You’ve likely noticed JOEMC’s crews working on power lines and other electrical equipment in our community. It’s no secret that a lineworker’s job is tough—but it’s a job that’s essential and must be done, often in challenging conditions. As we celebrate Lineworker Appreciation Day on April 11, I wanted to recognize the outstanding individuals who serve their community in this role— a role that’s ranked as one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S.
Their work can be heavy in more ways than one. Did you know the equipment and tools that a lineworker carries while climbing a utility pole can weigh up to 50 pounds? They’re also required to climb poles ranging from 30 to 120 feet tall. If you fear heights, this likely isn’t the career path.
They often work non-traditional hours and outdoors under challenging conditions. And while the job does not require a college degree, it does require technical skills, years of training, and hands-on learning. Becoming a journeyman lineworker at JOEMC doesn’t just happen overnight—our eight-year program takes thousands of hours of training and testing to complete. Working with high-voltage equipment requires specialized skills, experience, and ongoing mental toughness. Shortcuts are not an option, and there is no room for error in this line of work.
Your co-op lineworkers are committed to powering our communities despite the many challenges. They must be ready to leave the comfort of their homes and families unexpectedly when severe weather strikes, and they don’t return until the job is done, often days later, which impacts their time with family and friends. But lineworkers and their families know that their job is vital to our community.
Our JOEMC lineworkers maintain over 2,400 miles of power lines across six counties. Today’s line technicians are also information experts who can pinpoint power outages from miles away. They use laptops, tablets, drones, and other technologies to map outages, survey damage, and troubleshoot problems.
Lineworkers are essential to the quality of life in our communities. Without their exceptional dedication, we would not have the reliable electricity we need for everyday life.
So, the next time you see a lineworker, please thank them for their work. Also, join us as we recognize them on April 11 by sharing your appreciation on our social media channels or whenever you see a lineworker in your community! After all, they’re the power behind your power.