Journeyman Lineman

These positions form a regular progression of training and experience, with each step through the position of Journeyman Lineman being accumulative of all previous steps: 

  • Transfer to another job in the Cooperative, providing the employee has necessary qualifications and an opening exists; or
  • Dismissal without prejudice.

Training time credit may be given to an individual at the time of initial employment for previous experience as Lineman. A lineman who has had five years experience with an electric utility and is classified a Journeyman Lineman will begin at a TC-7 in the Journeyman Lineman's pay grade. Should it be determined between time of employment and six months of employment that an individual's skills do not meet standards set within the Cooperative the employee will be transferred to another job in the Cooperative, providing the employee has the necessary qualifications and an opening exists, or dismissal without prejudice. 

All activities to these positions relate to one specific objective ? the provision of the specialized craft skills necessary for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a reliable electric system for the benefit of the consumer member. 

The Journeyman Lineman has the full authority to carry out the duties and responsibilities of their respective positions, in conformity with established policies and procedures. 

Each of these positions is accountable to the Region Line Manager and higher management of the Cooperative at all times for the efficient performance of individual responsibilities. 

All Journeyman Lineman shall be available for overtime during emergency situations. 

Responsible for: The Journeyman Lineman is responsible for assuring maximum results in providing efficient and reliable service in power line construction, operations and maintenance. 

Key Accountabilities & Duties: Broad Scope 

  • Provide the specialized technical skills necessary for the construction, operations and maintenance of a reliable electric system for the benefit of the consumer/member.
  • Make recommendations for changes needed to improve the operations of assigned department as it relates to the position of Journeyman Lineman.
  • Fulfill emergency service restoration duties that will require after-hours availability or extended work hours over several days.
  • Coordinate and cooperate with other personnel in performing assigned responsibilities.
  • When assigned a service function, assume the responsibility and authority and act accordingly to restore electric service in the event of an emergency.
  • Observe all safety rules and regulations adopted by the Cooperative.
  • Observe all work rules adopted by the Cooperative.
  • Assist Region Line Manager in the implementation of position objectives.

JOURNEYMAN LINEMAN (After 60 months) 

A Journeyman Lineman shall be a Superior Lineman in every respect. This position is the logical extension of the position of Lineman with additional qualifications and experience. A person must have a minimum of twelve months experience as a Lineman before he/she can be promoted to Journeyman Lineman; however, promotion to Journeyman Lineman shall definitely not be automatic. No Lineman shall be promoted to Journeyman Lineman until he/she has met all of the criteria listed below. Before advancement, he/she shall demonstrate that he/she has developed the skills and acquired the knowledge expected of a Journeyman Lineman. 

  • Nature of Work ? The Journeyman Lineman shall function as an active Lineman in every respect.
  • Line Conditions ? The Journeyman Lineman is expected to be able to perform all kinds of routine and emergency line work without the necessity of direct supervision.
  • Materials and Equipment ? The Journeyman Lineman shall be expected to perform any and all of the duties of his/her previous positions in an exemplary and highly competent manner.
  • Safety Practices and Training ? The Journeyman Lineman will routinely perform work of a more complex and hazardous nature than a Lineman. He/she will take an active role in training apprentice linemen.
  • Electrical Theory ? The Journeyman Lineman will be familiar with theories of voltage regulation, fault current, and coordination of line protection devices in order to perform his/her responsibilities in emergency and on?call work. He/she must also be able to apply theory to his/her knowledge in the sizing of single phase transformers (calculating transformer loads).
  • Electrical Operations ? He/she must be completely familiar with the feeds of all transmission and distribution lines and the operation of all substations and switching stations in his/her region.
  • Records, Reports and Related Information ? The Journeyman Lineman must be highly knowledgeable and proficient in the use and application of all forms, records, and reports required of a Lineman.
  • Supervision and Related Assignments ? The Journeyman Lineman is under the general supervision of the Region Line Manager and the direction of the Crew Leader of the crew to which assigned. He/she may also be expected to fulfill (and must be able to fulfill) the responsibilities of the position of Crew Leader for short periods of time without full promotion. He/she may be made responsible on a continuing basis for an On?Call Crew, in place of a Crew Leader.
  • Attitude - The behavior of the Journeyman Lineman must be such that it reflects an attitude toward his/her work and the Cooperative's efforts that will enhance the constructive progress of the organization. The Journeyman Lineman is in a position of informal leadership, and as such, his/her work must set an example in efficiency and safety for all other Linemen and Apprentice Linemen.

EDUCATION ? Must be high school graduate or equivalent. Must have legible handwriting and be able to read comprehensively. 

EXPERIENCE ? Experience with electric utility required. 

KNOWLEDGE ? Knowledge of operations of electric utility is required. 

ATTITUDE – Must have a positive, open mind and considerate attitude toward the responsibilities of the position. Must be a self?starter; must have attitude of neatness, orderliness and accuracy toward the job; and must possess attentive attitude toward safety on the job. 

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS – Must have pleasing personality. Must be able and willing to work and get along with others. Must be able to present and work with public in a pleasant, courteous manner. Must have highest personal integrity and have a sense of accuracy toward record keeping. 

ABILITIES AND SKILLS ? Must have the ability to make sound decisions from observations and carry out instructions. Climbing skills are highly desirable. Must have North Carolina Commercial Driver's License - Class A or be able to attain one in 90 days with good driving record. Must have the ability to be responsible for the supervised work assignment and work safety. 

GENERAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS - Lifting and moving weights in excess of 100 pounds is frequently required. Position requires the individual to be capable of stooping, bending, reaching, climbing and grasping and frequently walk long distances. Good hand to eye coordination is necessary as is the ability to read electronic displays and screens, printed materials, maps and tools materials. Must be capable of utilizing hand held and manually operated tools that are coincident with the duties of the position. Motor vehicles, computers, small hand held or mobile electrical instruments and devices, customary office and business communications equipment are utilized in this position. The individual should be familiar with and capable of operating equipment utilized in the construction operation. 

WORKING CONDITIONS – The duties of the position are performed outside with exposure to extreme weather conditions. The position requires walking in all types of terrain, sitting, standing, and driving/riding in vehicle. Must be available for work during adverse weather conditions. 

WORK REQUIREMENTS – Some overtime work will be required. Will be expected to pull on-call duty after becoming familiar with the Region and must be available for emergency work during all weather conditions. All employees who are subject to “on-call” duty must make their domicile within a twenty mile radius from their respective assigned district, regional or headquarters office, with the exception of those “on-call” employees who have been approved with remote capabilities must make their domicile within one of the nineteen counties served by the Cooperative. 

SAFETY - Performs all assignments safely assuring compliance with all Safety related rules, regulations and policies. 

EXEMPT STATUS – This position is non-exempt as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act as amended. 

NON-DISCRIMINATION - EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position shall be filled on the basis of qualification and ability to perform the essential functions of the job and without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. 

SALARY RANGE – Trades & Craft Wage Schedule 

GENERAL ? A performance appraisal of this individual will be made at the completion of three and six months in the beginning and annual thereafter for a newly hired Journeyman Lineman, and annually for a Journeyman Lineman who has been in EnergyUnited’s Lineman development program. 

This is a Region and/or operations position. Responsible for performing diversified work of erection and repair of distribution and transmission lines of all classes and voltage, including energized lines, and on structures and equipment involved in the distribution of electricity. 

The progression schedule represents the minimum training time requirement for advancement from one to another. This schedule will be followed for the first 12 months, unless employee's supervisor determines that the individual is not demonstrating satisfactory progress, and therefore, should be delayed in progression. Such action must be made in writing and approved by the Region Line Manager responsible for this position. 

The performances of an employee, whose progression has been delayed, will be made in 6 months following notice of delay in progression; if satisfactory progress has not been made, action in one of the following ways will be taken: 

  • Transfer to another job in Cooperative, providing the employee has necessary qualifications and an opening exists; or
  • Dismissal without prejudice.


Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Lexington, North Carolina
United States
Lineman/Lineworker - Journey Level
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
High School or equivalent
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