Members of the ground crew assist the line crew by working on the ground, handing tools and heavy materials to other workers. They also perform work in connection with the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground power lines, including: digging ditches, pulling cable through conduit, loading and unloading supplies, and performing other manual labor tasks. This is an entry-level position that can lead to a great career.
Also known as: Line Helper, Laborer, Groundman, Groundperson, Ground Laborer
High School Diploma
Ground crew is an entry-level position with lots of room to grow. Potential career paths include: apprentice lineman to journey lineman to foreman to lineman supervisor; apprentice substation electrician to journey substation electrician to supervisor; and apprentice hydro mechanic to journey hydro mechanic, to mechanic supervisor.
Training & Requirements
Ground Crew members typically need a high school diploma or GED and a basic understanding of electricity and tools. It may be beneficial to have a flagger safety certification, but all other training is done on-the-job.
- Ability to follow directions
- Able and willing to work outdoors and in inclement weather conditions
- Able to safely operate company vehicles and work around heavy equipment
- Work well as part of a team
- Assist Lineman in loading & unloading of materials
- Perform manual labor as directed (such as cutting brush, digging ditches, & cleaning trucks)
- Complete paperwork as needed
- Flag traffic
- Maintain workplace safety