Lineman Jobs

April 24 2024


Title:  Journey Lineworker

Department:  Line Assets

Sacramento, CA, US, 95827-3824

Category:  Skilled/Craft/Trades

Minimum Pay Rate: $76.09 

Maximum Pay Rate: $77.23 

Posting Type: Open 

Apply by Date: 04/30/2024 


The intent of this posting is to establish an eligibility list that may be used to fill current and future regular, full-time and limited-term job vacancies for the next 24 months. 



Every day at SMUD, we deliver power to more than 1.4 million customers throughout the Sacramento area. As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, we have been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for over 70 years. We are a recognized industry leader and award winner for our innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for our sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Through the efforts of the 2,200 people that power us, we work 24/7 to keep the lights on and provide our customers with innovative energy solutions. We’re one of the region’s largest employers, with a reputation for attracting, developing and retaining some of the most talented employees around.


IBEW General Wage Increases

  • 3.0% Annual Wage Increase received in 2024
  • 3.25% Annual Wage Increase in 2025


Position Benefits:

  • Strong safety culture
  • Stability of crews
  • Highly customized line trucks
  • Service territory doesn't require out of town travel
  • Opportunities for advancement


Employee Benefits:

  • Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • Retirement through Public Employees Retirement System
  • 457 and 401(k) plans available
  • Flexible Savings Account Short and Long Term Disability
  • Employee and Spouse Life Insurance




You will have the opportunity to attach your documentation during the application process.  If you fail to provide proof of a formal LINEMAN/LINEWOMAN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM you will be considered not qualified for this position.


Qualified candidates from this process may be invited to a performance exam which will be held to determine levels of skill and ability.



Performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks in the construction, maintenance, repair and inspection of SMUD transmission and distribution systems. This work can involve operating backhoes, derricks and hole diggers; etc. and perform related duties as assigned.

Nature and Scope

This series is assigned to distribution services. All levels are considered climbing lineman/wn. These classifications encompass work performed by previous SMUD classifications including, but not limited to, Apprentice/Journey Lineman/Wn, Crafts Helpers, Equipment Operator, Line Subforeman.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work may include, but is not limited to, the following: (NOTE: While in general all the functions and requirements listed are essential, individual positions and/or locations may not require all duties be performed.)


  • Perform complex rigging techniques; cable locating
  • Frames, sets, removes, poles and associated anchors and guys
  • Performs work on lines energized @ 120V through 230 KV; tests on high voltage circuits
  • Constructs/removes/maintains transmission towers/lines and distribution lines
  • Climbs poles, structures or ladders
  • Installs/removes cross-arms and various pole top apparatus; types of cable; streetlight equipment; work site protection devices; residential and commercial meters; various excavations; overhead & underground residential & commercial services
  • Connects transformers
  • Assists electricians in wiring electric substations
  • Assists cable splicers in network underground systems.
  • Operates various types of equipment and vehicles (may require class A license); mobile data terminals
  • Installs/repairs cubicle/transformer wells, transformers, capacitors & related line apparatus, sprinkler systems, landscaping
  • Inspects trench, pull box and vault installation; customer service facilities
  • Instructs & directs sub-ordinates

Required Qualifications

Must possess the same knowledge, skills, experience, etc. as an Apprentice Lineman/Woman as well as completion of an approved Lineman/Woman Apprentice program including three years climbing experience in overhead electrical distribution work; Possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record; Obtaining a Class A Driver’s License after completion of the required driver training class may be required; Reside in a location close enough to their reporting headquarters to allow a reasonable response time from residence under normal driving conditions within posted speed limits; Work overtime and emergencies; Be “On Call” and respond immediately to emergency call-outs; Work special schedules as required.

Knowledge Of

Basic safety rules, standards and procedures, use of hand and power tools; Cal/OSHA laws relative to line construction; State and Federal safety rules and regulations; Hazard identification; Basic math; Line construction methods, techniques and standards G.O. 95 and 128; Rigging practices/principles/procedures; Material and tool nomenclature; Electrical theory/knowledge relative to line construction/phasing/grounding/line voltage/transformers; circuit labeling; Materials/methods/equipment used in high/low voltage line construction/maintenance and repair; Mobile data terminals; residential meters, street and dusk to dawn lights and their application.

Skills To

Read and understand job and training manuals, safety procedures and their application on and around high voltage conductors and equipment; Read, interpret and follow written and oral instructions; Climb poles/structures/ladders; Maintain a positive work relationship/environment with peers and public; Perform physically demanding work for extended time periods; Work safely at heights; Operate motor vehicles, SMUD radios and mobile data terminals.

Physical Requirements

Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.
Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.


Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation, and will be based upon the candidate's qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.   


Why Sacramento, California?
The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

SMUD provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. SMUD complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

SMUD expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of SMUD employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

March 22, 2024



Gridware is a venture-backed climate tech startup on a mission to protect the electric grid from extreme weather events such as wildfires and storms. We’re a startup building hardware and software to provide grid operators with unprecedented on-the-ground intelligence to ensure safe and reliable power operations.

Founded in 2020, we’ve raised over $18M from leading VC funds including Lowercarbon Capital, Fifty Years, True Ventures, and Wireframe Ventures. Gridware’s technology was listed as one of 200 life-changing inventions by Time Magazine in 2022. Our co-founders have also been listed in Forbes’ “30 under 30” for social impact.

Who are we looking for?

If you love solving problems “upstream” and improving people’s lives, this job could be perfect for you. We're looking for an experienced lineman who is tired of searching for faults for hours and passionate about new technologies that detect and locate faults, fix power outages faster and make our power grid safer. At Gridware you’d have the chance to use your skills to figure out what’s happening on the grid and help address before it becomes a problem. Our company is working with some really cool technology to keep the lights on for everyone, even when bad weather hits or things get old and break down. We need someone who's ready to jump in, figure things out, and make a big difference. If that sounds like something you'd be excited about, we'd love to have you join us.


This is what you’ll be doing:

  • Monitor grid performance and respond to fault alerts from from grid monitoring devices in real-time, ensuring quick alerting of customers of issues, thus enabling quick resolution.
  • Analyze and interpret data from advanced grid monitoring devices to identify and diagnose faults.
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of technology and processes, working closely with the Engineering, Operations and Software team.
  • Provide expert advice on Digital Signal Processing and its application in enhancing grid monitoring and fault detection capabilities.
  • Train and mentor junior staff in fault identification strategies.


  • Willingness to be on-call and respond to emergencies outside of regular working hours, even at night.
  • 4-5 years of experience working as a lineman in the utility industry, with a proven track record of responding to and resolving grid faults.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a related field, with advanced understanding of Digital Signal Processing (DSP).
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to interpret complex data from grid monitoring devices.


Although we do not require candidates to submit a cover letter, candidates who wish to have their application stand out are invited to write a cover letter outlining one or all of the following things in a bullet-point format:

  • Where you have acquired the required skills
  • Which (if any) of the bonus skills you have and where you acquired them
  • Why you are interested in this role


Our employees enjoy working in a mission-driven environment to create a future with safe and reliable energy. Beyond that, we offer competitive benefits that help them to thrive and grow. These benefits include:

- Health, Dental and Vision insurance, free parking and a commuter allowance

- 401K

- Stock option plan


Gridware is an equal opportunity employer. We want applicants of diverse backgrounds and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Gridware is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California.

Apply Here



March 13, 2024

City of Mesa - Energy Resources


Classification Responsibilities:  A Lineman performs highly skilled, journey-level transmission, distribution, and electrical work in the installation, construction, maintenance, and repair of underground and overhead electric transmission, distribution and service lines, transformers, meters, metering equipment, electrical substations, and related equipment.  Other duties include climbing wood poles, ladders, and towers.  This class is responsible for performing related duties as required.

Distinguishing Features:  Work involves moderate physical exertion, heavy lifting, and exposure to inclement weather, as well as the hazardous conditions of working with high-voltage energized lines and equipment.  The Lineman class differs from the Line Foreman class by the latter having supervisory responsibility for crews of linemen, equipment, materials, and recordkeeping duties.  This class usually works under the supervision of a Line Foreman, who reviews work through on-site inspection and the evaluation of completed work projects.  Employees are subject to stand-by, pre-arranged, and call-out duty.  This class is FLSA nonexempt.


Employee Values:  All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the City’s shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications Required.  Graduation from high school or GED.  Completion of an apprenticeship program in the lineman trade.  Some (6 months - 1 year) experience as a journey-level lineman engaged in the installation, maintenance, and repair of power lines, transformers, or related equipment.   

Special Requirements.  Must possess a valid Arizona Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) by hire or promotion date.  Must reside within the City of Mesa Electric Utility call-out area (example:  within an 18-mile radius of the Main Street and Center Street intersection) within one year after hire date.  Must have a valid First Aid card with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification or be able to obtain one by hire date.

Substance Abuse Testing.  This class is subject to Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) drug and alcohol testing as outlined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 382.   

Preferred/Desirable Qualifications.  None.


Communication:  Communicates with customers in solving power problems and satisfying electric utility needs.  Conducts safety and other electric utility-related training.  Completes reports and forms related to assigned projects.  Maintains time reporting records of the crew.

Manual/Physical:  Inspects work to determine and ensure compliance with prescribed operating and safety standards.  Uses the safety procedures and equipment associated with electrical hazards. Establishes and maintains electric line clearances with other utilities.  Installs the following:  highvoltage connectors; transformers and switches in manholes and vaults; securing equipment and cables; and various service lines, power poles, meters, and metering devices.  Operates boom trucks, bucket trucks, etc., requiring a valid Arizona Class A CDL to operate heavy equipment.  Operates power-driven machinery such as hydraulic compression pumps, chain saws, jackhammers, etc.  Operates switches and related equipment.  Uses common hand tools to construct and maintain overhead and underground power lines.  Installs personal protective grounds.  Removes broken or defective conductors.  Assists in constructing and wiring electrical high-voltage substations.  Installs and terminates underground highvoltage cable between manholes and vaults.  Works from elevated heights greater than ten feet (example:  in bucket or platform truck) to install equipment or connectors.  Climbs wood poles, ladders, and towers on a daily basis and/or continuous basis as required or determined by supervisor.  Trims trees from around energized electrical power lines.  Distinguishes colors to identify circuits and color-coded electrical connectors.  Detects natural gas leaks when working on underground cable.  Moves objects (switches, connectors, etc.) weighing up to 100 pounds, using a cart or other aid to assist with the lifting.  Sets up traffic barricades and cones when working near moving traffic.  Cleans work area and equipment.  Works in a variety of weather conditions; in small, cramped spaces; and on and near high-voltage energized lines and equipment.  Uses a personal computer (PC) and laptop PC for reports, basic Geographic Information System (GIS) access to maps and data, email, routine office applications for personnel reviews, and other purposes.  Meets scheduling and attendance requirements. 

Mental:  Reads and interprets construction plans and schematics related to the installation of electrical power distribution lines.  Prioritizes own work assignments.  Comprehends and makes inferences from written material.  Analyzes voltage recordings, charts, and electric trouble reports to make recommendations on replacing or upgrading transformers, services, or related equipment.  Determines the equipment, tools, materials, and manpower needed to complete assigned projects.  Learns job-related material through on-the-job training and in classroom settings.


Knowledge of: the methods, materials, and equipment used in the lineman trade; electrical theory and practices; Arizona Blue Stake Law; and must understand and be thoroughly knowledgeable of all Safety Rules of the trade including American Public Power Association (APPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1910.269, and applicable Arizona State Safety Rules.

Skills in: pole top, bucket, and vault rescue; the use of the tools and equipment commonly used in the lineman trade; and PC operations, and basic GIS and office applications software.

Ability to: use the safety procedures and equipment associated with working on high-voltage electrical lines and equipment;  assume the duties of the Line Foreman as required; perform the physical requirements of the position; understand and follow verbal and written instructions; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, coworkers, other City employees, and the general public. The duties listed above are intended only as general illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  Specific statements of duties not included do not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.  Job descriptions are subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change. 


Applications would be sent:




February 5, 2024











Monday – Friday

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Journeyman Wage:



See attached job description













Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.



Under general supervision, performs skilled duties related to the installation and maintenance of electrical power lines and equipment of all voltages for the Electric Division of Ketchikan Public Utilities system.


The line crews are responsible for the distribution and transmission of electric power from the generating stations to the customer. The Journeyman Lineman must perform his/her duties in a manner that reflects positively on the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Public Utilities.



The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Digs, sets and frames transmission and distribution poles; may be required to make hot sets into voltages up to 115,000 volts; installs transformers and builds transformer


  1. Strings primary conductors through energized circuits of voltages up to 115,000 volts in overhead and underground construction, operation and maintenance on distribution and transmission


  1. Transfers conductors, devices, and apparatus of voltages up to 115,000


  1. Operates equipment normally associated in the construction and maintenance of transmission and distribution lines, including but not limited to boom trucks, bucket trucks, and backhoes; performs maintenance on transformers and switchgear devices in


  1. Climbs utility poles and steel


  1. Installs and maintains 3-phase


  1. Installs and maintains both primary and secondary underground


  1. Installs proper grounds while working on de-energized transmission and distribution


  1. Climbs and performs work on wood poles by use of climbing hooks and belts; climbs and performs work on steel, aluminum, and other types of transmission and distribution


  1. Performs related duties as



The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.


Knowledge of:


Operations, services and activities of an electric utility construction, maintenance, and repair program.

Modern standards, methods and procedures involved in the maintenance, construction, and repair of electric distribution systems.

Method and techniques of overhead and underground power line construction and maintenance.

Basic electric distribution design practices and concepts as they relate to line construction and maintenance.

Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions.

Operational characteristics of a variety of maintenance and repair tools and equipment used in electric distribution systems.

Basic electrical meter theory, practices and devices.

Typical control systems and wiring utilized in electrical substation equipment.

Basic methods and techniques of calibrating a variety of electrical and electronic equipment. Operational characteristics of diagnostic equipment tools and devices.

The operation of transmission and distribution substations and all associated devices. Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Perform journey level electric distribution system construction, maintenance and repair duties. Climb poles and work with energized high tension lines.

Install, repair, and maintain a variety of overhead and underground distribution/transmission lines and associated facilities.

Perform accurate load check and calculate proper distribution circuit fusing from the results of load checks.

Perform phasing and paralleling of both primary transmission and secondary circuits. Perform heavy manual labor.

Install, maintain and repair electric equipment.

Utilize a variety of specialized tools and equipment in a safe manner. Read, interpret and understand electric drawings and maps.

Identify energized and de-energized conductors.

Adhere to established safety rules, regulations and guidelines. Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade and successful completion of an indentured apprenticeship program.


Two years of increasingly responsible electric utility maintenance experience.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid Commercial Drivers License.

Possession of a State of Alaska Journeyman Lineman Certificate of Fitness. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Forklift Operator certification.



The conditions herein 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 job functions.

Environment: Work is performed in a field environment; travel from site to site; work underground or on overhead power lines, on slippery surfaces; exposure to high voltage power lines, construction equipment, inclement weather conditions, noise, dust, and gases; subject to callout at irregular hours.


Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to perform moderate or heavy lifting; to walk, stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to climb power poles; and to operate motorized equipment and vehicles.


Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.


Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.