Lineman - Job Description

Under the direction of the Foreman or Assistant Director of Operations, install, troubleshoot and repair failures of underground/overhead single and three-phase electrical lines; operate trenching and backhoe/front end loading equipment; climb utility poles; clear right-of-way; and operate an aerial lift device.


All Second Class Lineman Essential Functions in addition to the following:

1. Identify and use material required to hang or convert any equipment or accomplish any job required.

2. Assemble and use required materials to ground and frame all structures. Install or remove all line equipment. Ensure accuracy and safety of completed work.

3. Identify and repair operational malfunctions.

4. Demonstrate working knowledge of all system maps and site specific problems.

5. Analyze all organizational operational capabilities and relay information to appropriate individual.

6. Conduct inspections of all equipment and initiate repairs in timely manner and in accordance with standardized procedures.

7. Develop, read, and pull material from material requirements lists for all installations.

8. Connect all single phase, three phase, meter loops and wiring of single and three phase CT installation and some primary metering in accordance with safety procedures.

9. Properly energize, de-energize and remove single phase, three phase, CT & PT metering and line equipment.

10. Use all hot line tools in all situations in accordance with safety procedures.

11. Cover primary, tie and untie energized single and three-phase line using proper procedures in accordance with all safety rules.

12. Operate all industry standard equipment in accordance with industry and safety standards.

13. Instigate inspections, organize and maintain records for inspections of equipment and supplies.

14. Organize equipment, tools, material, crew, paperwork, permits, safety equipment, staking sheets as necessary to accomplish task.

15. Climb any and all wood poles in system in any situation, in accordance with safety rules.

16. Work from aerial platforms in accordance with manufacturer’s load limit specifications.

17. Supervise individuals or groups to accomplish a job task.

18. Differentiate between various sizes and color-coded connectors for wire.

19. Adapt to and be able to perform job duties within parameters of new technology including, but not limited to, video conferencing, web-based applications, and wireless applications.

20. Assist with the installation and maintenance of all aerial and subterranean devices placed on the HILCO system.

21. Must be able to travel intra/inter-state as needed to perform duties at satellite locations.

22. Must have the ability to lift 100 pounds and carry that weight a minimum of 20 feet on a regular, recurring basis.

23. Must have the ability to walk over uneven, steep, or difficult terrain for distances of over one mile on a regular, recurring basis.

24. Must be able to carry 25 pounds of gear while working in an aerial lift device with a weight limit of 350 pounds.

25. Operate equipment used to locate and identify underground lines.

26. Conduct inspection of utility poles and identify poles in need of replacement.

27. Identify and implement load transfer by switching overhead or underground equipment.

28. Assist in maintaining system of operational maps to reflect system capabilities and facility locations.

29. Must be able to complete "Pole Top Rescue" in a maximum of four minutes


Organizational vehicles including large and small trucks, backhoe/front end loader, trenching equipment; shovel; power saw; bow saw; hammer; pliers; cutters; squeeze-on wrench and dies; portable generator; speed and compression wrenches; fork lift; personal computer; telephone and radio.


• Train for foreman responsibilities.

• As necessary to perform assigned job, in an emergency situation, or as necessary for the conduct of training, will be required to enter member/customer’s property.


• Strong work ethic.

• Ability to work outdoors, during various weather conditions, for extended periods of time.

• Ability to work in an overtime/on call situation and on a rotating shift basis, including weekends.

• Good math skills.

• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

• Ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe, courteous manner in accordance with all applicable traffic laws.

• Ability to perform routine maintenance and preventative repairs on organizational vehicles.

• Ability to make sound decisions in crisis, non-routine situations.

• Experience in working with the public in a courteous, respectful manner.

• Ability to perform under minimum supervision.

• Ability to lift 100 pounds on a regular, recurring basis and to carry that weight for a minimum of 20 feet.

• Minimum of two years experiences as a Second Class Lineman, or related experience.

• Minimum of three years and six months experiences as a Lineman, or related experience.

• Successful completion of First Class Lineman Advancement Test.

• Ability to travel intra/inter-state as necessary for the conduct of training.

• Ability to obtain security clearance as needed to access governmental facilities

• Ability to walk over uneven, steep and difficult terrain for distances of over a mile on a regular basis.

• Ability to work in an aerial lift device with a weight limit of 350 pounds while carrying or wearing 25 pounds of gear.

• Ability to move about and within a multi-level office building.


• High school diploma or equivalent required.

• Five years experience as a lineman required; or ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills required.

• Technical degree in electric line distribution or like field from accredited college/university, Department of Labor, or military institution preferred.

• Valid Texas driver’s license with Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) endorsement or ability to obtain license prior to first day of employment required. Must be eligible to be and remain insured as a driver by the Cooperative’s group liability policy for the automotive fleet.

• Certificate of completion from Pole Climbing Training.

• Ability to obtain security clearance as needed to access governmental facilities.

• All required certifications or licenses must be submitted to the Human Resources Department fifteen work days prior to expiration.

This job description is intended to identify the essential functions of a position and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. The incumbent(s) may be required to perform or assume additional job-related responsibilities other than those stated in this description.

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