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Electrical Linesperson

Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred Year 12 Preferred

Also known as Lineworker and Electrical Powerline Tradesperson. Electrical linespersons install, repair and maintain overhead lines and cables carrying electricity to domestic, commercial and industrial users and electric train services.

As electrical linespeople work with high and low voltages at considerable heights, they are given extensive training in safety procedures.

They may be called out during emergencies at any time of the day or night and in all weather conditions.


    Electrical linespeople may perform the following tasks:

  • patrol electrical lines and inspect poles and towers
  • install earth stakes, power poles, towers and guy wires using power tools and other equipment
  • install and maintain aerial equipment such as conductors, cross arms, insulators, street lights, customer supply points, transformers, pole-mounted circuit breakers and switches
  • trim tree branches clear of power lines using machinery
  • cover live wire with insulating materials
  • adjust the tension of cables and join overhead conductors using compression and wrap-on fittings
  • perform emergency repairs such as isolating live wires
  • ensure that conductors are correctly connected between the mains and customers' premises when performing installations or repairs
  • monitor safe working conditions, and practise resuscitation, rescue and first aid procedures


  • enjoy outdoor work
  • enjoy practical work
  • willing and able to work at heights
  • safety-conscious
  • normal colour vision
  • good with hands
  • able to work well as part of a team

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Outdoor


Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred Year 12 Preferred

To become an electrical linesperson you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Overhead or ESI - Power Systems - Transmission Overhead.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10, and many prefer Year 12.

Additional Information

    After completing your apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an electrical licence in order to carry out unsupervised work. For more information, contact NSW Fair Trading or the ACT Planning Authority.


Most electrical linespeople are employed by major electricity suppliers and contracting companies working within the electricity supply industry. There are also opportunities for employment with local government authorities that have their own electricity supplies and with public transport authorities.

Most electrical linespeople work in capital cities and in large industrial centres. In country towns, there is usually a resident electrical linesperson. Electrical linespeople working for the railways or electricity authorities may be required to work away from home.

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