Being a lineman in North Carolina
Although commercially North Carolina doesn’t have too many big companies consuming power, the state is ranked fourth in the amount of electricity consumed by the residential sector. This means there actually tons of different electrical powerlines going from house to house, that all need a lineman to work on them.
In 2019, North Carolina was actually ranked second nationwide (after California) for the total installed solar power generating capacity at nearly 4,700 megawatts! In this report we are focusing on North Carolina linemen.
North Carolina lineman school
Some of the most popular in-state choices for lineman school in North Carolina are Richmond Community College Electric Lineman Program, Cape Fear Community College Lineman Program, Cleveland (North Carolina) Community College Lineworker Academy, and Coastal Carolina Powerline Technician Program. All of these are excellent choices, teaching the basic knowledge on how to be a lineworker, with over a 90% completion rate at all of them. Plus, they all cost not much at all, with the most expensive one being around $2,000 for the certification.
In order to become a lineman in North Carolina 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. North Carolina 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 North Carolina, 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.
North Carolina lineman apprenticeships
Some of the most popular choices for North Carolina lineman apprenticeship includes
Caldwell Community College Electrical Lineworker Institute, and Southeast Line Constructors located nearby in Georgia.
Apprentices in North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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.
Lineman apprentices in North Carolina can typically make between $38,000 and $49,000 per year.
North Carolina lineman jobs
How much does a lineman make in North Carolina?
We estimate there are currently 7,050 lineman in the state of North Carolina. The median journeyman salary for lineman in North Carolina is $68,950. The 90th percentile salary for journeyman lineman in North Carolina is $96,280.
Some local unions for lineman in North Carolina include Local 50 and Local (1912) Silver City. There is a fair balance for lineman jobs in North Carolina between union and non-union. In fact, North Carolina is the second lowest ranked state for the percentage of workers in a union.
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 MasTec Utility Services and Dominion Energy.
Journeyman lineman in North Carolina 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.
The three largest investor-owned electric utilities in North Carolina are Duke Energy Progress, Duke Energy Carolinas, and Dominion Energy North Carolina. These three companies have split North Carolina into several bits, but no matter where you are, you are sure that one of them owns the service area.
Interestingly enough, North Carolina actually produces more electricity through nuclear energy than natural gas, meaning in North Carolina, there is a lot of energy that has to be directed to one place or another, something linemen specialize in.
There are tons of linemen jobs in North Carolina, some being on the coast, others being in metropolitan areas, and others inland in rural North Carolina.