Apprentice Lineman Jobs and Training to become a Lineman Apprentice
How do you become an apprentice lineman? How do you get a job as an apprentice lineman? Are lineman electrical lineman apprenticeship jobs available and what does it take? These are all questions we will try to answer here.
Generally, you will have to go to lineman training school first (see small sampling of lineman schools with apprentice lineman training below). What will you need in order to enroll in lineman school? Normally, you will have to submit and application with an application fee. Also needed will be a transcript of your high school grades and a copy of a Class A Commercial Driving License, usually with a temporary airbrakes permit. A copy of your work history.
Regarding the Class A CDL....get a permit first from the department of licensing, usually good for six months so you can practice. Then find someone who has a class A cdl and get or rent a class A vehicle together and practice, then try to take the test or go to a formal class for it. Each state has different fees and requirements so check with your state licensing department for specifics.
There are many schools that offer powerline training, electric utilities training....one of the best ways to "get in the door"! Go to the following websites for more information about their Lineman Job Training (type www. in front of site name)
- iuota.org/ (Inter-Utility Overhead Training) Professional utility safety and trainers organization
- neat1968.org/ (Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship and training) Neat trains apprentices throughout the northeast area for the exciting and rewarding careers as highly skilled union outside linemen.
teex.com (Texas Engineering Extension Service) TEEX offers a highly diversified group of public works training programs that serve and reach nearly all of the skill groups and departments commonly found in local, state and federal government.
naltc.com (North American Lineman Training Center) Lineman program will allow you to begin your apprentice lineman career ahead of all the rest. Students have experience performing the jobs of a lineworker, as well as obtaining professional knowledge of the electrical industry while they proceed through our program.
lineworker.com (Southeast Lineman Training Center) Southeast Lineman Training Center will prepare you to work for power line construction and utility companies as apprentice lineworkers. Our program, The Electrical Lineworker Program (ELP), provides our students the necessary skills needed to be extremely productive on utility and/or construction company line crews.
mtc.edu/BasicLineWorker/index.html (Marion Technical College) The Electric Power Utilities Basic Lineworker Training program. The Basic Lineworker Training program is a five week course offered by Marion Technical College for those who are interested in beginning a new career or changing careers by taking on this awesome trade as a power lineworker in the one of the greatest and most secure industries in the world – the electric utility line industry.
selcat.com Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship and Training. SELCAT lets you work while attending classes once a month. You have a text book and test that you have to complete every month that helps you advance in the program. While working you take your experience and knowledge you learned on the job or OJT, and that credits towards your advancement as well. So you get paid to work and learn on the job and in return your schooling is paid by SELCAT (books are covered by you).
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If you enjoy traveling, working outdoors, and working with electrical equipment, then the Lineman Apprentice training program may be for you. The Lineman apprenticeship leads to the position of Journeyman Lineman. Apprentices assist Journeymen Lineman in simple functions related to constructing, servicing, and maintaining thousands of miles of transmission and distribution lines. As your experience and ability increase, the work will be varied to include more responsible phases of line work. It is your duty and responsibility to observe all safety regulations and protect your fellow employees and the public from hazardous conditions under your control. You will be required to complete satisfactorily certain technical and nontechnical training.
Being an apprentice lineman may require extensive travel and the ability to work in emergency restorations during times of bad weather. You must possess the physical ability to climb to heights in excess of 500 feet.
The duties of an electrical power lineman can be many...here's a sampling of what the job may entail:
Installing and Maintaining Transformers and Other Equipment
Stringing New Wire or Maintaining Old Wire
Supervising Journeymen and Apprentices
Installing and Maintaining Insulators
Establishing Work Position for Maintaining and Repairing Overhead Distribution or Transmission Lines
Planning and Initiating Project
Establishing OSHA and Customer Safety Requirements
Setting of Towers, Poles and Construction of Other Devices to Hold Electrical Wiring
Installing, Repairing and Maintaining an Underground Electrical Distribution System
Assembly and Erection of Substations
Installing, Maintaining and Repairing Traffic or Train Signals and Outdoor Lighting
The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is a non-profit organization created in 1941 by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association\(NECA). The organization works with subject matter experts (SMEs), Industry leaders, and various manufacturers to ensure that electrical apprentices in the organized labor movement have access to the most-up-to date training initiatives in the electrical construction industry. The NJATC is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of NECA and the IBEW, providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and highly skilled workforce possible.
Across the United States and Canada more than 200 local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATCs) use the NJATC’s curricula to help train electrical apprentices. The NJATC develops electrical training curricula for Inside Wireman, Outside Lineman, Voice-Data-Video (VDV), and Residential Wireman programs. Emerging technologies such as Photovoltaics (solar), Wind Power generation and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are also encompassed in the NJATC curricula, along with Codes and Safety and Instrumentation training. The organization is also responsible for spearheading a variety of electrical industry certifications such as cable splicing and conduit bending.
The NJATC is well-known for its “Earn While You Learn” initiative that allows electrical apprentices to work and earn respectable living wages while receiving related instructional training. This program also allows JATC electrical apprenticeship programs to operate without the financial support of taxpayers. With the help of the American Council on Education, the NJATC has also developed a program that allows electrical apprentices to translate their instructional training into college credit. Depending on the area of study pursued, electrical apprentices can now transfer up to 60 college credit hours from their electrical apprenticeship to colleges, universities, or community colleges. The organization is also known for hosting the National Training Institute (NTI), the largest electrical training seminar in North America. Nearly 2,000 electrical workers attend this event to learn about new Industry trends, to see new products, and to attend in-depth training seminars. NTI is also home to one of the largest electrical trade shows in the construction industry.
As of 2007, there are more than 40,000 electrical apprentices enrolled in JATC programs throughout the United States and Canada. Since its inception, more than 325,000 electrical apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest electrical training and apprenticeship programs of its kind.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is a labor union which represents workers in the electrical industry in the United States, Canada, Panama and several Caribbean island nations; particularly electricians, or Inside Wiremen, in the construction industry and linemen and other employees of public utilities.
Today, the IBEW conducts apprenticeship programs for electricians, linemen, and VDV installers (who install low-voltage wiring such as computer networks), in conjunction with the National Electrical Contractors Association, under the auspices of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC), which allows apprentices to "earn while you learn." In Canadian jurisdictions the IBEW does not deliver apprenticeship training, but does conduct supplemental training for government trained apprentices and journeypersons, often at no or little cost to its members.
The IBEW's membership peaked in 1972 at approximately 1 million members. The membership numbers were in a slow decline throughout the rest of the 1970s and the 1980s, but have since stabilized. One major loss of membership for the IBEW came about because of the court-ordered breakup at the end of 1982 of AT&T, where the IBEW was heavily organized among both telephone workers and in AT&T's manufacturing facilities. Membership as of 2005 stands at about 750,000.
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