How to become a Electrical Linesperson

Electrical linespersons install, repair and maintain overhead lines and cables carrying electricity to domestic, commercial and industrial users and electric train services.

Personal requirements of a Electrical Linesperson

  • Enjoy outdoor work
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Willing and able to work at heights
  • Safety-conscious
  • Normal colour vision
  • Good with hands
  • Able to work well as part of a team

Education & Training for a Electrical Linesperson

To become an electrical linesperson you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Overhead or ESI - Power Systems - Transmission Overhead. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10, and many prefer Year 12. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Electrical Linesperson

Electrical linespeople may perform the following tasks:

  • patrol electrical lines and inspect poles and towers
  • install earth stakes, power poles, towers and guy wires using power tools and other equipment
  • install and maintain aerial equipment such as conductors, cross arms, insulators, street lights, customer supply points, transformers, pole-mounted circuit breakers and switches
  • trim tree branches clear of power lines using machinery
  • cover live wire with insulating materials
  • adjust the tension of cables and join overhead conductors using compression and wrap-on fittings
  • perform emergency repairs such as isolating live wires
  • ensure that conductors are correctly connected between the mains and customers’ premises when performing installations or repairs
  • monitor safe working conditions, and practise resuscitation, rescue and first aid procedures.

Working conditions for a Electrical Linesperson

As electrical linespeople work with high and low voltages at considerable heights, they are given extensive training in safety procedures. They may be called out during emergencies at any time of the day or night and in all weather conditions.

Employment Opportunities for a Electrical Linesperson

Most electrical linespeople are employed by major electricity suppliers and contracting companies working within the electricity supply industry. There are also opportunities for employment with local government authorities that have their own electricity supplies and with public transport authorities. Work is available in capital cities and large industrial centres. In country towns, there is usually a resident electrical linesperson. Electrical linespeople working for the railways or electricity authorities may be required to work away from home.

Additional Information
After completing your apprenticeship, you will need to apply for a licence to perform electrical work from the relevant government department or authority in your state or territory.
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