Career at a Glance
How much do you know about being a lineman? This page answers many of the questions we receive from people applying for the apprenticeship program. Read on, because you may be be surprised to learn about what linemen do, how they are trained and the opportunities available to them.
What will you do?
As a journeyman lineman, you'll be involved in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground powerlines. You'll learn the skills needed to work on substations and switchyards, as well as distribution and transmission circuits up to 500,000 volts or more.
What type of education do you need?
You'll need more than a GED/high school diploma to begin a career as a journeyman lineman. Because of the skills and knowledge required, post secondary training and/or an apprenticeship through organizations like the Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship and Training Program is a must.
What skills and knowledge are needed?
Your success as a journeyman lineman will be dependent on your knowledge of electricity, physical strength and stamina, ability to work at heights in nearly all weather conditions, and technical capacity to understand drawings and diagrams. The Missouri Valley Line Constructors and Apprentice Training Program is the best and most respected way to learn these skills.
What types of certification are needed?
Journeymen linemen are required to have an IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) ticket, CPR training ,OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) certification and other credentials. Your apprenticeship training program will prepare you for these certifications.
What are your career prospects as a journeyman lineman?
With proper training and ongoing education, journeymen linemen can advance to supervisory positions. Some may go into teaching/training or manage their own electrical contracting business. In addition, throughout the training process and on-the-job experience, you'll be learning valuable skills which you can put to good use in your future. These include interpersonal communications, supervision, project management and teamwork skills.
Where will you find work?
Wherever you find outdoor power lines, you'll find opportunities for journeymen linemen. Your journeyman lineman card is recognized worldwide.
How much will you make?
Journeymen linemen have the potential to make a six figure income per year based on experience and workload. That's in addition to the attractive benefit packages journeymen lineman receive. You'll begin earning that wage when you start your apprenticeship training program.
What is the job outlook?
Currently there is a nationwide shortage of trained journeymen lineman, so prospects look good. Your experience at Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship and Training Program assures potential employers of your capabilities.
- What's a Journeyman Lineman?
- The Apprenticeship Process
- Direct Interview/Direct Entry
- Self Assessment
- Career at a Glance
- Wages by Local
- Benefit Summary
- Career Comparison
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