Who are Linemen vs. Wiremen

There are different types of electricians, and while some are differentiated by their specializations, such as commercial, industrial and maritime electricians, some are also distinguished by the part of the electricity-distribution system at which they work. More specifically, wiremen are distinguished from linemen by their work and the location of their work.

Outside Linemen

Outside linemen are electricians whose work responsibilities are primarily outdoors. These are the amazing individuals we often see working atop utility poles or excavating the roadsides to install miles of overhead or underground cables and transmission lines.

Their work is primarily geared towards providing a safe and efficient path for electricity to travel from the point of origin, or power plants and other electricity-generating facilities, to sub-stations, and ultimately to the end user, or residential homes and commercial and industrial buildings and infrastructure.

The work of outside linemen is inherently dangerous because it involves working with high voltage cables, often atop dangerous heights, and sometimes amidst unfavorable weather conditions. But the economic and social importance of what they do cannot be denied because they create the network of pathways that provide power and electricity for entire areas.


Wiremen, on the other hand, are the electricians whose work is primarily indoors, whether it be a residential home, a commercial, or an industrial building or infrastructure. These are the electricians that install the electrical system inside our homes and our place of work or business, sourcing the electricity from that provided by linemen to the different substations in various locations for ready and easier access to the different end users. From these electrical substations, wiremen bring the electricity inside our homes and place of business through the installation of electrical wiring and the provision of a ready power source for the lights and the other electrical equipment that we use.