Getting Into The Lineman Trade

Getting Into The Lineman Trade

If you are interested in getting into the lineman trade, there a few good things to know before getting started! What are they? Getting into the lineman trade can require your body, mentally & physically & can be a challenging trade to get started in! 

It can it be challenging to get in and challenging once you’re in it! There were a few things that I was not prepared for & think would be good to know prior to getting started. What are they?

4 Things I Wish I Knew

Getting into the lineman trade was difficult. Here are 4 things that are good to know (from personal experience) before getting into the lineman trade!

  1. Competitiveness: The lineman trade is a very competitive trade to get into. Many people want to pursue a career in the lineman trade, which makes it a lot more competitive and harder to get in. Between taking aptitude test, doing interviews, there are hundreds of candidates that you are competing against. If you’re not the best applicant to score good on the aptitude test & inter4view, it can take some time to get into an apprenticeship! 
  2. Travel: Getting into an IBEW outside lineman apprenticeship, travel will be required. You could be located anywhere inside of an apprenticeships area jurisdiction. That can be many different states. With that, living  situation is a big part of travel. Be prepared to have to live on the road!
  3. Hard times: The lineman apprenticeship can be hard mentally & physically. You will be tested everyday & deal with a lot of B.S. It’s part of the trade. Guys will be tough on you & you will be expected to do A LOT!
  4. It’s not about what you know, it’s about how you can work & learn. Pretty self explanatory. Be able to learn and work hard. Most lineman don’t necessarily care about what you already know, rather they care that you are able to learn, retain information & work hard!


The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) offers a comprehensive lineman apprenticeship program for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the electrical industry. IBEW, in partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), provides hands-on training and education to aspiring lineworkers.

It is a 7,000 hour on the job training and working. Earn while you learn! It can take 3-5 years to complete depending on where you work, what job, etc! 

If you want to learn more about getting into an IBEW lineman apprenticeship. Click HERE and learn more. Enroll in “become a lineman” 101 course to learn exactly what you need to do & how to get started on your journey to becoming a lineman! 

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Click and watch the video to learn exactly what these 4 things have to do with helping you get started in the lineman trade. If you want to get started, it will be a journey that can take years. But in the end, it is worth it! 

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