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  1. How frequently does Idaho Power hire journeyman linemen?
  2. What is Idaho Power’s stance on safety?
  3. What voltages does Idaho Power work on?
  4. What is Idaho Power’s hiring process?
  5. Is Idaho Power union or non-union?
  6. What locations does Idaho Power hire journeyman linemen for?
  7. Can I transfer locations once I’m hired?
  8. Will I work a hitch schedule? If so, what does that look like?
  9. Does Idaho Power provide fire-resistant (FR) clothing?
  10. Does Idaho Power have a Safety Footwear Program?
  11. Does Idaho Power buy any gear for linemen?
  12. Does Idaho Power have a pension plan?


1. How frequently does Idaho Power hire journeyman linemen?

We generally hire linemen three times a year. View a list of current job openings.

2. What is Idaho Power’s stance on safety?

Safety is a core value at Idaho Power. It’s the most important responsibility we have in our daily work. Our employees are our greatest asset. We believe safety is always more important than the work being performed. No work is so critical that safety should be disregarded.

Our safety culture encourages employees to focus, assess and make safe choices. We watch out for each other and speak up if we have a safety concern. Over the last decade, Idaho Power has consistently rated in the top 30 percent of the nation’s safest utilities. Many of the linemen we’ve hired have joined our company based on our commitment to their safety.

We use rubber glove and stick work methods.

3. What voltages does Idaho Power work on?

Demand crews typically work on the following voltages:

  • 12.5 kilovolt (kV)
  • 34.5 kV
  • 25 kV
  • 69 kV


Transmission crews typically work on the following voltages:

  • 46 kV
  • 69 kV
  • 115 kV
  • 161 kV
  • 138 kV
  • 230 kV
  • 345 kV
  • 500 kV

4. What is Idaho Power’s hiring process?

Idaho Power’s hiring process consists of a thorough review of each candidate, ensuring we get the most qualified candidate and best fit for each opening. If a candidate makes it through the initial screening process, they will be asked to complete the following:

  • Phone interview
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Skills assessment
  • 30-question written exam

If an offer is extended, the candidate must complete the following:

  • A drug test
  • A background check

After passing the drug test and background check, the candidate must complete the following:

  • Department of Transportation medical card physical
  • Functional capacity assessment

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5. Is Idaho Power union or non-union?

Since 1916, Idaho Power has proudly and successfully carried out its responsibilities to its employees without third-party labor union representation. We have consistently adhered to the following guiding principles:

  1. Fairness, honesty and respectful treatment
  2. Direct, frank and open communication
  3. Good working conditions
  4. Competitive wages and benefits for all employees

Throughout our history we have been able to resolve differences in an atmosphere of mutual trust, while considering the individual circumstances of each employee. We are dedicated to continuously enhancing our relationship with our employees and we do not believe union representation would benefit our employees.

6. What locations does Idaho Power hire journeyman linemen for?

Idaho Power has several operations centers throughout Idaho, from Payette/Ontario in the west to Blackfoot and Salmon in the east. See our locations map.

7. Can I transfer locations after I’m hired?

Linemen interested in transferring to another work location may apply for a transfer to a vacant position after they've been at their current location and department for at least six months.

8. Will I work a hitch schedule? If so, what does that look like?

Idaho Power has project and demand crews. Demand crews do mostly in-town maintenance and new business work on distribution lines. They typically work four, 10-hour days or five, 8-hour days each week. Project crews work on transmission lines and hot distribution re-conductor jobs on hitch schedules as many of their projects are out of town. Depending on the crew, an out-of-town hitch schedule could be four, 10-hour days with three days off, or the crew could work a back-to-back work week with eight days on and six days off.

9. Does Idaho Power provide fire-resistant (FR) clothing?

Yes. A designated amount of $1,500 for FR clothing is provided upon hire, then $745 annually thereafter (based on 2015 amounts). Actual amounts will be confirmed at the time of hire.

10. Does Idaho Power have a Safety Footwear Program?

Yes. A designated amount of $150/year is provided for safety toe footwear. Employees can also save up their safety footwear allocation for two years and receive $450 in the third year.

11. Does Idaho Power buy any gear for linemen?

Yes. Some of the items Idaho Power pays for includes, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Climbing belts
  • Leather gloves
  • Hooks
  • Climbing tools and gafs

12. Does Idaho Power have a pension plan?

Yes, Idaho Power is proud to offer a pension plan that employees become vested in after five years with the company. We also offer a 401(k) plan and other competitive benefits including medical, dental and vision. Learn more about what we offer.

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