Lineman, Light and Power

Wire Man

Cable Man

Minimum 10th with ITI training in the Wireman/Electrician Trade

Not required

The tasks a Lineman, Light and Power is expected to perform include:

Erecting and maintaining overhead electric power lines to conduct electricity from the power plant to the place of use

Erecting poles and small towers at specified distances with the assistance of other workers

Climbing poles and towers, fixing insulators, lightning arresters, cross-brass, etc. and other auxiliary equipment at proper heights

Stringing and drawing cables (wires) through insulators fixed on cross bars

Exercising great care to leave a proper sag in wires to avoid breakage under changing atmospheric conditions

Joining the cable by various methods, fixing joint-boxes at specified places, replacing fuses and faulty components as necessary and testing for electrical continuity

Checking overhead lines in the allotted section as necessary and maintaining them in order for carrying electricity 

Maintaining proper repairs of defective lines, poles, towers and auxiliary equipment as directed

Installing and repairing overhead power lines for electric trains, trams or trolley buses

Working on high tension or low tension power lines

Skilled in climbing and repairing transmission lines

Knowledge of electricity and its principles

Knowledge of AC/DC circuits 

In-depth knowledge of the safety measures to be followed around live wires

Skilled in detecting defective devices, circuit breakers, fuses, etc.

Skilled in performing maintenance tasks on electric cable wires

Physically fit

Not Applicable


Decision making ability

Attention to detail

It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is necessary

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates who are Hearing Impaired (HH)

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous as per The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

For freshers - INR 6,000 to INR 20,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Market Trend of the Power Industry in India

The Indian power sector is one of the most diversified in the world. Sources for power generation range from commercial ones such as coal, lignite, natural gas, oil, hydro and nuclear power to other viable non-conventional sources such as wind, solar and agriculture and domestic waste. The demand for electricity in the country has been growing at a rapid rate and is expected to grow further in the years to come. In order to meet the increasing requirement of electricity, a massive addition to the installed generating capacity in the country is required. As per the International Energy Agency (IEA) publication on World Energy Statistics 2013, India ranks 5th in electricity production and 110th in the per-capita consumption of electricity. The investment climate is positive in the power sector. Due to the policy of liberalization, the sector has witnessed higher investment flows than envisaged.

The Government of India has identified the power sector as a key sector of focus to promote sustained industrial growth. The government is targeting a capacity addition of around 89 GW under the 12th (2012?17) and around 100 GW under the 13th (2017?22) Five-Year Plan. The expected investment in the power sector during the 12th Plan (2012?17) is US$ 223.9 billion. This shows that in coming decades a boom can be expected in the sector with immense demand for trained professionals. Therefore, the career of a Lineman, Light and Power has a bright future and opportunities are only going to rise in the coming years.

Government and private power companies

Cities and towns across India