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Career and Education Opportunities for Electrical Line Workers in Detroit, Michigan

If you want to be an electrical line worker, the Detroit, Michigan area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, 2,540 people work as electrical line workers in Michigan. This is expected to grow by 3% to 2,610 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for electrical line workers are expected to grow by about 4.5%. In general, electrical line workers install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems.

A person working as an electrical line worker can expect to earn about $27 per hour or $58,220 yearly on average in Michigan and about $26 hourly or $55,100 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for electrical line workers are better than earnings in the general category of Electrical in Michigan and better than general Electrical category earnings nationally.

The Detroit area is home to seventy-three schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Detroit where you can get a degree as an electrical line worker. The most common level of education for electrical line workers is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become an electrical line worker if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Electrical Line Worker

Electrical Line Worker video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, electrical line workers install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. They also may erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

Electrical line workers climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to access equipment. They also dig holes, using augers, and set poles, using cranes and power equipment. Equally important, electrical line workers have to drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites. They are often called upon to remove or straighten damaged poles. They are expected to attach cross-arms and auxiliary apparatus to poles before installing them. Finally, electrical line workers test conductors, in line with electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to inhibit incorrect connections.

Every day, electrical line workers are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they control objects and devices with precise control.

It is important for electrical line workers to lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduit running through the trenches. They are often called upon to clean and splice corresponding conductors by twisting ends together or by joining ends with metal clamps and soldering connections. They also cut trenches for laying underground cables, using trenchers and cable plows. They are sometimes expected to cut and peel lead sheathing and insulation from faulty or newly installed cables and conduits before splicing. Somewhat less frequently, electrical line workers are also expected to set up watt-hour meters and connect service drops between power lines and consumers' facilities.

They also have to be able to identify faulty sectionalizing devices or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments and open switches or attach grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to enable fixes. And finally, they sometimes have to travel in trucks and airplanes to inspect lines for freedom from obstruction and adequacy of insulation.

Like many other jobs, electrical line workers must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Detroit include:

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Electrical Line Worker Training

Monroe County Community College - Monroe, MI

Monroe County Community College, 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI 48161-9746. Monroe County Community College is a small college located in Monroe, Michigan. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,514 students. Monroe County Community College has an associate's degree program in Electrical & Power Transmission Installation/Installer which graduated one student in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Customer Service Specialist: An individual who successfully passes ETA's World Class CSS Certification exam is professionally recognized as having the ability to uphold the interpersonal and business standards necessary in today's workplace.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan photo by Durova

Detroit is located in Wayne County, Michigan. It has a population of over 912,062, which has shrunk by 4.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Detroit, 86, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Detroit are priced at $108,900 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, eighty-five new homes were built in Detroit, down from one hundred fifty-four the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Detroit are health care, educational services, and transportation equipment. For men, it is transportation equipment, construction, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average commute to work is about 28 minutes. More than 11.0% of Detroit residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 4.2%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Detroit is 27.0%, which is greater than Michigan's average of 14.3%.

The percentage of Detroit residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.7%, is less than both the national and state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Muslim Estimate and the Lutheran Church.

Detroit is home to the Memorial Park Marina and the Detroit Golf Club as well as Chene Park and Mallett Playground. Visitors to Detroit can choose from Corktown Inn, Clark's Motel and Days Inn of Downtown Detroit for temporary stays in the area.