When J.O first got into this trade, I’ll be the first to admit that like most people, I had no clue on what a lineman was (other than in football) and what all goes into their jobs. J.O’s apprenticeship alone taught me about all the knowledge that is needed in his trade. This IBEW apprenticeship teaches electrical theory, algebra, physics, calculus, construction regulations, etc. In all forms of outside electrical construction: power plants, substations, transmission, distribution, URD (underground residential distribution), catanary, street lighting and controls, etc… Phew! When they ‘top out’ they have 32 credits towards an engineering degree and are capable of constructing an electrical grid without an engineer. I remember when I first came to understand this, I thought, “really? I thought it was more just construction”. Over the years I have become VERY aware of all that it takes for us to have power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I have also become very aware on how dangerous the occupation can be, but also how these men (and women) look out for each other and each crew develops a special bond.
I love the online social media for one reason that information and awareness is everywhere. I recently came across three links in relation to the trade that I thought I would share with you. The first is a 5 minute video that shows what these brave men (and women) do on a daily basis and how proud they are to do it. They also show their families and get their input on the trade. It’s a great short film. You can watch it HERE.
The second is an article written by an electrical engineer and his take on the profession. How it is one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in America and yet it so often goes unnoticed. You can read it HERE.
Last, is a short video consisting of images set to music. This video was put together by the nonprofit organization, National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen. You can watch it by clicking HERE. As you know this organization is very near and dear to my heart. If you don’t click on any of the other links above, please take a moment to go to the NSUJL website and read about their cause by clicking HERE.
The life of a journeyman lineman is exciting and one to be proud of. If you know of anyone who is interested in becoming part of this close family, have them look into the apprenticeship here or contact us with any questions.