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Apprentice Lineworker
City of Alameda, East Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900

This Recruitment is open to City of Alameda Employees Only

Close Date: May 1, 2014
Salary: $32.23 - $37.31 Hourly



Under supervision, the Apprentice Lineworker serves an approved period in the capacity of apprentice to prepare for journey level linework; performs other related work as required. 


1. Works with journey level lineworkers in all phases of power line and equipment construction and maintenance.
2. Learns to climb wooden poles (stepped and unstepped) and works thereon and operates specialized vehicular equipment under a journey level lineworker's guidance.
3. Learns good safety practices for people and equipment around high voltage lines, wires, and cables.
4. Performs progressively more difficult work and accepts more responsibility; learning all phases of overhead and underground electrical transmission, distribution and street light system construction and maintenance.
5. Requisitions materials and keeps accurate time and material records; and
6. Drives and operates specialized vehicular equipment.


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 including one year (two semesters) of algebra with a minimum “C” grade.
2. Six months experience as an Electrical Helper or one year of experience in construction and maintenance. Electrical-related construction and maintenance is highly desirable.
3. Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a valid Class “A” California Driver’s License within six months of appointment and satisfactory driving record as conditions of initial and 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 in high places and confined spaces.  Must be able to climb poles using lineworker climbing equipment.  Must be able to utilize ladders rated for a safe working load of 250 pounds with tools and clothing. Must be able to work out of aerial lift buckets rated at a maximum safe work load of 300 pounds with tools and clothing.   Must be able to wear safety lanyards and safety belts without exceeding safe work loads of 350 pounds.  Must be able to complete a prescribed 8,000 hour apprenticeship program which includes classroom instruction, home study courses and on the job training; willingness to attend training away from city property as required.  Must meet standards established by Alameda Municipal Power and must pass an examination before becoming eligible for appointment to the Journey Lineworker classification.

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 fundamentals and principles of construction and maintenance, methods, tools, equipment, and materials; some knowledge of elementary electricity and mathematics; the use of specialized tools; and safe work practices and procedures.

ABILITY TO learn the journey level lineworker trade in accordance with accepted industry standards; demonstrate mechanical and electrical aptitude; work in high places and confined spaces; operate specialized tools and vehicular equipment; communicate effectively; follow oral and written directions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public; and make sound decisions in a manner consistent with essential job duties.


PART I: A review of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into the exam.

PART II: A Written Exam (Qualifying Only), Performance Maintenance Skills Test (weighted 50%), and a Job Related Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 50%).  Candidates who achieve a passing score on the written exam and achieve a score of 70% or more on the Performance Skills Test and the Job Related Qualifications Appraisal Interview will have their names placed on an Eligible List.  The number of names certified to the department will exceed by two 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.  The successful candidate may also be required to pass a City paid medical examination.  Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head.  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-Friday, 8am-5pm) 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. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completed City Application Forms. No photocopies or facsimiles accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.

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.

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