What does a Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Lineperson (270S) do?

Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Linepersons help ensure that light rail transit systems are working correctly. They are responsible for building and maintaining lighting systems, electrical track switch systems, contact conduct systems, and aerial feeder systems. This could mean working with any of the parts or equipment involved in the creation and maintenance of a light rail system, including conductors, switches, transducers, air compressors, track gauges, hydraulic presses, voltmeters, ammeters, puller-tensioner machines, and hoisting equipment.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Safely using hand and power tools
  • Working with electrical and lighting equipment
  • Maintaining tools and equipment before and after use
  • Knowing, understanding, and applying safety procedures to the job
  • Inspecting worksites for potential problems or dangers
  • Diagnosing and repairing any necessary problems

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 12 legal minimum; tech education, math, and science/physics credits assets
  • While not mandatory, completion of an 8,000-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, is recommended
  • Must write a Certificate of Qualification exam to become journeyperson

What's Your Future as a Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Lineperson (270S)?

  • May work outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Safety is a high priority in this job
  • As cities build/expand light rail systems, employment in this field expected to rise
  • Employers include cities, municipalities, and public transportation companies

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $15.00-$30.00 per hour.


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