Line Technician 1st Class

Reliability & Operations Sumterville, Florida


Description

One of the Nation's largest electric distribution cooperatives located in Central Florida

INTERNAL/EXTERNAL JOB POSTING

 

Line Technician 1st Class

Department:

R&O/T&D Operations

Reports to:

T&D Line Supervisor

 

Location:

15720 US Highway 441

Eustis FL 32726

 

850 North Howey Rd

Groveland FL 34736

293 South US Highway 301

Sumterville FL 33585

 

4872 Southwest 60th Avenue

Ocala FL 34474

 

Pay Rate:

 

Hourly: $44.48

Classification: 

    Represented/Non-Exempt

Posting Date(s):

For Internal- Friday, 09/10/2021 through Tuesday, 09/21/2021*

# of Vacancies:  

Multiple

External-Until filled**

* For Internal applicants only: Per Section 8.4 of the Labor agreement, “When a job becomes open in classifications except at the entry level, the Cooperative shall post a notice of the job openings for a seven (7) working day period. Employees who desire to   be considered for assignments to said openings shall notify Human Resources in writing within the above-described time limit.”                                                                                                                                                                                              

^ SECO Energy is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving over 200,000 families and businesses across seven counties in Central Florida, making SECO Energy the third largest electric co-op in Florida and the sixth largest in the nation.

^ SECO Energy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

^ After conclusion of posting date for Internals, qualified employees will be considered on an equal basis with external applicants.

 **This posting will be closed and no longer available to receive applications upon the discretion of SECO Energy.

 

General Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for performing construction, maintenance and service restoration on both energized and de-energized overhead and underground distribution and transmission lines and facilities; assist in planning jobs to ensure compliance with safety and construction standards; drive and operate line vehicles as well as assist in stocking trucks with tools, parts and equipment.

Minimum Required Qualifications and Competencies

The following includes the minimum job requirements and essential duties for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Some job requirements may exclude individuals that cannot be reasonably accommodated or who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

 

Education                                                                 

Minimum 

High School Diploma or GED

 

Minimum 

Other

Certification as a Journeyman Line Technician from an accredited line worker apprentice program

 

Experience

Minimum 

A minimum of one-year experience as a fully qualified Line Technician 1st Class/Journeyman or equivalent. 

  • The equivalent job experience without the Journeyman Certification for consideration will be a minimum of five (5) years combined progressive experience with one or more electric distribution companies or utilities. 

Minimum 

Experience in overhead and underground distribution construction, maintenance, and troubleshooting

 

Preferred 

Qualification in transmission line work preferred.

 

 

 Other Requirements:

  • A valid Florida driver’s license for regular driving privileges of a company vehicle; must have and maintain an acceptable driving record as determined by SECO Energy.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment background check, physical and drug screen.
  • The normal workweek shall be five (5) consecutive eight (8) hours or four (4) ten (10) hour days excluding the thirty (30) minute meal period, beginning and ending at midnight Monday (end of Sunday).  Rest days shall be consecutive.  The Cooperative shall establish the normal schedule of starting and quitting time.  Based on the needs of the Cooperative, the starting time may be moved, with thirty-six (36) hours’ notice.  The Cooperative will determine if an eight (8) hour or ten (10) hour schedule will be used.
  • The Cooperative may schedule the Line Technician classifications for any eight (8) or ten (10) hour period, exclusive of mealtime, Monday through Sunday.
  • The Cooperative may deem it necessary to modify work schedules for this classification from time to time and offer various shifts as per the current labor agreement.
  • Shift schedules may be changed by giving a 36-hour notice of the changed schedule.
  • Frequent business travel to all areas of service territory required.
  • Ability to work irregular hours for assignment completion and flexibility to change scheduling and report to work on short notice during emergency situations and outside of regular assigned shift; ability to work overtime, on-call and availability to respond to call-outs and maintain an acceptable call out response. Irregular hours in evenings and on weekends are possible during peak business times and during storm season.
  • Ability to climb poles and work at elevated heights; physical strength and agility to do strenuous manual work under varying weather conditions; wear specialized protective or safety equipment; extensive driving and field work in close proximity to hot line construction, confined spaces and energized conductors.
  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment, including a personal computer, printers, copy machines, telephone, and fax machine.

 

Living Requirement  

To ensure a timely response to call-outs, employees in this classification must live within a 40- mile radius from the assigned work location.  Employees who live more than a 40-mile radius from their assigned work center must relocate within their first 6 months of employment or transfer. A maximum of one (1) hour will be allowed for response to call-outs. The expectation to meet the one (1) hour will be allowed for response includes the ability to do so by obeying all traffic and other pertinent laws and safe operating precautions.

 

Driving Requirements    

Valid Florida Class A Commercial driver’s license without air brakes restriction and without number 5 Tractor-Trailer restriction for regular driving privileges of cooperative vehicles; must have and maintain an acceptable driving record as determined by the Cooperative.

 

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of construction, operation and maintenance of all overhead and underground electrical distribution facilities and transmission line equipment as well as substation equipment and operation; clearances, working space and maintenance requirements by the National Electric Safety Code, OSHA requirements and familiarity with the National Electric Code.
  • Solid understanding of electricity, mathematics and reading comprehension.
  • Ability to demonstrate the following skills to include, but not limited to:
    • Strong aptitude with materials and equipment utilized in the construction and maintenance of overhead feeders and tap-level installations and ability to perform productive line work.
    • Proficient in the safe use and operation of digger-derricks, bucket truck and other related electrical construction tools and equipment.
    • Demonstrated skill in pole climbing and working from a bucket; ability to perform first aid, CPR and pole-top and bucket rescue.
    • Understanding and ability to interpret line construction drawings; acquire knowledge of SECO’s switching and tagging procedures, RUS construction units, material components and assembly specifications.
  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment including personal computers to enter and extract data; printers, telephone, radio communication equipment; ability to acquire skills in the use of applicable corporate software programs and Global Information Systems (GPS) as they relate to the position.
  • Effective communication skills including written, verbal and listening and a customer service attitude to interact with employees, management, contractors, customers, and the public.
  •    Ability to work independently and in a team environment to accomplish established goals and meet deadlines; to manage stress and pressure in a frequently changing environment.
  • English is the primary business language. Second language in Spanish is desirable.

 

Verification: The above qualifications and competencies for this position may be verified through a combination of education, experience, interview questions and technical skills exercise(s).

 

Essential Duties and responsibilities

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of essential duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties that may be assigned based on the needs of the Cooperative.                                                                                                                                              

 

  • Safely construct, maintain and restore all phases of electrical line construction which includes residential, commercial, overhead and underground, and transmission facilities, as directed. Climb poles of all types as needed and perform jobs off the poles including changing out cross-arms, transformers, conductors, etc. as needed.
  • Perform work on energized lines and switching operations, as directed.
  • Drive and operate bucket truck, digger-derrick, trencher, forklift and other equipment needed to frame and set poles, lay wire, tie wire, connect and disconnect services, etc.
  • Patrol and inspect lines for problem areas; be alert to observe any unsafe or unsatisfactory condition and report problems in a timely manner.
  • Assumes responsibility and maintain assigned tools, materials and equipment in a safe and efficient condition. Maintains vehicle and ensures vehicle is stocked with proper material.
  • Use specialized hot line tools and equipment for restoration of service, as required.

 

  • Respond to power outages and customer problems; trouble shoot and take proper corrective action to restore service in a timely manner.
  • Handle outages by locating and clearing line trouble; reset sectionalizing devices and complete outage reports and damage reports, as required.
  • Respond to customer inquiries in the field and refer them to the proper area for assistance, as needed.
  • Maintain required records, accurate daily time sheets and charge time to proper accounts.
  • Maintain adequate clothing and personal protective equipment for purposes of health and safety protection.
  • Maintain current knowledge of equipment, RUS specifications, OSHA regulations, GIS/mapping system and other operational and regulatory systems related to the responsibilities of the position.
  • Guide and assist in training apprentice line personnel.
  • Ensure work locations are left in a condition appropriate for public safety and customer satisfaction.

 

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by or those an employee encounters to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some requirements may exclude individuals that cannot be reasonably accommodated or who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee must not exceed the manufacturer’s weight rating for pole climbing equipment of 350 pounds loaded weight; physical ability is required to lift up to 75 lbs. shoulder-height and above; occasionally push and pull weight in excess of 50 lbs.; climb and work off of poles, ladders and other structures that may be 40 to 110 ft. high; work in and around energized lines with supervision; work long hours in adverse weather conditions with frequent and continuous standing/walking and occasional sitting; walk on uneven terrain that may involve wet, rocky or muddy conditions; bend, stoop, squat, crouch, crawl, get in and out of vehicles, twist and kneel; balance, reach, operate controls with hands; talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

 

This position has extensive driving and field work and is required to climb poles and work at elevated heights; physical strength and ability to do strenuous manual work under varying weather conditions; wear specialized protective or safety equipment; operate heavy machines and equipment, power and hand tools. Work performed is in close proximity to hot line construction and maintenance of energized conductors and is occasionally exposed to inclement weather conditions and risk of electrical shock. 

The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places or confined spaces; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals.

 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.