Lineman, Apprentice

Lineman, Apprentice

Lineman, Apprentice






Promote and adhere to A & N Electric Cooperative (the Cooperative) safety and operating rules, procedures and guidelines.

To, at all times, conduct self in such a way as to promote and create good will toward the Cooperative.

To render assistance to all members of the line crew by performing the more elementary work. To become familiar with materials and working tools in order that they can be made available to the line crew with a minimum of lost time.

To complete training required for the position of Lineman, 3rd Class under the Lineman Technician Apprenticeship Program (LTAP) through the Virginia, Maryland, Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).


Reporting Relationships:

Reports to: Crew Chief, Lead Lineman, Serviceman, Quality Control Lineman and/or Lineman, 1st Class

Directs: None


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To learn and practice all safety regulations.
  • Digs holes.
  • Assist with loading and unloading trucks.
  • Reads, installs and removes meters as instructed with proper training.
  • Performs as required right-of-way clearance and tree trimming.
  • As directed, cleans up warehouse, grounds, substations, trucks, etc. 
  • Helps retreat poles.
  • Learns to locate underground cable.
  • Renders and keeps training up to date in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid on the ground.
  • Under close supervision, assists with work on energized structures and equipment.
  • Under close supervision grounds lines.
  • Operates lower controls on all aerial devices owned by A & N Electric Cooperative to perform bucket rescue.
  • Operates truck winches to pull wire with proper training.
  • Receives training in reading staking sheets and maps.
  • Operates vehicles with manufacturer’s gross vehicle weights over 26,000 pounds when properly licensed with a Class A Commercial Driver’s License and observes all city and state traffic laws and regulations.
  • Flags and directs traffic after receiving Flagging Certification as specified by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
  • Properly places work area protection signs, cones, barricades and other traffic routing equipment when working along public highways according to the current Virginia Work Area Protection Manual.
  • Works with service, construction and right of way personnel to restore service to member consumers.
  • Operates tractors, forklifts, stringing equipment and other equipment with proper training, licenses and experience.
  • While driving, observes all city and state traffic laws and regulations.
  • Operates communication equipment and utilizes computerized equipment for data entry and completing reports.
  • Travels to attend training sessions as directed.
  • Helps take inventory.
  • Frames poles by attaching required hardware to poles.
  • Uses pike poles as directed to aid in the setting of poles by hand and cutting of trees.
  • Gets material from truck and passes material up the pole to lineman by using a handline; must be familiar with and know how to tie special knots to facilitate handling of pole.
  • Sets anchors, pulls guy cable, installs ground wires on poles, pulls wire, etc.
  • Climbs poles according to guidelines set forth in the lineman apprenticeship program and OSHA standards.
  • Assists in equipment repairs and equipment maintenance as directed.
  • Responsible for getting work tools to and from truck.
  • Performs any other task that may be assigned, which are within his/her capabilities.
  • Responsible for the correct and prompt preparation and submission of Cooperative reports and forms, including computerized time entry.
  • Works with Annual Meeting as directed.
  • Leads assisting crews to work locations during power restoration activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Establishes and maintains the following contacts and relationships for the purpose of coordination and communication:


Crew Chief/Lead Lineman - Cooperates with and keeps abreast of responsibilities, work assignments and special instructions.

Lead Lineman, Serviceman, Quality Control Lineman, Lineman, 1st Class - Work closely with while learning to perform the duties of a lineman.

Line crew - Maintains good working relationships.


Cooperates in every way possible to create and maintain harmonious relationships with members especially when taking care of service calls.

Complies with local, state and federal regulations.


Promotion Chain:

From: Groundman
To: Lineman, 3rd Class


Job Specifications and Requirements:


High school diploma or equivalent required plus successful completion of lineman apprentice program.



Employees are tested on job knowledge based on the VMDAEC Apprenticeship Program, which involves testing and course material.
Employees with no prior experience will begin working as an a Groundman – Entry level for a minimum of six (6) months before having the opportunity to move into a Groundman - Apprentice position. Employees with no real practical experience but who have completed lineman’s college will begin working as a Groundman for a minimum of six (6) months, after which time the employee may become an Apprentice Lineman. Once the employee is an Apprentice Lineman for one (1) year, he/she may take the required LTAP test to become a 3rd Class Lineman. After a period of one (1) year, as a 3rd Class Lineman, he/she may take the required LTAP test to become a 2nd Class Lineman. After eighteen (18) months in the position of 2nd Class Lineman, he/she may take the required LTAP test to become a 1st Class Lineman. The apprenticeship program requires a total of four (4) years to complete. If, at any point during the apprenticeship program, the employee does not or cannot meet the requirements and specifications for advancement, the employee will be discharged if no other suitable job vacancies are available.


Job Knowledge:

Must be familiar with A&N Electric Cooperative Safety Rules Manual, National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) C-2, National Electrical Code (NFPA), OSHA Rules and RUS construction standards.


Abilities & Skills:

Incumbent must perform duties as outlined in the Lineman, 3rd Class position description. Foremost among many requirements of this job is to work as a team with other employees. Honesty, a professional attitude and manner and a positive outlook are necessary.
Other expectations are as follows:

  • Must read and understand Cooperative Safety Manual and must have a thorough understanding of those sections pertaining to this position.
  • Must be proficient on all duties assigned as Lineman, Apprentice in order to qualify for third-class promotion.
  • Must be able to climb and safely work all utility poles on A&N systems.
  • Must have knowledge on substation maintenance.
  • Ability to work with cooperative supervisors, other employees, contractors and handle other human resource interactions.
  • Must have and maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) or obtain same within three months of hire.
  • Must be willing to travel to receive training, attend seminars, etc. as required by the Cooperative.
  • Must become competent in the operation of reclosers and other distribution equipment. Also must become competent in the operations of computerized equipment utilized in the operation of the electric distribution system.
  • Must possess the ability to communicate clearly and get along with members, other employees and the general public.
  • Must be able to perform and practice pole top rescue.
  • Must be able to hear verbal warnings.
  • Must be able to walk over rough and/or marshy terrain.
  • Must be able to work in and around shallow water.
  • Must be able to see in order to recognize danger and operate equipment.
  • Must be able to grip, move and/or use controls of equipment including instrumentation.
  • Must be able to work, wear and tolerate safety equipment in varying weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work from an aerial bucket and safely reach work at locations around and above bucket.
  • Must be able to work beyond normal working hours, weekends and holidays as required.


Working Conditions:

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, talk and listen. The employee is also regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, climb or crawl. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 150 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

The individual must be able to perform all these actions while being exposed to extreme inclement weather conditions as this position works outdoors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, toxic or caustic chemicals which required employee to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE), outside weather conditions and vibration. The employee is exposed to wet and/ or humid conditions, as well as high, precarious places. Overtime is required and position is placed on a ‘on-call’ roster periodically. Working on ladders is required. Work on outage restoration on continuous prolonged hours and the employee must travel to various locations throughout the system to complete many work assignments.

Employee will utilize proper PPE as instructed by supervisor, such as such as gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, reflective vests flame-retardant clothing, rubber gloves and sleeves and safety-toed boots. Additional PPE may be required.
Occasional travel away from the cooperative service territory may be required for work or training.




1. What are the primary responsibilities and functions of this position?

A. To assist lineman in construction and removal of overhead and underground electrical lines in accordance with RUS specifications.
B. Maintaining electrical utility system, which includes restoration of power outages.

2. What equipment or tools do you use in this position to accomplish your job?

A. Climbing tools (belt and hooks), shovels, post hole diggers, tamps, spades, spoons, handlines and block, comealongs, hand tools (pliers, adjustable wrench, etc.), and underground locating fault equipment.
B. Bucket and line trucks, trenchers and backhoes.

3. What are the four or five most important tasks you perform every day to accomplish your job?

A. Energized and de-energized training in overhead and underground utility work (climbing, bucket work, underground cable terminating, operation of mechanical digging and lifting equipment, and driving vehicles ranging from pickups to line trucks).
B. Assist in directing those in the Lineman Apprentice Program.
C. Utilize Microsoft Office products, including, but not limited to: Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint as required by job responsibilities.

4. What tasks do you perform only occasionally?

A. Operation of chain saw (cutting trees), carrying tools and equipment on all types of terrain.
B. Occasional use of two-way radio for communication.
C. Perform other duties as assigned.

5. Are there any important physical requirements in this position?

A. Lifting and moving of heavy materials, working in all weather conditions.
B. Extended work periods during power failures and occasional routine work with little rest.
C. Ability to climb poles and/or work at heights that are well above ground level.