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MBTI® Test ISTP Electrical Power-line Installers and Repairers

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Realistic, Investigative, Conventional (RIC) (GOT)

Hammer (1996) states that Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Perceiving (ISTP) personality types fit well in jobs and careers that give them the opportunity to apply scientific or technical expertise to specific problems. ISTP’s tend to enjoy working independently in hands-on tasks, and are motivated by producing material outcomes at the end of the workday—they like being able to see their accomplishments. With this said, ISTP’s are well-suited for careers as electrical power-line installers and repairers.

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Power-line installers build above or below-ground power lines in order to ensure that all of their clients have consistent electricity. They may need to install the poles themselves, and use cranes and power equipment to do so, or use other tools to string wire conductors between poles or towers. They also install meters that gauge the amount of electricity that passes through particular wires. In addition, they conduct scheduled maintenance of the lines, either by driving alongside them, or in some cases via plane or helicopters. If there is a storm, traffic accident, or other event that causes the lines to break, they could also be called in to perform emergency repairs. In addition to these engineering responsibilities, power-line installers and repairers may also need to trim trees or other foliage that interferes with the lines, or coordinate work assignments with other workers or teams.

In order to be able to accomplish all of these tasks successfully, power-line installers and repairers need to be able to follow directions and work closely with a team of people with similar expertise. They need strong active-listening and critical-thinking skills, as well as the ability to trouble-shoot. Physically, they need to be able to coordinate all of their limbs, and also need to have steady hands. General fitness is also important, as they are often “in the field” climbing poles and doing manual repairs. In addition, a basic understanding of mechanical and electrical tools is important. For instance, conduit benders, power drills, protective gloves, and volt or current meters are often used in the field, as are construction machines like tractors, cranes, or dump trucks.

Most of the time, electrical power-line installers and repairers have at least an associate’s degree or a vocational certificate. While some supervisors may be more highly qualified, and some who have many years of experience may only have a high school diploma, the majority hold an associate’s or vocational certificate.

Below find employment trends for electrical power-line installers and repairers.

  • Median wage: $34.86 hourly, $72,520 annually
  • Employment: 119,400 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Faster than average (7% to 10%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 11,400

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ISTP Careers

Click on one of these corresponding popular ISTP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Agricultural Inspector, Automotive Master Mechanic, Avionics Technician, Civil Engineering Technician, Construction & Building Inspector, Electric Power-Line Installer & Repairer, Forest & Conservation Worker, Light Truck or Delivery Driver, Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic, and Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
  1. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)