Lineman's supplement, journeymen

Linemen: Faces of the Future

Up-and-coming line leaders train to follow in the footsteps of today’s veteran journeymen.

Today’s line apprentices are tomorrow’s leaders in the electric utility industry. With veteran journeymen linemen nearing retirement, utilities are hiring apprentices to fill their work boots. Brandon Branch, an apprentice lineman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), says he already is noticing an impending gap in the workforce.

“Soon, young linemen will have a majority of foremen who have 10 or 15 years in the trade instead of the 25 to 40 years in the trade

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