Electric Distribution Journeyman Lineman – General Construction (IBEW), Various

Madera, California
07 Jul 2016
22 Nov 2016
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Department Overview

The men and women of Electric Transmission and Distribution ensure the delivery of safe and reliable electric service to our customers. Electric T&D is responsible for every aspect of PG&E's electric distribution and transmission operations, including planning, engineering, maintenance and construction, asset management, business planning, restoration and emergency response.

Position Summary

We are hiring Distribution Journeyman Lineman to work throughout our service territory that will be responsible for replacing and/or repairing electric distribution wood poles and associated components. Current opportunities in our Distribution Department are within Central Valley, Central Coast and Bay Area regions.

Our Journeyman Linemen are responsible for building and maintaining electric power systems and for restoring electric service to commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential customers. They are expected to test, frame and set poles; climb poles, work in confined spaces; splice and terminate cables. Our Lineman will have had successfully completed a federal or state sanctioned apprenticeship (with approved supporting documentation) and/or IBEW sponsored line worker apprenticeship. Work is predominantly outdoors and in all weather conditions. Linemen must be able to drive safely, work extended hours; travel/transfer to new headquarter upon request at any time (General Construction Positions), and wear company provided Personal Protective Equipment.

Our General Construction (GC) Department is comprised of approximately 700 employees, tasked with the Construction and Maintenance of high voltage electrical facilities within PG&E's system. It is a mobile work force that may travel throughout PG&E's service territory to perform its work.

All Journeyman Lineman classifications are represented by IBEW Local 1245.



• Completion of a federal or state sanctioned apprenticeship with approved supporting
documentation and/or IBEW sponsored line worker apprenticeship
• Valid Class A California driver's license or the ability to obtain one by day one of
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• High School diploma, GED or equivalent work experience
• Ability to wear company provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Ability to lift and carry up to 100 pounds
• Ability to work and drive in all types of weather and road conditions
• Capable to work extended hours, nights, weekends and holidays
• Ability to travel and transfer to a new headquarter upon request at any time; throughout the
Entire PG&E service territory (For General Construction positions)
• Internal PG&E Employees: Must have qualified on the Journeyman Lineman Knowledge
Assessment (JLKA) prior to applying
• External must qualify on the Journeyman Lineman Knowledge Assessment (JLKA) prior to
• Successful completion of Journeyman Assessment for Line-worker Progression (Physical
Assessment) prior to interviewing
• Must pass the following pre-employment requirements:
-Drug Screen
-Background Check
-Post Offer Physical (POPA)


• Experienced in rubber gloving and hot stick procedures
• Experience in transmission and distribution work, underground and numerous voltages
• Effective team player with strong communication skills


Travels to various job locations within geographical assigned region (for General Construction). Reviews job work requirements and provides input regarding work for the day. Loads and unloads tools, materials and supplies into and out of vehicles at crew headquarters and job site. Lifts, pulls and carries insulators, cross-arms, equipment, tools, grounds, dampers, and other materials to and from job sites. Loads and unloads tools, materials, and equipment off of hand lines while standing on elevated structures that include: Wood poles and insulated work platforms.

Lineman will climb poles using boot hooks or aerial lift. Tests, frames; sets and/or anchors poles; strings electric power lines and install cross-arms. Performs substation switching; installs and replaces switches, circuit protection equipment, insulators, meters and streetlights. Hangs and energizes transformers. They will take voltage readings. Troubleshoots problems and determines extent of repairs on primary and secondary overhead or underground dead legs. Work will include the use of hand and power tools; digging holes by hand for pole installation; climbing ladders, poles, embankments and towers; working at heights above 35' on poles and in aerial lifts; setting grounds; working with live circuits; and working in trenches, manholes and confined spaces. Sets and installs underground structures, locates, pulls, removes, splices or terminates cables. Installs and replaces equipment, meters and streetlights.

Operates hydraulic equipment including: drills, boom truck, digger, pole tamper, hydraulic jack and bucket truck once certified. Operates lift equipment such as aerial lifts and line truck booms. Operates forklift to load and unload work materials and supplies.

Travels by vehicle, motor boat or off-road utility vehicle (OUV) to access job sites, May drive a Class A vehicle (i.e. bucket truck and line truck) to and from the job site. May drive a company pickup truck or passenger vehicle to job sites and work locations, meetings and training and will may use vehicle to go to vendor locations and pick up or deliver supplies and materials. Conducts daily vehicle inspections.

Journeyman Lineman may provide back-up relief in temporary absence of foreman; direct work to other crewmembers and act as a leader. Must attend all mandated OSHA and company training. Provides on-the-job training, orientation, demonstration and assistance to apprentice linemen.