Apprentice-Journeyman Lineman

Responsible for performing skilled electrical distribution tasks to include; construction, maintenance, repair, monitor, and field verification work within and on the Electric Distribution and Transmission System maintained by Menasha Utilities in accordance with standard trade and utility practices and standards. ?

Duties Include:

  • Construct, maintain, and repair the electrical distribution and transmission system, overhead (OH) and underground (URD), including; stringing wires, digging trenches, installing: anchors, cable, transformers, arresters, cut outs, and other support equipment.

  • Install necessary equipment to conduct load and voltage surveys.? Measure primary and secondary voltage and current using appropriate test equipment.

  • Tree trimming in accordance with Tree Line USA ANSI A300 standards and practices

  • Setting new and pulling old poles from 35? Class 5 to 65? Class 2 in size of utility distribution poles.

  • Maintains and repair street lighting.

  • Connect, disconnect, replace and repair service loops drops.

  • Locates trouble in primary and secondary lines, replaces fuses in transformers and clear short circuits in lines.? Troubleshoots primary and secondary faults in electric distribution.

  • Removes and installs single phase electric meters.

  • Prepares and maintains necessary records and reports.

  • Perform other related work as requested by department manager.

  • Pull and organize parts and material and equipment for daily activities and projects.

  • Plan and initiate job orders and system improvement projects.

  • Mentor, supervise, and assist Apprentices and other less experience crew members with on-the-job training.

  • Validate and update field documentation and signage.

  • Report any and all safety violation, or concerns in a timely manner.

  • Maintain and test all safety equipment on a regular basis, i.e. rubber goods, hot line tools etc.

  • Troubleshoot electrical problems or outages on Utility supported system and equipment.

  • Perform line switching and sectionalizing procedures as directed.

  • Work on and around energized and de-energized circuits overhead and underground.

Clean, maintain, and organize vehicles, tools, equipment, garage & office areas regularly.


  • Enrollment in a Wisconsin Indentured Lineman Apprenticeship Training program, if not enrolled enrollment will be required

  • All new Apprentice Lineman will need to be signed off on many on-the-job tasks by a Journeyman Lineman or Department Manager before they will be able to perform those tasks independently of supervision, i.e.; climbing, aerial truck operations, tree trimming, rigging, voltage testing, cable pulling, etc.

  • Must have the ability to meet the qualifications listed below to become a Journeyman lineman


  • ?Must be totally committed to safety, quality work and customer service.

  • Considerable knowledge of;

    • Approved methods, materials, and tools used in electric distribution and transmission construction and maintenance work.

    • Occupational hazards and safety precautions in the Lineman trade.

    • Principles of electrical theory as applied to electrical circuits and wiring system.

    • First aid & CPR.

  • Experience or ability to:

    • Construct, repair, and maintain all elements relating to an electric distribution and transmission line system.

    • Understand and follow oral or written instructions and maps.

    • Climb poles and work with high voltage wires, exercising proper safety precautions.

  • Must be trustworthy, honest, motivated, team oriented individual and possess the able to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with others throughout the utility and the public.

  • Must have the ability to;

    • Comprehend detailed instructions and build on precious experience.

    • Maintain an extremely high level of safety awareness at all time while performing daily tasks.

    • Climb utility poles.

    • Rig and secure heavy loads overhead and during transport.

    • Skillfully operate bucket & boom trucks, trenching equipment, tractor/backhoe, tow motor, and other construction/industrial oriented equipment.

    • Work with, and maintain a positive relationship with all internal and external customers.

    • Work standby and be able to respond to emergencies after hours.

    • Work at heights of 35?+ for extended periods of time.

    • Perform all aspects of the job under all types of weather conditions.

    • Lift 50lbs.

    • Climb a ladder.

    • Regularly perform work tasks efficiently, accurately, and thoroughly.

    • Communicate effectively and intelligently with internal and external customers using written and spoken word.

    • Find solutions to and deal proactively with work-related problems.

    • Perform heavy manual tasks relating to line construction and be able to distinguish the difference between colors.

Skilled in the operation of the equipment, tools, and testing devices common to the trade

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