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If you hate the outdoors, prefer monotonous tasks, despise your community, like to work alone and enjoy working for minimum wage, this isn’t the job for you.
Electric lineworkers are hard to find. It is an incredibly challenging and sometimes dangerous job not everyone is cut out for, but it can be incredibly rewarding.
“There’s a real sense of pride with being a lineman,” says Jeb Knox, Benton REA line superintendent. “Whether they are upgrading a mile or two of line for new growth or putting wire back in the air and getting the lights back on after storm damage, the guys work together as a crew in challenging conditions and at the end of the day—whenever that may be—there’s a real sense of accomplishment and job satisfaction.”
The career path for an electric lineworker is diverse. Someone can start as a groundman and end their career as operations manager, or many roles in between.
No matter your age, anyone who is physically capable can become a lineworker. But, just the opposite of electricity, the path to a career as a lineworker starts from the ground and goes up.
Unlike electricity, the path to a career as a lineworker starts on the ground.
Education: High school diploma or GED and must carry a commercial drivers license.
Education: Attend an apprentice lineworker school
Education: Graduate from an apprentice lineworker school and pass the IBEW journeyman’s test.
Education: Dual classified as an Electrical Journeyman. Must complete an additional 48 months of meter apprenticeship.
Education: Journeyman certification.
Education: On-the-job leadership training.
Education: On-the-job management and leadership training.
Enjoy working outdoors, a new challenge everyday, serving the community, teamwork, regular safety and career training, paid apprenticeship education, three-day weekends, paid holidays, competitive wages, excellent benefits, overtime and opportunities for career advancement.
Current Benton REA job openings are posted at BentonREA.org/employment.