Lineworker Appreciation Day

Lineworkers across the country receive special recognition on Lineworker Appreciation Day, which is April 18. The day acknowledges the risks they face in their jobs and the important work they do to keep the lights on around the clock.

It’s a job that requires several years of training. A future lineworker at Ripley Power and Light, for example, usually starts at the utility as a groundsman or apprentice lineworker. The employee then works through four textbook units of self study and advances through the work by taking online tests.

The next phase is five hands-on labs, followed by a final exam. The training is coordinated through the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association.