CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers. Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas.
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.
Place insulating or fireproofing materials over conductors and joints.
Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.
Identify defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments.
Drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.
Coordinate work assignment preparation and completion with other workers.
Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment to locate and identify problems, using reading and testing instruments.
String wire conductors and cables between poles, towers, trenches, pylons, and buildings, setting lines in place and using winches to adjust tension.
Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections.
Replace or straighten damaged poles.
Install watt-hour meters and connect service drops between power lines and consumers' facilities.
Attach cross-arms, insulators, and auxiliary equipment to poles prior to installing them.
Travel in trucks, helicopters, and airplanes to inspect lines for freedom from obstruction and adequacy of insulation.
Dig holes, using augers, and set poles, using cranes and power equipment.
Trim trees that could be hazardous to the functioning of cables or wires.
Splice or solder cables together or to overhead transmission lines, customer service lines, or street light lines, using hand tools, epoxies, or specialized equipment.
Cut and peel lead sheathing and insulation from defective or newly installed cables and conduits prior to splicing.
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Email software Electronic mail software
Inventory management software Inventory management software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Word processing software Word processing software
Air compressors Air compressors
Air hammers Pneumatic hammer
All terrain vehicles ATV All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
Allen wrenches Hex keys
Ammeters Ammeters
Arc suppression blankets Electrical insulators
Arrow boards Traffic signals
Asbestos gloves Protective gloves
Augers Augers
Awls Awls
Backhoes Backhoes
Bashlin belts Safety harnesses or belts
Bench vises Bench vises
Block and tackle equipment Blocks or pulleys
Boats Recreational motorboats
Bolt cutters Bolt cutters
Braces and bits Form tools or toolbits
Breathing protection equipment Mask or respirators filters or accessories
Buck saws Saws
Bucket trucks Articulating boom lift
Cable benders Conduit benders
Cable cutters Wire or cable cutters
Cable strippers Stripping tools
Cant hooks Lifting hooks
Capstan hoists Hoists
Chain jacks Jacks
Chain saws Power saws
Clamp-on multimeters Clamp On Multimeter
Climbing hooks Grab hooks
Climbing spikes Safety shoes
Comealongs Pullers
Compression tools Lug crimping tool dies
Concrete drills Power drills
Conductive clothing Hazardous material protective apparel
Continuity meters Circuit tester
Crowbars Pry bars
Current leakage meters Voltage or current meters
Digging spades Spades
Digital dynamometers Dynamometers
Digital recording amp meters Voltage or current meters
Digital voltmeters DVM Voltage or current meters
Drill bits Drill bits
Dump trucks Dump trucks
Ear plugs Ear plugs
Elbow pullers Pullers
Electric drills Power drills
Electric screw guns Power screwguns
Explosive actuated spiking tools Electrical power sensors
Face shields Facial shields
Fall arrest harnesses Safety harnesses or belts
Files Files
Fire blankets Fire blankets
Fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
Fire retardant clothing Fire retardant apparel
Fish tapes Fish tape
Flares Flares
Fuse pullers Fuse pullers
Gas drills Power drills
Gin poles Blocks or pulleys
Ground rod drivers Pneumatic hammer
Ground testers Electrical resistance or conductance sensors
Grounding devices Grounding hardware
Hacksaws Saws
Hammer drills Power drills
Hammers Hammers
Hand benders Conduit benders
Hand lines Lifts
Hand reamers Reamers
Hand saws Saws
Hard hats Hard hats
Hydraulic benders Conduit benders
Hydraulic cutters Wire or cable cutters
Hydraulic drills Power drills
Hydraulic presses Hydraulic press frames
Hydraulic tampers Tampers
Infrared guns Heat tracing equipment
Insulated cable cutters Wire or cable cutters
Insulated gloves Protective gloves
Insulated knives Utility knives
Insulated pliers Linemans pliers
Insulated skinning knives Utility knives
Insulated wrenches Specialty wrenches
Insulator testers Voltage or current meters
Jackhammers Pneumatic hammer
Jumper clamps Cable clamps
Keyhole saws Saws
Knockout punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Ladders Ladders
Laser printers Laser printers
Leather gloves Protective gloves
Levels Levels
Lifelines Lifelines or lifeline equipment
Lifting slings Slings
Light pickup trucks Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
Line tracers Circuit tracers
Load break tools Circuit breakers
Material handling aerial devices Platform lift
Measuring wheels Measuring wheels for distance
Megohmmeters Megohmmeters
Needlenose pliers Needlenose pliers
Non-metallic NM cable locators Detection apparatus for non metallic objects
Nut drivers Nut drivers
Nylon strap wrenches Strap wrenches
Ohmmeters Ohmmeters
Optical power meters Fiber optic test sources
Oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
Overhead hoists Hoists
Peaveys Lifting hooks
Personal computers Personal computers
Phase rotation meters Phasemeters
Picks Picks
Pike poles Extension pole
Pipe wrenches Pipe wrenches
Plumb bobs Plumb bobs
Pneumatic drills Pneumatic drill
Pole belts Safety harnesses or belts
Pole jacks Jacks
Portable generators Gas generators
Potential testing meters Potentiometers
Power benders Conduit benders
Power borers Boring tools
Power chippers Power chippers
Power reel trailers Flatbed trailers
Power washers Pressure or steam cleaners
Punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Radial boom derrick trucks Telescoping boom lift
Ratchet cutters Wire or cable cutters
Reel jacks Cable reels
Robotic arms Pick or place robots
Running grounds Grounding devices or assemblies
Saber saws Power saws
Safety boots Safety boots
Safety goggles Goggles
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Shovels Shovels
Skid steer loaders Skid steer loaders
Sledgehammers Hammers
Slip joint pliers Slip or groove joint pliers
Snowmobiles Snowmobiles or snow scooter
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
Soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
Static discharge sticks Grounding devices or assemblies
Telescoping boom trucks Telescoping boom lift
Tension machines Cable reels
Time domain reflectometers Reflectometers
Torque wrenches Torque wrenches
Toxic gas detectors Gas detectors
Trenchers Trenching machines
Truck-mounted cranes Conventional truck cranes
Two way radios Two way radios
Utility knives Utility knives
Water pumps Water pumps
Welding tools Welding tools
Wheel chocks Wheel chocks
Wheeled bulldozers Wheel bulldozers
Winches Winches
Wire crimpers Wire lug crimping tool
Wire cutters Wire cutters
Wire tongs Tongs
Wire tuggers Winches
Wood chisels Wood chisels
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aerial Lineman
Cable Inspector
Cable Installer Repairer
Cable Installer-Repairer
Cable Layer
Cable Splicer
Cable Splicer Apprentice
Cable Splicer Assistant
Cable Tester
Electric Installer
Electric Power Line Repairer
Electric Powerline Examiner
Electric Serviceman
Electric Utility Lineworker
Electrical High Tension Tester
Electrical Line Worker
Electrical Lineman
Electrical Lineworker
Emergency Man
Emergency Service Restorer
Emergency Worker
Ground Crew Lines Person
Ground Crew Linesman
High Tension Tester
Hot Stick Man
Hot Stick Worker
Journeyman Lineman
Line Builder
Line Crewman
Line Erector
Line Erector Apprentice
Line Foreman
Line Inspector
Line Installer
Line Maintainer
Line Mechanic
Line Patrolman
Line Repairer
Lineman Apprentice
Overhead Line Worker
Pole Climber
Power Line Installer
Power Line Lineman
Power Lineman
Power Lineworker
Radio Interference Trouble Shooter
Relay Man
Relay Worker
Service Crew Leader
Service Man
Street Railway Line Installer
Third-Rail Installer
Tower Erector
Trolley Wire Installer
Trouble Lineman
Trouble Shooter
Underground Conduit Installer
Underground Electrician
Utility Lineman
Utility Locator
Wire Chief
Wire Stretcher
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Power Plant
Benchmark Title: Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
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