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.
High school diploma or equivalent
Education & Training
Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.
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
Northwest Educational Services’ Electrical Occupations or a similar program is an excellent place to start!
Attend classes at Northwestern Michigan College or another community college or university across the state or country.
Get a certificate as an Electrical Line Technician at Northwestern Michigan University to land a job that starts at up to $35 an hour!
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