Journeymen Wanted

The $15,000 signing bonus is just the beginning.

For over 125 years, Portland General Electric has proudly served Oregon. Community is at the heart of what we do for our customers and for each other. We are a committed team that delivers an Oregon kind of energy. Each of us, creative problem solvers who love challenges, big and small. We are currently looking for exceptional journeymen who share our passion for the community and desire to serve. At PGE, our journeymen play a critical role in powering Oregon. When storms or other events disrupt power, PGE journeymen are first responders, restoring power and reconnecting our customers. They make the difference. And if you love the outdoors, you’ll love Oregon. Oregon is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and Portland General Electric is a great company to work for. Here’s just some of the benefits our journeymen receive:

  • $15,000 signing bonus

  • Paid training

  • 401k match - of 5% with additional 6% profit share

  • State-of-the-art safety gear

  • Paid vacation days and holidays

  • Opportunities to earn overtime pay

  • Excellent health and dental options for dependents

  • 25% off your electric bill, if you live in PGE’s service area, after six months of employment

We are located in Western Oregon, and here in Oregon, we love the outdoors: camping, hiking, hunting and fishing, crabbing at the coast, skiing on Mt Hood! We also love great food, craft beer and Oregon wine! But before you load up your wagon and put an “Oregon or Bust” sign on back, there’s a few things you’ll need to know. First, we are selective. We have a rigorous selection process to find dedicated professionals who do quality work safely and really shine. In return, our compensation is highly competitive, ranking among the highest in the industry. It also reflects the high value we place on our journeymen and the critical service they provide.

What are successful candidates able to do?

Essential job responsibilities

  • Work safely without exception

  • Construct and maintain dead or energized overhead and underground transmission and distribution circuits

  • Install and remove all types of transformers, arresters, fuses, cutouts, switches, and street-lighting equipment

  • Drive articulated boom trucks, ladder trucks, hole-digging and pole-setting equipment, and other equipment associated with distribution and transmission work

  • Maximize the use of personnel and equipment to complete the job in a timely and orderly fashion while maintaining quality and safety

  • Climb poles to perform work

  • Provide coverage throughout PGE’s service area

What do successful candidates bring to PGE?

Journeyman Lineman card required

You also must have:

  • Proficiency in hot sticking (required by end of the probationary period)

  • A valid CDL driver’s license

  • Knowledge of safety regulations and OSHA requirements

  • Passed a pre-employment physical and drug screen

  • Ability to climb and safely perform work from a pole

  • Proficiency in performing pole-top rescues

  • Documentation showing completion of an accredited apprenticeship program

Want to become a line worker?

Becoming a card-carrying Journeyman Lineman is a ticket to a great career. But where and how to start? The “where” part is easy: PGE, of course. The “how” part starts with becoming an apprentice. During this time, you’ll gain valuable experience and training, working and earning your way towards becoming a Journeyman. If this sounds like something you’d climb a pole for, contact our Talent Acquisition team at 503-464-7250 or email

Let’s get started

Are you ready to join our team? Here’s where you’ll find all our current job listings. Or if you’ve already applied, you can check the status of your application.

Birds of a feather stick together

Do you have a friend who’s a journeyman? Someone who’s skilled with a hot stick and passionate about their profession and helping their community? If so, we need to talk. We're on a quest for exceptional journeymen to join our crews, if you help us find one, you could receive a $5,000 to $8,000 referral bonus. Send names and contact information of potential candidates to and we’ll take it from there. And if they get hired, you’ll receive a hefty $5,000 thank you — plus an additional $3,000 for diverse candidate referrals.