The only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. Apprentices should remember that they are still learning, and if they don’t correct a mistake, it can cause a problem for them or someone else and someone can get hurt.
Work Your Way Up
If pre-apprentices are having a difficult time finding an opening in an apprenticeship program, they should try to get their foot in the door in any way they can. For example, they can start out as a groundman or in another department and then eventually work their way up to the line crew.
Be An Overachiever
Show motivation and enthusiasm. For example, take extra classes and try to rise to the top of the class. Also, try to have a positive attitude and be able to take constructive criticism.
Don't Be Afraid to Speak Up
If an apprentice notices an unsafe work practice, he or she should say something. Safety should be the top priority.
Practice Safety Every Day to Stay Safe During Storms
When linemen work long hours on a storm, they can get tired. When they are trained to work in a certain format, however, they can still work in a safe manner. Workers need to practice on a good
day on how they want to act on a bad day.
Be Selective Who You First Work For
Do not work for a substandard company or even take an
interview with a company with high accident rates. Instead, take a good look at their safety records.
Learn the Fundamentals
Oftentimes, pre-apprentices may know how to climb poles, but they don’t have a good foundation of theory and rigging. Knowing these skills and being able to build upon them when they enter an apprenticeship program is very important, according to the line veterans.
Treat Everyone Well on Your Crew
Remember that your grunt could be your boss one day. Also, be careful of burning bridges because you might need to go back and cross them one day.
Focus on Communication
To be effective and efficient linemen one day, pre-apprentices need to learn to be good listeners.
Keep Gaining Knowledge
Even when an apprentice tops out as a journeyman lineman, he or she should never stop learning new things in the line trade. There is always more that can be learned throughout a lineman's career.