Title:  Journey Lineworker

Department:  Line Assets

Sacramento, CA, US, 95827-3824

Category:  Skilled/Craft/Trades

Every day at SMUD, we deliver power to more than 1.4 million customers throughout theSacramento area. As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, we have beenproviding low-cost, reliable electricity for over 70 years.We are a recognized industry leader and award winner for our innovative energy efficiencyprograms, renewable power technologies, and for our sustainable solutions for a healthierenvironment. Through the efforts of the 2,200 people that power us, we work 24/7 to keep thelights on and provide our customers with innovative energy solutions.We’re one of the region’s largest employers, with a reputation for attracting, developing andretaining some of the most talented employees around.


Position Benefits:

  • Strong safety culture Stability of crews
  • Highly customized line trucks
  • Service territory doesn't require out of town travel
  • Opportunities for advancement


Employee Benefits:

  • Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • Retirement through Public Employees Retirement System 457 and 401(k) plans available
  • Flexible Savings Account Short and Long Term Disability
  • Employee and Spouse Life Insurance




You will have the opportunity to attach your documentation during the application process.  If you fail to provide proof of a formal LINEMAN/LINEWOMAN APPRENTICESHIPPROGRAM you will be considered not qualified for this position.


Qualified candidates from this process may be invited to a performance exam which willbe held to determine levels of skill and ability.


Minimum Pay Rate: $73.87

Maximum Pay Rate: $75.01

Posting Type: Open 

Hiring Manager: Michael B Munn 


Performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks in the construction, maintenance, repair and inspection of SMUD transmission and distribution systems. This work can involve operating backhoes, derricks and hole diggers; etc. and perform related duties as assigned.

Nature and Scope

This series is assigned to distribution services. All levels are considered climbing lineman/wn. These classifications encompass work performed by previous SMUD classifications including, but not limited to, Apprentice/Journey Lineman/Wn, Crafts Helpers, Equipment Operator, Line Subforeman.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work includes but is not limited to the following: (Note: While in general all functions/duties are essential, individual positions within this class may not require all.)  This list is not intended to be complete or exhaustive.

  • Perform complex rigging techniques; cable locating
  • Frames, sets, removes, poles and associated anchors and guys
  • Performs work on lines energized @ 120V through 230 KV; tests on high voltage circuits
  • Constructs/removes/maintains transmission towers/lines and distribution lines
  • Climbs poles, structures or ladders
  • Installs/removes cross-arms and various pole top apparatus; types of cable; streetlight equipment; work site protection devices; residential and commercial meters; various excavations; overhead & underground residential & commercial services
  • Connects transformers
  • Assists electricians in wiring electric substations
  • Assists cable splicers in network underground systems.
  • Operates various types of equipment and vehicles (may require class A license); mobile data terminals
  • Installs/repairs cubicle/transformer wells, transformers, capacitors & related line apparatus, sprinkler systems, landscaping
  • Inspects trench, pull box and vault installation; customer service facilities
  • Instructs & directs sub-ordinates

Required Education & Experience Qualifications

Must possess the same knowledge, skills, experience, etc. as an Apprentice Lineman/Woman as well as completion of an approved Lineman/Woman Apprentice program including three years climbing experience in overhead electrical distribution work; Possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record; Obtaining a Class A Driver’s License after completion of the required driver training class may be required; Reside in a location close enough to their reporting headquarters to allow a reasonable response time from residence under normal driving conditions within posted speed limits; Work overtime and emergencies; Be “On Call” and respond immediately to emergency call-outs; Work special schedules as required.

Knowledge Of

Basic safety rules, standards and procedures, use of hand and power tools; Cal/OSHA laws relative to line construction; State and Federal safety rules and regulations; Hazard identification; Basic math; Line construction methods, techniques and standards G.O. 95 and 128; Rigging practices/principles/procedures; Material and tool nomenclature; Electrical theory/knowledge relative to line construction/phasing/grounding/line voltage/transformers; circuit labeling; Materials/methods/equipment used in high/low voltage line construction/maintenance and repair; Mobile data terminals; residential meters, street and dusk to dawn lights and their application.

Skills To

Read and understand job and training manuals, safety procedures and their application on and around high voltage conductors and equipment; Read, interpret and follow written and oral instructions; Climb poles/structures/ladders; Maintain a positive work relationship/environment with peers and public; Perform physically demanding work for extended time periods; Work safely at heights; Operate motor vehicles, SMUD radios and mobile data terminals.

Required Licenses/Certificates

Must be able to possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and a satisfactory driving record. 

Desirable Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that has provided the necessary knowledge and skills will be considered qualifying.


The purpose of this posting is to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill current and future Journey Lineworker vacancies. This list may also be used to fill Advanced Apprentice Lineworker, or Line Inspector I vacancies.


This is an open/continuous posting and will remain open until enough qualified candidates are identified.


Qualified candidates from this process may be invited to a performance exam which will be held to determine levels of skill and ability.


Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.
Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.


Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation, and will be based upon the candidate's qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.   


Why Sacramento, California?
The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

SMUD provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. SMUD complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

SMUD expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of SMUD employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Req ID:  24