Becoming a Lineman

What does it take to be a lineman?

Thick skin, determination, a willingness to sacrifice, and being a public servant by giving up a normal life to help others. Many linemen are generational and follow in the footsteps of their parents, grandparents, and other family members. Even if you aren't exposed to this type of lifestyle from a young age, an understanding of the hard work and dedication required for this profession will help you succeed in reaching your goal.

Linework is physically and mentally demanding. Not only will you need an in-depth knowledge of electricity and how it works, but you'll need to apply that knowledge under stressful conditions while respecting all possible dangers. Having a love for the outdoors and being capable of working in all types of weather is equally important. No one said keeping the lights on was going to be easy! There's a reason why linemen hold so much pride for the sacrifices they've made - as should you if you decide to continue down this path.


Lineman Schools

With an aging industry and more lineworkers retiring at a rapid rate, the best path for success is enrolling in a lineworker program at a school near you. Upon graduating, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to begin your career as a pre-apprentice lineman. Many schools also offer direct connections to future employers and local union groups.

J.L. Matthews Company, Inc. prides itself in staying at the forefront of industry standards and being capable of meeting and answering the needs of our lineman. We were at the forefront of Wood Pole Fall Protection and Harnesses that meet the Arc Flash Standard. We also have exclusive discounts available for students graduating from schools across the country. If you are a student or interested in our student discounts, please email us at

About J.L. Matthews Company, Inc.

Joe Matthews started his business in 1946 by manufacturing equipment and traveling to each service center while selling directly to each lineman. Joe Matthews and J.L. Matthews Company developed many products, including the shifting D-ring belt and gut strap. These are 2 products that every lineman still uses to this day. Throughout the years, we have worked closely with manufacturers and end users to develop and supply the best products that fit the needs of every lineman.

Follow the J.L. Matthews Team.

We try to visit as many places as possible throughout the year. If you happen to see us or our trailer in your area, don't hestitate to stop by and introduce yourself. Questions are always welcomed and we love giving advice and tips!