Apprentice Lineman (Manchester)

Job description: Apprentice Lineman 1st – 4th Year is a team player willing and able to learn from peers and supervisors. This position begins actively training in linework with a focus on line construction.  Requirements include assisting a crew to ensure proper construction, service, and maintenance of electrical distribution services.

Location: Manchester, TN


  1. Follows established safety rules and safety precautions, studies the American Public Power Association safety manual, and attends scheduled safety training sessions.
  2. Under observation, operates vehicles and hydraulic equipment/tools assigned to crew.
  3. Fabricates pole assemblies both on the ground and on the pole and hangs guy wire, transformers, security lights, and other equipment on de-energized poles.
  4. Ties-in conductors on de-energized poles, lays underground cable, and makes connections of meter loops/bases, single-phase transformers, grounds, cable terminals, and other equipment.
  5. Installs and removes standard, single-phase meters, learns to accurately read meters, and becomes familiar with associated service cut-in/out procedures.
  6. Makes splices in underground cables and overhead bare and covered conductors/cables on de-energized lines.
  7. Studies the nomenclature of RUS/DREMC specifications.
  8. Progressively learns the hardware and associated materials required for the makeup of both overhead and underground unit specifications.
  9. Learns the basic single-phase residential connections at a point of delivery for overhead and underground service.
  10. Successfully climbs 150 poles during the year and must demonstrate the ability to perform pole top and bucket rescue.
  11. Must reside within a twenty (20) statute-mile radius of the assigned office.

Education — High school diploma or equivalent required.
Experience — Must have completed Apprentice Groundman curriculum or equivalent. Must complete TVPPA Lineman Apprenticeship Program: Unit I, II, TVPPA Digger Derrick/Aerial Device Lab, and TVPPA Fundamentals Lab I or equivalent.
Certification/License, etc. — Must possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License with Class A or B endorsement. Must be eligible and remain insured as a driver by the Cooperative’s group liability policy for the automotive fleet.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities — Ability to maintain a continued education that supports the maintenance of the Cooperative’s distribution equipment and practices. Must be able to exercise discretion and use sound judgment in dealing with people and confidential information. Possesses effective oral and written communications skills. Ability to frequently lift and carry 75-100 pounds.

BENEFITS: DREMC provides a comprehensive program of employee benefits, including group medical, dental, vision, employer-sponsored medical clinic, life and long-term disability insurance programs, defined benefit retirement and 401K savings plans, tuition reimbursement.


  1. Candidates must submit a cover letter and resume. Send resume to
  2. Candidates must also complete and submit the DREMC Employment Application, and email the form here.
  3. Complete the Voluntary Self ID of Disability Form, Self Identify Protected Veteran, & Voluntary Self Identification Form found here and submit the form to

DREMC does not accept resumes from third-party recruiters.

Equal Opportunity Employer EOE/AA M/F/D/V