Policy Title: Lineman
Bargaining Classification: Union Position
Effective Date: November 27, 2012
Supersedes: Prior version dated 7/22/2008
Authority: California Public Utility Code Section 11886; and Board Approval dated 11/27/12
Responsible for the installation and maintenance of the electrical power within the District.
Receives direct supervision from Line Crew Foreman, General Foreman, Electric Superintendent and Electric Operations Manager.
Constructs and maintains overhead and underground distribution, and transmission
Installs and connects equipment on lines such as transformers, switches, cutouts, capacitors, lightning arresters, streetlights,
Installs poles, anchors, crossarms, insulators and strings
Installs vaults, conduits and pulls
Terminates cable systems on poles, transformers, switching equipment and in
Installs distribution substation equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers, disconnects, buswork,
Runs new services from poles or service boxes to customer
Connects and disconnects
Troubleshoots and tests individual customer
Performs testing, phasing and energization of new and reconstructed
Performs maintenance functions such as inspections, pole testing, resagging, cleaning of vaults and enclosures and necessary repairs and corrections.
Trims trees to clear
Diagnoses, locates and clears trouble on primary and secondary overhead and underground lines and streetlighting
Maintains good housekeeping on the job, around the yard and on the vehicles.
Participates in switching operations of the system and obtains loading data for system studies.
Performs many of the above functions on energized lines using rubber gloves and insulating devices and uses hot-stick tools when necessary;
Maintains tools and equipment in clean and workable condition and assures that all tools from the tool room are returned after each use.
Secures incomplete projects at the close of the work day assuring for public safety and the security of the
Responsibly operates District vehicles; identifies and attends to maintenance needs; reports accidents and damage to supervisor immediately;
Performs other duties as
Knowledge of methods, materials and equipment used in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground electric distribution and transmission lines;
Principles of electrical theory as applied to power systems; Transformer connections for various applications;
Applicable electrical codes such as State electrical safety orders (e.g. G.O. 95 & 128); Necessary precautions to be taken in working high voltage lines;
Safe work practices and procedures including first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Work independently and exercise sound judgment and initiative; Attain First Responder level for hazardous waste spills;
Climb poles and use aerial buckets in confined areas among energized overhead lines and equipment at a considerable distance above ground;
Perform pole-top rescue procedures as needed in emergency situations; Work with energized underground materials;
Work proficiently with rubber gloves and hot line tools, i.e. sticks under energized conditions on both 15-kv overhead and underground systems;
Maintain good housekeeping in and around the worksite.
Education and Experience:
Any combination equivalent to education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical combination is:
Equivalent to completion of high school.
Possession of journey level Electric Lineman status obtained as follows:
Three and one-half (3-1/2) years training/experience in line work and successful completion of the journey level Electric Lineman examination administered by the
I.B.E.W. or equivalent;
Minimum five (5) years experience in line work and successful petitioning for journey level Electric Lineman with I.B.E.W.;
Certification from California-Nevada Joint Apprenticeship Committee that applicant has passed the apprenticeship and examination for journey level Electric Lineman
Possession of journey level Electric Lineman status granted by the I.B.E.W. or equivalent
Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid State of California Class A Drivers License.
Certification in Rubber Gloving or ability to obtain within management designated time frame.
Amendment: This job description may be amended to express and clarify the Board of Director’s managerial intent of this job description by a General Manager’s Administrative Policy (GMAP) properly promulgated by the General Manager subject to meet and confer obligations with the Union’s Business Representative.