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.