NorthWestern Energy Apprentice Lineman in Yankton, South Dakota

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  • 14-Mar-2019 to 28-Mar-2019 (MST)

  • Distributions - SD/NE

  • Yankton, SD, USA

  • Regular Full Time

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POSTING DATES: March 14, 2019 through March 28, 2019


Apprentice Lineman


Distribution Operation

Work Location

Yankton, SD


Union Rate ($25.01 to $41.69)

Employment Status

Regular Full-time

Employment Physical


Drug Test


Background Check


Relocation Benefit



The Apprentice Lineman trains and works under the supervision of a Journeyman Lineman to develop the abilities and functions to perform labor, and lineman jobs. During their training, they will learn and progressively perform the responsibilities of the Journeyman Lineman as qualified.


  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics

  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

  • Perform those physical and mental requirements necessary to undertake a multi-step apprenticeship process designed to train the worker to safely and efficiently perform all aspects related to the installation, maintenance, and service of electrical transmission lines

  • Communicate verbally and understand audible signals in emergency/safety situations

  • Work overtime outside of scheduled hours, participating in either call out availability or an on-call rotation schedule, in response to acute and/ or planned service needs

  • Work together as a team member to safely and efficiently complete work activities

  • Satisfactorily complete required program to progress to qualified Journeyman Lineman status

  • Respond from home to primary work location within a reasonable amount of time

Marginal Work Functions

*These functions may be considered essential based on location and other factors.

  • Troubleshoot electrical outages and complete installation and maintenance work related to all aspects of electric distribution and transmission systems*

  • Perform rubber gloving work for safely working with primary/high-voltage and low-voltage lines and equipment*

  • Install and retire overhead and underground electric lines

  • Perform sustained work at heights including ladder work, climbing and working from poles, and bucket work*

  • Frame, install, or replace poles*

  • Maintain lines and support structures in substations; erect steel to replace or increase size of substation structures as needed*

  • Operate heavy equipment including diggers, trenchers, back hoes, and bucket trucks*

  • Remove tree limbs near electric lines*

  • Interact with the public*

  • PCB tests/clean up as required by OSHA

  • Drive to installation locations*

  • Perform customer service work including disconnect-reconnects and credit turn-offs*

  • Assist in patrolling and maintaining facilities and lines*

  • Organize equipment and perform regular and preventative maintenance*

  • Locate buried lines including electric and gas underground services*

  • Trained as a first responder or must be willing to be trained in that capacity*

  • Check customer's voltage/sets, monitor, and read recording volt meters when necessary*

  • Meter Reading / and associated meter reading processes*

  • Switching as needed*


  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Valid Commercial Driver's License

  • First Aid/CPR Certification

  • Knowledge of applicable codes and safety

  • Commitment to safe working practices and knowledge of safety policies/procedures

  • Adapt to technological changes as they are implemented


When considering applicants for this position, the selection process will take into consideration the needs of NorthWestern, including such factors as reorganization requirements, diversity opportunities, relocation requirements, employee development and job succession. If any of the preceding language conflicts with the applicable bargaining unit agreements, the bargaining unit agreement will prevail.


External applicants should apply online at Internal applicants should apply online at iConnect. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department via phone at 1-800-245-6977, or via email at

NorthWestern Energy

Human Resources Department Job # 2808

3010 West 69th Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and statutes.