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It takes a certain kind of person to be an electrical lineman — they have a tough, physically demanding job. More will be required in the coming years, as half of the linemen in the U.S. reach retirement age. (Arizona Public Service/Courtesy)

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Lineman: ‘Industrial athletes,’ ‘unsung heroes’

With half of U.S. linemen poised to retire, there’s a need for skilled workers to take their place

That song was a romantic ode to a lone worker on the open highway back in 1968, and things have changed considerably since then — a lineman, who may also be a woman, will likely work not for the county, but a power company, like Arizona Public Service Company (APS), or a private contractor.