- What's a Journeyman Lineman?
- The Apprenticeship Process
- Direct Interview/Direct Entry
- Self Assessment
- Career at a Glance
- Wages by Local
- Benefit Summary
- Career Comparison
for Apprentice/Students, Instructors, Subcommittee and Board Members
The Apprenticeship Process
Follow a step-by-step review of the steps needed to successfully apply for and complete the training for a rewarding career as a journeyman lineman.
Determine if being a lineman is right for you
Complete the Application Process
* If under 21, the license must be for the state in which you are applying.
Scoring your Interview and the Ranking List
Getting The Call
When a new apprentice is needed, and if your name is at the top of the list, you'll receive a call and be told when to report for a pre-apprenticeship orientation class. In some cases, you may need to respond to this call in a short amount of time.
This intensive pre-apprenticeship orientation at the training center in Iowa covers many of the basics (drug testing, rules and regulations, first aid, CPR, etc.). You'll also receive training in the skill that linemen are most recognized for — climbing poles. After you complete the orientation class, you are officially an apprentice lineman. Congratulations.
Field Training and Classroom Instruction
Completing the training and instruction and becoming a journeyman lineman requires that you work full time for nearly four years as an apprentice (7,000 hours). During this time, you'll advance through seven (7) steps of the program. Your pay rate will increase with each additional step, coming closer and closer to that of the journeymen linemen you're working and training with.
In order to learn all aspects of the trade, most apprentices get to work for more than one contractor during their time in the program.
After you've completed your training and class work, you'll graduate with your journeyman lineman's certification and can begin working anywhere in the world.