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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Line Inspector I in Sacramento, California


Posting/Working Title:

Line Inspector I

No. of Openings:



Salary: $62.42 up to $68.23/hour (Overtime paid up to 2x straight time pay)

Every day at SMUD, we deliver power to more than 1.4 million customers throughout the Sacramento area. As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, we have been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for over 70 years.

We are a recognized industry leader and award winner for our innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for our sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Through the efforts of the 2,200 people that power us, we work 24/7 to keep the lights on and provide our customers with innovative energy solutions.

We’re one of the region’s largest employers, with a reputation for attracting, developing and retaining some of the most talented employees around.

The Position

Performs high voltage line inspection work requiring knowledge of construction standards and work procedures including GO95 128 & 165. Ensures job site safety. Performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks in the construction, maintenance, repair and inspection of the District’s transmission and distribution systems.

Employee Benefits:

  • Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage

  • Retirement through Public Employees Retirement System

  • 457 and 401(k) plans available

  • Flexible Savings Account

  • Short and Long Term Disability

  • Employee and Spouse Life Insurance


You will have the opportunity to attach your documentation during the application process online. If you fail to provide proof of a formal LINEMAN/LINEWOMAN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM you will be considered not qualified for this position.

Job Code:


Selection Process:

Initial Review, Qualifications Interview, Reference Check, Background Check

Pay Scale Group:


Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge Of:

Principles and practices of the Districts construction standards and work procedures: Basic safety rules, standards and procedures, use of hand & power tools; Cal/OSHA laws relative to line construction; State & Federal safety rules & regulations; Hazard identification; Basic math; Line construction methods, techniques & standards (G.O. 95 & 128); Rigging practices/principles/procedures; Material & tool nomenclature; Electrical theory/knowledge relative to line construction/phasing/grounding/line voltage/transformers; circuit labeling; Materials/methods/equipment used in high/low voltage line construction/maintenance & repair; Mobile data terminals; residential meters, street & dusk to dawn lights and their application.

Skill to:

Inspect line construction work for compliance to District standards Read & understand job & training manuals, safety procedures and their application on and around high voltage conductors & equipment; Read, interpret and follow written and oral instructions; Climb ladders; Maintain a positive work relationship/environment with peers & public; Perform physically demanding work for extended time periods; Operate motor vehicles, District radios & mobile data terminals, utilize computer applications for electronic mail, recordkeeping, word processing, spreadsheets and databases; work rotating shifts including weekends and holidays to facilitate workload; work in remote location and hazardous areas; use protective clothing and follow safety procedures; and, respond to emergency call out.

Education and Experience:

Must possess the same knowledge, skills, experience, etc. as an Lineman/Woman as well as completion of an approved Lineman/Woman Apprentice program including three years climbing experience in overhead electrical distribution work; Possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record; Reside in a location close enough to their reporting headquarters to allow a reasonable response time from residence under normal driving conditions within posted speed limits; Work overtime and emergencies; Be “On Call” and respond immediately to emergency call-outs; Work special schedules as required.


Successful completion of an approved high voltage electrical worker apprenticeship program.

Position Location:

Sacramento - Bradshaw

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

Work includes but is not limited to the following: (Note: While in general all functions/duties are essential, individual positions within this class may not require all.) This list is not intended to be complete or exhaustive.

Inspectors will perform these duties as a fully qualified and experienced journey level:

  • Inspects high voltage distribution construction work for compliance with contract and local, state and federal laws.

  • Performs construction reviews of design documents and provides estimates for field changes.

  • Prepares job site records and progress reports.

  • Ensures technical adequacy of construction methods and techniques.

  • Document site as built conditions.

  • Work as qualified electrical worker to access energized equipment, analyze schematic diagrams, blue lining wiring diagrams, schedule and apply for clearances, perform primary switching, etc.

  • Performs work on lines energized @ 120V through 21 KV; tests on high voltage circuits; environmental clean-up and transports hazardous material

  • Installs/removes/terminates/splices various types of cable; streetlight equipment; work site protection devices; residential and commercial meters; various excavations; overhead & underground residential & commercial services

  • Connects transformers

  • Assists electricians in wiring electric substations

  • Assists cable splicers in network underground systems.

  • Operates various types of equipment and vehicles (may require class A license); mobile data terminals

  • Installs/repairs cubicle/transformer wells, transformers, capacitors & related line apparatus, sprinkler systems, landscaping

  • Inspects trench, pull box and vault installation; customer service facilities

  • Instructs & directs sub-ordinates

Base Salary Hourly Low:


Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

The purpose of this posting is to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill current and future Full-Time and Limited Term Line Inspector I vacancies.

This is an open/continuous posting and will remain open until enough qualified candidates are identified.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.