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Apprenticeship training course

Power industry overhead linesperson (level 3)

Planned and reactive work to maintain and repair plant and equipment associated with power distribution or transmission overhead lines.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
30 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Review drawings, instructions, or information to understand the task for example, work instructions, wiring diagrams, design specifications, utility plans, on-line search documents.
  • Prioritise and plan work with consideration for safety, environmental impact, quality, and cost.
  • Identify and organise resources to complete tasks for example, consumables.
  • Identify apparatus to be worked on.
  • Conduct plant or vehicle checks.
  • Receive and clear a safety document (permit to work). Brief a working party.
  • Identify hazards and risks and apply control measures.
  • Apply health and safety procedures in compliance with regulations, standards, and guidance. For example, safe access and egress, demarcate the work area, working at height, confined spaces, COSHH.
  • Respond in the event of an emergency first aid situation including situations where there is electrical risk.
  • Apply measures to leave power work environments in a safe and secure condition for example, anticlimbing guards, danger notices, barriers, lighting.
  • Apply sustainability principles for example, minimising waste.
  • Segregate waste for reuse, recycling, and waste transfer.
  • Select, check, prepare, use or operate, and store personal tools and equipment.
  • Use working at height equipment for example, mobile working platforms, scaffolding, ladders.
  • Select, inspect, and use personal climbing equipment to access and manoeuvre to a work position at height on overhead line plant and apparatus.
  • Fit and operate a rescue device at height.
  • Select, check, and prepare resources.
  • Record information.
  • Identify areas for improvement. For example, in relation to quality, cost, time, safety, and environmental impact.
  • Communicate with others to give and receive information for example, colleagues, customers, and stakeholders.
  • Apply team working principles.
  • Report or escalate issues outside limits of responsibility.
  • Produce or amend documents for example, handover notes, procedures, reports.
  • Use digital and information technology. Follow cyber security requirements.
  • Carry out and record planned and unplanned learning and development activities.

Full information on Power industry overhead linesperson (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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