Distribution Lineman Apprentice


Position Summary:


Performs a variety of duties related to the installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of overhead and/or underground distribution systems, transmission facilities, and street light systems to provide continuous and dependable electric service to customers.


Primary Duties:


  • Members in the apprentice program perform duties related to the craft and consistent with their achieved level within the program which may include:
  • Constructs and maintains overhead and underground distribution or transmission systems in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Climb poles, set poles and string wire, utilizes and operates equipment (e.g., aerial bucket trucks, and other construction equipment), materials, and manpower in a safe, efficient and effective manner.
  • May operate a variety of electronic and other test equipment with a high degree of efficiency, as needed.
  • May investigate and document events of cut or damaged cable and other company facilities, as needed.




  • Valid Class A Commercial Driver's License with DOT certification.
  • Associate's Degree in a Technical discipline (i.e. Electronics/Engineering Technology/Power Plant Operations/High Voltage/etc); or
  • Certificate of completion/diploma in Electrical Power Technology, High Voltage, or related Power Line Technology; or
  • Prior military experience for at least one enlistment as documented on DD Form 214 combined with utility line experience; or
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent combined with utility line experience.
  • May be required to maintain permanent residence within 30 minute driving time to assigned service center (measured from google maps).


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Ability to climb poles and work at heights up to and exceeding thirty (30) feet.
  • Ability to learn and apply knowledge of electrical principles.
  • Ability to learn and adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and company policies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing.
  • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with team members, leaders, and customers.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, diagnosis problems, and resolve effectively.
  • Ability to understand equipment, systems, and processes.
  • Ability to use common purpose hand tools and other materials of various craft trades.
  • Ability to adjust and adapt across varied working conditions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of safety requirements and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Knowledge of basic math.
  • Mechanical skills and familiarity working with mechanical equipment (e.g., aerial bucket trucks, construction equipment).
  • Ability to work efficiently under minimal supervision.
  • Computer skills with knowledge of MS-Office Suite (e.g., Outlook).
  • Basic utility lighting knowledge.


Working Conditions:


  • Required to climb poles and work at heights up to and exceeding thirty (30) feet.
  • Required to work with voltages up to 34.5 kV.
  • Successfully complete Lineman and Switching Schools under the Apprentice Program.
  • Maintains or obtain all required certifications (e.g., Class A Switching, Confined Space, etc.).
  • Completes required training (e.g., Forklift Operation, C.P.R., Defensive driving, FERC, etc.).
  • Required to work non-standard work schedules to include on-call, overtime, weekends, holidays, and call-outs.
  • Exposed to extreme conditions and inclement weather.
  • Required to operate motor vehicle safely in all traffic, weather and light conditions.
  • May be required to work under hazardous conditions.
  • Requires wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Required to work away from home for extended periods, as needed.
  • May be required to maintain permanent residence within 30 minute driving time to assigned service center (except System Resources and System Expansion).
  • **Physical Demands**
  • Lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds.
  • Pushing up to 115 pounds of force.
  • Pulling up to 83 pounds of force.
  • Prolonged walking with frequent stair climbing.
  • Prolonged standing on various surfaces.
  • Frequent stooping and crouching.
  • Occasional kneeling and crawling.
  • Constant fine motor coordination and grasping.
  • Frequent work in awkward positions in confined spaces.
  • Frequent reaching overhead and reaching forward.
  • Occasional pole climbing.
  • For additional information about physical demands, go to oge.com/physicaldemands

Required Skills

Required Experience 

Company Name:
OGE Energy Corp.
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
Lineman/Lineworker - Apprentice
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
High School or equivalent
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