Details Report for:
49-9051.00 - Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
Sample of reported job titles: A Class Lineman, Apprentice Lineman Third Step, Class A Lineman, Electric Lineman, Electrical Lineman (Power), Electrical Lineworker, Journeyman Lineman, Lineman, Lineworker, Power Lineman
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Air compressors
- All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV
- Articulating boom lift — Bucket trucks
- Bench vises
- Blocks or pulleys — Block and tackle equipment
- Bolt cutters
- Boring machines — Power borers
- Cable clamp and staple — Jumper clamps
- Cable reels — Reel jacks; Tension machines
- Circuit breakers — Load break tools
- Circuit tester — Continuity meters
- Circuit tracers — Line tracers
- Conduit benders — Cable benders; Hand benders; Hydraulic benders; Power benders
- Conventional truck cranes — Truck-mounted cranes
- Detection apparatus for non metallic objects — Non-metallic NM cable locators
- Drill bit set — Drill bit sets
- Dump trucks
- Dynamometers — Digital dynamometers
- Ear plugs
- Electrical insulators — Arc suppression blankets
- Electrical power sensors — Charge-actuated spiking tools
- Electrical resistance or conductance sensors — Ground testers
- Extension pole — Pike poles
- Facial shields — Face shields
- Fiber optic test sources — Optical power meters
- Fire blankets
- Fire extinguishers
- Fire retardant apparel — Fire retardant clothing
- Fish tape — Fish tapes
- Flatbed trailers — Power reel trailers
- Fuse pullers
- Gas detectors — Toxic gas detectors
- Gas generators — Portable generators
- Gin pole and accessories — Gin poles
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Grab hooks — Climbing hooks
- Grounding devices or assemblies — Running grounds; Static discharge sticks
- Grounding hardware — Grounding devices
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hand drill bit for wood — Auger bits
- Hand reamer — Hand reamers
- Hard hats
- Hazardous material protective apparel — Conductive clothing
- Heat tracing equipment — Infrared guns
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches
- Hoists — Capstan hoists; Overhead hoists
- Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses
- Hydraulic shears — Hydraulic cutters
- Jacks — Chain jacks; Pole jacks
- Laser printers
- Lifelines or lifeline equipment — Lifelines
- Lifting hooks — Cant hooks; Peaveys
- Lifts — Hand lines
- Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Light pickup trucks
- Linemans pliers — Insulated pliers
- Lug crimping tool dies — Compression tools
- Mask or respirators filters or accessories — Breathing protection equipment
- Measuring wheels for distance — Measuring wheels
- Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
- Multimeters — Clamp-on multimeters
- Needlenose pliers
- Nut drivers
- Pad or keyhole saw — Keyhole saws
- Personal computers
- Phasemeters — Phase rotation meters
- Pick or place robots — Robotic arms
- Pipe wrenches
- Platform lift — Material handling aerial devices
- Plumb bobs
- Pneumatic drill — Pneumatic drills
- Pneumatic hammer — Air hammers; Ground rod drivers; Jackhammers
- Potentiometers — Potential testing meters
- Power chippers
- Power drills — Concrete drills; Gas drills; Hammer drills; Hydraulic drills (see all 5 examples)
- Power saws — Chain saws; Saber saws
- Power screwguns — Electric screw guns
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Power washers
- Protective gloves — Asbestos gloves; Insulated gloves; Leather gloves
- Pry bars — Crowbars
- Pullers — Comealongs; Elbow pullers
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Knockout punches; Punches
- Recreational motorboats — Boats
- Reflectometers — Time domain reflectometers
- Safety boots
- Safety harnesses or belts — Bashlin belts; Fall arrest harnesses; Pole belts
- Safety shoes — Climbing spikes
- Saws — Buck saws; Hand saws
- Skid steer loaders
- Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers
- Slings — Lifting slings
- Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers
- Snowmobiles or snow scooter — Snowmobiles
- Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
- Soldering iron — Soldering irons
- Spades — Digging spades
- Specialty wrenches — Insulated wrenches
- Spot welding machine — Welding tools
- Strap wrenches — Nylon strap wrenches
- Stripping tools — Cable strippers
- Tampers — Hydraulic tampers
- Telescoping boom lift — Radial boom derrick trucks; Telescoping boom trucks
- Tongs — Wire tongs
- Torque wrenches
- Traffic signals — Arrow boards
- Trenching machines — Trenchers
- Two way radios
- Utility knives — Insulated knives; Insulated skinning knives
- Voltage or current meters — Current leakage meters; Digital recording amp meters; Digital voltmeters DVM; Insulator testers
- Water pumps
- Wheel bulldozers — Wheeled bulldozers
- Wheel chocks
- Winches — Wire tuggers
- Wire cutters
- Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers
- Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters; Insulated cable cutters; Ratchet cutters
- Wood chisels
Technology used in this occupation:
- Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
- Monitor work areas or procedures to ensure compliance with safety procedures.
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Align equipment or machinery.
- Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
- Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
- Control power supply connections.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
- Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.
- Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.
- Assemble mechanical components or machine parts.
- Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
- Connect electrical components or equipment.
- Solder parts or connections between parts.
- Install insulation in equipment or structures.
- Lay cables to connect equipment.
- Travel to work sites to perform installation, repair or maintenance work.
- Dig holes or trenches.
- Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems.
- Install metering equipment.
- Run wiring to connect equipment.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|Not available||Post-secondary certificate|
|Not available||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Not available||Less than high school diploma|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|47-2152.01||Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters|
|47-4021.00||Elevator Installers and Repairers|
|49-2095.00||Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay|
|49-9012.00||Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door|
|49-9052.00||Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers|
|49-9071.00||Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Green|
|49-9092.00||Commercial Divers Bright Outlook|
|53-6051.07||Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$31.70 hourly, $65,930 annual|
|Employment (2014)||119,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Faster than average (9% to 13%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||60,300|
|Top industries (2014)||
Utilities (50% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Line installers and repairers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.