Electrical Powerline Tradesperson

Electrical powerline tradespersons prepare, install, maintain and patrol electrical sub-transmissions and distribution systems.

Personal requirements of an electrical powerline tradesperson may include:

  • Working at heights
  • Ability to work as part of a team or individually
  • Being able to perform physically demanding tasks
  • Being able to perform mathematical equations to a fairly high standard

Electrical powerline tradespersons may complete the following tasks:

  • Install earth stakes, poles and guy wires
  • Check safety of operating conditions for working on electrical equipment and distribution systems of all voltages
  • Install or service aerial equipment such as cross arms, insulators, transformers, street lights and customer supply points
  • Perform emergency repairs and de-energising of conductors
  • Install underground cables and equipment
  • Install and maintain equipment associated with electrical supply such as transformers
  • Maintain poles and associated hardware, and continuity of electrical supply and street lighting
  • Routine maintenance on the aerial and underground electricity supply network
  • Use heavy plant equipment such as elevated work platforms and portable equipment such as hydraulic drills
  • Substation installation and maintenance, and specialised testing and revenue meter installation

Jobs in this occupation usually require completion of an apprenticeship in ESI-distribution at Certificate III level.

After completing an apprenticeship (usually four years) an apprentice will obtain a Certificate III in ESI-distribution at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and become a qualified trader.

 A qualified electrical powerline tradesperson may work for a large or small company in the electricity supply industry or go on to further education to complete courses from Certificate IV to bachelor level.