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Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas.
    • Drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.
    • Open switches or attach grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs.
    • Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to access equipment.
    • Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.
    • Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment to locate and identify problems, using reading and testing instruments.
    • Coordinate work assignment preparation and completion with other workers.
    • Replace or straighten damaged poles.
    • String wire conductors and cables between poles, towers, trenches, pylons, and buildings, setting lines in place and using winches to adjust tension.
    • Attach cross-arms, insulators, and auxiliary equipment to poles prior to installing them.
    • Dig holes, using augers, and set poles, using cranes and power equipment.
    • Travel in trucks, helicopters, and airplanes to inspect lines for freedom from obstruction and adequacy of insulation.
    • Identify defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments.
    • Install watt-hour meters and connect service drops between power lines and consumers' facilities.
    • Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections.
    • Splice or solder cables together or to overhead transmission lines, customer service lines, or street light lines, using hand tools, epoxies, or specialized equipment.
    • Place insulating or fireproofing materials over conductors and joints.
    • Trim trees that could be hazardous to the functioning of cables or wires.
    • Clean, tin, and splice corresponding conductors by twisting ends together or by joining ends with metal clamps and soldering connections.
    • Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.
    • Lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduit running through the trenches.
    • Cut trenches for laying underground cables, using trenchers and cable plows.
    • Cut and peel lead sheathing and insulation from defective or newly installed cables and conduits prior to splicing.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 75350/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 36.23/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,080
    • Yearly Projected Openings 280

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Voltage or current meters
    • Power saws
    • Power drills
    • Pneumatic hammer
    • Conduit benders

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

    Tags

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    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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