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Journey Lineworker

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District - SMUD

Location: Sacramento, CA US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: August 1, 2022
Reference Code: 4952BR


Base Salary: $71.71 - $72.86/hour (Overtime paid up to 2x straight time pay).

Every day at SMUD, we deliver power to more than 1.4 million customers throughout the Sacramento area. As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, we have been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for over 70 years.

We are a recognized industry leader and award winner for our innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for our sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Through the efforts of the 2,200 people that power us, we work 24/7 to keep the lights on and provide our customers with innovative energy solutions.

We’re one of the region’s largest employers, with a reputation for attracting, developing and retaining some of the most talented employees around.

The Position
An employee of this classification does skilled work in the construction, maintenance and repair of overhead or underground subtransmission and distribution electrical lines and does related work as required. 

Position Benefits:
•    Strong safety culture
•    Stability of crews
•    Highly customized line trucks
•    Service territory doesn't require out of town travel
•    Opportunities for advancement

Employee Benefits:
•    Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
•    Retirement through Public Employees Retirement System
•    457 and 401(k) plans available
•    Flexible Savings Account
•    Short and Long Term Disability
•    Employee and Spouse Life Insurance


You will have the opportunity to attach your documentation during the application process online. If you fail to provide proof of a formal LINEMAN/LINEWOMAN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM you will be considered not qualified for this position.

Qualified candidates from this process may be invited to a performance exam which will be held to determine levels of skill and ability. 

No. of Openings


Pay Scale Group


Base Salary Hourly Low


Base Salary Hourly High


Selection Process

Initial Review, Performance Exam, Follow-Up Interview, Reference Check, Background Check


Major Duties & Responsibilities

Work includes but is not limited to the following: (Note: While in general all functions/duties are essential, individual positions within this class may not require all.)  This list is not intended to be complete or exhaustive.

  • Perform complex rigging techniques; cable locating
  • Frames, sets, removes, poles and associated anchors and guys
  • Performs work on lines energized @ 120V through 230 KV; tests on high voltage circuits
  • Constructs/removes/maintains transmission towers/lines and distribution lines
  • Climbs poles, structures or ladders
  • Installs/removes cross-arms and various pole top apparatus; types of cable; streetlight equipment; work site protection devices; residential and commercial meters; various excavations; overhead & underground residential & commercial services
  • Connects transformers
  • Assists electricians in wiring electric substations
  • Assists cable splicers in network underground systems.
  • Operates various types of equipment and vehicles (may require class A license); mobile data terminals
  • Installs/repairs cubicle/transformer wells, transformers, capacitors & related line apparatus, sprinkler systems, landscaping
  • Inspects trench, pull box and vault installation; customer service facilities
  • Instructs & directs sub-ordinates

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of: 
Basic safety rules, standards and procedures, use of hand & power tools; Cal/OSHA laws relative to line construction; State & Federal safety rules & regulations; Hazard identification; Basic math; Line construction methods, techniques & standards (G.O. 95 & 128); Rigging practices/principles/procedures; Material & tool nomenclature; Electrical theory/knowledge relative to line construction/phasing/grounding/line voltage/transformers; circuit labeling; Materials/methods/equipment used in high/low voltage line construction/maintenance & repair; Mobile data terminals; residential meters, street & dusk to dawn lights and their application.
Skill to: 
Read & understand job & training manuals, safety procedures and their application on and around high voltage conductors & equipment; Read, interpret and follow written and oral instructions; Climb poles/structures/ladders; Maintain a positive work relationship/environment with peers & public; Perform physically demanding work for extended time periods; Work safely at heights; Operate motor vehicles, SMUD radios & mobile data terminals.
Education and Experience: 
Must possess the same knowledge, skills, experience, etc. as an Apprentice Lineman/Woman as well as completion of an approved Lineman/Woman Apprentice program including three years climbing experience in overhead electrical distribution work; Possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record; Obtaining a Class A Driver’s License after completion of the required driver training class may be required; Reside in a location close enough to their reporting headquarters to allow a reasonable response time from residence under normal driving conditions within posted speed limits; Work overtime and emergencies; Be “On Call” and respond immediately to emergency call-outs; Work special schedules as required.

Desirable Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that has provided the necessary knowledge and skills will be considered qualifying. 


Must be able to possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record.

Physical Requirements

Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation. 

Position Location

Sacramento - S Street

Job Code

50083464 LINEMN/WN W/CL A

Additional Posting Info for Candidate

The purpose of this posting is to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill current and future Journey Lineworker vacancies. This list may also be used to fill Advanced Apprentice Lineworker, or Line Inspector I vacancies.

This is an open/continuous posting and will remain open until enough qualified candidates are identified.

Qualified candidates from this process may be invited to a performance exam which will be held to determine levels of skill and ability. 

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are
As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?
The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

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