Apprentice Lineman

Description :




Class Title:

Meter   Reader/Apprentice Lineman   

Cost Code:



Electric/Joint   Utility    

Grade No:







As a Meter Reader to perform routine clerical work in the reading of electric meters.  As an Apprentice Lineman position that, through on-the-job and classroom training receives instructions in the general use of materials and equipment dealing with the construction and maintenance of an electrical distribution system. 


Under the supervision of the Electric director and/or the close supervision of the assigned supervisor.


  • Read and record electric meter consumption and enter data into route books or hand-held computers.
  • Walk or drive vehicles along established routes to take reading of meter dials and assist in the analysis and improvement of meter reading routes and maps.
  • Upload into office computers all information collected on hand-held computers during meter rounds, or return route books or hand-held computers to Utility Office so that data can be complied.
  • Verify readings in cases where consumption appears to be abnormal, and record possible reasons for fluctuations.
  • Inspect and report services not conforming to City standards to Division Supervisor; inspect meters for unauthorized connections, defects, and damage and signs of tampering such as broken seals.
  • Report to Division Supervisor any problems such as meter irregularities, damaged equipment, or impediments to meter access, including—but not limited to fences or dogs.
  • Distribute Red Tags or Door Hangers to service addresses
  • Answer customers’ questions about services and charges, or direct them to customer service representatives.
  • Update client address and meter location information.
  • Leave messages to arrange different times to read meters in cases in which meters are not accessible.
  • Assists in the analysis and improvement of meter reading routes and maps.
  • Required to learn the identification and usage of materials or tools associated with the construction of an electric distribution system. Works with or around de-energized lines or equipment, loads and unloads trucks or trailer, digs holes for poles and anchors.
  • Follows all safety rules, regulations and policies established within the City and the Electric Division.
  • Keeps the appearance of the shop and grounds in an orderly manner by general housekeeping.
  • Helps maintain vehicles by cleaning, servicing and housekeeping.
  • Keeps accurate and current maintenance inventory records and files and in a timely manner, prepares required reports. 
  • The ability to learn the identification and usage of materials or tools associated with the construction of an electric distribution system.
  • Perform periodic stand-by duty.

The above listed duties are intended to be general in nature and level of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.



Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • No experience necessary.


  • Getting Information- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Documenting/Recording Information- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment- Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment.
  • Performing General Physical Activities- Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Processing Information- Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public- Performing for people or dealing directly with the public.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization- Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others- Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards- Using relevant information and individual judgement to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, codes, regulations or standards.
  • Analyzing Data or Information- Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Handling and Moving Objects- Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People- Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things, services, or people.
  • Interacting with computers- Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Operating Tools and Equipment- Skill in operating listed tools and equipment.
  • Communication- Ability to follow oral and written instructions, communicate in both oral and written English and must possess good hearing and sight (aided or unaided).



  • Valid New Mexico      Driver’s License.  Ability to obtain      a New Mexico Class “B” CDL license within six months of hire.
  • Must fulfil      Apprentice requirements.
  • Must successfully      pass the pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.
  • Certified in First      Aid and CPR or be able to obtain it within the 1st year.



Utilizes any equipment, tools and materials necessary to accomplish the duties described in the Essential Duties section above, including but not limited to:

  • Equipment and tools typically      used:  Division vehicles, Data cap H      (hand held reading unit), portable or mobile radio, wide variety of forms and      office supplies, various hand tools, and when needed, appropriate personal      protective equipment.
  • Materials and products handled:      All materials dealing with the construction and maintenance of electric      distribution lines or equipment; all chemicals dealing with the      maintenance of Division vehicles and the general housekeeping of Division      buildings and grounds; including aerosol insecticides.
  • All chemicals associated therewith.


  • All essential duties are performed outdoors with exposure to natural weather conditions with extremes in temperatures.
  • Some duties may require working alone and others work closely with other employees.
  • Exposure to various fumes, odors, mists, or dusts.
  • Exposure to moderate noise levels.
  • Job hazards or potential job hazards including cuts, bruises, animal or insect bites or stings, sprains, strains, broken bones, exposure to electrical shock, and operation of Division vehicles or equipment, falling objects.
  • Duties involve walking or standing for long periods of time on even, uneven, hard, soft, wet, or dry surfaces.
  • Duties may involve lifting of objects up to 100 pounds.
  • Essential duties are normally performed during weekdays, although emergencies may require working all hours of the day or night, including weekends and holidays.  Must be willing to work overtime and to be on standby as required.


The work environment characteristics described above are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Duties may involve lifting of heavy objects up to 100 pounds.
  • Duties involve walking or standing for long periods of time on even, uneven, hard, soft, wet, or dry surfaces           
  • Duties involve climbing, crawling, sitting, crouching, kneeling, twisting, bending; ability to assume prone positions, to rotate, and to balance.
  • Duties require use of hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls, grasp, manipulate, reach with hands and arms; overall hand and finger dexterity.
  • Duties require ability to talk and hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus, bilateral coordination, and eye and hand coordination.


Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check; job related tests might be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Contact :


The City of Truth or Consequences has a opening for the position of APPRENTICE LINEMAN with the ELECTRIC DIVISION.


 See Job Description for full requirements and representative duties.


 Grade: GS-5 pay rate commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus benefits 



Application and Job Description are available from Human Resources Office,505 Sims Street, T or C., NM 87901, tel # 575-740-7554 fax #575-894-0363. Deadline for applications to be returned to City’s HR Office is until filled. E.O.E.



 November 22, 2019   - Sentinel

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