Electrical Linesworker 

As an electrical linesworker, you install, maintain, repair and patrol electrical equipment associated with electrical supply. 

A related role is a technical cable jointer, which involves joining insulated electric power cables in underground conduits and trenches, and preparing cable terminations for connection to overhead lines and electrical equipment. 




  • Outdoor work 
  • Salary
  • Physical work 

A typical day may involve:

  • installing conductors and aerial equipment, and underground cables and equipment
  • installing and maintaining equipment associated with electrical supply such as transformers
  • attending electrical breakdowns and emergencies
  • maintaining poles and associated hardware, and continuity of electrical supply and street lighting
  • routine maintenance on the aerial and underground electricity supply network
  • conducting low voltage switching operations
  • fitting pole hardware and cross arms

It helps to be good at:

  • Physical tasks 
  • Using tools 
  • Working at heights 
  • Communicating clearly 
  • Solving problems

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III ESI – Power Systems – Distribution Overhead
  • Cert III Power Systems – Transmission Overhead
  • Cert III ESI – Power Systems – Distribution Cable Jointing
  • Apprenticeship 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Infrastructure services  

Related Roles 

  • Electrician

  • Cabler

  • Electrical engineering technician 


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