Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Journeyman or Apprentice Lineworker - Consumers Energy, Nevada

Date Posted
February 21, 2024
Full Time

Job Details

Consumers Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa, with an outpost in Nevada, Iowa, has a position open for a Journeyman or Apprentice Lineworker working from the Nevada Outpost. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Operations Supervisor. Duties include those related to electric distribution service that includes construction, maintenance, and repair of electric distribution lines and related facilities, plus service work, and other related and assigned duties.

See full job description below. Email or call 800-696-6552 for more information.

Provides maintenance and construction of the electric distribution system to provide electric service to the cooperative’s members. 


  • Observes and practices all safety policies and bulletins.
  • Constructs and maintains all phases of electrical line construction, which includes residential, commercial, underground, and transmission.
  • Reads and interprets blueprints, work orders, and cooperative specification book; applies this knowledge in the field.
  • Installs and disconnects meters and reads and records data as required.
  • Performs hot line work as required.
  • Locates trouble and makes repairs.
  • Serves on-call rotation within the service area. Is subject to call at all other times


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. A Journeyman Lineworker will also perform all other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other Management as required.



  • Operations Supervisor



The successful candidate is highly safety-oriented, member-service driven, organized, and enjoys working in a team environment. 

Education required: Must have a high school diploma or GED, plus completion of technical training in electric maintenance, construction, and safety. An exceptional favorable work or employment experience may be considered for the education requirements. Must have a valid Iowa CDL license within 90 days after being employed.

Experience required: Must be a qualified journeyman lineworker or must be working toward achieving journeyman lineworker status. A minimum of 4 years is preferred as a lineworker. A combination of education, training, and experience may be substituted for a portion of the experience requirements when competency in the role is demonstrated.


Alcohol and Drug Testing:

  • This is a safety sensitive position, and as a condition of employment this position is subject to DOT-mandated alcohol and drug testing.



  • Must believe in, be sympathetic with, and be interested in furthering the cooperative’s objectives.
  • Must desire to provide and maintain reliable electric service for the cooperative’s members.
  • Must have the understanding and willingness to work erratic hours under pressure and in inclement conditions.
  • Must be willing to provide service to all members in the service area assigned to the Journeyman Lineworker’s position.


Personal Characteristics:

  • Dependability, honesty, and integrity are essential characteristics.
  • Good health is desired.



  • Must have a working knowledge of cooperative construction specifications, which includes all residential and commercial services – single phase, two phase, and three phase line overhead and underground construction.


Abilities and Skills:

  • Must be able to command the respect of fellow employees.
  • Must be able to meet the public well and to communicate effectively with members, customers, and employees.
  • Must be able to answer routine questions regarding electric bills and consumption.
  • Must be able to work eight-hours-a-day, five-days-a-week.
  • Must be able to work outside of the regular working hours for on-call duty for storm damage to the cooperative’s system, vehicular problems, etc.
  • Must possess a valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License or be able to obtain one prior to employment.
  • Must be able to perform all required duties of a qualified journeyman lineworker that includes hot line work.
  • Must be able to operate a winch truck for pole line service and maintenance purposes, as well as work from the pole in lineworker hooks and/or from the bucket of the winch truck.
  • Must be able to use line construction hand tools.
  • Must be able to read and interpret blueprints, work orders, and the cooperative specification book and apply this knowledge in the field.
  • Must be able to install and disconnect meters and read and record data from meters.
  • Must be able to work independently as required.



  • Must reside within or be willing to relocate to the applicable Consumers Energy service area.


Environmental Conditions:

  • Works inside and outside.  Frequently works outside under inclement weather conditions.



Must possess manual dexterity; visual acuity; and have the ability to constantly listen and communicate orally. Job requires the ability to stand; walk; sit; bend; stoop; squat; lift and carry between 75-100 pounds; push and/or pull; reach above shoulder level and twist; to occasionally climb; balance; kneel; and crouch. Some of these physical requirements are further described below:

Manual dexterity is required to maintain proper safety while performing: line construction work; work from the pole in hooks or in the bucket; driving the line truck to and from the job site; and the normal operation of a winch truck or line construction vehicle.

Manual dexterity is required in electrical construction and/or maintenance to:  move materials; manipulate work materials both bare handed and working in electrically tested rubber gloves; complete work orders; and to complete necessary paperwork to comply with cooperative specifications.

The ability to constantly listen is required to communicate orally.

Visual acuity is required to locate possible hazards while performing duties of the position.

Must have the ability to constantly stand and walk while working on the ground, off the pole in hooks, and/or in the bucket to perform construction and/or line maintenance.

Must have the ability to frequently sit in a line truck to drive and/or ride to various line construction sites. The average number of miles and the amount of time driving/riding each day would vary depending on the number of services to be connected or maintained.

Frequent bending, stooping, and squatting are required to perform the maintenance of line services and/or line construction and to read or change meters.

Must have the ability to frequently lift and carry between 75-100 pounds for items such as: coil wire, miscellaneous framing equipment to frame a pole, and other line construction or service items. Transformers will occasionally have to be lifted; however, they are usually lifted by line trucks and placed into position. Other items that require occasional lifting are boxes of meters and individual meters for installation and/or removal from meter bases.

Must have the ability to frequently push and/or pull wires to the pole.

Must have the ability to frequently reach above, at, and below shoulder level to perform the maintenance of line services and/or line construction.

Must be able to frequently twist while performing maintenance of line services and/or line construction.

Must have the ability to occasionally climb and balance on a ladder and poles.

Must have the ability to occasionally kneel and crouch in certain underground installations and pole framing on the ground.



Contact Information

Apply by sending your resume/information to Consumers Energy at

This position will remain open until filled.

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