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Journey Lineworker
City of Alameda, East Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900
Close Date: Jul 23, 2013
Salary: $42.82 - $44.97 Hourly





Under general supervision, a Lineworker performs at journey level in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground electrical transmission and distribution systems and performs other related work as required. 



Climbs power poles, splices and makes repairs to energized lines; constructs and maintains overhead and underground electrical transmission, distribution and street and light systems with voltages up to and including 120 kV, sets poles, installs crossarms and brackets, strings wire and places equipment such as transformers, switches, cut-outs, lightning arrestors and insulators; as a member of a line crew, performs high voltage switching operations, including working with energized high voltage equipment with approved hotline maintenance equipment and rubber gloving; requisitions materials and keeps accurate time and material records; runs new service lines from pole to customer’s premises; installs, maintains and repairs electrical underground distribution equipment such as conduit duct systems, boxes, vaults, switches, capacitors, transformers, street lights, concrete foundations; performs substation construction such as installation of structures, switches, insulators, fuses, foundations and associated equipment; drives and operates specialized vehicular equipment; may work independently or as part of a crew;  and performs related work as required.



Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination where a candidate’s performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates. To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:



Education/Experience & Other Requirements

1.     Graduation from high school or equivalent.

2.     Possession of a National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) Journeyman Lineman apprenticeship completion certificate, or the equivalent, and the ability to work with hot sticks.


3.   Possession of, or ability to obtain within six months of employment, and maintain as a condition of continued employment, a valid Class "A" State of California Driver's License with airbrake and hazardous material tanker endorsements and any future required endorsements; possession of a satisfactory driving record as a condition of continued employment.  Employees in positions requiring a Class “A” license are subject to provisions of the U. S. Department of Transportation's drug and alcohol testing program.



Willingness and/or ability to respond to after-hours emergency calls as required.  Must be able to work confined spaces   Must be able to utilize ladders rated for a safe working load of 250 pounds with tools and clothing; willingness to attend training away from city property as required.


AGENCY SHOP: Employees in this classification, as a condition of employment, must agree to union membership or payment of an in-lieu service fee or equivalent contribution to a designated charity.



KNOWLEDGE OF the principles and practices of journey level work in electrical transmission and distribution systems; materials, tools and methods used in electrical construction, installation and maintenance; State of California General Orders 95 and 128, Electrical Safety Orders, electrical tools and equipment and safe work practices and procedures.


ABILITY TO construct and maintain overhead and underground electrical transmission and distribution systems; climb wood poles with approved climbing equipment; work in high places; work with energized high voltage equipment using approved hotline maintenance equipment, such as lineworker rubber gloves, to voltages up to and including 12,000 volts; effectively use hot line tools up to and including 115,000 volts; operate specialized line construction vehicular equipment; comply with all CAL-OSHA Safety Rules and Regulations; utilize ladders rated for a safe work load of 250 pounds maximum, including tools and clothing; work out of aerial lift buckets rated at a maximum safe work load of 350 pounds, including tools and clothing; wear safety lanyards and safety belts without exceeding safe work loads of 300 pounds; work from drawings and sketches; interpret electrical codes and regulations; maintain records; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public.




PART I:     A review of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into the exam.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completed City Application Forms.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRES WILL REMOVE AN APPLICANT FROM THE EXAM.


PART II:  An evaluation of those applications and Supplemental Questionnaires to select those best qualified to continue in the exam process.


PART III: A Job Related Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 100%).  A brief written or practical exercise may be conducted in conjunction with the Qualifications Appraisal Interview.  The panel will conduct a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position.  Candidates receiving a score of 70% or more will have their names placed on an Eligible List.  The number of names certified to the department will exceed by four (4) the number of vacancies to be filled.  Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate based on the earliest application date.  Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted and may include a credit check.  The successful competitor will also be required to pass a City paid medical.  Federal law requires that prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, such as driver’s license, original Social Security card, US passport, or appropriate INS forms, etc.




1.     Apply ONLINE at


2.     Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501

Applications must be filed no later than closing time on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application.


VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.



The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


For Benefits information, please visit our website at: A detailed summary for this position can be found under International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1245.

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