The work of a power line technician involves erecting and maintaining power
poles and towers and connecting electricity distribution and transmission
Technicians must also inspect and test overhead and underground power lines.
Since they deal with high voltages, these workers must follow safety practices
"If you make a mistake at 1,300 volts, you'll fry. Safety is a first priority,"
says Wendy Kennedy. She is a power line technician in New Jersey.
An average workday for a power line technician is usually about eight hours,
starting in the morning and finishing in the late afternoon. They may work
overtime if something happens to the distribution system.
"In storm trouble, the company can call you and you must go to work, or
you would lose your job," says Kennedy. "In a state of emergency, you're
an essential employee and you must work."
Power line technicians work for energy, electric, power and other utility
companies. Some also work for independent line contractors.
The work is done mainly outdoors and in all types of weather. It involves
climbing and operating at significant heights, often in confined spaces.
The job can be dangerous and requires a high level of physical prowess.
A person with a disability may want to take these factors into consideration
before pursuing this career.