Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy-duty transmission towers. Install and maintain power lines that provide homes and businesses with essential energy. Perform important tasks vital to survival, restore power to areas in the wake of a storm or ensure institutions remain able to operate. Repair and install power lines, bring electricity to people's lives.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Adhere to safety practices and procedures.
  • 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.
  • Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems.

Recommended Credentials

High school diploma or equivalent

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Take electrical engineering classes at Northwestern Michigan College.

Elsewhere in Michigan


Lineworker Program
— Lansing Community College
Utility Technician Program
— Alpena Community College
Electrical Line Technician Program
— Northern Michigan University

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Not afraid of heights? Like to be outside in all kinds of weather? This career might be a good fit for you!


The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Educational Services’ Electrical Occupations or a similar program is an excellent place to start! 


Pathway 2

Attend classes at Northwestern Michigan College or another community college or university across the state or country.

Pathway 3

Get a certificate as an Electrical Line Technician at Northwestern Michigan University to land a job that starts at up to $35 an hour!


Sample Job Titles...

  • A Class Lineman
  • Apprentice Lineman Third Step
  • Class A Lineman
  • Electric Lineman
  • Electrical Lineman (Power)

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