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U.S. Army Soldier works with power distribution equipment

Power Distribution Specialist (12Q)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

The  power distribution specialist is primarily responsible for the electrical distribution system in the Army.

Job Duties

  • Assist in installation of electrical prime power distribution systems, exterior services and utility poles
  • Install guys, anchor, crossarm, conductor, insulator and other hardware
  • Connect service drops and conduits on de-energized systems

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

Job training for power distribution specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and nine weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Maintenance of electrical power distribution systems
  • Installing poles accessories and transformers
  • Maintenance of airfield lighting systems and overhead/underground lines
  • Emphasis on the use of technical and manufacturer publications for electric power line distribution

Helpful Skills

  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Interest in shop mechanics
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Electronics (EL) : 93

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as an electrician and/or with companies that design and produce communications equipment.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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