1+ months

Lineman (High Voltage)

Bonneville Power Administration
Mulitple locations in OR, WA, ID
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    Full Time

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This position is located in Transmission Field Services (TF). A successful candidate in this position will serve as a Lineman under the supervision of a Lineman Foreman.  The degree of supervision will depend upon tasks performed and working conditions.  Work is performed in compliance with government regulations, BPA safety rules, and the BPA-CPTC Collective Agreement.

11 vacancies in the following locations:

  • Idaho Falls, ID
  • Goshen, OR
  • Keizer, OR
  • North Bend, OR
  • The Dalles, OR
  • Ellensburg, WA
  • Grand Coulee, WA
  • Kent, WA
  • Pasco, WA
  • Snohomish, WA


As a Lineman, you will:

  • Perform construction and maintenance work (including hot line maintenance) on either wood pole or steel tower lines including excavations and footings, framing and erecting towers and poles, hanging insulators and hardware, and stringing, sagging, and clipping conductor.
  • Replace or repair damaged steel towers, wood poles, crossarms, and conductors; relocates towers and poles; inspects and treats wood poles; and replaces insulators.
  • Perform, or occasionally supervise, right-of-way maintenance work such as brush and weed control, cutting or topping danger trees, seeding cover crops for erosion control.
  • Repair access roads and installs or repairs bridges, culverts, fences, and gates.
  • Maintain microwave towers, antennas, and airway lighting installations; performs maintenance tasks in substations, involving overhead line work and other tasks requiring the use of line maintenance equipment.
  • Patrol transmission lines and reports conditions of lines.
  • Take clearances and occasionally performs switching at unattended substations and line sectionalizing disconnect switches.
  • Complete associated paperwork and completes reports required of the above listed tasks.



  • Selectee must establish a residence in accordance with negotiated requirements that is within one hour or less commuting time under normal weather and road conditions, to the duty station headquarters.
  • This position requires a pre-employment medical exam, at BPA expense, prior to appointment due to the physical requirements of the position.
  • After employment, this position may be subject to periodic physical examinations, as prescribed by competent medical authority and at BPA expense, if exposed to health hazards.
  • Become familiar with and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual.
  • This position requires an initial drug test prior to appointment and random drug or drug and alcohol testing thereafter. Failure to test or a positive result on random drug or drug and alcohol tests conducted after appointment may result in removal from Federal employment.
  • Possess valid First Aid Card, CPR Card, and an electrical worker's permit or obtain within 30 days after appointment.
  • Applicants must possess a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL)-Class A with Air-Break Endorsement. If selected, you will be required to provide a copy of your non-employment driving abstract dated within the last 90 days, and covering the previous 36 months. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants. 
  • Subject to call for emergency work at any time.
  • Obtain certification on the equipment associated with line maintenance if assigned to use or operate.
  • Operate motor vehicles normally used in line maintenance and construction.
  • Obtain certification as a flag person.
  • As part of the job requirements, the Lineman shall be required to apply restricted use pesticides, and, at the discretion of the Manager, may be required to obtain a pesticide applicators’ permit. The Administration shall provide the necessary training for such a permit.
  • Become certified to take a clearance within 30 days after reporting for duty.
  • Occasionally, fly in helicopter or fixed wing aircraft in the performance of assigned duties.
  • Obtain and maintain live-line bare hand certification (requirement for live-line bare hand crew members only)


  • In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Applicants must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations (X-118C).
  • Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.
  • our qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the job elements and screen out listed below. Your resume should demonstrate that you possess these elements and screen out. Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your resume how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the elements and screen out identified below. This job has a screen-out factors which will be used to determine minimum eligibility for this job. Applicants who do not receive a minimum of two points on this screen-out element(s) or who do not score at least half of the total points possible across all elements will be found ineligible. 
  • The screen-out element for this position is: Ability to do the work of a Lineman without more than normal supervision to include: performing routine installation, maintenance, and repairs on High Voltage electric transmission or distribution lines. Work must reflect experience with wood pole, steel tower lines and maintenance work on energized lines of 12.5 kV or higher, OR have completed formal apprentice program in the electric power line trade (i.e., lineman) approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. Failure to meet this Screen out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

In addition to the screen-out element you will be evaluated on the following Job Elements through your resume and responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire:

  • Element 2: Knowledge of electrical equipment.
    Element 3: Theory and Instruments (Electrical, Electronic) Used in Shop and Trade Practices.
    Element 4: Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).
    Element 5: Ability To Use Electrical Drawings.
    Element 6: Ability to Use and Maintain Hand Tools (Electrical Work).
    Element 7: Trouble shooting (electrical).

Physical effort: Work is physically demanding, may require working under stress in hazardous situations, may need to climb poles (average 65 feet, maximum 110 feet) and towers (average 100 feet, maximum 535 feet) in all weather conditions at least 4 to 6 times per day; lifts tools and equipment that weighs about 30-50 pounds; pulls equipment and tools from ground to pole/tower utilizing hoists and rigging; work in awkward positions on equipment, towers, and poles; pulls hoist lines with various loads weighing up to 80 pounds; extends arms frequently overhead and reaching to perform repairs; needs to crouch and kneel for extended periods of time; provide clear, accurate communication, receive verbal directions/ use/hear telephone & warning devices & abnormal noises; able to detect various gases by smell; and have spatial ability/depth perception/night vision/color discrimination/distant binocular acuity of 20/40 or better.

Working Conditions: The Lineman works outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions; and may work for long periods in cold, wet, or icy weather, and high winds.  Work is often performed on steel or wood structures at considerable heights, and on or near energized conductors or equipment.  The employee often works in awkward positions, supported only by a safety belt, or a safety belt and climbers.  In other instances, the Lineman may work on precipitous slopes, and rugged or brushy terrain.  When repairing conductors, the Lineman may ride in a trolley on the conductor, high above the ground.  The Lineman may climb to considerable heights many times a day.  The employee may walk long distances over rugged terrain and work in locations inaccessible to mobile equipment.  The Lineman frequently uses hand tools, such as axes and hot sticks, or power tools such as chain saws, for extended periods of time.  The work environment will occasionally include high noise levels and/or exposure to hazardous substances (i.e., solvents, PCB's, chemicals, etc.) that could, if precautions are not followed, pose a health risk.  Approved respiratory and safety equipment shall be worn when hazardous substances are being handled.  Emergencies, critical system conditions, or outage limitations may require that work be done at night and/or under time restraints.  System priorities may require extended periods of overtime including working weekends. When assigned to a live-line bare hand crew the Lineman may be in continuous travel status.


Posted: 2021-03-24 Expires: 2021-06-22

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Lineman (High Voltage)

Bonneville Power Administration
Mulitple locations in OR, WA, ID

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