In a typical work setting, line installers and repairers:
- Have a medium to high level of social contact. They talk mainly with coworkers, but also with customers.
- Talk to others in person and by telephone.
- Work as part of a team.
- May occasionally be placed in conflict situations in which others may be rude or angry.
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- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
Physical Work Conditions
- Often work outdoors, but may on occasion work indoors.
- Wear protective attire when working with power lines or entering manholes. Sometimes wear specialized gear.
- Are often exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures when working outdoors.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment, such as cranes that set poles.
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- Are often exposed to high places. As an apprentice you may climb poles that are 60 feet tall. Later you may work on towers that are as tall as 200 feet.
- Are often exposed to hazardous conditions and situations.
- Are exposed to sounds and noise levels that may be loud or distracting.
- May be exposed to contaminants.
- Occasionally must work in either dim or bright lighting conditions.
- Are on rare occasions exposed to cramped work places that require getting into awkward positions.
- Travel to work sites in a truck or van.
- May work physically near others, such as within a few feet.
- Must be sure that all details of the job are done and their work is very exact. Errors could seriously endanger the safety of workers.
- Must sometimes allow the pace of work to be set by the speed of equipment.
- Repeat the same physical activities.
- Sometimes make decisions that greatly impact their company, co-workers, and customers. They often make decisions without talking a supervisor first.
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- Set most of their daily tasks and goals by themselves.
- Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere in which strict daily and weekly deadlines must be met.
- Often work a regular 40-hour week, although emergencies may require overtime.
- May work long and irregular hours to restore service.
- Travel long distances to install, inspect, and repair lines and equipment.