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Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers - 49-9051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas.
  • Attach cross-arms, insulators, and auxiliary equipment to poles prior to installing them.
  • Clean, tin, and splice corresponding conductors by twisting ends together or by joining ends with metal clamps and soldering connections.
  • Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to access equipment.
  • Coordinate work assignment preparation and completion with other workers.
  • Cut and peel lead sheathing and insulation from defective or newly installed cables and conduits prior to splicing.
  • Cut trenches for laying underground cables, using trenchers and cable plows.
  • Dig holes, using augers, and set poles, using cranes and power equipment.
  • Drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.
  • Identify defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments.
  • Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment to locate and identify problems, using reading and testing instruments.
  • Install watt-hour meters and connect service drops between power lines and consumers' facilities.
  • Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.
  • Lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduit running through the trenches.
  • Open switches or attach grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs.
  • Place insulating or fireproofing materials over conductors and joints.
  • Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.
  • Replace or straighten damaged poles.
  • Splice or solder cables together or to overhead transmission lines, customer service lines, or street light lines, using hand tools, epoxies, or specialized equipment.
  • String wire conductors and cables between poles, towers, trenches, pylons, and buildings, setting lines in place and using winches to adjust tension.
  • Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections.
  • Travel in trucks, helicopters, and airplanes to inspect lines for freedom from obstruction and adequacy of insulation.
  • Trim trees that could be hazardous to the functioning of cables or wires.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Align equipment or machinery.
  • Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems.
  • Assemble mechanical components or machine parts.
  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.
  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
  • Connect electrical components or equipment.
  • Control power supply connections.
  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
  • Dig holes or trenches.
  • Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.
  • Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures.
  • Install metering equipment.
  • Lay cables to connect equipment.
  • Monitor work areas or procedures to ensure compliance with safety procedures.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
  • Run wiring to connect equipment.
  • Solder parts or connections between parts.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
  • Travel to work sites to perform installation, repair or maintenance work.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Cable and Antenna Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable Splicing Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Communications Antenna Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications Antenna Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications Cable and Antenna Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications Cable and Antenna Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Construction Electrician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Construction Electrician Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electrician's Mate (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Electrician's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Electricians Mate, Nuclear Power (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technician, Nuclear Power (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Powerline Distribution Specialist (RC) (Army - Enlisted)
  • SSN Radio Frequency (RF)Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Transmission and Distribution Specialist (RC) (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Cable Installer-Repairer
  • Cable Splicer
  • Line Erector
  • Line Maintainer
  • Line Repairer
  • Trouble Shooter II

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Cable Installer-Repairer
  • Cable Splicer
  • Cable-Splicer Apprentice
  • Line Erector
  • Line Installer, Street Railway
  • Line Maintainer
  • Line Repairer
  • Line-Erector Apprentice
  • Service Restorer, Emergency
  • Third-Rail Installer
  • Tower Erector
  • Trolley-Wire Installer
  • Trouble Shooter II