Distribution Line Supervisor - Job Description (Sample)

Job Summary:

Responsible for supervising the work of line crews at assigned location, and performing the work of a Lineworker, as needed. Work involves construction, operation, and maintenance of distribution, overhead, and underground facilities. Activities also include planning procedures, directing or supervising assigned crew members, and exercising independent judgment.


  • Supervise and direct line crew in the safe construction, maintenance, operation, and retirement of distribution lines; Administer procedures for service restoration of overhead and underground facilities, and all related electrical equipment.
  • Perform the duties of a Lineworker, as needed, as a member of a line crew.
  • Supervise and administer procedures for rapid restoration of service and line switching requirements to result in prompt and reliable service to customers.
  • Assume responsibility for care and safe use of tools and equipment.
  • Direct or perform switching operations; Request, make, and accept line clearances.
  • Make recommendations for performance evaluations, promotions, demotions, transfers, discipline, leaves of absence, hiring, and dismissal of assigned personnel; Mentor and develop line mechanics.
  • Understand and apply the provisions of the Management Information and Policy Manual as well as any applicable labor agreement.
  • Perform all duties and work with other employees, as well as the general public, in a safe manner, in compliance with all appropriate company safety policies and rules; Promote and enforce the company's Accident Prevention and Safety & Health programs.
  • Execute, within assigned areas of responsibility, the company's program of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), including its affirmative action (AA) obligations.
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of ethical behavior and support the company's Corporate Compliance policy


  • Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience: Two (2) years, as qualified, as a Lineworker.
  • Licenses/Certifications: Valid State Driver's License required.


  • Prior leadership experience (leading crews, projects, or initiatives) preferred.
  • Working knowledge of procedures, practices, methods, standards, codes, and theory relating to the assigned facilities and work.
  • Knowledge of the operation, maintenance, and repair procedures of distribution lines and electrical equipment. Must be able to interpret prints and manufacturers' drawings.
  • Must be thoroughly familiar with the company safety rules and practices, and be proficient in the application of resuscitation and first aid, as presented in the company safety manual.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise employees, interpret and transmit orders, and give instructions, in a manner which obtains effective work results.
  • Proven ability to interact with employees, customers, and the general public in a courteous and tactful manner.
  • Must maintain a valid state driver's license and meet all vehicle operation requirements, as designated by federal and/or state law.
  • Line mechanic skills and abilities assessment is also required for this position