Learning the ropes of becoming a Journeyman Lineman
It takes about 8,000 hours of on-the-job training to become a Journeyman Lineman. Trico has a 4-year program where apprentices learn the skills needed to earn their Journeyman Lineman certification.
Recently apprentice linemen Shem Scott, Anthony Anaya, Martin Mares and Tyler Hornung participated in a training day designed to familiarize them with the digger derrick equipment and to become comfortable with climbing poles.
For Anthony and Martin, it was just their second time on the poles. Tyler went to a climbing school in Iowa for a year and has taken classes at a community college. Shem is in the third year of his apprenticeship.
Anthony said it is good training because “you have to learn to trust your equipment.”
Under the direction of a Journeyman Lineman, the Apprentice Lineman I assists in the construction, maintenance and repair of overhead and underground power distribution and transmission lines within the scope of their training and certification.
“All three of them have been with Trico for 10 months, and over that time they have worked hard and shown commitment to this career path and commitment to serving Trico Members,” said Chris Neely, Supervisor of Distribution Construction.