Line Mechanic
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2d ago

Pay for line mechanics varies depending on skills and experience.

  • Entry-level line mechanics usually earn about $32,000 a year.
  • Line mechanics with two to five years' experience usually earn between $40,000 and $60,000.
  • Senior line mechanics with five or more years' experience usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000.
  • Line mechanics in team leader roles may earn up to $100,000.
  • Sources : Futureintech; Trade Me, 'Salary Guide', January 2016.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Line mechanics work with electrical or communication lines and may do some or all of the following :

  • erect or replace power poles
  • string cables between poles, pylons and buildings
  • install underground cabling
  • test lines and circuits
  • locate and repair faults
  • repair and replace cables
  • install electricity transformers
  • connect equipment to an electric network
  • carry out street light maintenance.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Line mechanics need to have :

  • knowledge of electrical theory, and the mechanics and wiring systems used in communication or electrical networks
  • technical and practical skills, including the ability to use and care for their equipment
  • understanding of industry safety regulations
  • knowledge of tree compliance regulations
  • ability to read plans and maps
  • first aid skills, including how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Line mechanics :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work early mornings, evenings or do shift work and be on call
  • work indoors or outdoors in a variety of locations
  • work in most weather conditions including rain and snow, and may work at heights
  • may have to travel locally for work.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a line mechanic you need to complete an apprenticeship and one of the following Level 4 qualifications :

  • National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution)
  • National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Transmission)
  • These qualifications usually take two to three years to complete and are undertaken on the job. Once completed, line mechanics need to apply for registration with the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

    Most employers require you to have a driver's licence and, when truck driving is required, a heavy vehicle licence.

    Secondary education

    Most employers prefer line mechanics to have completed NCEA Level 2. Useful subjects include maths, English and science.

    Personal requirements

    Line mechanics need to be :

  • reliable
  • able to work well independently and as part of a team
  • safety-conscious
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to follow instructions.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for line mechanics includes :

  • work in the electrical or communications industries
  • work involving physical labour
  • work using hand tools.
  • Physical requirements

    Line mechanics need to be fit and healthy, with good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and normal colour vision.

    They also need to be comfortable working at heights.


    Line mechanics must be registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board. To qualify for registration, you need to have completed two years (or 4,000 hours) of appropriate electrical work and gained a National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Level 4).

    To be registered as a cable jointer you need to complete a National Certificate in Electricity Supply Cable Jointer (Level 4).

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