Lineman/Woman Apprentice with Class A

  • SMUD
  • Sacramento - Bradshaw
  • Jan 11, 2022
Full time

Job Description

Only the first 1000 applicants will be considered for this opportunity. Once 1000 applications have been received, this posting will be closed and no additional applications will be accepted. If we do not receive 1000 applicants the posting will close Monday, January 24th. Apply early! 

SMUD is currently seeking individuals interested in becoming a line worker with our organization as an apprentice lineman/woman. Under close supervision, you will learn to perform work at the journey level in the installation, maintenance, and repair of distribution electrical systems including the hazards of working at elevations above ground, in trenches and vaults, as well as energized equipment.

UPDATED RESUME REQUIRED.  You must clearly demonstrate, on your resume, that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required in the minimum qualifications listed in this posting. The candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to the examination.

Please read Additional Posting Info for Candidate section below for more information regarding the selection process.


Perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the construction, maintenance, repair and inspection of SMUD’s transmission and distribution systems.  This work may involve operating backhoes, derricks, and hole diggers, etc. and perform related duties as assigned.

Nature and Scope
The Lineman/wn Apprentice classification is assigned to Distribution Services.  It is considered a climbing Lineman/wn job.  Apprentice Lineman/wn function in a learning capacity and assist in the duties specified below.  Once learned and at the completion of the apprenticeship program, incumbents will “journey-up” to the full working level of the Lineman/wn classification series.

No. of Openings: 10

Base Salary Hourly Low: $47.78

Base Salary Hourly High: $69.29

Selection Process: Initial Review, Written Exam, Performance Exam, Follow-Up Interview

Major Duties & Responsibilities

Work includes but is not limited to the following.  (Note:  While in general all functions/duties listed are essential, individual positions within this class may not require all.  Additionally, this list is not intended to be complete or exhaustive.)  Apprentices will perform these duties in a learning capacity.

  • Performs complex rigging techniques using winches, block and tackle, ropes, slings, hoists, etc.
  • Frames, sets, removes, wood or steel poles and associated anchors and guys.
  • Makes connections and performs work on lines energized @ 120V through 230KV using rubber gloves and hot line tools.
  • Climbs wood poles, steel structures, or ladders.
  • Constructs/removes/maintains transmission towers.
  • Installs/removes cross-arms, guy wires, insulators, disconnect devices, switches, capacitors, and various pole top apparatus.
  • Lay out, measures, cuts, installs, terminates, and splices various types of cable.
  • Connects pole bolt, pad mount, and submersible transformers.
  • Assists Electricians in the installation, maintenance, and wiring of electric substations.
  • Performs phasing tests on high voltage circuits.
  • Performs maintenance functions on transmission and distribution lines.
  • Installs and maintains night-lights, streetlights and street lighting equipment.
  • Applies principles of electrical theory to line construction and maintenance work.
  • Installs/removes work site protection devices.
  • Assists Cable Splicer/Electricians in the construction and maintenance of network underground systems.
  • Operates various types of equipment including; backhoes, tractors; front-loaders, rock saws, hole diggers, boom trucks, digger derricks, forklifts, water trucks, bobcats, cable pullers, cable-tensioners, trenchers, pole-stubbers, portable generators, portable/hydraulic pole setters, jackhammers, j tams and other related equipment.
  • Operates aerial lift trucks and boom trucks.
  • Operates SMUD vehicles, in the course of work, that may require a class a license.
  • Installs/repairs cubicle/transformer wells, transformers, sprinkler systems, fences, landscaping, driveways, walkways, sewer/water pipes, and storm drains.
  • Mixes, pours and finishes cement/concrete.
  • Assembles/disassembles/pre-fabricates various material/parts.
  • Installs residential and commercial meters of various types.
  • Inspects trench, conduit, transformer pad/well, switching cubicle, pull box and vault installation.
  • Inspects for G.O. 95 and 128 infractions.
  • Cleans up PCB leaks and transports hazardous material.
  • Uses chemicals for various tasks.
  • Installs shoring, backfills, jets and compacts trenches and other various excavations.
  • Performs cable locating, when necessary.
  • Uses various types of tools to paint.
  • Picks up and delivers materials.
  • Removes and installs asphalt.
  • Digs holes, trenches, splice pits manually or using power equipment.
  • Assists in traffic control.
  • Instructs, directs, and may train sub-ordinates.
  • Uses mobile data terminals, as required, to process appropriate documents in order to accurately report time and reconcile jobs.
  • Installs/removes and performs routine maintenance on dusk to dawn street lights.
  • Installs/removes and performs maintenance on overhead and underground residential and commercial services.
  • Connects/disconnects electric service.
  • Inspects and approves customer service facilities.
  • Performs minor tree trimming.
  • Installs/removes or performs maintenance on transformers, capacitors, re-closers, regulators, and related line apparatus.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Graduation from High School or equivalent
Experience: Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary skills, abilities, and knowledge.

Knowledge Of:

  • Basic math
  • Basic safety rules and procedures
  • Safe use of hand and power tools
Skill To:
  • Read and understand job manuals, safety procedures, and training manuals on electrical theory and principles of electric distribution
  • Read and interpret written instructions
  • Remember and follow a series of directions
  • Work safely on and around high voltage conductors and equipment
  • Climb wood poles, steel structures, and ladders
  • Perform work at heights in a safe manner
  • Perform physically strenuous work for extended periods of time
  • Learn to operate line trucks and other equipment safely
Ability To:
  • Attend classes after normal working hours to obtain knowledge required for the job.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a Class A Driver’s License
  • Willingness to learn and operate equipment line construction equipment and tools
  • Must complete the Lineman/wn Apprentice training requirements in order to advance to the full- journey level.


Ability to obtain a valid Class A California Driver’s Permit  within 30 days of employment and a valid Class A California Driver’s License within 6 months of employment.

Physical Requirements

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

The health and wellbeing of our employees and our community is our top priority.  SMUD follows CDC guidance and adheres to all local, county and state orders. To this end, if you are scheduled to come on a SMUD campus, you will need to monitor your health (ensuring your temperature is below 100.4° and you’re free of COVID-19 symptoms), wear a face covering, and adhere to social distancing guidelines

Additional Posting Info for Candidate

Selection Process:
The selection process for this position will take up to 5 months depending on the amount of applications received.  Within 2 weeks after the job closes qualified candidates will be invited to take an online written exam tentatively scheduled for the week of February 14th.  Those who pass the written exam may be invited to physical performance exams planned for April 2022.   Based on the number of applications received, SMUD reserves the right to consider applicants based on factors such as the desirable qualifications, date of application, and work history with SMUD.
Please Note The Following:
We will be creating an employment eligibility list from this process which will remain active for 2 years; therefore, candidates must keep their address and contact information up to date in their online SMUD application profile.
ALL COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING THIS PROCESS WILL BE MADE VIA E-MAIL CORRESPONDENCE.  Please make sure you check your e-mails daily for communication regarding this selection process.  SMUD is not responsible for your receipt of the e-mails, including redirection of your e-mail to junk or spam folders. 
Online Written Exam Dates:
An online exam will be made available to qualified candidates tentatively scheduled for the week of February 14th 2022. Candidates invited to take this exam will be emailed detailed instructions.
Exam Pass/Fail Results:
Results (Pass/Fail only) will be sent to those who took the exam on or before March 7th, 2022
Reasonable Accommodations:
Applicants who require a reasonable accommodation are encouraged to notify SMUD Human Resource Services no later than February 7th, 2022.

Please print/save this job description so you have access to all the pertinent exam details, as this will not be available to view once the posting closes

Number of Openings


Who can apply?



$47.78 - $69.29