Electrical power line and cable workers (NOC 7244)

About this job

Electrical power line and cable workers:

  • construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems
  • work for electric power generation, transmission and distribution companies, electrical contractors and public utility commissions
Common job titles
  • emergency servicer
  • installer, conduit
  • lead line worker
  • lead splicer - electric power systems
  • line checker / maintainer / repairer
  • line worker, cable


Electrical power line and cable workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems including overhead and underground power lines and cables, insulators, conductors, lightning arrestors, switches, transformers and other associated equipment
  • erect and maintain steel, wood or concrete poles, towers and guy wires
  • splice, solder and insulate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution and transmission networks using splicing tools, related electrical equipment and tools
  • inspect and test overhead and underground power lines and cables and auxiliary equipment using electrical test equipment
  • climb ladders or operate hydraulic buckets when working aloft on poles and towers, or work in confined spaces such as trenches and tunnels to install power lines and cables and associated equipment
  • install and maintain street lighting systems
  • communicate with other workers to coordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place outdoors, so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Working with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Exposure to electrical circuitry, high tension wires, transformers or other equipment in the workplace may be a source of electrical shock.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Red Seal trade certification allows for movement between provinces.

Additional resources