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
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