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Electrical Linesworker

Installs, maintains, repairs and patrols electrical sub-transmission and distribution systems. Registration or licensing may be required.


Tasks Include:


  • installing conductors and aerial equipment, and underground cables and equipment
  • installing and maintaining equipment associated with electrical supply such as transformers
  • attending to electrical breakdown and emergencies
  • maintaining poles and associated hardware, and continuity of electrical supply and street lighting
  • conducting routine maintenance on the aerial and underground electricity supply network
  • conducting low-voltage switching operations
  • fitting pole hardware and crossarms
  • preparing low- and high-voltage cable joints and cable terminations while connecting and installing electrical equipment and overhead lines
  • using heavy plant equipment such as elevated work platforms and portable equipment such as hydraulic drills
Specialisations
  • Electrical Linesworker (Distribution)
  • Electrical Linesworker (Transmission)
  • Railway Traction Line Worker
Job prospects for in Victoria

Employment prospects
Skills shortage: this occupation needs more skilled workers now. There are currently 1,800 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this relatively small occupation is expected to remain similar. Employment prospects for the next five years are stable.

Average weekly wage
$1,474.30

Hourly earnings
$42.20

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website.

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