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Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Powerline Ground Technician in Chase City, Virginia

Powerline Ground Technician

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  • 22-Nov-2021 to 06-Dec-2021 (EST)

  • Chase City, VA, USA

  • Hourly

  • Full Time

  • Chase City District

    Competitive pay, 100% medical, 100% defined benefit, 401k match, STD, LTD, vacation, sick, employee assistance program, and a variety of training programs

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    Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) of Chase City, VA is looking to hire a full-time Powerline Ground Technician in the Chase City District. Are you looking for an entry-level general labor job that can develop into a long-term skilled career? Do you enjoy working outside, with your hands, and enjoy impacting the community where you live? Would you like to work for an electric cooperative with an outstanding reputation as both a community leader and a great place to work? If so, please read on about this entry-level general labor position!

    This Ground Technician position earns a competitive wage commensurate with experience and skills. We also offer fantastic benefits including 100% medical, 100% defined benefit, a 401(k) with match, short-term disability (STD), long-term disability (LTD), vacation days, sick leave, an employee assistance program (EAP), and a variety of training programs. If this sounds like the right entry-level general labor opportunity for you to learn about the lineworker trade, apply now!


    Our electric cooperative was formed in 1938 by the members, for the members. For over 80 years, we have been building a legacy of providing safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electric service for our members. Today, we serve over 31,000 accounts in portions of nine Southside Virginia counties and five northern North Carolina counties. We are a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City, VA, with three district offices located in Chase City, Gretna, and Emporia. We support and care about the communities that we serve. We are deliberately different in every aspect of the word. Focusing on meeting our members' needs while ensuring quality, reliable service with safety at the forefront sets us apart from other organizations.

    As a not-for-profit, member-owned utility cooperative, our main objective is to provide our members with excellent customer service. And, in order to do that, we must ensure our employees are the best of the best! Here, you are not just an employee, you are part of a family; and, as such, you will receive the resources, education, and training to be the best in your field!


    As a Ground Technician, you are a central member of the lineworker crew. At each job site, you assist the lineworker crew with the construction, replacement, maintenance, and outage restoration of electric distribution lines, structures, and equipment. You get to be physically active and on-the-go, as you safely operate vehicles and perform groundwork in support of the lineworker crew. Tasks involved include loading and unloading materials, framing and rigging poles as directed, cutting brush, and digging holes or ditches. You support the construction crew by ensuring that they have an adequate supply of materials, tools, and safety equipment on the trucks at all times.

    Your positive attitude is contagious! You learn the system area and are able to utilize system maps, RUS Specifications, and diagrams. You complete documentation including staking sheets, new service connections, and special equipment installations in an accurate and timely manner. When accessing members' property, you use extreme care to avoid damage. You also assist in patrolling cooperative facilities and lines, reporting defects, trouble, or conditions likely to cause future problems or interruptions of service. You find your job exciting and engaging and are motivated to learn more to advance in this "electric" career!


  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Ability to perform general labor outside under varying and sometimes extreme weather conditions and in environmental conditions such as rough terrain or heavy underbrush

  • Valid Class A or B Virginia commercial driver's license (CDL) OR ability to obtain one within 90 days of employment

  • Acceptable driving record for insurability

  • Will be required to achieve and maintain qualifications for climbing utility poles and perform hurt man rescue

  • Live within a 25 miles travel distance from the service area office

  • Ability to pass periodic drug screenings

  • Ability to participate in an "on-call" rotation and able to assist, at any time, with restoration activities

    Someone who has taken basic courses in electrical construction, electricity, or electric theory is preferred but multiple factors will be taken into consideration. Experience in general construction with the tools and equipment used in maintaining electrical distribution systems would be a definite plus! Do you have effective communication skills in English including legible handwriting? Are you technically and mechanically oriented? Do you have good interpersonal skills and work well with a team? Are you motivated to qualify for advancement? Do you have a strong work ethic and a good safety record? If so, you might just be perfect for this Ground Technician position!


    This is a full-time entry-level general labor position that works a minimum of eight hours a day, five days a week. Overtime and extended workdays due to a rotating on-call shift schedule including nights, weekends, holidays and emergencies are required.


    If you feel that you would be right for this entry-level general labor position working with our lineworker crew, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you! We are proud to be an official V3 Certified Company. We welcome and encourage veterans and transitioning military candidates to apply.

    Location: 23924

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