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Posted by Kathleen Pishotta on 02-21-2023 in West 03-23-2023


20-55631 — Transmission Lineman

SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by providing its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region's infrastructure for generations to come. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

Our highly trained and responsive employees with their diverse skills, talents and ideas are the reason we can deliver on our commitment and are building America's best energy company. They are also the reason why we have been recognized with the industry's most coveted awards. Our employees undertake challenging work, and receive highly competitive compensation and benefits. As one of the region's largest employers, we're always searching for talented and bright people to join our team. After all, it takes the best to build the best. Learn more about benefits HERE.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of SDG&E. Empowering our employees to be their whole selves at work is our competitive advantage. This is where new ideas come from and meaningful collaboration gets an authentic start. By bringing together people with different perspectives, diverse backgrounds and real commitment to their own individuality, we have built a stronger business. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion HERE.

For more information, visit or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook.

SDG&E provides benefits inclusive of full medical and dental coverage; paid vacation, sick leave, and holiday time; retirement plans; and promotional opportunities. Our current hourly rate is $69.44 **Offering $20K in relocation/or sign on bonus. Additional $10k bonus if you can start within 45 days of the interview. 5 weeks temp housing for out of town candidates.

Install, operate and maintain the Company's electric transmission system under direct supervision; operate tools and equipment necessary to accomplish the work; perform other related duties as required or assigned. Work on wood, steel poles and towers up to 200 feet. Use of Live Line Tools on 12kV-500kV and rubber gloving method may be used up to 12kV. Bare Hand techniques may be utilized on 69kV-500kV. Work may be performed from structure or aerial lift truck. Will operate mechanized line truck or other trucks. Install, maintain and repair electric transmission and distribution OH lines and equipment up to 500 kV. Install, maintain and repair electric transmission and distribution UG Cable and equipment up to 230kV. Erect and climb poles and steel structures. Install crossarms, insulators, conductors, switches and other equipment.

  • Climbs and descends 100-foot wooden pole wearing four-pound metal climbing gaffs on each boot plus body belt with tools weighing 25 pounds.
  • Climbs and descends 200-foot steel poles and lattice towers.
  • Will be required to attach one end of 28-pound jumper cable onto a conductor with eight-foot fiberglass hotstick - requires standing in climbing gaffs on wooden pole while supported by body belt/safety strap and rotating torso 60 degrees, extending hotstick out and above the shoulders at approximately 45-degree angle.
  • Lifts onto mounting bolt from belt height an assembled 10-foot crossarm weighing 80 pounds with hardware while standing in climbing gaffs on pole supported by body belt and safety strap.
  • Removes substructure covers - round metal manhole cover up to 108 pounds (lifting tool for manhole).
  • Works inside substructures.
  • Strings conductors and pulling cable.
  • Replaces wood, steel and lattice structures.
  • Operates and drives assorted pieces of large equipment.
  • Lifts and carries 60-75 pound tools, materials or equipment while aloft or traversing uneven terrain.
  • Works in a variety of terrain, weather and other conditions including ambient temperatures up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Works in daylight and at night with limited auxiliary lighting. Periodically work extended overtime shifts.
  • Works in and around helicopters.


  • Must be a Journeyman Lineman possessing IBEW Journeyman Lineman status in good standing.
  • Journeyman electrical worker that has completed an accredited apprenticeship program required.
  • Must be able to do heavy manual labor lifting a minimum of 60-75 pounds.
  • Will be required to work on steel and wood structures.
  • Prior climbing experience is required.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to absorb formal training and schooling.
  • Must demonstrate & maintain good safety habits.
  • Will be required to obtain & maintain a Class A CA Driver's license.

Desired Skills

  • Underground system experience with 200 and 600 AMP systems is desirable.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the California Public Utilities Commission have adopted regulations governing the control of drug use by persons in certain job classifications. Certain job duties in this position are classified as being covered by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) (Title 49 CFR Part 382) and candidates who are not already in a DOT covered job classification must pass a pre-employment drug test. Candidates who do not successfully pass the FMCSA pre-employment drug test will be required to enter a drug rehabilitation program as a condition of returning to their present jobs. Once in the job and driving/ licensure/ permitting requirements are met, successful bidders will be subject to FMCSA mandated testing.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

San Diego, CA, USA