Journey Lineworkers

BWL is Hiring Journey Lineworkers

We're offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus and up to $15,000 in retention bonuses.

Are you a journey lineworker? We want you!

The Lansing Board of Water & Light is a community employer of choice with a small company feel. Employees truly believe in the company mission and excellence in customer service – whether the customer is the general public or coworkers serving in another department. Make sure to check out our comprehensive compensation package!

Pay Range

  • $54.70 per hour

Why Work for Us?

  • $5,000 Sign-on Bonus
  • $7,500 Retention Bonus (every 6 months through 2024)
  • Competitive Wages
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation and Free Choice Days
  • Paid Sick Leave 
  • Great Insurance Package
Lineman in the bucket

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) has an opening for a Journey Lineworker, in Lansing MI

Position Summary:

  • Responsible for performing all functions pertaining to overhead and URD distribution

Essential Functions:

  • Uses all tools and equipment necessary for installation and maintenance of overhead and URD distribution lines
  • Operates equipment necessary for maintenance and installation of overhead and URD lines including trucks and trailers, winches, bucket truck controls, pulling machine, rope machine, forklift, road boring machine, minicrane, air compressors, flashing arrows, trenchers, backhoe, hydraulic cutting equipment, etc. 
  • Operates small tools necessary for construction and maintenance of overhead lines and URD including jackhammer, chipping hammer, rotohammer, chain saw, tree saw, electric hacksaw, hotsticks, tensioning machine, portable and truck-mounted generator, bolt-cutter, pliers, cable-stripping equipment, ground rod driver, Nico, Electric High and Burndy presses, status scopes, phasing sets, and primary and secondary voltmeters, etc. 
  • Works with various types of equipment including single- and three-phase transformers, capacitors, regulators, re-closers, switches, cutouts, pad-mount transformers, pad-mount switchgear, switching modules, concrete pads, etc. 
  • Climbs and works from wooden and steel poles and steel platforms, requiring wearing of line worker body belt, harness, and other safety equipment
  • Required to follow BWL safety manual and wear required personal protective equipment
  • Attends all training for safety awareness or skills improvement as directed by supervisor, BWL or governmental agency such as MIOSHA
  • Performs other related duties as necessitated by job responsibilities

Job Specifications:


  • Must be Journey Lineworker as indicated by completion of apprenticeship program or equivalent
  • Must have experience working primary voltages with rubber gloves and sleeves
  • Certificate of journey lineworker status preferred

Commercial Driver's License (CDL):

  • Candidates must possess a valid MI Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record
  • Upon hire they must provide proof of successful completion of the State of MI written portion of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) examination and pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam
  • Within six months of the date of hire they must successfully pass the MI CDL skills/road test
  • Applicants must currently possess valid MI CDL with required endorsements or at minimum, pass DOT physical exam and State of MI written portion of CDL examination within 15 days of hire/transfer
  • Individuals will be subject to DOT requirements in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), including random testing for controlled substances and alcohol

Physical Requirements / Working Conditions:

  • Works aloft 70% of time
  • Operates different types of trucks and equipment
  • Stands and walks on uneven terrain 20% of time
  • Must be able to communicate emergency information
  • Works with and around high voltages
  • Good peripheral vision and depth perception necessary to perform job
  • Considerable climbing and working from poles up to 130' and working from steel platforms 
  • Lifts up to 100 pounds
  • Respirator certification for entry into confined spaces
  • Temperature and humidity extremes
  • Dust and noise levels can be high
  • Must work in inclement weather
  • Occasional exposure to confined spaces

Why Should You Apply?

  • Competitive salary, employee development, and opportunity for professional growth
  • Robust time off benefits including vacation, free choice, sick leave, paid holidays
  • Comprehensive benefits package including medical, prescription, dental, life insurance, long-term disability, employee assistance program
  • Retirement programs including 401a (100% company paid up to 13% of base salary), 457 matches up to $2,500 per year, retiree medical
  • Voluntary benefits including supplemental and dependent life insurance, vision, flexible spending, AFLAC options, LifeLock anti-theft, long term care, tuition reimbursement, HOPE loan

About BWL:

  • The Board of Water & Light serves Lansing, Michigan, and surrounding areas with electricity, water, and steam
  • Lansing's city charter vests the BWL with full and exclusive management of water, steam, and electric services for or the city
  • The American Public Power Association has honored the Lansing Board of Water & Light as one of the country's best publicly-owned utilities

The Location:
Lansing, MI provides the opportunity to enjoy all seasons of fun and beauty. With the Grand River open for kayaking, lush golf courses, 17+ miles of trails for biking/hiking/running, Potter Park Zoo, and the sports, the arts and fine foods that comes from being near a major University, Michigan State University, there is a spot for everyone. The area is a short drive from Lake Michigan’s shoreline where there is views of natural beauty, boating, fishing, and windsurfing.


Pay Range: $54.70 per hour
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