Lineman - First Class

Lineman - First Class

A&N Electric Cooperative

Job Description and Specifications

Lineman, 1st Class

FLSA Status: Hourly

Union Status: Union



  • Promote and adhere to A&N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) safety and operating rules, procedures and guidelines.
  • Constructs, repairs and keeps electric distribution lines of the Cooperative in efficient operating order. In addition to performing duties of Lineman – 1st Class, position has responsibility for checking the work of the assisting worker(s). Responsible for the installation of all lightning arrestors, circuit reclosers, regulators, transformers, and other special equipment necessary. Takes trouble calls, clears up emergencies, works with hot line tools and checks substations for preventative maintenance.
  • To, at all times, conduct self in such a way as to promote and create good will toward the Cooperative.
  • To be available to restore service to members of the Cooperative.


Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to: Crew Chief or Lead Lineman
  • Directs: Lineman and other personnel that may be assigned.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be familiar with and practice all safety rules.
  • Must know direction of line feed and be able to switch circuits in emergencies.
  • Can and does perform all duties of all job classifications on a lower level as required.
  • Sets poles, installs crossarms, hardware, transformers, guys, frames poles, etc.
  • Shall be able to perform any and all work on de-energized or energized lines.
  • Rigs block and tackle for lifting of heavy objects, lifts heavy objects with material handling bucket trucks and line trucks according to equipment capacities and manufacturer instructions.
  • Uses and maintains all tools and equipment according to industry standards and manufacturer instructions and checks equipment periodically to determine it meets safety standards.
  • Installs and removes reclosers, regulators, lighting arrestors, airbrake switches, sectionalizers, station regulators, station breakers, bypass switches, capacitors, cutouts, fault indicators, and other types of special equipment.
  • Checks loading of poles on trailer before leaving plant yard.
  • Builds and repairs substations as directed.
  • Must be able to read and properly understand Staking Sheets.
  • Takes trouble calls and clears up emergencies.
  • Must be able to work with hot line tools.
  • Instructs Lineman 2nd Class and others in correct method of performing their duties.
  • Prepares cooperative reports and completes cooperative forms.
  • Reads, installs and removes meters.
  • Connects 3-phase transformer banks.
  • Operates tractors, trucks, forklifts and other equipment with proper training, licenses and experience.  Drives cooperative trucks, automobiles, service trucks, bucket trucks, and line trucks.  Linemen are required to hold and maintain a valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Makes minor equipment repairs and performs maintenance, adjustments and calibrations on specialized equipment and tools.
  • While driving, observes all city and state traffic laws and regulations.
  • Collects bills as directed.
  • In emergency situations, performs and practices aerial bucket rescue, pole top rescue, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.
  • 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.
  • Maintains Flagging Certification as specified by the Virginia Department of Transportation and performs flagging as directed after receiving certification.
  • Travels to attend training sessions as directed.
  • Helps take inventory.
  • Patrols lines.
  • Assists with Annual Meeting.
  • Must be able to perform all distribution construction from aerial bucket or from pole, and in compliance with approved safety regulations.
  • Perform as a member of the safety team committee as assigned or required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



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



  • Crew Chief - Cooperates with and keeps abreast of responsibilities, work assignments and special instructions.
  • Lineman 2nd Class - Maintains good working relationships with and provides training assistance as needed.
  • 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: Lineman, 2nd Class

To: Chief Lineman, Lead Lineman or Serviceman


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 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, 1st 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 second class lineman in order to qualify for first class promotion.
  • Must be able to climb and safely work all utility poles on ANEC system.
  • 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.


In the event a qualified Lineman, 1st Class cannot be located, the Cooperative will move to the next qualified class of Lineman (2nd Class, 3rd Class, etc.) until the position is filled.  This position requires a favorable criminal background check, credit check, MVR report and drug screen.