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Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
United States

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Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

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Currently Employed: 114,500

Projected Annual Job Openings: 4,990

Typical Hourly Wage: $24.05 - $37.99

Typical Annual Salary: $50,000 - $79,000

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas.
  • Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections.
  • Open switches or attach grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs.
  • Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to access equipment.
  • Drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.
  • Identify defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments.
  • Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.
  • Dig holes, using augers, and set poles, using cranes and power equipment.
  • Install watt-hour meters and connect service drops between power lines and consumers' facilities.
  • Place insulating or fireproofing materials over conductors and joints.

tools & technology

  • Conduit benders
  • Power drills
  • Utility knives
  • Voltage or current meters
  • Wire or cable cutter

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  • Inventory management software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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