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"Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

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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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer"

1) Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas.

2) Attach crossarms, insulators, and auxiliary equipment to poles prior to installing them.


3) Clean, tin, and splice corresponding conductors by twisting ends together or by joining ends with metal clamps and soldering connections.

4) Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to access equipment.

5) Cut and peel lead sheathing and insulation from defective or newly installed cables and conduits prior to splicing.


6) Identify defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments.

7) Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment to locate and identify problems, using reading and testing instruments.

8) Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.

9) Lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduit running through the trenches.

10) Open switches or attach grounding devices in order to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs.

11) Place insulating or fireproofing materials over conductors and joints.

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12) Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.

13) Replace damaged poles with new poles, and straighten the poles.

14) Splice or solder cables together or to overhead transmission lines, customer service lines, or street light lines, using hand tools, epoxies, or specialized equipment.


15) String wire conductors and cables between poles, towers, trenches, pylons, and buildings, setting lines in place and using winches to adjust tension.

16) Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections.

17) Coordinate work assignment preparation and completion with other workers.

18) Cut trenches for laying underground cables, using trenchers and cable plows.

19) Dig holes using augers, and set poles, using cranes and power equipment.

20) Drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.

21) Install watt-hour meters and connect service drops between power lines and consumers' facilities.

22) Travel in trucks, helicopters, and airplanes to inspect lines for freedom from obstruction and adequacy of insulation.

23) Trim trees that could be hazardous to the functioning of cables or wires.

Job Description for "Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer" continued here...

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

"Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  R-C-I        SOC:  49-9051.00


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