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Journeyman Electric Lineman

City of Fairburn

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The Journeyman Electric Lineman is responsible for installing, maintaining, repairing, and servicing the electrical system and distribution power lines for the City of Fairburn. Reports to the Electric Superintendent.

SCHEDULE: Normal operation hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, with varied nights, weekends, and on-call duty, as required.



  • Climbs power poles, splicing and making repairs to energized lines.
  • Prepares, reads and/or interprets construction prints and work requests, as required.
  • Serves as a crew leader, completing necessary paperwork and material-forms, etc.
  • Installs, removes or repairs the following equipment on energized or de-energized lines in all types of weather conditions:  anchors, cross-arms, insulators, brackets, capacitors, regulators, poles, switches, lightning arrestors, grounds, transformers (overhead and underground primary, secondary and services) URD switchgear, LBC cabinets, manholes, splices boxes and fuses.
  • Switches, tags, tests and grounds overhead and underground electrical systems.
  • Writes switching orders; performs and directs sub-station and field switching operations.
  • Runs new service lines from pole or transformer to consumer's premises.
  • Reconstructs existing lines and related fittings.
  • Phases out and cuts in new circuits; pulls slack out of primary and secondary wires; tests poles, lines and other facilities.
  • Trims trees to clear wires.
  • Installs, maintains and repairs electrical underground distribution equipment, such as conduit duct systems, boxes, vaults, switches, capacitors, transformers, streetlights, and concrete foundations.
  • Installs electrical cable in ducts or directs burial; installs cable risers; splices and terminates non-leaded high voltage cables.
  • After training, may be required to perform maintenance of sub-station equipment and assist Utility Electricians with wiring of substations.
  • Drives trucks and operates associated equipment as assigned; assists in the instruction and training of other new crew members in techniques of the trade.
  • Responds to emergencies and scheduled overtime.
  • Assists in the training of employees, as required.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Education and Experience:

High school diploma or GED and completion of a recognized three-year apprenticeship program supplemented by six (6) years of related journeyman lineman electrical linework experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Licenses or Certifications:

Possess and maintain a valid Georgia class A (CDL) license. Must possess or obtain (within 6 months) certification as an Integrated Transmission System Operator through MEAG Power. 


Special Requirements:

  • Requires an acceptable general background check to include a local and state criminal history check and an acceptable driving record. This position is deemed safety-sensitive and is subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing.


  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

    • Knowledge of approved methods, tools, equipment, and materials used in electrical installation and repair work and in the construction and maintenance of electrical distribution and transmission lines.
    • Knowledge of electrical construction, maintenance and repair practices and procedures.
    • Knowledge of occupational hazards in performing line crew operations and maintenance work, as well as applicable electrical and safety codes.
    • Knowledge of pertinent first-aid principles and techniques, including resuscitation methods.
    • Knowledge of City and Department Policies and Procedures.
    • Skill in use of operating hand and power tools, vehicles, and related light & medium duty equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
    • Ability to perform electrical installation and repair work and to construct and maintain electric distribution and transmission lines.
    • Ability to think and act quickly and appropriately in emergencies.
    • Ability to work from electrical plans and detailed drawings.
    • Ability to operate handheld unit for work orders.
    • Ability to organize, coordinate, and complete duties to meet scheduled deadlines.
    • Ability to understand and follow complex verbal and written instructions.
    • Ability to exercise sound and effective judgment within established guidelines.
    • Ability to perform routine mathematical calculations.
    • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tact, and excellent customer service while interacting with others.
    • Ability to work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals.
    • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including co-workers, customers, vendors and the general public.
    • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in person, and on the telephone.



The work is moderate work which requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force. Work requires regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Tasks require the ability to communicate orally. 


Work is performed in an outdoor environment. Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, disease, or pathogenic substances. May be required to work outside regularly scheduled hours and be available for emergency and/or pre-arranged work when called upon.


The City of Fairburn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss accommodations with the employer. 

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