Telecommunications Linesworker

A telecommunications linesworker or linesman is responsible for the erection, maintenance and repair of the wooden poles, metal towers, cables and other equipment used to construct electrical transmission and distribution powerlines. Lines carry electricity from power stations to sub-stations and on to consumers.


A linesman starts working under the supervision of a qualified linesman to erect overhead power lines and lay underground cables. Experienced linesmen move up to more responsible positions, such as planning and the mapping out of the positions of the line supports. They work with a team of ground workers doing tasks such as:

  • erecting and installing power lines
  • attaching cross-arms, insulators and lightning arresters
  • climbing poles or towers to install transformers
  • routine maintenance and repair


Personal Requirements

  • be technically oriented
  • in excellent physical condition
  • have manual strength and dexterity
  • be willing to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • like to travel
  • understand electricity
  • not be afraid of heights


Employment

Eskom

Telkom


Getting Started

  • try to get a vacation job as an assistant to a telecommunications linesworker
  • speak to a telecommunications linesworker and ask permission to observe them at work


Programmes

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