Electric Distribution Journeyman Lineman - Maintenance (IBEW) Various Locations

Cupertino, California
07 Jul 2016
01 Mar 2017
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, with20,000 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 pursuesand 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 Distributionensure 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, assetmanagement, 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 distributionwood 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 forrestoring 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 afederal 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 Maintenance Crew is tasked with the Maintenance and/or restoration of high voltage and electricalfacilities within PG&E's system. They are our primary crews used for emergency restoration and are the first for call-outs.

All Journeyman Lineman classifications are represented by IBEW Local 1245.


*Completion of a federal or state sanctioned line worker apprenticeship with approved supporting documentation (e.g. IBEW Journeyman Lineman A Ticket) and/or union or union-affiliated sponsored line worker apprenticeship
* Valid Class A California driver'slicense or the ability to obtain one by day one of employment
* 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 andcarry 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; throughoutthe
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 theJourneyman Lineman Knowledge Assessment (JLKA) prior to
* Successful completion of Journeyman Assessment for Line-worker Progression (Physical
Assessment) prior interviewing
* Must pass the following pre-employmentrequirements:
-Drug Screen
-Background Check
-Post Offer Physical (POPA)


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


Lineman will report to their assigned work location on a daily basis (Maintenance). Reviews job work requirements and provides input regarding work for theday. 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 electricpower 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 anddetermines 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′ onpoles 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, metersand 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 andunload 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 orpassenger 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 reliefin 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.