What do they do?
Ground crew assists line crew or network crew members by working on the ground, handing tools and heavy materials to workers. Digs holes and pads ditches, and performs other similar work in connection with the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground power lines. Requires good mechanical and electrical aptitude; communication skills and electricity training helpful.
From the Ground Crew position, one may select a specific craft and advance in that field by applying for an apprenticeship. Likely crafts include: Line Worker, Electrical Mechanic, Substation Electrician/Mechanic, Hydro Substation Operator.
The types of employers for this position are utility companies and contractors.
This entry level position only requires some basic understanding of electricity and a willingness to learn. This position typically leads to an apprenticeship in a specific craft.
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