Pole Framer

Cut notches for crossarms and install step sockets in telephone poles.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pole Framers do?

Cuts notches for crossarms and installs step sockets in telephone, telegraph, and electric-power transmission poles: Sights down pole to determine straightest side so that poles will line up evenly when erected. Saws tip of pole to point with chain saw. Saws two parallel cuts at specified place on pole and cuts out wood between cuts with adz to make crossarm notch. Drills bolthole through pole at center of crossarm notch, using electric drill. Measures intervals for step sockets on opposite sides of pole. Drills holes and drives step sockets in place with small ax. Loads and unloads poles from railroad cars or truck, using rope, skids, and cant hook.


Should I be a Pole Framer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Line-and-Frame Poler, Pocketbook Framer, Poler

    How to become a Pole Framer

    Pole Framers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Pole Framer-related education!
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