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Electric Journeyman

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$23.42 per hour minimum rate
  • Posted Date:06/08/2020

Performs difficult skilled trades work overseeing and participating in the construction, maintenance, and operation of an electric distribution system, installing, maintaining, and repairing overhead and underground power lines and related facilities and operating equipment. Oversees set-up of job sites to meet safety standards and ensure protection of employee and the public and serves as a crew leader training less experienced staff and supervising staff in the absence of the supervisor.  Responsible for these typical tasks: performs work on energized high voltage circuits from bucket truck or climbs poles; installs, maintains, and troubleshoots substation switches and electric circuits; performs switching operations to isolate circuits; locates underground primary and secondary voltage; operates a variety of vehicles and equipment such as bucket trucks, digger derrick, backhoes, tractors, etc.; participates in the installation, maintenance, and repair of system and substations; installs, repairs, and maintains underground services, primary and secondary splices, and termination; installs transformers, switches, reclosers, and other various components; makes appropriate low and high voltage connections; performs switching operations; transfers load and isolates equipment for testing; troubleshoots power abnormalities; verifies the condition of all vehicles, equipment, and tools; and conducts job briefings and safety meetings.

Hours:  Full-time, first shift hours.  Will be required to work outside of normal working hours in stand-by, on-call or other emergency situations.

To Compete in the Selection Process:

High school diplomas or equivalent with considerable experience in electric line construction and maintenance.  Thorough knowledge of the practices, methods, equipment, materials and tools used in the erection and maintenance of electrical lines; occupational hazards & safety precautions; use and care of tools; standard practices applicable in making electric service connections and the location/areas of service of the distribution system; and in the use of line tools and equipment (including hot lines), including working aloft in a bucket truck.  Must be able to climb poles and work with efficiency and safety; understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions; basic operation of computers and computer programs; perform basic mathematical calculations; establish and maintain good working relationships; make proper service connections with speed and accuracy; and train and supervise.

Special requirement:  Possession of a NC commercial driver's license.  Possession of Journeyman Lineman, CPR-First Aid, Forklift, Flagging, Trenching and Shoring, Confined Spaces, and Competent Person certifications upon hire. Complete basic computer courses, Protective Grounding Workshop, Distribution Regulator School, Substation School, Leadership Workshop, NESC Overview, and Overhead Distribution Systems training within 24 months of hire.  Successfully complete Pole Top Rescue and Bucket Rescue upon hire and each year thereafter.  Completion of the following Electricities schools: Advanced Underground School, Advanced Lineman School, and Advanced Meter School. Completion of Lineman Career Development Program Level III preferred.
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