Journeyman Electric Lineman

  • City of Fairburn
  • Fairburn, GA
  • Feb 01, 2022
Full time Electrical Installation-Maint-Repair

Job Description


The Journey Electric Lineman is a non-exempt, hourly position responsible for installing, maintaining, and servicing the electrical system for the citizens and customers of the City of Fairburn. 

Incumbents in this classification must maintain professionalism and courtesy when exposed to stressful situations; may be required to work outside their regularly scheduled hours; and be available for emergency and/or pre-arranged work whenever called upon.

SCHEDULE:  Normal operation hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, with varied nights, weekends,  and on-call duty, as required.


Job Responsibilities/Duties

Each position in this classification may not include all the duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties that may be performed.

Under general supervision:

  • Climbs power poles, splicing and making repairs to energized lines.
  • Prepares, reads and/or interprets construction prints and work requests, as required.
  • Serves as a crew leader, completing necessary paperwork and material-forms, etc.
  • Installs, removes or repairs the following equipment on energized or de-energized lines in all types of weather conditions:  anchors, cross-arms, insulators, brackets, capacitors, regulators, poles, switches, lightning arrestors, grounds, transformers (overhead and underground primary, secondary and services) URD switchgear, LBC cabinets, manholes, splices boxes and fuses.
  • Switches, tags, tests and grounds overhead and underground electrical systems.
  • Writes switching orders; performs and directs sub-station and field switching operations.
  • Runs new service lines from pole or transformer to consumer's premises.
  • Reconstructs existing lines and related fittings.
  • Phases out and cuts in new circuits; pulls slack out of primary and secondary wires; tests poles, lines and other facilities.
  • Trims trees to clear wires.
  • Installs, maintains and repairs electrical underground distribution equipment, such as conduit duct systems, boxes,  vaults, switches, capacitors, transformers, streetlights, and concrete foundations.
  • Installs electrical cable in ducts or directs burial; installs cable risers; splices and terminates non-leaded high voltage cables.
  • After training, may be required to perform maintenance of sub-station equipment and assist Utility Electricians with wiring of substations.
  • Drives trucks and operates associated equipment as assigned; assists in the instruction and training of other new crew members in techniques of the trade.
  • Responds to emergency and scheduled overtime.
  • Assists in the training of employees, as required.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Five (5) years of electric utility experience, and
  • Completion of a recognized three-year apprenticeship program as a Certified Lineman/Linewoman, required.
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Georgia class B (CDL) license.


  • Must possess or obtain (within 6 months) certification as an Integrated Transmission System Operator through MEAG Power.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of methods, tools, equipment, and materials used in electrical installation and repair work and in the construction and maintenance of electrical distribution and transmission lines.
  • Knowledge of safety practices and regulations applying to low and high voltage electrical wires.
  • Knowledge of pertinent first-aid principles and techniques, including resuscitation methods.
  • Ability to perform electrical installation and repair work and to construct and maintain electric distribution and transmission lines.
  • Ability to work from electrical plans and detailed drawings.
  • Ability to operate handheld unit for work orders.
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and complete duties to meet scheduled deadlines.
  • Ability to learn to operate personal computer hardware and software associated with UPC locate activities.
  • Ability to effectively to supervise and train others.
  • Ability to think and act appropriately and quickly in emergencies.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to exercise sound and effective judgment within established guidelines.
  • Ability to perform routine mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tact, and excellent customer service while interacting with others.
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including co-workers, customers, vendors and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in person, and on the telephone.


Guidelines: Guidelines include, state, federal, and local laws and regulations, City policies, standard operating procedures, and electrical construction guidelines and best practices.  These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.


Complexity:  The work consists of varied electric system construction, repair and maintenance duties, inclement weather, and hazardous work conditions contribute to the complexity of the position.


Scope and Effect:  The purpose of this position is to participate in the construction, repair and maintenance of the City of Fairburn’s electric system. 


Personal Contacts:  Contacts are typically with coworkers, other city employees, vendors, contractors, representatives of other public utilities, and members of the general public.


Purpose of Contacts:  Contacts are typically to provide services, to give or exchange information, or to resolve problems.


Supervisory Controls

Supervisory Controls:  The Journeyman Electric Lineman works under the supervision of the Electric Superintendent.


Supervisory and Management Responsibility:  This position may have functional supervision over other personnel, as assigned.


Working Conditions

Physical Demands:  The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, walking, bending, crouching or stooping.  The incumbent occasionally lifts and carries objects weighing up to 50 pounds and uses tools and equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity.

Work Environment:  The work is typically performed outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather.  Some work is performed on utility poles, in elevated buckets, and in the presence of  electrified lines.  Work requires the use of protective devices, such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.


Wire and Cable Install-Maintain-Repair



$28.75 - $33.00 DOQ

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