Electrical linespersons install, repair and maintain overhead lines and cables carrying electricity to domestic, commercial and industrial users and electric train services.
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.
Electrical linespeople may perform the following tasks:
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.
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.