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Brendan: electrical linesworker, Geelong

Brendan: electrical linesworker, Geelong

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VIDEO: Graphic on screen: Brendan Edwards Electrical Linesworker PowerCor Geelong
Brendan Edwards sitting in an office.

VIDEO: Brendan Edwards sitting in an office.

Graphic on screen: Electrical Linesworker Brendan Edwards

AUDIO: Brendan Edwards. I’m an Electrical Linesworker for PowerCor. Me father was a Lineworker back when it was SEC and he recommended it.

VIDEO: Brendan Edwards and a linesman in a cherry picker working on a power pole.

Graphic on screen: PowerCor Geelong

AUDIO: We maintain all the powerlines and we construct new powerlines. My personal plan is to stay lining probably till I’m about fifty. I was a mechanic before and the money is a lot better as a liney. You get to go up high in the bucket, which is pretty good. You get to see some good views, twenty metres up in the air sometimes. Lotta lineys are fit, which … some of the office people they don’t get out and do the exercise.

VIDEO: Brendan Edwards climbing a ladder and adjusting cables attached to power poles.

AUDIO: So, you’re up and down ladders, pulling heavy cables. We do all the training at Gipps TAFE in Chadstone in Melbourne. They’ve got like, a mini-town that you work on. They can shut the power off, turn it on whenever they feel like.

VIDEO: Brendan Edwards discussing work with linesworkers and observing a linesworker fixing equipment.

AUDIO: Just to learn the do’s and don’t’s, the basics. You go back to work for eight weeks, watching and observing the qualified lineys work. Then we go back down to trade school.

VIDEO: Brendan Edwards suiting up in thick rubber sleeves and gloves.

AUDIO: Once you’ve finished your apprenticeship there’s many job opportunities. I’m a glove and barrier linesman now, which means I can work on twenty-two thousand volts of live. Australia’s getting bigger.

VIDEO: Brendan Edwards and a linesworker busily adjusting cabling from a cherry picker.

AUDIO: There’s always powerlines and people always want their power on. You’re not gonna be out of a job in two years’ time. You look at when you have a fault in Melbourne there can be ten thousand customers and you got like, maybe six lineys going out to fix it. That’s a – you’ve got a fair bit of responsibility.

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