Energy Industry - Job Category Definitions

Lineworkers

This job category is responsible for the installation and repair of overhead and underground distribution and transmission lines, poles, transformers and other equipment. Titles include lineworker, line installer, lineman, linewoman, underground mechanic, underground specialist, towerman, and towerwoman.

Power Plant Operators

This job category is responsible for the maintenance and operation of all primary and auxiliary equipment required to generate electricity or meet natural gas customers' demands. Titles include power plant operator, technical operator and mechanical operator.

Technicians (Transmission and Distribution)

This job category includes the repair of both electrical and mechanical equipment. This includes inspecting and testing electrical equipment in generating stations and substations. Titles include substation mechanic, relay technician and electrician. This category also includes instrument and control technicians.

Technicians (Generation)

This job category is responsible for the construction, assembly, maintenance and repair of steam boilers and boiler house auxiliary equipment. Titles include boilermakers, mechanics, welders and instrument and control technicians.

Pipefitters & Pipelayers (Transmission and Distribution)

This job category is responsible for the installation and maintenance of natural gas mains and services. Also included are first responders to natural gas leaks. Titles include gas street leader, utility mechanic, gas service specialist and welders.

Pipefitters & Pipelayers (Generation)

This job category is responsible for the installation and maintenance of pipe systems and related equipment for steam, hot water, heating, sprinkling and industrial production and processing systems. Titles include welders and boilermakers.

Power Engineers

This job category focuses on electrical systems, equipment and facilities rather than on mechanical systems and other non-electrical systems involved in electric and natural gas energy services. It includes people involved in planning, research, design, development, construction, installation and operation of equipment, facilities and systems for the safe, reliable and economic generation, transmission, distribution, consumption and control of electricity. This category requires a bachelors, masters or, in rare cases, a Ph.D. in any engineering discipline (commonly an electrical engineering degree) from an accredited four-year university.

All Other Engineers

This job category focuses on non-electrical systems, processes, equipment and facilities involved in electric and natural gas energy services. It includes people involved in the planning, research, design, development, construction, installation and operation of equipment, facilities and systems for the safe, reliable and economic generation/supply, transmission, distribution, consumption and control of electricity and natural gas. This category requires a bachelors, masters or, in rare cases, a Ph.D. in any engineering discipline (commonly a civil or mechanical engineering degree) from an accredited four-year university.