georgia lineman apprenticeship includes Southeast Line Constructors, Northwest Lineman College Florida, and Associated Builders & Contractors Institute Lineman Apprentice Program.
Apprentices in Georgia work alongside veteran journeyman and learn from the best instructors in the industry. Apprentices are members of high-energy teams that work in the field to maintain substation, power lines, and other electrical projects.
Lineman apprentices in Georgia will be responsible for performing diversified work related to the construction and maintenance of poles, power lines, auxiliary facilities, and equipment for the distribution of electricity. Linemen can work in many of the large cities, the medium towns, or in the rural countryside.
Lineman apprentices in Georgia can typically make between $55,000 and $65,000 per year.
Georgia lineman jobs
How much does a lineman make in Georgia?
We estimate there are currently 6,200 linemen in the state of Georgia. The median journeyman salary for lineman in Georgia is $82,430. The 90th percentile salary for journeyman lineman in Georgia is $102,260.
Some local unions for lineman in Georgia include Local 613 (Atlanta), and Local 84 There is a fair balance for lineman jobs in Georgia between union and non-union. Unions play a big part in the lineman’s work in Georgia, with many of the linemen working in them.
Georgia Power is a major employer of lineman through its strong apprenticeship program. Other major employers of lineman in Georgia include Jackson EMC, GreyStone Power Corporation, and North Georgia EMC.
Some of the other utilities we have been tracking over the past year that have been getting more aggressive with their posting of hiring opportunities for lineman include Power Line Services and Pike Corporation.
Journeyman lineman in Georgia will be able to need to perform various types of distribution service calls. A typical day’s work would include performing all energized & de-energized work assigned to the crew, supervise the work of any apprentice lineman training with the crew, assume the responsibility for the crew when the foreman is not present.
With two new nuclear reactors being built in Georgia, the amount of power the state will produce will skyrocket in the next two years. And we all know, power needs a place to go, and it’s the lineman’s job to direct it correctly. Interestingly enough, Georgia is also experimenting with other sources of energy as they are the nations leader in densified biomass fuel manufacturing and wood pellet exporter.
With the growing demand of electricity in the state due to the growing population, linemen are certain to find work some where in the great state of Georgia.