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Top 30 Lineman Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
Explain 3 phase electric power.
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Question 2 of 32
What is your favorite aspect of being an electrical lineman?
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"The best part of being an electrical lineman is the fact that no day is the same. I find there are new challenges on a regular basis which has kept my attention growing. I am also excited about the opportunities for future leadership and training."
The interviewer wants to know which aspects of being an electrical lineman are most interesting to you. Perhaps it is the variety in your day, the fact that it is a bit of an adventurous career path, or the potential career growth. Discuss what you love the most about this career path.
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Question 3 of 32
What led you to a career as an electrical lineman?
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"I chose a career as an electrical lineman because I decided to follow into my father's footsteps. He took so much pride in his work and I grew up admiring that. It was a simple choice for me, and I have never looked back!"
The interviewer would like to know what led you to a career as an electrical lineman. Have you always wanted to be a lineman? How did you hear about this career path, and what sparked the initial interest? Talk to the hiring manager about how you landed in this career path.
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Question 4 of 32
Working as an electrical lineman can be a physically taxing career choice. Are you able to handle the physical requirements associated with this job?
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"I am accustomed to positions that have a demanding physical component. I currently have physical demands in my role as a line checker and have also worked for a few years on the oil rigs. I am not a stranger to hard work and I really like the physical component of being a lineman. I have no physical restrictions."
The interviewer wants to be sure that you are physically capable of the tasks required of you as an electrical lineman. This career path is physically exhausting and you must be prepared to work hard. Assure the interviewer that you have the physical abilities required to be successful in this role. It's great if you can give an example of a position current or past, that has had a physically demanding component.
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Question 5 of 32
Electrical linemen work in varying conditions. Are you willing and able to work outdoors, and in unpredictable weather?
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"I am fully aware that weather conditions can dramatically change in our region and I am prepared to work in all types of weather. Before working as a lineman, I had an outdoor job as a mail carrier. I have many years' experience working outdoors and understand the hardships that can come with it."
The interviewer would like to be assured that you are fully aware of the conditions in which you would be working, if hired. Tell the interviewer that you are capable of working in varying weather conditions, while giving an example of a time when you have done this.
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Question 6 of 32
Tell me about your safety related training and certificates.
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Question 7 of 32
If you could choose an area for further professional development, what would you choose?
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Question 8 of 32
Why does a power plant increase the voltage and drop the amps, when sending power through the lines?
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Question 9 of 32
What steps would you take if you saw a coworker doing something unsafe on the line?
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Question 10 of 32
How do you prepare your equipment before starting work?
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Question 11 of 32
As an electrical lineman you will be exposed to heights on a regular basis. Do you have any challenges around heights?
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Question 12 of 32
Do you fully understand, and accept, the dangers associated with being an electrical lineman?
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Question 13 of 32
Have you ever been asked to ignore safety concerns? How did you handle the situation?
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Question 14 of 32
How familiar are you with underground wiring?
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Question 15 of 32
An electrical lineman must be a clear communicator, for the sake of safety. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
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Question 16 of 32
Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
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Question 17 of 32
When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?
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Question 18 of 32
Why were you fired or let go from your last job?
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Question 19 of 32
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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Question 20 of 32
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
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Question 21 of 32
What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?
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Question 22 of 32
How would you describe your work ethic?
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Question 23 of 32
Where do you see your electrical lineman career taking you, five years from now?
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Question 24 of 32
Have you ever worked in a situation where the rules and guidelines were not clear? How did you cope?
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Question 25 of 32
There is a lot to learn in the electrical field. When have you been asked to perform a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
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Question 26 of 32
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contribute to.
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Question 27 of 32
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 28 of 32
Will you make yourself available for overtime hours in emergency situations?
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Question 29 of 32
Are there any duties or responsibilities in our job description that you are not confident with?
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Question 30 of 32
Our electrical linemen work shift work and are sometimes on call. Are you prepared to work at any moments notice?
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Question 31 of 32
Are you familiar with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers? If so, what has your interaction been with the IBEW?
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Question 32 of 32
Tell me about a time when you had to troubleshoot to solve a problem.
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Question 1 of 32
Explain 3 phase electric power.
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1.
Our grid is three phase because it is the most effective way to give the most constant flow of voltage at any given moment one of the lines will be at its peak therefore giving the constant flow of electricity.
2.
Three phase is used to effectivly distribute electricity to customers because it uses 3 seperate legs that are able to be manipulated to create all diffrent voltages.
3.
To get phase to phase voltage and just not phase to nutural. And 3 phase means you have 3 conductors and a nutral.
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To get 240 services and 480 services compared to just a 120 phase to ground voltage.
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Its more efficient at any one time a line is at its peak power and supplies constant peak voltage.
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It is more efficient and is used when electricity has to travel longer distances and supply more customers.
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It's more efficient than single phase. Less load on each phase.
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We wire in 3 phase cause one line is always at its peak and provides constant supply and flow of electricity.
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Thats how the generator are constructed in 120 degrees.
10.
It runs in 3 phases so A) we can supply more customers with single phase, or B) so factories and big customers have the required wattage or (VA) to run power with no problems or interruptions.
11.
No I don't know right now.
12.
I don't know the answer to this at the time but I can return to you with the answer the next time we meet.
13.
Because three phase motors fun more afficent that single phase.
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Positive and negative and ground.
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3 phase is more dependable and has less line loss.
Question 2 of 32
What is your favorite aspect of being an electrical lineman?
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The stories. Hearing about the times guys went on storms around the country and sleeping in cots because hurricanes had knocked down hotels and of course the power being out so no one could stay really anywhere but hearing these stories and actually getting to see first hand really put an awh on my face and just I was proud to be doing what I was doing.
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That I could climb a pole and do work on a pole.
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How close the team becomes with one another, we rely on each other to stay alive and watch each others back, trust.
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That it wasn't as hard as people make it out to be.
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What surprised me the most during training was the amount of climbing required of the linemen and shows me the high standereds expected and contained by all employies.
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How little people apriciate us.
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How little people apriciate us.
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How close you get to the people you work with and get familer with each others work styles.
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The stories I hear and how little people know about what we do.
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How fun it is actually doing the work. I mean it looks cool when you are watching someone up on a pool but when your actually up there it is a really cool experience.
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Learning about how much you work as a part of a team. I thought it was more individual work.
12.
I havent had training yet.
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The amount of equipment you carry when climbing.
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I haven't gone through training yet.
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The demand and the mental strength they have to get the job done.
Question 3 of 32
What led you to a career as an electrical lineman?
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My buddy had told me about sltc and I was sceptical at first but I could see the pride and energy he had about it which in turn got me going. So I started looking in to it and reading more about it and I couldnt quit reading about it. It looked awesome! so I went to sltc and the moment I started meeting the instructors and hearing stories of the field I couldnt stop listening and learning I wanted more and knew that this was going to be the job I want to do.
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When I was introduced to the work doing Fiber Optics.
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When I first started out out I wasn't sure if I had what it took to be a lineman, after my first year in the trade I realized there is nothing else out there that I want to do.
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I found out about lineman school and I figured it'd be a good way to go since and like working outside and helping other people.
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I realized I wanted to be a lineman after being in the electrical trade for a few years and having prior family in the trade.
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When my friend who is a lineman talked to me about giving it a shot.
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I realized I wanted to be a lineman my junior year of high school.
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16 years old during a severe storm.
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When I was working with the ESB. I was working alongside a journeyman lineman and he was telling bout all his experience and I thought I would like to have them experiences too.
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When I was in me power transformer class.
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I realized when I was very young. I knew the hole time I wanted to be a part of the amazing and "dangerous" work that they do.
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When I realized I need a bigger challenge.
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When I realized I like to work out doors.
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I realized I wanted to be a line man while working as an electrical contractor. I got bored of the repetition and wanted something where I can continually learn and help others. I want a career that drives me learn and pushes me to my limits.
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After graduating from Vatterott I was hired on to stingray parts washers as a industrial production electrician, there I learned a lot about transformers, motors, latter logic and much more. It was then that I realized I wanted to always deal with high voltage and transformers. Powering the grid has always interested me.
Question 4 of 32
Working as an electrical lineman can be a physically taxing career choice. Are you able to handle the physical requirements associated with this job?
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Its hard to explain. I have a huge respect for the men and woman that can do this job. Its hard work but were proud to do it and we love doing it. Everyone I have met in this industry have been nothing but like a family. We all have eachothers backs and of course there is always that brotherly teasing of one another. But that brings us together closer and can really rally us up and get the job done.
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Because that's what I choose to do for a living.
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Its a rewarding job a great career and something to be proud of.
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Great opportunity for a great longterm career.
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I want to be a lineman to beable to provide a value able service to people to help customers in need when they are out of electricity and join the brotherhood that is being a lineman.
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Because I want to travel and make a good living working outside and being challenged every day.
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Because I like a job that deals with different things everyday.
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To travel and challenge myself.
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I like the work that they do. I like working outdoors and being able to turn peoples power back on would be a good feeling.
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I'd like to give back to my community and its members.
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I have worked with the esb for 6 months in HV/LV stations and I enjoyed the work and would love to learn new and exciting roles.
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I want to be a lineman because I enjoy electricity, and I see lineman a challenging job that is going to challenge me every day.
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Lineman are an important part of our society they are the back bone of what keeps the country running and I would love to be a part of that.
14.
A more challenging career.
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I love that challenges that come with this career because it will keep me motivated and interested throughout my career and it is such an honorable career that it will bring pride to be able to serve our customers.
Question 5 of 32
Electrical linemen work in varying conditions. Are you willing and able to work outdoors, and in unpredictable weather?
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Yes I do particularly in storms. I love when I wake up at night to a storm really gets my blood pumping because all I can think of is going into work to restore the power.
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I don't mind working in hot or cold weather.
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I enjoy the outdoors and and do not mind working in severe weather conditions include snow rain and wind.
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Some are better than others but it wont bother me working in all of them.
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I really enjoy working in all weather conditions.
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I don't mind would in hot or cold weather conditions.
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Yes, if I am wearing the proper gear for the occasion.
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Yes I love the out doors it is my favorite place to be no matter the weather.
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I wouldn't lie to you and say I enjoy working in all weather conditions, but I am willing to work through all weather conditions.
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Yes im injoy all weather conditions no matter.
11.
For sure some better than others but I enjoy a challenge.
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Yes I have no problem working in extreme conditions.
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I do enjoy working in all weather conditions. I am an avid outdoors man and weather rarely keeps me indoors.
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I will do what ever it takes to become part of this company and I will be more than willing to do so.
Question 6 of 32
Tell me about your safety related training and certificates.
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Very important because not will protect me but it will also protect others that around me.
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Studying and stories. I have friends that are lineman and apart of groups on facebook and all the time we are dicussing our work and the way people do things and what kind of inccidents have happened and how we can better to rectify those incendents.
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It is the most important thing no one wants to go home missing a limb or not go home at all.
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Safty is very important it makes sure no one is harmed and everyone gets to go home at the end of the day.
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Its life or death to me and I choose life.
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Safety is very important not only will it protect me but the others I work with.
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Safety is top priority in this field. It is very important that we follow all safety procedures so no one is injured on the job.
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Safety is #1 to me. I have been in situations where I am required to get the person to left and right to me home to their families. Considering I have a son of my own it makes it that much more important to me to be aware and accountable when handling electricity.
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Safety is second to nothing. It is everything and it comes first.
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It is very important cause its not just my life that at risk it is also my partners or teams.
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Safety is second to nothing. You want to complete a job but if you cant do it safely it isnt worth doing.
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Safety is number one, at the end of the day we all have a family to go home to.
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Safety is my top priority. In this line of work if you are not safe with what you do you will die.
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Safety is a value I will never compromise to ensure that my crew and I make it back home to our families every night.
15.
What is the purpose of arrester.
Question 7 of 32
If you could choose an area for further professional development, what would you choose?
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1.
Study after work, take extra classes about electricity and grid.
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Studying and stories. I have friends that are lineman and apart of groups on facebook and all the time we are dicussing our work and the way people do things and what kind of inccidents have happened and how we can better to rectify those incendents.
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On the job from senior employees and continuing education.
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I will talk to other lineman about there experiences.
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Continue studying at home and discuse with other crew members.
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My text books from school and information from other lineman.
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My text books from school other lineman searching and reading about linework.
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My text books from school and other lineman reading and reserching the questions I have about the job.
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I will continue to study about electricity and grow my knowledge for electricity.
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I will manage my free time in a very good way by staying in the classroom on my weekends and continuing my education so I can be knowledgable and dependable.
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Study my Lineman, Cableman Handbook.
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I would research online and do extra classes to learn more.
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I would like to further my education by going to classes and researching online.
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Whether it be the internet or with the linemans handbook.
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Reading books, asking question to people that have been in the industry longer then me.
Question 8 of 32
Why does a power plant increase the voltage and drop the amps, when sending power through the lines?
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So that they can reduce the amount of line loss. Voltage is what pushes the electricity through and increasing the voltage will push it through the most efficient way with the least amount of line loss.
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To avoid overloading the system.
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Because it has to be the right voltage when going through the lines.
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A powerplant increases the voltage and reduces the amps in order for electricity to be distribuated the best to customers by reducing the resistance within the wires.
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Reduces amps to reduce heat witch reduces power loss.
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To reduce the lose in power through heat witch is caused by high amperage.
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It is more efficient and it raises the voltage so it can travel farther distances.
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So there is less voltage drop over a long distance.
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We increase the voltage to reduce the losses on the lines caused by resistance.
10.
The power plant steps up the voltage so then when the voltage drop due to the resistants of the line it will reach its destination at a lower voltage.
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They increase voltage and drop amps because the lines don't have to be as big when your voltage is high compared to amperage, you are able to save money and time.
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So the power can travel farther.
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Because the higher the voltage the lesser the amps.
Question 9 of 32
What steps would you take if you saw a coworker doing something unsafe on the line?
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I would ask them to stop right the way and then report it to my supervisor.
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Stop the coworker from continuing an unsafe job.
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Stop him and tell him to do it the safest way because we all want to go home to our families.
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As them to stop the act at that time and report to person in charge.
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Tell him to stop and tell him what he is doing wrong and what will happen if he keeps doing what hes doing.
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Tell them to stop what there doing if I could explain what there doing wrong and how to do it right I would tell them what to do if not I would get the foreman.
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I would mention a safe way of doing it and say what could possibly happen if something went wrong.
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I would tell him to stop that its dangerous and then report the near miss to my supervisor.
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First make it known to the worker what he is doing and advise he stops, if it continues I would take it to a head foreman.
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Alert the supervisor/ call him out on it.
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I will stop him and report to my supervisor.
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I would stop them and explain to them how to approach the situation safely.
Question 10 of 32
How do you prepare your equipment before starting work?
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Check to see if it is in safe operating condition.
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Check it out, always inspect your tools and equipment before you do anything, every morning I would go start up the trucks and make sure they looked clean and nothing was damaged then we would lift the buckets make sure nothing was acting funny or leaking, same with tools and especially rubber gloves before I even got in the bucket I would make sure there was no holes in my gloves or oil or anything that could possibly harm me or my bucket partner. Which is why periodic inspections are important.
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Do a thorough inspection on the equipment before operating it.
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Check all your equipment.
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All of your equipment should always be inspected befor any wirk is done to ensure safety.
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Pre flight equiptment and a pre trip inspection and inspect all of your tools for damage.
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Make shure it is in good working condition not damaged.
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Always inspect equipment before use.
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I always checked to see if it is working safely.
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Safety check your equipment make sure it is in working order and there is nothing wrong with it.
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I always check to make sure it is functioning correctly.
Question 11 of 32
As an electrical lineman you will be exposed to heights on a regular basis. Do you have any challenges around heights?
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No I climb cell towers right now and average I am climbing about 100-300ft a day. Which is actually pretty cool the scenary up there from the hills and lakes is awesome to see. Also on top of climbing cell towers I am a licensed skydiver.
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I am not afraid of heights I enjoy being in the air, weather it be in the bucket truck or on the pole.
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No I am not afraid of heights. I enjoy working at high elevations.
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No I am not afraid of heights. I have climb many high towers when working with the ESB and have worked with cherry pickers and buckets when doing my apprenticeship.
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No I have been working and playing at heights my whole life.
Question 12 of 32
Do you fully understand, and accept, the dangers associated with being an electrical lineman?
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I understand everyday the dangers of our job. Not only are we working with electricity and the things it can do but we are working outside in the elements, at heights with the electricity close by and also we are working around the public at times and traffic is another huge factor that we have to look for.
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I do realize the dangers and this job and know the risk that all the linemen are taking everyday and know that you have a strick safety program to ensure all are safe on the job and reduces these dangers.
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Yes there are a lot of dangers to this job. That's why we need to be very educated on this work.
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Yes. The dangers can be life threatening. You must respect the dangers of this job.
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Yes I do. The dangers of this job are very high and this is why safety is paramount and continuous training is needed.
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Yes, this job is not for everyone. The work at heights and the very high voltage create a dangerous workplace.
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Yes I feel with my training and safety requirements I am in good hands.
Question 13 of 32
Have you ever been asked to ignore safety concerns? How did you handle the situation?
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Never. Rule one my foreman told me the first day was simply ask. Ask if your not sure on something it could save you and your crews life. Its better to have a second opinion on something than just one. Not one person can have all the ideas and answers thats why we are a crew, we are a team.
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I never overlook a safety concern.
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Minor safety concerns are commonly forgotten or ignored but I strive for my best to follow all safety regulations implamented.
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No ive done things unsafe not knowing they were unsafe in school and the instructors told what I did wrong and why it was wrong and unsafe.
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No I always taken safety very seriously.
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No. There is no such thing.
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No I have not. Any safety concerns I have had I brought to my supervisors attention or work colleagues.
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No any safety concern is a big one and should never be ignored.
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Never, I always want to ensure safety for myself and coworkers.
Question 14 of 32
How familiar are you with underground wiring?
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Yes I am, I have pulled single and three phase wires, I have spliced in elbow to bust bars as well as transformers and also have spliced in pot heads which is the transfer point from overhead to underground lines.
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I am familiar with underground wiring and understand the codes that coraspond to underground wiring.
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Alittle made elbow terminations in class and ran some underground cable for some school projects.
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Yes I have rand single phase and did elbow terminations.
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I am pretty familiar with underground wiring. We covered a little bit of it in line school.
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Yes, I have four years experience.
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Yes it is the same concept as over head lines just under ground in cable chambers.
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Yes I can find in the nec code book the various types of conduit and depths the are required to be buried.
Question 15 of 32
An electrical lineman must be a clear communicator, for the sake of safety. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
Question 16 of 32
Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
Question 17 of 32
When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?
Question 18 of 32
Why were you fired or let go from your last job?
Question 19 of 32
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
Question 20 of 32
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
Question 21 of 32
What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?
Question 22 of 32
How would you describe your work ethic?
Question 23 of 32
Where do you see your electrical lineman career taking you, five years from now?
Question 24 of 32
Have you ever worked in a situation where the rules and guidelines were not clear? How did you cope?
Question 25 of 32
There is a lot to learn in the electrical field. When have you been asked to perform a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
Question 26 of 32
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contribute to.
Question 27 of 32
What are your salary expectations?
Question 28 of 32
Will you make yourself available for overtime hours in emergency situations?
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Yes I would do whatever it takes to get the lines fixed.
2.
Yes. I actually look forward to it.
3.
Yes I would be willing to work cause I know that there is someone out there without power and I could help them.
4.
Yes, it is a requirement of the job, people need power and we have the means to get it to them.
Question 29 of 32
Are there any duties or responsibilities in our job description that you are not confident with?
User-Submitted Answers
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Lineman are more than just lineman, we are at times welders, fabricators, our own engineers. With this job we have a variety skills that we use and I can say theres no work that I havent done that I wouldnt atleast try to accomplish.
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Il do whatever it takes to get the job done.
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No, I would do any safe work I would need to do to get the job done.
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Any thing that it's against safety rules.
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No. I would try to do anything once. As long as I could do it safely.
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No I wouldn't turn down any safe work.
Question 30 of 32
Our electrical linemen work shift work and are sometimes on call. Are you prepared to work at any moments notice?
User-Submitted Answers
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Absolutely we are lineman and we are just as important and on call 24 hours a day like the police fire and paramedics.
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Yes, I realize being on call I need to be ready to work at anytime.
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Yes, I know that it is part of being a lineman's job to be ready at all times.
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I love the excitement of being depened on call me any time I will be there.
Question 31 of 32
Are you familiar with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers? If so, what has your interaction been with the IBEW?
User-Submitted Answers
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I have an I had a interview with them unfortunately it had not gone past that. I never understood why but I took it as what can I do to make sure I get it next time and thats when I moved away from home to gain my experience in the field.
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Yes, I am currently on the IBEW local union 2150 books.
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Yes I have heard of them I have had an interview with motor control specialties and declined the offer because stingray gave me two dollars and 50 cents more to stay.
Question 32 of 32
Tell me about a time when you had to troubleshoot to solve a problem.

About Lineman

August 24th, 2017

Linemen are responsible for installing, inspecting and maintaining electrical or power lines. They work in a wide range of industries, from telecom and construction to software and aerospace. As part of their job, linemen remove or repair damaged power lines and ensure that all circuits are safe and effective for customer user.
You must complete post secondary training in the relevant field and also complete a recognized apprenticeship before you can be hired to work as a linesman. This is a high-risk job and knowledge of precautionary measures is mandatory.
Prospective employers will want to gauge your knowledge of the job as well as your knowledge of safety protocol in this role. Your answers must be compelling enough to convince the interviewer that you have the necessary knowledge. One of the best ways to prepare for your upcoming interview is by rehearsing your answers to some of the more commonly asked questions. You can find these listed at Mock Questions.

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