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Old 02-06-2020, 9:54 AM
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Default PG&E Lineman Opportunities for son

Seeking information from fellow Calgunners. My 20 YO son battled depression for 2 years, even attempted suicide more than once. Although not 100% cure he is much much better. Works, has friends, talks about the future. Before there was no future. He was going to go to the Navy, but he canít now. My question is what type of training does a PG&E lineman need? Trade school?
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Old 02-06-2020, 3:44 PM
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https://lineman.edu/students-home/campuses/california/
This school is in Oroville, Ca.
I hear it’s very good school that utilities recognize.
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Old 02-06-2020, 3:47 PM
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Also a lineman school in Meridian ID just outside Boise.
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Old 02-06-2020, 4:10 PM
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PGE powerpathway, try to have him join a local ibew 1245 for NorCal or 332 for building trades in Santa Clara county. It takes years to get into PGE. I worked as a contractor for PGE for 1245 for awhile, sleeping in hotels away from loved ones sucks after awhile with his depression it would be even worse. Try to have him apply for a bunch of different Union apprenticeships HVAC, Eletrical, sheetmetal are really good ones with a better work life balance than PGE.He probally could get a preapprentice position pretty easily if you live anywhere near the Bay Area. 20 it a perfect age to get into Union trades
Lineman make 200k+ but earn every bit of it. They work holidays, crazy overtime at times, sleep in hotels and work trucks. really dangerous job too. If I was 20 knowing what I know now I would try and do HVAC Union apprenticeship. If he really wants it have him go to Climbing school and get his class A drivers license when he turns 21 that should be able to get him on the books for 1245 for dispatches working as a PGE contractor or similar work. After a few years experience he could get on PGE

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Old 02-07-2020, 7:38 PM
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The only thing I can say is have him start a profile on PG&E Careers & apply for everything eventually he will get sent basic test called PTB & WOI Test or go to Vacaville to our Local 1245 Electrical union. A great start would getting on to traffic control or utility worker once you past probation you can start bidding or applying for apprenticeship when available
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I agree with sanjoseskater and DeltaDom82. Find out about your local IBEW unions and go from there. I got in as an inside wireman apprentice with my local IBEW at 19 yrs old and haven't looked back. The apprenticeship is 4-5 years and is like a paid internship with hands on work and classes either a few times a week after work or once every few weeks depending on your local union. Be patient though, as some locals can have waiting period of up to 2 years to get in. If they have a "CE/CW program", he might try for that and get in sooner.
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Old 02-08-2020, 3:41 PM
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Also a lineman school in Meridian ID just outside Boise.
My son-in-law spent 5 months at linemanís school in ID.
Starts with DWP In March.
If your son decides to go to linemanís school make sure he gets
a class A license while there.
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Old 02-11-2020, 3:48 AM
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He needs a class A driver's license. Fun job but hard to get into. Lots of kids apply and only a few get selected. The lineman schools just teach them how to climb and a few basics and will set you back 14k. To be honest can your kid deal with people yelling at him and getting pissed off if he forgets to do something? Might not be the job for him. I know of one guy that climbed into the primary wires and burn on the pole while his apprentice was below him getting lit up. Apprentice survived but that messed his mind up.
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Old 02-11-2020, 3:57 AM
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To answer your question he needs to apply for any position open at pge that he's qualified for. Once hired on he can work his way to ground assistant and hopefully one day become an apprentice. Apprenticeship takes around 3.5-4yrs and once done he will be a lineman. I know of guys that started on the gas side and transferred to the line side.
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The only thing I can say is have him start a profile on PG&E Careers & apply for everything eventually he will get sent basic test called PTB & WOI Test or go to Vacaville to our Local 1245 Electrical union. A great start would getting on to traffic control or utility worker once you past probation you can start bidding or applying for apprenticeship when available
My son has his Flagger card for WA (also good for OR, ID and MT) and got hired the first place he applied in the Vancouver area. It is an IBEW union job. He went to trade school up there for heavy equipment operation but this will do until he gets in that union's apprenticeship program. He is just 21.
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If located in the Sacramento area, may be worthwhile to check out Sacramento Power Academy. Taught by SMUD.
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Go to the local IBEW hall. Take the test and become an apprentice electrician. You can follow the path into the lineman trade from there.
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It is fortunate that my son moved to WA and got his job as a Flagger with the IBEW when he did, as he is still working every day. When things calm down, he can apply with the laborers' union or next January with the operating engineers up there or pursue an apprenticeship with the IBEW.
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Go to the local IBEW hall. Take the test and become an apprentice electrician. You can follow the path into the lineman trade from there.
Some good info in this thread, Wolfy knows what he is talking about. PG&E is a good utility to work for from what I have been told. I'm in the Line trade as an apprentice and have less than a year to go.

Hey BigPimping, it's a little different than that, he could go to 1245, sign the books as a Groundman and get started that way. I think it should almost be mandatory that one is a Groundman for 6 months to a year before they get in the trade, it will help them a lot. Oh and make sure you have your class A CDL, mandatory.

Their is no test for an "apprentice electrician" at 1245, he signs the books like I said then gets on with a contractor, he applies for CalNev then goes from there. Going through PG&E is a different path to the same goal.
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Some good info in this thread, Wolfy knows what he is talking about. PG&E is a good utility to work for from what I have been told. I'm in the Line trade as an apprentice and have less than a year to go.

Hey BigPimping, it's a little different than that, he could go to 1245, sign the books as a Groundman and get started that way. I think it should almost be mandatory that one is a Groundman for 6 months to a year before they get in the trade, it will help them a lot. Oh and make sure you have your class A CDL, mandatory.

Their is no test for an "apprentice electrician" at 1245, he signs the books like I said then gets on with a contractor, he applies for CalNev then goes from there. Going through PG&E is a different path to the same goal.
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Some good info in this thread, Wolfy knows what he is talking about. PG&E is a good utility to work for from what I have been told. I'm in the Line trade as an apprentice and have less than a year to go.

Hey BigPimping, it's a little different than that, he could go to 1245, sign the books as a Groundman and get started that way. I think it should almost be mandatory that one is a Groundman for 6 months to a year before they get in the trade, it will help them a lot. Oh and make sure you have your class A CDL, mandatory.

Their is no test for an "apprentice electrician" at 1245, he signs the books like I said then gets on with a contractor, he applies for CalNev then goes from there. Going through PG&E is a different path to the same goal.

Whats the typical starting pay for a fresh groundsman?
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Right now, roughly somewhere 36.00 hourly. Just a rough estimate.
Can vary between different locations/utilities.
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Right now, roughly somewhere 36.00 hourly. Just a rough estimate.
Can vary between different locations/utilities.
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IMO, having a good career is a great treatment for many forms of depression. Not all, but many.


Iíd expect that linemen make more than that.
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Right now, roughly somewhere 36.00 hourly. Just a rough estimate.
Can vary between different locations/utilities.
I'll make sure to stop by the local union to get more info. Been looking for a trade to get in ever since I left the military, none of the typical 7-4 or 8-5 jobs I've tried gave me the job satisfaction I've been looking for.
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IMO, having a good career is a great treatment for many forms of depression. Not all, but many.


Iíd expect that linemen make more than that.
They do, I think in CA JY pay is about $58.xx/hr
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IMO, having a good career is a great treatment for many forms of depression. Not all, but many.


Iíd expect that linemen make more than that.
Journeyman Lineman- 58.09
Appr Lineman 1st step - 34.85
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I'll make sure to stop by the local union to get more info. Been looking for a trade to get in ever since I left the military, none of the typical 7-4 or 8-5 jobs I've tried gave me the job satisfaction I've been looking for.
There are required trade schools utilities recruit from
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