Journeyman Lineman

Under the direction of the Operations Field Supervisor and guidance of the Line and Working Foremen, performs assigned work related to the construction, maintenance, and repair of overhead and underground electric distribution system and related equipment. This position is classified as a full-time, non-exempt position with no supervisory responsibilities.

  • Maintain and repairs cable, conduit, vaults, enclosures, and transformers.
  • Performs switching, locating, hi-potting and testing, fault finding, exposing, splicing, and terminating of URD cables.
  • Operates man-lifts, digger derrick, Backhoe, dump trucks, wire pullers, air compressor and other utility vehicles, power tools and hand tools associated with the electric line trade.
  • Loads, unloads, frames and sets or removes poles. Installs or removes lightning arresters, terminators, cutouts, transformers, capacitors, reclosers, sectionalizers, regulators, and/or other protective devices. Transfers, installs, and removes conductor guys and risers, street lights, and other equipment used in the construction, maintenance, and repair of overhead distribution lines.
  • Operates and installs switches, tags, and grounds on distribution circuits and loads.
  • Locates trouble in primary and secondary lines or cables and repairs to restore service, as well as for locates utilities for outside agencies, such as the Oregon Utility Notification Center.
  • Disconnects and reconnects utility services for service orders, and obtains meter re-reads as requested by the customer service department.
  • Cleans, stocks and loads vehicles. Inspects vehicles and equipment and performs minor repair and maintenance, or request follow-up repair work.
  • Performs pole top, bucket and vault rescue when necessary and in training exercises.
  • Performs tree trimming on, or near, energized lines or equipment as needed. Operates, installs, removes, and maintains equipment as required. Installs and removes meters and CT’s and PT’s as required.
  • Performs duties before/after normal working hours, on weekends and/or holidays as emergencies arise, or assigned for emergency response.
  • Performs warehouse and inventory duties as needed, must be forklift certified.
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance.
  • Follows all safety rules.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required or requested.


  • Must be schooled in the fundamentals of electricity required in line construction and maintenance and property apply the tools and equipment of the trade.
  • Knowledge of substations, protective systems and distribution systems for residential, commercial and industrial customers.
  • Knowledge of practices, methods, tools, materials, and equipment used in the electrical trade (including overhead and underground systems).
  • Knowledge of electrical theory and principles related to power transmission and distribution systems and ability to read and interpret system maps, work sketches and diagrams.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, codes, regulations, Oregon OSHA 1910.269, policies and procedures, as well as the utility’s line construction and maintenance standards;
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions for this type of work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to maintain interpersonal skills including tact, patience and courtesy with fellow employees.
  • The ability to courteously and effectively deal with customer complaints, service questions or problems is necessary

A high school diploma or G.E.D. is required, plus the successful completion of an approved journeyman lineman apprenticeship program, including course work in electricity, mathematics and mechanical fundamentals pertaining to line and substation construction. In addition to a Journeyman Lineman Certificate, the individual must possess a valid Oregon Class-A commercial driver’s license, CPR certification, flagging, fork lift certification and first aid cards. Must be willing to be available and responsive to emergency call-outs.

Special Requirements

This position has a 60 minutes residency requirement that must be obtained within 1 year of the hire date. This position is subject to before/after normal working hours calls for emergency response for this position.


Individual assigned to this position will work in field conditions under potentially adverse weather situations. Must have the ability to climb poles, including conducting a pole top rescue if necessary. During system emergencies, the individual is expected to work extended out-of-routine hours. Position requires being able to lift up to 100 pounds on occasion, climbing, pushing, and pulling. An employee in this position may be exposed to hazardous materials, substances or circumstances. Individuals with restrictions in physical mobility including walking, bending, lifting, climbing, etc. may be unable to perform the essential functions of this job.

Canby Utility offers an excellent benefits package, including 6% employee portion paid into Oregon PERS/Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP), 95% medical, dental, and vision premiums paid for employee and family, employer contributions into a VEBA account, life insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and 401k and 457 deferred compensation plans. This position is represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union (IBEW Local 125).

View the Journeyman Lineman Job Description (PDF)

For more information or to obtain an application by mail, email or fax, call 503-266-1156. Canby Utility is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Note: If you need an accommodation under the American's with Disabilities Act during the application and/or interview process, please contact Barbara Benson at 503-266-1156 Ext 323. Additional information including the employee handbook and collective bargaining agreements can be found on the website - See "Misc" and click on Employee Resources.

See below for Veterans' Preference.

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We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. Offers of employment are contingent upon successfully passing a drug test, having a satisfactory motor vehicle driving history and criminal background check.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.

Canby Utility is drug-free workplace.

Veterans' Preference

Canby Utility provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235; OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.

Qualifying and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting a completed Veteran's Preference Form (see below), as well as submitting a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) or a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension to your application. Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

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Job Details

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October 22, 2020
Until Filled