Electrical Linesworker

Electrical linesworkers install, maintain and repair overhead lines and cables for domestic, industrial and commercial electricity users and electric train services.

Personal requirements of an electrical linesworker may include:

  • Enjoy outdoor work
  • Being able to work at heights
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Being a good team worker
  • Enjoy working with hands

Electrical linesworkers may complete the following tasks:

  • To patrol electrical lines and inspect poles and towers
  • Installing power poles, tower and guy wires, install earth stakes, using power tools and other equipment
  • Install and maintain conductors, cross arms, insulators, street lights, transformers, customer supply points etc.
  • Cover live wire with insulting materials
  • Emergency repair such as isolating live wires
  • To monitor safe working conditions, and practise resuscitation, rescue and first aid procedures.

These jobs usually require some work experience to find out what the job is about followed by an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship is undertaken to complete a Certificate III. In addition, entry requirements may vary and generally require at least Year 10, however some employers prefer Year 12. Training is usually both on and off the job.

On completion of your apprenticeship, you are a qualified trader and will need to apply for a licence to perform electrical work.

Electrical linesworkers are mainly employed by major electricity suppliers or contracting companies working within the electricity supply industry. Some may be employed by local government authorities or with public transport authorities.