Apprentice Lineman

 Job Description




Job Responsibilities: Apprentice Lineman  


Exhibiting stewardship for the cooperative, the Apprentice Lineman professionally represents the cooperative in providing technical support to the System Operations Department by learning to be a journeyman lineman and carrying out the objectives and goals of the System Operations department.


Standards of Excellence

The standards of excellence represent the code of conduct required of every employee to ensure a culture of excellence is maintained throughout the cooperative.


  • Supports the organization by having sufficient knowledge of programs and services offered, and professionally representing the organization in a positive manner. Contributing to high organizational and team performance through a commitment to excellence.

  • Accepts challenges and supports change within the organization. Demonstrates commitment, and overcomes resistance through resourcefulness and creative problem solving.

  • Allocates time and attention based on what is most important to achieve key goals and objectives.

  •  Effectively organizes and balances tasks and priorities to keep multiple duties on track.

  • Demonstrates effective skills in obtaining and researching facts and information. Interprets and analyzes information, including instructions and guidelines to make appropriate decisions. 

  • Selects and uses appropriate communication methods and demonstrates follow through with commitments.

  • Observes safety and security procedures and actively demonstrates safe work practices at all times.

  • Exhibits integrity and demonstrates ethical behavior in everyday business conduct.

Core Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities described below are the essential functions of the job and are not intended to be all inclusive for this position.


  • Assist in the construction of new overhead and underground services and service upgrades (Single-phase; three-phase; double-circuit, energized or de-energized.).

  • Assist linemen in restoring overhead and underground outages.

  • Assist linemen in solving power quality issues.

  • Assist linemen in maintaining existing overhead and underground line.

  • Assist linemen in performing line patrol.

  • Responsible for following all cooperative safety policies and procedures.

  • Dig pole and anchor holes; frame and set poles and anchors; install guy wire, sag and tie-in conductors.

  • Assist with installation of transformers, switches, voltage regulators, oil circuit-reclosers, capacitors, meters, and other electrical apparatus.

  • Assist with yard-light and street-light maintenance and installation.

  • Install service.  Connect, disconnect, and reconnect as assigned.

  • Assist with relocating, rebuilding, and adding poles on existing lines for state and county road construction.

  • Assist with cutting in double-end for two-way feeds and replacing lightning arresters and guys, on energized or de-energized lines.

  • Install account numbers on meter poles, as directed.

  • Replace and repair service drops, as directed.

  • Assist with installing, repairing and replacing meter sockets and loops.

  • Read, change, install and seal meters, as assigned.

  • Perform periodic stand-by duty.

  • Observe the electric distribution-feeds and circuits in order to become familiar with the system.

  • Trim trees and cut brush on right-of-way for new construction or existing line, as assigned.

  • Complete outage reports; material tickets; connect; reconnect; or disconnect orders, as required or directed.

  • Operate equipment as needed by the Operations Department (winch truck, bucket, etc.)

  • Complete related study units as outlined in OAEC's Lineman's Training Program.

  • Ability to utilize MySource Applications to perform daily activities.

  • Perform other work related activities as requested by supervisor.

  • Non-Exempt

  • Reports to the Line Foreman and Lineman

  • Decisions and duties are monitored and reviewed that have a distinct impact on the organization. Work requires a high degree of responsibility for information, technology and/or equipment.

  • Position has no formal supervisory responsibility for the work of others.


Job Qualifications: Qualifications

A successful candidate must believe in the core values of the cooperative and be driven by the mission. The qualifications below represent the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Specific requirements and competencies include:

  • High-school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Courses in electricity and mechanical drawing are desirable.
  • A minimum of six months of experience with a line crew in the construction and maintenance of electrical distribution line is desirable.
  • Must be interested in Central's objectives and programs.
  • Must have an interest in a program of self-development and be willing to accept increasing responsibilities as a team member of a line crew.
  • Must be willing to work overtime and to be on standby as required.
  • Must be dependable.  Must have good record of attendance and punctuality.
  • Must be physically able to work in a safe and proper manner.
  • Must be able to pass required Cooperative and Department of Transportation physical examinations and drug testing.
  • Must have a basic knowledge of electricity, pole-line materials, the proper and safe use of tools and equipment used in line construction and maintenance, know RUS Construction Specifications, and be familiar with the National Electric Safety Code.
  • Must be proficient in pole-top and bucket rescue procedures.
  • Should possess the ability to climb poles and exercise proper and safe use of hand-tools while working on a pole, under strict supervision.
  • Must be CPR and First Aid certified or possess the ability to obtain such certification within one year of employment.
  • Must have or obtain and maintain a valid Oklahoma "Class A" Drivers License with an air brake endorsement and meet all D.O.T. requirements within six months of employment.
  • Must have basic computer skills.
  • Must become familiar with all company policies and procedures.
  • Analytical Skills – collects and researches data, identifies data relationships and dependencies
  • Communication - Expresses ideas and thoughts both verbal and written, exhibits good listening and comprehension, keeps others adequately informed and selects and uses appropriate communication methods.
  • Customer Service – Displays courtesy and sensitivity, manages difficult or emotional customer situations, meets commitments, responds promptly to customer needs and solicits customer feedback to improve service.
  • Excellent Problem Solving - Identifies problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions, resolves problems in early stages and works well in group problem solving situations 
  • Initiative – Volunteers readily, undertakes self-development activities, seeks increased responsibilities, takes independent actions and calculated risks, looks for and takes advantage of opportunities and asks for help when needed.
  • Self-Management - Regulates impact of own emotions upon others, remains focused and energized under stress, accepts criticism and recovers quickly from setbacks, projects realistic self confidence in abilities.
  • Use of Technology – Demonstrates required skills, adapts to new technologies, troubleshoots technological problems, uses technology to increase productivity and keeps technical skills up to date.


Other Job Information (if applicable): Working Conditions   Work Environment

Outdoor work environment; hazardous work


Work Hazards Exposure to some high voltage, working on elevated platforms and structures, extremes in noises, temperatures, distractions, etc. Exposure to hazards     Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel or crouch and talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.

This position is also required to drive company vehicle.



Company Name:
Central Electric
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Stillwater, , 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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