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Career Area: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Program Number: 50-413-6
Credit Program
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Work as an Electrical Lineman is extremely physical and requires significant time outdoors with exposure to the elements. It is also a challenging but very rewarding career with great opportunity for growth.

Electrical Line Worker Careers

Recent Wisconsin job postings for this apprenticeship:

Electric Line Worker

Average Median Wage



Electric line workers install and repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. They erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers. They locate line trouble, climb poles, use hot line tools, and operate and maintain substations.

Details and Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation
  • Commercial driver's license (CDL) with an "A" endorsement or the ability to get the CDL
  • Most employers test applicants for basic verbal, arithmetic and abstract reasoning skills
  • Some employers test for physical ability, such as: balance, coordination, strength and mechanical aptitude
  • Applicants apply directly to the electric utility

Apprenticeship Information

  • 4-year training program
  • 7,360 hours on-the-job training
  • 640 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required
  • Classroom instruction is offered in weekly blocks staggered throughout the year

Wisconsin Technical College Electrical Line Worker Programs

Electrical Line Worker
Chippewa Valley Electric Line Worker at Chippewa Valley