NEXT PROS: Clint Ray, Lineman

By Arkansas Next staff on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jacob Slaton
“I enjoy meeting new people on the job every day. That could be when replacing a pole or restoring power after a storm. I also like being a role model for kids. They definitely like and want to ride the bucket trucks. That makes your day. I also like helping the apprentices starting their careers.” – Clint Ray

Clint Ray

High school: Salem High School | Age: 27 | Where I trained: Arkansas State University-Newport and an apprenticeship at North Arkansas Electric Cooperative | What I earned: Technical certificate in High Voltage Lineman Technology | Job title: Journeyman Lineman | Employer: North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem

What does a lineman do?

Linemen deal with electrical lines, whether in utility poles or underground systems. Electrical linemen often work with high-voltage electrical lines, so they need to understand how to safely fix problems in electrical systems.

“A journeyman lineman at NAEC can work his way up to lead lineman of a crew or a serviceman who works alone, then a line foreman in charge of a crew followed by a line superintendent in charge of operations work in a district.”Clint


• Help maintain a safe work environment.

• Build and maintain electric lines.

• Help with troubleshooting and restoration of power outages as needed.

• Monitor work areas or procedures to ensure compliance with safety procedures.

• Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.

• Control power supply connections.

• Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.

• Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.

• Build transformer banks.

• Operate bucket and digger trucks safely and efficiently.

"Although attending ASU–Newport’s program isn’t necessary to become a lineman, it allows you to gain a deeper knowledge of the job. That also gives you a head start in completing the work necessary to become a journeyman lineman."Clint

Job Outlook

Expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in the United States.

Average annual job openings in Arkansas.

Jobs in Arkansas by 2026.

This option is for you if:
You’re not afraid of heights.
You work well with others.
You’re dependable.
You don’t mind nontraditional work hours.
You love to save the day (think power outages).

High-end earners in Arkansas (top 10%) make

Median wages in Arkansas
$69,960 Annual
$33.63 Hourly


Arkansas State University–Newport
University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College


Arkansas Electric Cooperatives
Entergy Arkansas
Simmons Foods Inc. & Affiliates


See more of The New Path to Success:
17 Hot Jobs in Skilled Trades