Applications will be accepted through May 7, 2021 Apply on-line at www.wfec.com
*At the option of the hiring official, this position could be filled as an Apprentice Powerline Technician *
SUMMARY JOURNEYMAN POWERLINE TECHNICIAN: Under general supervision of a Power Line Supervisor Northern Division, the incumbent performs all aspects of transmission line maintenance and transmission line construction. At times, the incumbent may lead a small crew assigned to a particular project.
SUMMARY APPRENTICE POWERLINE TECHNICIAN: Under the direct supervision of the Power Line Supervisor Northern Division, the Apprentice Line Technician Level I-V participates in the Line Technician apprentice training program, performs transmission line maintenance and construction activities, and develops sound, effective and safe work habits. The Line Technician apprentice training program requires a minimum of five years to complete. It includes extensive on-the-job training, formal training, and written study, some of which must be completed outside of work hours. Satisfactory performance and continuous progress toward completion of the program is required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - JOURNEYMAN POWERLINE TECHNICIAN include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Performs all aspects of transmission system maintenance and construction as assigned. Coordinates with load dispatchers and safely taking clearances, switching and hot line orders. Works with and near high voltages in a safe manner and at times in adverse weather conditions. Operates and maintains light and heavy equipment such as basket, digger trucks, and skid steers. Maintains vehicles, tools, equipment, and the working environment in a clear, safe and orderly condition. Follows all safe work practices, procedures, directions and instructions relating to areas of responsibility. Maintains complete, current and accurate records and reports related to areas of responsibility. Assists in training personnel in safe operating procedures to perform high voltage line maintenance. Coordinating with others in the department and other departments to ensure timely scheduling and completion of projects.
COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Technical Skills: Displays technical knowledge equal to job requirements; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Quantity: Meets productivity goals; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity.
Quality: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Analysis/Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses experience to complement data.
Organizational Support: Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values.
Dependability/Attendance/Punctuality: Follows instructions and responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan; Is consistently at work and on time; Uses paid leave within policy requirements; Informs supervisor about necessary absences in a timely manner.
Safety and Security: Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Planning/Organizing: Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Prioritizes and plans work activities; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
Customer Service: Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments to customers.
Cost Consciousness: Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required.
Education and Experience Journeyman Powerline Technician: Requires certification as a Journeyman Line Technician by completing a qualified Line Technician apprentice training program or the equivalent amount of progressively responsible experience. Requires extensive knowledge of our transmission system and a thorough knowledge of high voltage maintenance techniques, tools, and equipment.
Education and Experience Apprentice Powerline Technician: Must be a High School graduate and have a minimum of one (1) year experience in two (2) or more of the following areas:
Operation of light and/or heavy equipment such as cranes or boom trucks, digger equipment, bucket trucks, or aerial man lift devices.
Construction, maintenance, or operation of an electrical distribution or transmission system.
General construction or building experience as an electrician or apprentice electrician.
Previous schools or training (including military) related to the electrical industry.
Previous experience in any of the following categories:
Working in climbing tools.
Working from aerial man lift devices.
Working at heights above 50 feet.
Working in electrical substations.
Working on or near high voltage AC circuits.
Have previous experience or training with computers or digital and/or electronic equipment.
Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to other employees.
Math Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Computer Skills: Ability to use a personal computer to access the intranet, departmental software, and Microsoft Office software as required.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must maintain a current State of Oklahoma Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and be a qualified driver per the rules and regulations of the D.O.T. requirements. This job also requires a crane certification and Oklahoma Pesticide Applicators Certification which must be received within one (1) year of employment.
WORK SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: This job requires 80% overnight travel. Incumbent must live within a thirty-mile radius of specified base work location. The work schedule may include extensive unscheduled overtime, holidays, and weekends.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requires lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying of weights equal to 50 pounds or more; climbing steel, wood and concrete structures; climbing ladders and stairs and working on elevated platforms or scaffolding and working from a bucket truck. Requires walking and/or standing for extended periods of time including routine patrol of transmission lines and facilities. Requires sitting for extended periods of time of which a large percentage may be riding in a motor vehicle. Requires kneeling, crawling, bending or twisting while lifting arms above shoulders and stooping for extended periods of time, in order to accomplish duties while grasping, pulling or pushing objects or manipulating tools. Requires wearing personal safety equipment including body belt, safety line and climbing hooks. Requires quick, calm action in response to emergency situations. Requires vision within normal range. Corrective lens are permitted. Requires hearing within normal range. Hearing aids are permitted. This job requires a D.O.T. physical examination.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requires working in varying weather conditions and temperature extremes outside and inside with extreme ranges of humidity and dryness. Requires working with or near hazardous chemicals, materials, fumes, dust, or smoke. Requires working in area of intermittent high noise and vibration levels. Requires working with and near high voltage electricity. Requires working at night, inside or outside in all weather conditions. Requires working in varying environmental locations outside from dry and cultivated fields to wooded and diverse areas of undergrowth. Noise levels vary from quiet to high levels based on activities at the time. In accordance with WFEC Administrative Procedure 805-Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace this position is classified as "safety sensitive".
MUST MEET ALL PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
WFEC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER
MINORITIES, FEMALES, DISABILITY, AND
VETS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
About Western Farmers Electric Cooperative
WFEC is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative, headquartered in Anadarko, Oklahoma, was organized in 1941, when western Oklahoma distribution cooperatives found it necessary to secure an adequate power supply at rates that farmers and rural industrial developers could afford. Throughout its history, WFEC’s membership has grown to include 21-member cooperatives, plus Altus Air Force Base. These members are headquartered in Oklahoma and New Mexico. Today, with seven generating facilities, and a total power capacity exceeding 2,200 megawatts, including contract power purchases, WFEC owns and maintains over 3,700 miles of transmission line to over 330 substations and switch stations. Generating facilities are located at Mooreland, Anadarko and Hugo, Oklahoma and Lovington, New Mexico. For more information, visit www.wfec.com.
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