Austin Energy Distribution Electrician Troubleshooter (Austin Energy) in Austin, Texas
Posting Title Distribution Electrician Troubleshooter (Austin Energy)
Job Requisition Number AE503348
Position Number 100223
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Electric System - Field Ops
- Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus six (6) years of direct experience in the electric utility field as a Distribution Lineworker, two (2) years of which were at a Journey Level.
Licenses or Certifications:
Valid Texas Class A Commercial Driver License or ability to acquire license and/or endorsements within ninety (90) days of employment.
Ability to produce and maintain an acceptable driving record.
To be considered for employment in this position applicants must comply with Department of Transportation Federal Regulations and the City of Austin Drug Policy.
Notes to Applicants
Distribution Electrician Troubleshooter will work under minimal supervision and with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Responds to system disturbances and power quality issues on Austin Energy’s overhead and underground distribution system. This position is responsible for updating ETR and crew status, as well as, communicating detailed information to internal and external customers.
Acts as a first responder and leads incident and/or system disturbance investigations for electrical hazards on the electrical distribution system and may provide a statement or testimony as electrical Subject Mater Expert ( SME ) for work performed to AE Leadership, AE Safety, Austin Police Department ( APD ), Austin Fire Department ( AFD ), and City of Austin Law Department. Makes scenes safe where electrical hazards are present, including de-energizing hazardous electrical lines and equipment, barricading, and communicating safety issues to APD , AFD , EMS , the public, site personnel and other City of Austin departments.
The Distribution Electrician Troubleshooter provides leadership to field personnel including work assignments, evaluations, training, and guidance. This position is required to work the following shifts: 5am-5pm and 5pm-5am (Dupont schedule).
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Please be sure to detail on the application all current and previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
The Employment Record should be complete with job titles, employment dates, job duties, functions, and responsibilities for each position held. Starting salary will be based on overall relevant experience from your application.
Résumés will not be accepted and statements such as “see résumé” will not be accepted. You may use “N/A” for fields that are not applicable.
Please note that Austin Energy may close the job posting at any time after 7 days from the date of the initial advertisement. Once the job posting has closed, applications cannot be changed.
If you are selected as a top candidate:
Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED , undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution.
If you are identified as a top candidate and are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.
This position requires a criminal background investigation.
Commercial Driver License:
This position requires a valid Texas Class A Commercial Driver License or the ability to acquire one within 90 days of employment. External New Hires must meet the City of Austin’s Driver Record Evaluation ( DRE ) (https://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Employment/new_hire_driver_safety_standards.pdf) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months.
Job offer may be contingent on passing a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening test and thereafter, comply with Department of Transportation, Federal Regulations and the Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing rules as outlined by the City of Austin Drug and Alcohol Policy for Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles.
The position requires adherence to all DOT regulations and City of Austin Personnel Policies.
This position is categorized as Essential Personnel with the City of Austin. Essential staff are required to work during emergencies or bad weather if they are scheduled to work and, in some cases, when they are not scheduled. Essential employees ensure the continuance of key operations for the City of Austin.
Work hours may include after hours, holidays, and weekends.
Shifts may change according to departmental needs.
Employee may be required to work additional hours outside of regular work schedule.
- 4411 Meinardus Dr. , Austin, Tx, 78744 & 2412 Kramer Ln., Austin, TX, 78758
Fair Labor Standards Act:
This position is classified as NON - EXEMPT .
Shifts: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 5::00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
This position is classified as essential. Please see Work Schedule section below regarding essential personnel.
Job Close Date 10/13/2023
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Energy
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Location Multiple locations (please see notes to applicant)
Experience being designated as the “Employee in Charge” for service orders, construction projects, maintenance, and/or troubleshooting.
Experience with the hazards associated with working on energized lines and equipment.
Experience climbing electrical poles up to 100 feet, while utilizing fall restraint equipment and devices.
Experience working with electric utility design and construction standards.
Experience with construction of all types of transformer installations service single and three phase loads.
Successful completion of an electrical apprenticeship program (verification required).
Currently working or have worked as a journey-level line worker at an electric utility and/or an electric utility contractor within the last two (2) years.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
Investigates electrical disturbances and power quality issues, performs emergency electrical system isolation, and restores and/or repairs the overhead and underground electrical distribution system.
Responds to on-call, emergency call back, system disturbances, and power quality issues.
Acts as a first responder and leads incident and/or system disturbance investigations for electrical hazards on the electrical distribution system and may provide a statement or testimony as electrical Subject Matter Expert ( SME ) for work performed to AE leadership, AE Safety, Austin Police Department ( APD ), Austin Fire Department ( AFD ), and the City of Austin Law Department.
Makes scenes safe, where electrical hazards are present, to include de-energizing hazardous electrical lines and equipment, barricading, and communicating safety issues to APD , AFD , EMS , the public, site personnel, and other City of Austin departments.
Identifies, documents, and reports compliance issues in accordance with applicable codes, ordinances, and standards; communicates safety issues; and issues electrical hazard forms to notify contractor/person of identified compliance issues.
Communicates with System Operations personnel, AE leadership, customers, and the public to detail events and actions taken to investigate and address system and/or power quality disturbances on the electrical distribution system.
Creates, submits, and/or executes electrical clearance orders, in coordination with AE System Operations, to de-energize, isolate, and/or restore electrical circuits on the electrical distribution system.
Performs on the job training and field performance evaluations of Distribution Electrician Apprentice/Trainees and Distribution Electrician III’s for additional job functions required of a DE Troubleshooter.
Conducts detailed pre-work/tailgate meetings to ensure all employees on a jobsite have the information, work skills, and tools to complete their work safely.
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Knowledge and skill in electric utility regulations, practices, procedures, and/or requirements outlined in the National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®), Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ) standards, NFPA 70® National Electrical Code® (NEC®), and applicable local codes and ordinances.
Knowledge of AE safety rules, regulations, work practices, task restrictions, standards, and procedures associated with the electrical distribution system, electric system restoration, and high voltages.
Knowledge of advanced electrical theory and principles related to electricity, magnetism, circuits, and electrical equipment.
Knowledge of installation, operation, and maintenance of electrical equipment, apparatus, and instruments.
Knowledge of the equipment and methods used in construction and maintenance of high voltage electric distribution systems.
Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
Skill in handling and prioritizing multiple tasks.
Skill in operating computers and related software applications.
Skill in setting up and operating electric utility aerial equipment.
Skill in preparing, completing, and maintaining clear and concise written and electronic records/reports.
Skill in estimating time, material, and labor for assigned jobs or tasks.
Skill in performing various connections, configurations, procedures, and phasing of circuits to transformers, breakers, and disconnects.
Skill in advanced troubleshooting of electrical systems using various electronic test equipment (i.e. Multi-Range Voltage Detector [ MRVD ], phasing sticks, rotation meters, Digital Multi-Meters [ DMM ], and clamp-on amp meters).
Skill in working on and around energized lines and equipment.
Skill in effective oral, written, and electronic communications.
Skill in organizing, inspecting, and safely using hand and powered tools, equipment, and materials to perform installation, maintenance, and repair of the electrical distribution system.
Skill in operating switching devices and equipment.
Skill in using, inspecting, maintaining, and safely storing Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE ) and Personal Protective Devices ( PPD ).
Ability to climb poles and structures, following AE guidelines for personal fall arrest systems.
Ability to climb ladders, work in enclosed spaces, and serve as the enclosed space attendant.
Ability to read and understand oral, written, and electronic instructions, technical manuals, specifications, blueprints, sketches, diagrams, maps, and drawings.
Ability to meet and maintain driver eligibility standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program.
Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and professional working relationships with city employees, customers, and the public.
Ability to properly interpret and follow manufacturers load charts when operating cranes, boom trucks, digger derricks, and bucket trucks.
Ability to perform strenuous work outdoors in all types of temperature extremes and weather conditions.
Ability to work with frequent interruptions, changes in priorities, and rotating shifts.
Ability to properly lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.
Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or Texas Relay by dialing 7-1-1.
The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual’s AIDS , AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- This position requires graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent plus six years of direct experience in the electric utility field as a Distribution Lineworker, two (2) years of which were at a Journey level. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
- Please describe how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position including your six years of directly related Utility electrical experience and two years working at the Journey level.
(Open Ended Question)
- In reviewing the preferred qualifications section of this job posting, please describe in 500 words or less how you meet those preferred qualifications.
(Open Ended Question)
- Do you have a valid Texas Class A Commercial Drivers License or ability to acquire license and/or endorsements within 90 days of employment?
- The City of Austin Driver Eligibility Standards require that internal hires meet the City’s Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) requisite. City of Austin employees that promote or transfer into driving required positions cannot have more than eight City Driver Points (CDP) within a period of thirty-six (36) months. Do you meet this requirement?
- This position is classified as an "essential" position. The candidate must be able to work during emergencies or bad weather if they are scheduled to work and, in some cases, when they are not scheduled. Shifts may change according to departmental needs. Are you able to meet these schedule requirements?
- This position requires a criminal background investigation (CBI). By selecting the following, you are acknowledging that you understand if you are selected as a top candidate for this position, you will need a successful CBI to be hired.
I acknowledge and understand this position requires a Criminal Background Investigation.
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