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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Construction electrical lineworkers erect electric transmission and distribution lines for residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers. They assemble and erect steel towers, frame and erect wood poles, install hardware insulators, conductors, and secondary and primary cable, set poles, trim trees, and replace transformers and string conductors. Work is done under and above ground.
Working Conditions
Lineworkers work outdoors in all types of weather and may travel from job site to job site. Workers must be agile and able to perform strenuous work under adverse conditions. Workers climb and work on poles or structures near conductors energized at high voltage and on high voltage electrical transmission lines. Lineworkers may be required to work extended hours during weather emergencies to restore damaged electric power lines.
Beginning apprentices start at 60 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required related class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase periodically, usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is reached.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship lasts three to four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 hours per year of related classroom training and a total of 7,000 hours on-the-job training.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent with the completion of at least one full year of high school algebra or an equivalent post-high school course with a passing grade of "C" or better. Qualifications may vary for veterans with appropriate military training and experience and applicants who have previous trade experience.
Apprenticeship Committees
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