Journeyman Lineman

Job Classification: Non-exempt, Full-time 

Reporting Relationship: Line Superintendent 

Primary Accountability:
The Journeyman Lineman provides manpower, knowledge and workmanship which are necessary to perform job duties for the proper construction, maintenance, and operation of the electric system. This position makes correct application and use of all materials and equipment furnished in order to provide efficient, reliable service to the consumer in the operation and maintenance of the electric system. 

Major Duties:

  • Performs all required construction, maintenance, and operations on energized and non-energized portions of the system without any supervision.
  • Assumes the responsibility of the Area Person, as directed, which includes, but is not limited to, line inspections, meter exchanges and readings, re-sagging conductors, replacing anchors by hand, pulling slack guys, right-of-way maintenance, secondary change outs, consumer inquiries and connections, responding to outages and power quality issues, daily ticket assignments, preparing staking sheets for work orders, and billing collections.
  • Assists in training and supervision of all Apprentice Linemen and Serviceman.
  • Maintains skills in switching operations for maintenance and/or emergencies.
  • Required to know how to read maps, prepare and interpret staking sheets and prepare required reports.
  • Operates and applies all circuit and sectionalizing devices and electrical devices used on the system in a proper and safe manner.
  • Responsible for effective and safe operating methods in the use of rubber gloves and sleeves.
  • Troubleshoots line deficiencies and takes corrective measures within the limitations set forth in this job description.
  • Operates and works from the bucket truck on and around energized lines.
  • Applies rescue techniques by utilizing First Aid and CPR certifications.

Performs required work on energized underground transformers and enclosures. 

  • Places poles in and around energized lines.
  • Operates the extendo in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Performs after-hour duty assignments and participates in the Cooperative's "on-call" rotation as directed by his/her supervisor.
  • Conducts self in a manner which will lead to the best possible working relationship between the Cooperative and other members of the crew or other employees of the Cooperative.
  • Responsible for being properly clothed and equipped while maintaining belt, hooks and other personal tools in a safe condition.
  • Complies with all of the Cooperative's Safety Rules and uses safe working practice and methods.
  • Responsible for the proper care of company equipment, tools and property.
  • Complies with the proper operating practices in the use of the two-way radio.
  • Complies with all traffic laws, rules and regulations while operating a Cooperative vehicle and practices proper traffic procedures.
  • Responds to member and consumer inquiries and resolves problems and/or directs them to the supervisor or appropriate personnel; maintains good relations in all contacts with the general public.
  • Climbs poles and utilizes lineman tools while working on poles.
  • Receives and accepts training, instruction and advice from assigned supervisor and cooperates with him/her in performing assigned tasks.
  • Participates in job site tailgate discussions and monthly safety meetings.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned by Management.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required. Degree in electrical power and distribution or equivalent is preferred.
  • Completion of the Merchants Training Program or an approved apprenticeship program is required.
  • Have and maintain a valid Class "A" Commercial Driver's License without an L, Z, or E restriction is required.

Effective working knowledge of the construction and maintenance of the electric distribution system, including the installation of meters, transformers, voltage regulators, capacitors, sectionalizers, and reclosers is required. 

  • Understands construction specifications and is thoroughly familiar with most phases of distribution line construction, equipment applications, tool application and equipment operations.
  • Familiarity with the Cooperative systems geography and system maps.
  • Familiarity with the National Electrical Safety Code and RUS Materials Specifications.
  • Skills and knowledge in the placement of poles in and around energized lines.
  • Skills in the underground and overhead line operation.
  • Skills in properly and safely working live conductors of all voltages, and the installation of materials and maintenance of electrical distribution line.
  • Skills in the operation of equipment and apparatus used in line construction including; backhoe, trencher, digger truck and basket truck.
  • Trained and able to perform First Aid, CPR, Pole Top, and Bucket Truck rescue at required intervals.
  • Understands the circuit and sectionalizing diagrams and is familiar with the proper operation and application of all sectionalizing devices used on the system.
  • Ability to perform work out of a bucket within the recommended weight limitations set by the manufacturer, minus liner and tools.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, staking sheets, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to complete routine reports and other paperwork, as directed.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to carry out instructions presented in written, oral or diagram form
  • Ability to recognize and solve problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations
  • Ability to organize, multi-task, plan and set priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to encourage and build mutual trust, respect and cooperation amongst team members.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with integrity.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of the Cooperative.
  • Demonstrate poise, tact, and diplomacy in daily interaction with Cooperative members and staff.

Physical Demands:

  • Frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk and hear.
  • Frequently lifts and/or moves up to fifty (50) pounds and occasionally lifts and/or moves up to one hundred (100) pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Speaking to others to convey information effectively.

Work Environment:

  • Frequently exposed to high, precarious places, outside weather conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, and risk of electrical shock.
  • Occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles, and vibration.

Moderate noise level. 

  • This position is subject to on-call as required which may include night, weekend and/or holiday work. Employees are required to report to the Cooperative within thirty (30) minutes after receiving notice.


Company Name:
FreeState Electric Cooperative
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
McLouth, Kansas
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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