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Best lineman apprenticeship jobs in 2022

Updated: May 21

Short answer: the one you can get into and finish. Lineman apprenticeships are hard to come by and demanding programs.


For example in 2022, the Missouri Valley JATC opened up apprenticeship application for a short 10 hour window and had a jam packed day of applications.

While beggars can't be choosers we are going to analyze several of the factors that make for a great apprenticeship creating a strong pathway to lineman jobs.


What to consider when applying for a lineman apprenticeship job?

Union vs nonunion lineman apprenticeship jobs

How does a lineman apprenticeship work?

How much does a lineman apprenticeship get paid?

What are the best lineman apprenticeship jobs in 2022?

What are some lineman apprenticeships near me?


What to consider when applying for a lineman apprenticeship job?


Lineman apprenticeships are an opportunity for inexperienced individuals to learn a career skill though actual “hands on” training, not just reading about it in a book. While there is classroom time, this is a very hands on experience. Electrical Power Line Apprentices are full time employees of electrical contractors. They earn excellent pay and benefits while they are being taught theses skills on the job environment.


After general orientation, you'll be assigned to a crew so that you can gain valuable hands-on training in the field. At the same time you begin work in the field, you'll also begin regular classroom instruction in safety, circuitry, transformer connections, and electrical theory and more.


Some apprenticeships have more rigorous travel schedules then others. Electric co-ops are often highly sought after apprenticeships as they can give some certainty to the general geographic locations of the jobs and crew. It is also worth asking around about rough ballpark of the number of 'hot hours' that apprentices get. While ultimately the foreman of each crew will decide responsibilities, some apprenticeship programs have better reputations than others.


Union vs nonunion lineman apprenticeship jobs


Lineman Central does not take a union vs nonunion position however the data states union takes a little longer to get started as well as there are times of low amount of work. However there more consistent benefits and pay (emphasis on consistent, not necessarily higher in all geographies).


The Electrical Training Alliance between IBEW and NECA has established joint apprenticeship and training programs across the country. While direct training occurs through local training programs, the electrical training ALLIANCE develops enhanced education standards to meet the competitive challenges of today's global market economy.


Map of Joint Training and Apprenticeship Programs
Map of Joint Training and Apprenticeship Programs