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Lineman Apprentice Program

If you enjoy traveling, working outdoors, and working with electrical equipment, then this training program may be for you. The lineman apprenticeship leads to the position of a journeyman lineman. Apprentices assist journeymen linemen in simple functions related to constructing, servicing, and maintaining TVA’s 17,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines. As your experience and ability increase, the work will be broadened to include more responsible phases of line work. It is your duty and responsibility to observe all safety regulations and protect your fellow employees and the public from hazardous conditions under your control. You will be required to complete satisfactorily certain technical and nontechnical training.

This position requires extensive travel and the ability to work in emergency restorations during times of bad weather. You must possess the physical ability to climb to heights in excess of 500 feet.


Current pay for a lineman apprentice is as follows:

  • Apprentice 1st period A: $54,300
  • Apprentice 1st period B: $57,160
  • Apprentice 2nd period: $62,875
  • Apprentice 3rd period: $70,495
  • Apprentice 4th period: $80,975

Starting salary is $54,300 and progressively increases up to $80,975 as the Apprentice advances through the program. Once training is completed, apprentices move into the role as a Lineman making $95,265.


In order to be considered for this apprenticeship, a candidate should have a high school diploma or a GED certificate and possess a valid driver’s license. Candidates are required to pass the Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test (formerly known as the AIR test).

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How to Apply

When apprenticeship positions are available within TVA, they are posted under Careers. Applicants will be invited for testing if they meet the minimum qualifications.

If a job opening is not listed, we are currently not accepting resumes for the apprenticeship programs. To receive notification of positions posted that you are interested in without having to search the job board, go to the Careers site and click Create Job Alert.

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