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Reviewed Date: January 13, 2017

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Sep 27, 2002

Electric power
Electric systems


Job description for the position of Lineworker.




Employees in this position are under general supervision of the Line Supervisor. Work is performed in the construction, operation, and maintenance of overhead and underground electric - distribution system or performs related work as required.


Performs all types of work on energized and de-energized lines and equipment.
Climbs poles, towers, or works on underground lines; and works from aerial equipment.
Installs cross arms, pins, insulators, tracks, transformers, outdoor lighting, and related hardware and equipment.
Strings, sags, connects, and otherwise installs conductors.
Installs service drops and forms for metering equipment.
May set, straighten, or stub poles.
Secures new wires to cross arm insulators or splices wire to adjoining sections of the line to complete circuit.
Installs pole hardware and such auxiliary equipment as transformers, lightening arresters, switches, fuses, and insulators.
Services street light system.
Installs rental lighting equipment.
Operates light and heavy equipment when necessary.


Trims trees as required. Loads and unloads materials from truck. May be required to maintain substations.


Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the work.
Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions involved in the work.
Knowledge of current first aid practices.
Knowledge of basic electricity.
Ability to carry out oral and written instructions safely and efficiently.
Ability to perform heavy manual labor under all conditions.
Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the public and other employees.
Ability to climb ladders and work from aerial equipment with relatively little fear of the height.
Ability to work exposed to the adverse elements of weather in the performance of job related duties.

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:

Graduation from a standard high school or GED equivalent;
Five years experience as an apprentice line worker.
Tennessee Commercial Drivers License;
Applicants must be in such physical condition as not to impair their performance of the required duties of the class and may be required to take a physical examination given by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State and designated by the City.

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