The Pre-Apprentice position is intended as a training position to begin an Apprenticeship program for the position of Journeyman Lineman. The Apprenticeship program is approximately a three and a half (3½) year program. This should in no way be construed as a guarantee that the Pre-Apprentice will become an Apprentice Journeyman Lineman. The successful candidate may remain in the Pre-Apprentice position for up to 18 months, after which time he/she will either enter the Journeyman Lineman Apprentice Program or employment will be terminated.The incumbent must successfully complete all requirements of the program to become a Journeyman Lineman.

The Pre-Apprentice will assist in performing technical duties in the maintenance, construction and repair of the electrical distribution system and associated facilities; learn to install new electric services to residential and commercial customers; assist in installing overhead transmission lines and underground electric distribution facilities; and perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility.

Applicants who move past the opening phase of review will receive a formal interview with hiring committee and will need to have the ability to pass a pole yard mechanical skills assessment.


The following tasks are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all of these tasks and/or may perform similar related tasks not listed here:

  • Learn to perform technical duties in the maintenance, construction and repair of the electrical distribution system and associated facilities.
  • Provide assistance to work conducted on energized electrical conductors and equipment; install, remove and maintain poles, hardware, cross-arms, insulators, guying equipment and anchors; string wire; install or remove transformers and electrical devices.
  • Assist in installing underground electric distribution facilities; install cables, wires, services, transformers, switches and other systems; trench and backfill; splice cables.
  • Install overhead services including street lights.
  • Respond to power system outages; assist in locating and repairing trouble in overhead or underground high and low voltage lines.
  • Participate in installing new electric services to residential and commercial customers.
  • Participate in building, operating and maintaining City-owned portions of sub-stations.
  • Read and interpret electrical system maps and drawings.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.


One year utility construction, maintenance and repair experience preferred.License or Certificate

  • Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license; possession of or ability to obtain a class A CDL within 30 days of appointment.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire, proof of passing Math 60 algebra placement exam.


Physical Demands and Working Conditions
The physical demands herein 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 these essential job functions.
Environment: Field environment; travel from site to site; work underground or on overhead power lines, on slippery surfaces; exposure to high voltage power lines, construction equipment, inclement weather conditions, noise, dust, and gases.
Mobility: Incumbents require sufficient mobility to perform moderate or heavy lifting; to walk, stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to climb power poles; and to operate motorized equipment and vehicles.
Vision: Vision sufficient to distinguish colors, read small print, and operate assigned machinery and equipment.
Language: Ability to speak, write and understand English language

Selection Process
Submit completed City application online by the posted deadline. Appropriate documentation verifying veteran status, including the City of Forest Grove’s Veteran’s Preference Form, must be submitted if claiming veteran’s preference. Applications will be screened through an evaluation of skills, experience and work history. Please note that the Education and Experience sections of the application must be filled out completely and truthfully. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. Incomplete applications may be disqualified from the selection process. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an interview.

Please note: Upon acceptance into the Lineman Apprenticeship program the selected candidate will be required to reside within 20 minutes of the Forest Grove Light & Power Department.

Please be sure to include in your application a valid email address you check frequently (including spam and junk folders), as candidates may be notified via email.

Position Status:
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is represented by IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers).

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