A successful candidate in this position will perform construction and maintenance work (including hot line maintenance) on either wood or steel tower transmission lines. The employee must use judgment when patrolling lines, making investigations and supervising brush clearing and access road maintenance. Working conditions and nature of tasks, particularly hot line work, require that the Lineman complete the work in a manner that will ensure personal safety and the safety of the crew. Linemen are accountable for government-owned, assigned personal property. They are also responsible for the proper use of tools, vehicles, and other work equipment that they use. The Lineman reports to a Lineman Foreman who assigns tasks, provides instructions and information about the assignments, and reviews work in progress and upon completion. The work will be performed under the supervision of a Lineman Foreman. The degree of supervision will depend upon tasks performed and working conditions. When the Lineman is performing hot line work, supervision will be direct and detailed. When the work situation does not involve hot line work, emergencies, or conditions of similar scope, the Lineman will complete tasks under more general supervision. Work is performed in compliance with government regulations, BPA safety rules, and the BPA-CPTC Collective Agreement. The Lineman will occasionally direct work of Apprentices, Groundmen, Line Equipment Operators, Laborers, and other Linemen.

Major duties of a Lineman include:

  • Performs construction and maintenance work (including hot line maintenance) on either wood pole or steel tower lines including excavations and footings, framing and erecting towers and poles, hanging insulators and hardware, and stringing, sagging, and clipping conductor.
  • Replaces or repairs damaged steel towers, wood poles, crossarms, and conductors; relocates towers and poles; inspects and treats wood poles; and replaces insulators.
  • Performs, or occasionally supervises, right-of-way maintenance work such as brush and weed control, cutting or topping danger trees, seeding cover crops for erosion control.
  • Repairs access roads and installs or repairs bridges, culverts, fences, and gates.
  • Maintains microwave towers, antennas, and airway lighting installations; performs maintenance tasks in substations, involving overhead line work and other tasks requiring the use of line maintenance equipment.
  • Patrols transmission lines and reports conditions of lines.
  • Takes clearances and occasionally performs switching at unattended substations and line sectionalizing disconnect switches.
  • Completes associated paperwork and completes reports required of the above listed tasks.

Travel Required

75% or less – Depending on location, travel can be between 10% and 60%.

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The Bonneville Power Administration is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration based in the Pacific Northwest. Although BPA is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, it is self-funding and covers its costs by selling its products and services. BPA markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Northwest, one nonfederal nuclear plant and several small nonfederal power plants. The dams are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. The nonfederal nuclear plant, Columbia Generating Station, is owned and operated by Energy Northwest, a joint operating agency of the state of Washington. BPA provides about 28 percent of the electric power used in the Northwest and its resources — primarily hydroelectric — make BPA power nearly carbon free.

BPA also operates and maintains about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in its service territory. BPA’s territory includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
BPA promotes energy efficiency, renewable resources and new technologies that improve its ability to deliver on its mission. It also funds regional efforts to protect and rebuild fish and wildlife populations affected by hydropower development in the Columbia River Basin.
BPA is committed to public service and seeks to make its decisions in a manner that provides opportunities for input from all stakeholders. In its vision statement, BPA dedicates itself to providing high system reliability, low rates consistent with sound business principles, environmental stewardship and accountability.


The Bonneville Power Administration’s mission as a public service organization is to create and deliver the best value for our customers and constituents as we act in concert with others to assure the Pacific Northwest:

  • An adequate, efficient, economical and reliable power supply;
  • A transmission system that is adequate to the task of integrating and transmitting power from federal and non-federal generating units, providing service to BPA’s customers, providing interregional interconnections, and maintaining electrical reliability and stability; and
  • Mitigation of the impacts on fish and wildlife from the federally owned hydroelectric projects from which BPA markets power.

BPA is committed to cost-based rates, and public and regional preference in its marketing of power. BPA sets its rates as low as possible consistent with sound business principles and the full recovery of all of its costs, including timely repayment of the federal investment in the system.


BPA is an engine of the Northwest’s economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. BPA’s actions advance a Northwest power system that is a national leader in providing:

  • High reliability;
  • Low rates consistent with sound business principles;
  • Responsible environmental stewardship; and
  • Accountability to the region.

We deliver on these public responsibilities through a commercially successful business.

Core Values
In carrying out its public responsibilities, BPA is guided by its core values
We value safety in everything we do. Together, our actions result in people being safe each day, every day. At work, at home and at play, we all contribute to a safe community for ourselves and others.
Together and individually, we demonstrate our commitment by:
  • Taking the time to do our work safely;
  • Taking actions to prevent and eliminate hazards;
  • Speaking up when we see an unsafe situation; and
  • Incorporating safety into everything we do, including how we define success.

Trustworthy Stewardship

As stewards of the FCRPS, we are entrusted with the responsibility to manage resources of great value for the benefit of others. We are trusted when others believe in and are willing to rely upon our integrity and ability.

To be worthy of trust we must:

  • Consistently adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards
  • Obtain the greatest value from the FCRPS for the people of the region
  • Collaborate with those we serve as we make our decisions
  • Communicate clearly, forthrightly and fully
  • Hold ourselves accountable for performance on our commitments by aligning our words and actions.

Collaborative Relationships

Trustworthiness grows out of a collaborative approach to relationships. Internally we must collaborate across organizational lines to maximize the value we bring to the region. Externally we work with many stakeholders who have conflicting needs and interests. Through collaboration we discover and implement the best possible long-term solutions.

This approach of creating together requires:

  • Taking time to listen and understand each other’s viewpoints, issues, and concerns
  • Searching respectfully for mutually beneficial solutions
  • Sharing and explaining decisions in a timely fashion
Operational Excellence
Operational excellence is a cornerstone of delivering on our vision (system reliability, low rates, environmental stewardship and regional accountability) and will place us among the best electric utilities in the nation.
Operational excellence requires:
  • Continual review and improvement of standardized systems, processes and controls
  • Measurement of our accomplishments against clearly-defined and benchmarked performance standards
  • Investment in our people
  • Focus on ease of doing business with customers and with each other
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