Electrical Lineman Training
Linemen might work around power lines and resistors at a substation.
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An electrical lineman installs the wire, poles, towers and transformers needed to transmit electrical power to homes and businesses. This is a very dangerous job due to the equipment, voltages and heights the lineman must work with. For this reason, extensive training is needed to help lineman learn proper safety procedures.
To begin training as an electrical lineman, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent. The next step is signing up for a lineman apprenticeship program. In this program, candidates work together with an experienced lineman. The experienced lineman provides on-the-job training and technical instruction, and teaches the apprentice proper safety practices. During this program, the apprentice also has coursework designed to deepen his skills and knowledge. This process continues for three to five years, after which the apprentice reaches the journey level. At this point, the lineman is no longer considered an apprentice.
While certification is not mandatory for a lineman, many choose to go the extra mile to achieve it. Certification can be achieved through organizations such as the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. This organization provides continuing education to keep candidates up to date on current rules and practices.
Lineman must possess a wide range of skills. They must be able to lift heavy loads and have plenty of stamina to work effectively for extended periods of time. A strong mechanical aptitude is also needed for working with specialized wire placing equipment. Lineman cannot be color blind because many electrical wires are color coded to distinguish their usage.