Electric Distribution Mechanic Trainee

Annual Salary

$67,630 – $86,944


An Electric Distribution Mechanic Trainee works as a trainee under close supervision of journey-level workers. Line mechanic trainees assist in the construction, maintenance and repair of overhead electric power sub-transmission and distribution lines and equipment; constructs high-voltage distribution pole lines; makes construction changes to existing lines and equipment; repairs power lines and line equipment; repairs and reroutes services; sets poles; installs transformer racks; hangs and installs transformers and switches of various types and sizes; installs overhead street lights and guy wires; makes repairs to energized lines; performs limited line clearance tree trimming; installs watt-hour meters; uses appropriate live line tools to install and remove approved protective covering on energized distribution and sub-transmission circuits of 7.5kV and above; and climbs poles.

Cable splicer trainees assist in the construction, maintenance, and repair of underground electric power, transmission, sub-transmission, and distribution cable work. Performs work activities in connection with underground cable installation and removal; pulls cables and service lines through sub-structures, vaults, duct lines, up poles and walls, over roofs of buildings and to customers’ service panels; performs rigging operations of cable pulling equipment; installs and removes transformers and related equipment in vaults and sub-structures; splices energized and de-energized low-voltage cables, splices high voltage de-energized cables; maintains gas and oil filled cable and equipment; installs watt hour meters; and climbs poles as related to underground work.


  1. Six months of full-time paid experience as an Electrical Craft Helper in the Distribution Construction and Maintenance Section of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; or
  2. Six months of full-time paid City experience as a helper in mechanical, electrical or construction work; and successful completion of the 120-hour Electrical Technician/Electric Utility Line Worker class presented by the Los Angeles Unified School District; or
  3. Successful completion of the 600-hour Electrical Technician/Electrical Distribution Mechanic Trainee program presented by the Los Angeles Unified School District; or
  4. Successful completion of the 600-hour Electric Utility Line-worker program presented by the Los Angeles Trade Technical College; or
  5. Successful completion of a recognized lineman college program with a climbing certificate.

Where to Apply

APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ON THE CITY APPLICATION FORM. You may apply on-line, or you may download a paper application and send it by mail to the Personnel Department Building only. Please do not mail applications to the “”drop box”" locations listed below.

Paper applications are accepted only when advertised on the job bulletin. Applications may also be obtained and submitted at the following locations:

Personnel Department Building
700 East Temple Street, Room 100,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Monday through Friday
7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
(213) 473-9311
TDD (213) 473-9312

Van Nuys City Hall (Drop Box)
14410 Sylvan Street, Room 105,
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Tuesdays only
8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Constituent Services Center (Drop Box)
8475 South Vermont Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Mondays, Wednesdays,
and Thursdays only
8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Cypress Park Community Center (Drop Box)
929 Cypress Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Wednesdays only
12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m.

Application Deadline

For administrative purposes, filing may close periodically and reopen the following day. This examination may close without prior notice at any time after a sufficient number of applications have been received.

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