Sunday, April 18 is National Lineman Appreciation Day. It’s a day set aside to honor those workers who brave the elements – from oppressive heat to a major storm and everything in between – to make sure we all have safe and reliable power.
While you may think a line technician is just the person you see working on overhead power lines, our line technicians work underground, in substations and on equipment throughout our entire electric system.
- 11,000,000 miles driven in an average year.
- 270–300 days worked in an average year.
- 35 pounds of equipment carried when climbing a utility pole.
- 24/7 availability.
- 5–7 years advanced schooling and training to become a journeyman lineman.
In addition to being committed to our customers, line technicians frequently assist other utilities in other states when serious weather emergencies cause major power outages.