Delta Montrose Electric Association
  • Montrose, CO, USA
  • $32.24
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

DMEA offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, rx, life insurance and 401(k) retirement package, as well as many other great benefits.

Job Title:            Apprentice Lineman  

Date Approved:         1/95                            

Dates Revised:           11/00, 8/03, 4/11, 4/12, 7/18

Pay Classification:     Non-Exempt

Department:              Operations

Location:                    Montrose or Read

Supervisor:                Operations Supervisor



 Must have and maintain a valid Class A Commercial Colorado driver's license.  Must have basic math skills, computer skills, and legible handwriting.  Mechanical aptitude preferred.  Must have completed an electrical lineman vocational training program.  Electrical utility or related experience preferred.  High school diploma or equivalent required.  All Apprentice Linemen must reside within a 30-minute response time of service area center.


In an efficient and professional manner, and in accordance with the DMEA/IBEW Labor Agreement and DMEA Accident Prevention Manual:

  1. Learns to perform the essential functions of the Journeyman Lineman position. Completes required related training as directed by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Progresses through the Journeyman Lineman Apprenticeship Program in a satisfactory and timely manner.
  1. Works closely with journeyman linemen, foremen, and/or other line crew personnel to accomplish jobs as assigned. Assists in constructing, repairing, troubleshooting, patrolling, installing and maintaining transmission and distribution lines, structures, transformers, meters, and associated equipment.  Under supervision of a Journeyman Lineman, re-fuses distribution lines and transformers. Assists in trimming trees from electrical facilities as needed.
  1. Uses a hand line to send material or equipment up to linemen who are working from an aerial platform, or from a pole or structure.
  1. Loads and unloads materials or tools onto or from vehicles and trailers.
  1. Cleans and maintains tools and equipment.
  1. Assembles and constructs structures or miscellaneous equipment necessary for successful completion of the job assigned.
  1. Assists in cleaning up job sites prior to construction and/or prior to leaving job site.
  2. Operates machinery as assigned.
  1. Works scheduled and call-out overtime in accordance with the Labor Agreement.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this job.  This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for personnel in this position.

Performs other duties of a like or lesser grade that may be assigned.


Understands and applies the concept of providing quality electric services to DMEA and Elevate customers and employees, and agrees to maintain a continuing commitment to providing superior service.

Requires the ability to develop plans, procedures and goals; present information to others; work cooperatively; and work under stress to complete projects accurately within reasonable deadlines. 

This position entails a great deal of learning and an aptitude for this field is required. The Apprentice Lineman's performance will be evaluated throughout the progression of the apprenticeship.


Thirty percent (30%) of the time is spent standing, thirty percent (30%) sitting, and forty percent (40%) walking.  Will occasionally lift up to 100 pounds.  Carrying up to 50 pounds is necessary when moving equipment from vehicle to work site.  It may be necessary to push and pull approximately 150 pounds when doing pole work or moving a transformer.

Operating controls is done constantly while sitting in a vehicle driving and operating machinery.  Climbing poles or ladders using feet, legs, hands, and arms is done frequently.

Balancing is done constantly while walking and standing on rough and uneven terrain.  Occasionally must stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.  Reaching and handling are done frequently.  Finger dexterity and the ability to feel are occasionally necessary while assisting in constructing or repairing lines and equipment.  Talking in order to exchange ideas over a two-way radio, phone, and to communicate with other employees, contractors, and customers, both in office and outdoor settings, is done frequently.  Constantly required to hear radio transmissions.  Must also be able to hear faint arcing sounds or transformer humming to quickly determine how something is working. 

Occasionally will need to see "near" while working on lines.  It is constantly necessary to see "far" while driving, patrolling lines or constructing lines.  Depth perception and color vision is essential while driving.  While constructing poles and lines, depth perception and field of vision are constantly necessary. 

The job may occasionally require persuasiveness, analytic ability, auditory and tactile discrimination.  Due to the possible danger in this position, it is extremely important to always be alert, precise, and patient.  Must exercise ingenuity while working under adverse weather conditions.  Must have problem solving abilities, spatial perception, speaking ability, memory, creativity, concentration, judgment, initiative, reasoning, imagination and visual discrimination.  Must work collaboratively with others.


Regular, predictable attendance is required.  Seventy-five percent (75%) of the work is performed outdoors in varying weather conditions. Work is frequently performed under hazard conditions such as adverse weather, dust in the air or exposure to sunlight or toxic chemicals. Noise level is frequently 100-120 decibels. Various mechanical and electrical hazards are present. Employees holding this position are exposed when working on a pole, and danger of electrical burns is a constant hazard.

Frequent travel by company vehicle, both as a driver and as a passenger, is required.  Occasional travel by commercial means may be required.

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