Job ID: 196683556

Job Summary
Employment Type
$20+ Hourly
Job Description

As a member of an IPC Line Crew, performs construction and maintenance work on overhead and underground distribution and transmission lines.

Pre-Apprentices must demonstrate the aptitude to be promoted to an Apprentice Lineman position. Aptitude will be demonstrated through on-the-job evaluations, a lines skills assessment and performance evaluations. If aptitude is not sufficiently demonstrated, termination of employment will occur.

Pre-Apprentices will be eligible to bid Full-Time Regular Apprentice Lineman positions as they become available. If unsuccessful in obtaining an Apprentice position within 12 months of hire, they will be released from employment.

Pre-Apprentices will be required to work at multiple locations throughout Idaho Power Company's (IPC) service territory and on multiple Line Crews.

Primary Job Duties:

  • Assists in building distribution overhead and underground and/or transmission facilities.

  • Assists in stocking line trucks with commonly used tools, parts, and equipment. Fuels and cleans line trucks and other equipment.

  • Assists in maintaining inventory levels, and transferring and receiving materials.

  • Assists in maintaining tools and equipment.

  • Frames poles by attaching arms, braces, and insulators per Idaho Power Guidelines. Digs holes and assists in setting poles and anchors.

  • Drives and operates line vehicles and stations them properly for the work to be done.

  • Will climb poles once deemed capable by qualified personnel.

IMPORTANT DATES:  Successful candidates will report to work no later than November 5th, 2018.  Skills Assessments are scheduled for October 1st and 2nd and interviews will be conducted on October 3rd & 4th. 

These dates are mandatory and candidates who are not available on these dates will not be considered.


Knowledge of:

Lines core processes of new business operations, emergency response, and unplanned maintenance; lines construction methods, materials, standards, and equipment; MSDS; know the purpose of commonly encountered materials, parts, and equipment used in line construction.

Skills in:

Basic use of personal computers; interpersonal communications; use of hand tools; use of power tools; and heavy equipment operation.

Ability to:

Perform basic math calculations; maintain effective working relationships with other members of a work team; maintain neat, accurate, and legible records; respond to emergencies in excess of normal working hours; work overtime at the discretion of the supervisor; stand call as required by management; ability to learn and retain training provided.


Qualified candidates must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following requirements:


  • High school diploma or GED.

  • Candidates must have graduated from a recognized Line School within the previous 18 months and no later than September 29th, 2018.

Internal candidates:

  • Must have previously graduated from a recognized Line School OR have 2 years of relevant field operations experience while employed by Idaho Power.


  • One year of experience performing physical or construction labor.


  • A combination of relevant experience to include: heavy equipment operation; commercial vehicle operation; electrical wiring (AC or DC); construction labor; general labor; use of hand tools and power tools.

  • Demonstrated experience working extended hours in all weather conditions.

  • 6 months of demonstrated experience in lines-related work.

Licenses & Certifications:

  • Valid Class A CDL driver’s license with acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position prior to September 29th, 2018.

  • Valid DOT (Department of Transportation) Medical Card or ability to obtain prior to hire.

  • Be capable of acquiring tanker, doubles, and hazardous materials endorsements.

This position involves maintenance and repair of transformers at ground level and vault. This can require up to 150 lbs. push/pull activities, lifts up to 50 lbs., frequent kneeling, standing and crouching, as well as climbing into the vault. This job also involves climbing (up to) 50 ft. utility poles to install/repair, while carrying 40 lbs. safety gear. Mechanical and hand tools are used to dig holes up to 14 feet in which poles are placed via team lift. Cross arms, which require a team lift of 120 lbs., and other equipment will be installed/replaced on poles using a mag drill. Other activities required are loading and unloading ATV’s using a ramp, attaching wire, hotstick/shotgun use, hiking/carrying tools up to several miles per day, occasional digging and frequent above shoulder work including the use of a manual trimmer. Data entry is also required for up to 3 consecutive days to input all field work into record keeping software.

Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of pre-employment physical evaluations, including a Post-Offer Employment Test (POET) and Department of Transportation (DOT) medical certificate exam. The above is a summary of the primary essential functions of the position. This job may require the performance of additional tasks assigned by company leaders or management. Questions regarding job requirements or accommodation requests should be directed to Human Resources.

Successful candidate will be required to work non-traditional hours, including daytime or evenings, weekdays, and/or weekends. Travel extensively with overnight stays and work hitches away from headquarters.

The primary intent of the Pre-Apprentice program is to allow each Pre-Apprentice as much exposure to line work as possible while the Company assesses the Pre-Apprentice’s behavioral and technical competencies. To facilitate this objective, frequent rotations are necessary. The below rotation guidelines will be in place for all Pre-Apprentices. These guidelines are subject to change based upon business need:

  • Employees will be assigned to one of three primary work locations and a specific crew at time of hire. These locations include: Boise, Pocatello and Twin Falls.

  • Employees will rotate to a different crew every six-eight weeks. Employees may rotate to another crew at the same location but every effort will be made to allow the employee to rotate to as many Company locations as possible.

  • An evaluation will be completed at the end of each assignment by the supervising Foreman.

  • Internal, regular employees who are successful candidates will be placed as regular employees in a Temporary Duty Assignment job classification. Qualified employees must have been in their current position for at least six months and have supervisory approval to participate in order for their current position to be held for their return.

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