Journeyman Lineman

Company Name: McMinnville Water and Light
Phone Number: (503) 472-6158
City: McMinnville
State/Provence: Oregon
Zip: 97128
Job Title: Journeyman Lineman
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Linecrew
Posting Start Date: July 5, 2018
Salary: $46.36
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

McMinnville Water & Light is a growing municipal electric and water utility that provides service to 16,000 customers.   MW&L is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Journeyman Lineman.



This is journeyman level transmission and distribution electrical system work for McMinnville Water and Light.

Employees occupying positions of this class are responsible for operating, maintaining, repairing, and constructing an underground and overhead electrical transmission and distribution system.  This includes operation and maintenance of substation equipment and apparatus, and being able to accomplish switching procedures in the field or through the use of SCADA.  Work involves the inherent danger of working around an electrical distribution system and requires applying safety precautions to avoid injury to self and others and completing work orders or instructions from the Line Foreman or Line Operations Supervisor.  Work involves safely driving and operating various equipment including man lifts and digger derricks.  Work also involves the proper use of “Hot Sticks” and other high voltage protective equipment in accordance with all state and local safety rules.  Work is performed outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and requires physical strength and agility.  Work is inspected by the Line Operations Supervisor, Line Foreman, and may also be inspected by engineering personnel for quality and adherence to McMinnville Water and Light standards and specifications.  Work will include climbing tall wood and steel structures, ladders, and work in and around excavations, man holes, and entering high voltage substations.  Work may be performed on a regular or irregular schedule which shall include Saturday and Sunday and on call assignments.  Because McMinnville Water and Light is a multi-operation utility, a Lineman may be assigned to other work areas as needs arise.  McMinnville Water and Light has a strong commitment to customers and expects employees to act accordingly.  Employees must be able to communicate effectively with customers, fellow employees, and supervisor.  Acts as point of contact with customer complaints and contacts.


Installs hardware on poles; digging holes for poles and anchors; erecting and guying poles; lifting and connecting transformers; connecting wires from provider’s source to customer service entrance; performs “hot line” maintenance and other aspects of operating, maintaining and constructing an electrical distribution system.  Installs underground conduit, vaults and equipment bases; installs and terminates primary and secondary conductors; installs and connects transformers and switch gear; installs meters; locates and repairs faulty conductors and equipment. Works in and around high voltage power lines and substations.

Reads and applies information in manuals and textbooks on electric theory and safety precautions; high voltage characteristics; Ohm’s law; construction standards; use of tools and equipment; standards for the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical distribution systems and metering and relays; blueprints, wiring diagrams, and other materials.

Serves as McMinnville Water and Light’s on-call representative to successfully respond to customer issues and emergency situations.

Maintains CPR and First Aid cards; ODOT Traffic Flagger card; Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with air brake and tanker endorsement; remains proficient at pole top and vault rescue.

Inspects vehicles and apparatus associated with Line work, protective equipment and tools for repair or maintenance; loads and unloads materials and equipment; keeps truck stocked with proper tools, equipment, and parts; drives in all weather conditions, positions and properly diverts traffic around vehicles; operates booms, diggers, man lifts, and other equipment.

Follows directions and communicates clearly.


May perform substation maintenance and repairs.

Executes switching orders in the field and using SCADA.  Tests substation equipment and protective devices, maintaining records and drawings. Performs related work as assigned.

Experience Required:

Minimum Experience and Training (In order to be considered for the selection process, applicants should have the following combination of experience/education training.)

  • Major experience in an electric utility at a level equivalent to a Journeyman Lineman. Professional behavior and the ability to enhance public trust are necessary, as well as the ability to perform as a Journeyman Lineman. Must have completed an approved Journeyman Lineman apprenticeship.  Will be required to qualify under IBEW Local 125 as Journeyman Lineman.
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a CDL Class A driver’s license with air brake and tanker endorsement.
  • Must live within 30 minutes of McMinnville Water and Light, or relocate within six months.
  • Must pass a post-offer physical and drug test.

A full job description is available on the website at .

How to Apply:

Making Application: Applicant must visit website:  to obtain the employment application.

Please submit: 1) employment application; 2) cover letter; 3) resume to Human Resources, McMinnville Water and Light, P.O. Box 638, McMinnville, OR  97128 or email to A MW&L employment application must be submitted for consideration.

Posting End Date: August 3, 2018