Overhead Line Worker

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority - San Jose, CA (30+ days ago)3.7


Under general supervision, the Overhead Line Worker performs journey level inspections, maintains and repairs overhead lines, power distribution cables, communication cables and overhead signal cables.

Classification Bargaining Unit: ATU

Essential Job Functions Typical Tasks
  • Performs inspections and repairs of all overhead contact wires, poles, support, distribution, communication and signal cables, insulators and switch gears;
  • Performs inspections and repairs of lighting and other electrical systems;
  • Operates boom and tower trucks and other equipment and tools;
  • Operates welding equipment;
  • Keeps tools and equipment clean and in good condition;
  • Keeps records of work performed;
  • May provide lead supervision and assist in training other workers;
  • Prepares written reports, documents defects and repairs on inspection forms, work orders, or designated computer programs;
  • Operates computer for related data input and retrieval;
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications Employment Standards

Training and education equivalent to a high school diploma and the following experience:

Two (2) years of verifiable experience as a journey level transit electrical line worker, working with over 600 Volts D.C.


Two (2) years of verifiable experience as a journey level electrical line worker working with over 750 Volts A.C. in the construction, installation, maintenance, and repair of overhead and underground lines.

Completion of a state certified electrical line worker apprenticeship program or equivalent is preferred.

Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and the ability to qualify for and maintain a Class A license. Applicants must obtain a Class A driver's license within 6 months of appointment. Failure to obtain a Class A driver license will be cause for termination.

Must be available to work weekends, holidays, and odd and unusual hours.

Supplemental Information Knowledge of:
  • Methods and procedures used to repair and maintain high voltage electrical systems;
  • Theory and principles of electrical and electronic equipment and circuits;
  • Tools and equipment used in the testing and repair of electrical and electronic equipment and installations;
  • Principles and practices of electrical construction and installation;
  • Proper tensioning and positioning of catenary wires;
  • Welding procedures used in electrical work;
  • General shop safety procedures;
  • Laws, ordinances, and regulations governing electrical installation, maintenance, safety, and accident prevention.

Ability to:
  • Test and repair electrical and electronic equipment and installations;
  • Work independently and safely with 750 volt DC power;
  • Work in high places;
  • Operate welding equipment used in electrical work;
  • Perform work in compliance with safety rules and regulations;
  • Read and interpret construction plans, specification and electronic schematics, diagrams, and maintenance manuals;
  • Estimate costs for time, labor, and materials;
  • Maintain records;
  • Assign, review the work of, and train others;
  • Prepare written reports, document defects and repairs on inspection forms, work orders, or designated computer programs;
  • Perform computer-related functions that allow for data input and retrieval;
  • Learn and stay current on all new technologies introduced into the transit industry as it relates to electrified rail;
  • Effectively read, understand, and use technical information found in repair manuals, service change bulletins, and applicable technical documents, including parts and supply manuals;
  • Establish and maintain effective relations with those encountered in day-to-day performance of tasks.