Website City of Monmouth, OR Power & Light

Wage or Salary:
$30.42 Per Hour

Job Summary:

The successful applicant will perform overhead and underground electric line construction and maintenance, as well as the operation and maintenance of equipment under the direction of a Lineman and/or Line Foreman. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, driving trucks, operating equipment, loading and unloading material, climbing poles, working from aerial personnel lift devices. An apprentice lineman will be indentured in an approved apprenticeship training program. After successful completion of the training program, and by qualifying through passing of a written examination, the apprentice lineman shall be advanced to the position of journeyman lineman.


Essential Functions of the Position:

The essential functions of this position require prioritizing and completing all assigned tasks in a timely and efficient manner, adjusting for changing priorities and availability of resources, and demonstrating initiative in identifying additional job-related tasks to be completed when time permits.

  • Performs overhead and underground electric line construction and maintenance, and operation and maintenance of equipment under the direction of assigned Line Foreman.
  • Installs, operates and maintains overhead and underground facilities according to MPL standards and the NESC.
  • Uses electric line construction equipment to include, but not limited to, stringing equipment, backhoes, derrick diggers, material handlers and trucks.
  • Efficiently and safely performs line work on a pole or in an aerial lift truck.
  • Troubleshoots electric customer service problems, distribution and transmission problems as part of a crew.
  • Performs electrical work under the direct supervision of a journeyman lineman.
  • Loads and unloads material.
  • Possesses and displays a working knowledge of work rules and safety practices.
  • Responds with sound judgment to unusual and hazardous circumstances.
  • Maintains responsibility for verifying the condition of all vehicles, equipment and tools provided for use in the performance of work.
  • Represents MPL in a manner conducive to good public relations.
  • Assists with recordkeeping and maintains a log of work assigned/performed (hours broken down into specific categories).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Additional Information:

Position Requirements:

Qualified candidates for this position will have relevant education and experience necessary to learn, train, and perform the essential functions and meet the minimum performance expectations for this position.

Required Education and Experience –

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid CDL driver’s license with Class A endorsement (or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment)
  • Must obtain Journeyman Lineman Card upon completion of this Apprenticeship Program
  • Completion of an approved line training school - will register in the NWJATC program.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities –

  • Knowledge of electrical industry; construction techniques and terminology; familiar with overhead and underground construction standards.
  • Ability to make simple arithmetic calculations ie: calculating figures and amounts related to electrical loads, system capacity, utility construction, etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills necessary to communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external customers, vendors, contractors, and other diverse audiences while providing outstanding customer service.
  • Strong technical, trouble-shooting, problem-solving, research, organizational and analytical skills, combined with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet established deadlines.  Ability to multitask is also essential while remaining flexible with changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Well-reasoned decision making with a high attention to detail regarding organization, planning, work flow, and project prioritization to ensure tasks are completed efficiently and accurately.
  • Highly ethical, self-motivated individual with ability to work independently and/or with limited direction, as well as cooperatively in a team environment, while consistently demonstrating collaborative, respectful and productive work habits.

Availability, Physical Demands and Other Requirements:

  • Due to the nature and scope of the essential functions, the importance of personal interactions with coworkers and members of the public, and the availability of job-related tools, equipment and resources at work, performance of the essential functions requires regular, consistent availability, accessibility and presence on-site. Outdoor setting involves all types of property and site conditions, including open spaces, timberlands, urban developments, flat and hilly terrain, building construction sites and road rights of way. Subject to outside weather/driving conditions.
  • The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position (this list is not fully inclusive of the physical demands required of an Apprentice Lineman). Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Environmental & Physical Conditions:

  • The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. This position works primarily in the field and is exposed to all types of weather conditions including temperature extremes and rainy environments, and light and dark worksite situations.
  • Approximately 40 hours/week may be required to efficiently perform the job duties of this position, including presence at designated internal and external meetings. This position may also require availability and accessibility to respond to and address emergencies and critical situations outside of normal business operating hours in the evenings and/or during weekends.
  • Attendance at offsite schooling is required.

Availability and Accessibility:

  • Works around low and high voltage wires, using hot sticks and insulated rubber gloves when appropriate.
  • Works in confined spaces, such as underground vaults requiring entry though a manhole.
  • Works in ditches up to 60 inches deep and 24 inches wide when laying underground wire.
  • Frequently lift, transport and/or move up to approximately 75 lbs. each day in the performance of regular duties and occasionally up to 100 lbs.
  • Changes position frequently and works in awkward positions. Occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing and descending a stepladder may also be required.
  • Required to stand for extended periods of time, sit while driving and/or attending meetings, and walk on uneven ground in all types of terrain.
  • Climbs in and out of buckets of aerial personnel-lift with tool belt, materials and equipment.
  • Required to push, pull, twist, reach and use finger dexterity to grip/handle tools, equipment controls, etc.
  • Work entails regular entering/exiting of vehicle, in all driving conditions.
  • Drive on behalf of MPL and/or report for work in all types of weather.
  • Exposed to solvents and citrus-based cleaners when terminating and/or splicing underground cables. This is often performed in the ditch, on the pole, or in a vault.
  • Exposed to noise from traffic, construction equipment, jack hammers, hydraulic saws and tamps, chippers, etc. for up to four hours per day.
  • Exposed to numerous types of pollen, depending upon location, season or climatic conditions. May also be exposed to bee/wasp stings, animal bites, or poison oak.
  • Exposed to chemicals used to treat poles primarily through skin contact, or inhaling wood dust after drilling. Exposures may include creosote and/or pentachlorophenol.
  • Alertness and concentration necessary at all times, including day/night, inclement weather, and storm situations involving long hours of work.
  • Requires far and near visual acuity, peripheral vision, color vision, depth perception, and night vision.
  • Hearing and speech requirements such that you can hear and be heard if working on top of 45 foot pole or 100 feet away from a co-worker, despite heavy background noise.


  • The City of Monmouth is An Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Refusal or unwillingness to perform duties and tasks assigned in a positive, professional and productive manner, even if seeming to fall outside of this description, may be considered insubordination and a violation of the City of Monmouth policies and expectations. The successful candidate for this position will be required to pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screening and a pre-employment physical examination based on the requirements of the duties performed by a Journeyman Lineman/Apprentice Lineman and a pre-employment aptitude test.
  • This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  It is intended as a general guide of the job duties and tasks the person in this position may be asked to perform as part of our MPL team.  It is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the job duties or responsibilities that may be assigned to this position.


To Apply: Applications can be obtained from the City of Monmouth website or by calling Monmouth Power & Light at 503-838-3526. Submit your letter of interest and completed application to Chuck Thurman, Power & Light Superintendent at or via mail to:

Monmouth Power & Light
401 Hogan Road
Monmouth, Oregon 97361
Attn: Chuck Thurman

Incomplete applications are generally not considered.


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