FirstEnergy employs a large workforce of power line and substation employees who work on our transmission and distribution system every day to ensure safe and reliable electric service to the customers in our service area. Lineworkers are responsible for the construction, maintenance and repair of transmission and distribution lines, while substation electricians construct, inspect and maintain our substation equipment. Whether they are testing substation performance, constructing distribution lines for a new residential development, or repairing damaged power lines after a storm, line workers and substation employees enjoy fast-paced and rewarding careers.

FirstEnergy’s electric utility operating companies routinely hire employees in the following areas:

Line work is physically demanding, with exposure to harsh weather and temperature extremes. Qualifications for these positions include:

  • Successful completion of the Journeyman Lineman Apprenticeship program, or the equivalent.
  • Ability to safely work on energized and de-energized transmission and distribution equipment and facilities.
  • Ability to safely climb wood poles and steel towers – ranging from 35 to 50 feet tall – to perform work on distribution lines.
  • Class “A” commercial driver’s license (CDL).
  • Ability to operate various types of large equipment, including boom trucks, bucket trucks, forklifts, trenching equipment, backhoes and other pieces of line-construction equipment.

Substation Electrician
Substation Electricians must be able to work safely while inspecting and maintaining substation equipment to ensure optimal performance. Qualifications for these positions include:

  • Prior electrical experience working with high voltage equipment (69KV and above).
  • Ability to overhaul, calibrate and test new and in-service transformers, circuit breakers and tap changers, as well as install, adjust, inspect, repair and remove substation systems and equipment.
  • Ability to safely climb steel structures and perform tasks in elevated locations up to 70 feet high.
  • Ability to work safely in confined and underground spaces, while in close proximity to high-voltage equipment.
  • Ability to safely operate forklifts, trenchers, backhoes and commercial vehicles.

If you don’t have the experience necessary for these positions but are interested in beginning a career in one of these professions, please visit our Technical School Alliances page where you can learn more about the Power Systems Institute (PSI). This program offers educational opportunities at a wide range of colleges across our service territory that can help you gain the knowledge and skills required for a successful career as a lineworker or substation electrician.


Last Modified: October 14, 2011