Installs or repairs cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway.
A person in this career:
- Adheres to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas.
- Tests conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections.
- Opens switches or attaches grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs.
- Climbs poles or uses truck-mounted buckets to access equipment.
- Drives vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.
- Identifies defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments.
- Installs, maintains, and repairs electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.
- Digs holes, using augers, and sets poles, using cranes and power equipment.
- Places insulating or fireproofing materials over conductors and joints.
- Installs watt-hour meters and connects service drops between power lines and consumers' facilities.