A lineworker is a tradesman who constructs and maintains electric power transmission, telecommunications lines and distribution lines. A lineworker generally does outdoor installation and maintenance jobs.
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Tools of the Trade
Block and Tackle
What Linemans Love About Their Trade
New challenges every day.
Using big cool tools.
It's a great lifestyle.
Not Customer Facing
Variety of Tools
Not Hard on Body
Are able to work up within their small teams.
One of the highest demand trades. Recession proof demand.
This trade does not easily transition into others.
If you are afraid of heights (like even a little) or afraid of electricity, this trade is not for you. But if you aren't bothered by those two things than I would say this is one of the best possible careers for someone who wants to work outside, work with their hands, and make great great money. The hours are long, but if you love it you love it. This trade is also a brotherhood for sure. Your crew becomes your second family. If you're lineman material, it's a great career and can support a family in a great way.
If you're one of us, you're one of us. High climbs, high voltage, high pay. A lot of long hours, but you are with your brothers.
This is badass work, and it's for badasses. You need to be comfortable working with electricity under pressure and up high. There's a lot of call and overtime work, but the money is insane.
Make sure you're a fit, but if you are you will not regret this.
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