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ELECTRICAL LINEMAN

The work of this craft is chiefly concerned with the erection of poles and towers, the stringing of overhead lines, the installation of underground systems, the installation of underground systems, the installation and connection of sub-stations and all types of maintenance and modification of the above.

Practically all of the line work is performed out of does and linemen are exposed to all types of weather conditions and heights ranging from 40 feet to several hundred feet off of the ground. Linemen must be physically capable of climbing up and down metal towers, wood poles, and other structures. They must handle heavy equipment and other materials while suspended from towers by using safety belt, and from wood poles while standing on climbers and suspended by safety belt. This occupation requires a high degree of physical strength and endurance. 

Due to the nature of the work, construction linemen are expected to travel and live away from home for a portion of the time.