Line Installers install and repair cables, wires and other equipment you typically see on electrical poles and transmission towers. As a line installer, you will:
Average salary*: $36,450
Education: High School Diploma
Testing: Pre-employment testing is typically required. Many companies require a passing score on the industry exams before being considered for employment. Topics focus on spatial ability, math concepts, mechanical reasoning and reading comprehension.
Special certificates/licenses: Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Enroll in a three to five year apprenticeship program, depending on individual company policy.
Things you’ll do: Must work as part of team - cannot perform line work alone.
Average salary*: $65,930
Education: Apprenticeship training
Required years of experience: Three to five, depending on length of apprentice program. Journeyman is the title one receives once an apprenticeship is complete. You can move into various specialties such as Underground Cable Splicer or Overhead Line Installer; each has their own apprenticeship programs.
Testing: No additional testing is required, however, one typically is evaluated on the performance of key skills.
Things you’ll do: Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, one is considered an expert at line work and can perform tasks independently.
Average salary*: $83,332
Education: While companies may provide some training in supervisory and leadership skills, an Associate’s degree may be beneficial.
Required years of experience: Eight to ten years
Things you’ll do: Crew leaders not only do the work, but they are in charge of supervising others.
Things they need to do include:
Annual Salary Range*: $36k-83k
High School to Associate’s Degree
If you like: working outdoors, troubleshooting, helping the community