Job Details

Position Title:Apprentice Line Technician
Reference Number:12.046
Division:General Staffing
Contact Name:Human Resources
Contact Phone:916-774-5475
Contact Fax:916-774-5350
Position Description:SALARY RANGE: $5317 to $7481 per month (26 pay periods annually)

FINAL FILING DATE: Qualified and Regular City Employees should submit an application no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 10, 2012. Temporary City employees are not eligible to apply.

TENTATIVE TEST DATES: Written Exam, Climbing Test, and Oral Interview: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All correspondence regarding this recruitment will be through email.

The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the full-time position of Apprentice Electric Line Technician. The normal work schedule will be a 40-hour workweek, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with occasional evening and weekend work. A flex schedule may be available.

To perform skilled electrical repair work in the construction and maintenance of underground and overhead electrical transmission and distribution lines.

This is the entry level class in the Line Technician series. Positions in this class typically have some directly related work experience and work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks. The Apprentice Line Technician class is distinguished from the Line Technician level by the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the Line Technician level. Incumbents work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to general supervision as procedures and processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned.

Receives immediate supervision from an assigned supervisor.

Receives technical and functional supervision from a Senior Line Technician; may receive technical supervision from an Electric Line Technician as appropriate.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Climb poles, splice and repair energized lines; construct new overhead and underground transmission and distribution lines.

• Set poles, install cross arms and breakers; string, pull dead ends and energize primary and secondary wires; mount, bus and energize transformers, cable, risers, potheads, substructures, conduits, and underground circuits.

• Run service lines from poles to consumer’s premises; connect, disconnect and replace service loops; build bypass lines; phase out and cut in new circuits; cut and tap primary lines; pull and terminate underground cables.

• Test poles, lines and other facilities; mount street light standards, heads and electrical control devices; trim trees to clear wires; operate aerial bucket truck ,high ranger, line truck, puller and other related utility equipment.

• May occasionally maintain and repair switching gear, transformers and related substation equipment; respond to service calls.

• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

• Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

• Elementary principles of electricity.

• Basic methods, procedures, materials and tools used in electrical installation and maintenance.

• Safe work practices.

• Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Ability to:

• Learn complex electrical line installation and repair work.

• Learn, understand and follow department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

• On a continuous basis, know and understand operations, and observe safety rules; intermittently analyze problem equipment; identify and locate equipment; interpret work orders; remember equipment location; and explain jobs to others.

• Intermittently, sit while studying or preparing reports; reach, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when repairing or installing equipment; perform simple pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.

• Learn to identify system malfunctions and recommend appropriate corrective action.

• Perform work a considerable distance above the ground among high voltage lines.

• Prepare and maintain simple records of activities.

• Appropriately stock and load trucks with needed supplies on a daily basis; wash and clean trucks.

• Work assigned shift schedules; be available for call-back and on-call assignment.

• Work unusual and prolonged work schedules during emergencies, seasonally-caused circumstances in varying weather and temperature conditions.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Experience and Training


• One year of experience in performing electric ground work on a line crew and completion of a two (2) week Pre-Apprentice school.


• Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by enrollment in a recognized power line apprenticeship program.

License and Certificate

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California class C driver’s license upon date of appointment.

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California class A driver’s license within six (6) months of date of appointment.

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificates.

The selection process will be determined by the number of qualified applicants and may include a written, oral, or practical examination.
Job Status:Promotional/Lateral (City Employees Only), Salary
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