Saturday, 20th April 2019


There’s a huge network of wires and cables underground that connect houses, businesses and industries with energy and power. An electricity distribution worker looks after this network, ensuring that power is supplied and transmitted efficiently. They are the people responsible for installing, connecting and maintaining the electricity network across the country.

An electricity distribution work has different craft areas that they can work in, with the electricity network being so vast and complex.

  • Cable linesmen or women - these electricity distribution workers will build, connect and repair the overhead power lines and pylons connecting the whole country
  • Jointers - cable jointers will work on the underground cables in all urban areas of the country, connecting to overground lines also
  • Electrical fitters - working in substations, controlling, protecting and monitoring electricity flow

Electricity distribution workers will either become skilled in one of the above craft areas, or will be competent in all three. The work can be physically strenuous at times, with a lot of time spent working in difficult conditions, either underground or up on a pylon. Whatever area that worker is involved in, there are certain general tasks that they are likely to be involved in:

  • Monitoring and checking their equipment
  • Installing, connecting and dismantling cables
  • Assembling or removing electrical components or equipment
  • Configuring electrical systems from control centres and substations
  • Diagnosing faults and repairing them quickly
  • Testing new cables and equipment
  • Travelling to and from different work locations

Due to the nature of their working conditions, electricity distribution workers must follow strict health and safety procedures at all times. A strong knowledge of electricity distribution is required as well as good physical ability.