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EnergyUnited Apprentice Lineman to Journeyman Lineman in Lake Norman, North Carolina

Apprentice Lineman to Journeyman Lineman

Lake Norman, NC

North Carolina’s largest electric cooperative, EnergyUnited, delivers reliable energy and services that improve the quality of life for our customers and communities. We invite you to join our team if you possess the qualities on which we’ve based our success for over 60 years – Safety, Integrity, Commitment and Excellence .

EnergyUnited offers a comprehensive benefit package. EnergyUnited is an Equal Opportunity – Affirmative Action Employer

Job Description

If you are interested in becoming a lineman and gaining experience in line work while working for a cooperative, we’d like to meet you!

The Apprentice Lineman is responsible for assuring maximum results in providing efficient and reliable service in power line construction, operations and maintenance.

(These positions form a regular progression of training and experience with each position being accumulative of the previous positions regarding broad scope, key accountabilities and duties and position specifications.)

* Level to be determined by experience *

Broad Scope of Accountability & Duties:

• Observe all Work and Safety Rules and Regulations adopted by the Cooperative.

• Provide specialized technical skills necessary for the construction, operations and maintenance of a reliable electric system for the benefit of the member/customer.

• Coordinate and cooperate with other personnel in performing assigned responsibilities.

Apprentice Lineman 1A - Key Accountabilities & Duties

• Climb and train in line work in a learning situation on a regular basis when another qualified lineman is present.

Learn to:

• Frame poles properly on the ground.

• Install poles, anchors, and guys.

• Cut and clean right-of-way properly, using power equipment as necessary.

• Assist other crew members, as requested and directed.

• Receive training in safe practices of performing the above duties and the handling of all tools and equipment.

• Learn basic work order procedures and gain an understanding of the cooperative’s commercial and residential rates.

• Perform other duties and responsibilities as requested or directed.

Apprentice Lineman 1A Requirements:

• Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.

• Ready to learn attitude and a strong interest in providing quality power line construction, operations and maintenance.

• Serious attitude towards safety rules and regulations.

Apprentice Lineman 1B - Key Accountabilities & Duties

Same as Apprentice Lineman 1A, plus the following:

• Work on new construction and completely de-energized poles.

• Perform any duties of a Groundman and learn to:

• Frame erected poles and install guys on the pole.

• Make service connections, transformer and other equipment connections on de-energized poles.

• String and tie-in de-energized conductor.

• Train in the use of hot line tools, grounds, and personal protective equipment.

• Receive additional instruction in basic electrical theory, including circuits and grounding connections.

• Begin to learn to read staking sheets to determine types of construction and needed materials.

Apprentice Lineman 1B Requirements : Same as Apprentice Lineman 1A, plus the following:

• 6 months of previous experience or 3-month lineman certification.

• Demonstrate elementary ability to work effectively on a pole.

Apprentice Lineman 2 - Key Accountabilities & Duties

Same as Apprentice Lineman 1A & 1B, plus the following:

• Continue to climb in a learning situation on a regular basis while another qualified lineman is present.

• Work on poles with only secondary voltage, no higher.

• Receive safety training in techniques of working on hot lines, pole top/bucket rescue, emergency use of radio, use of Personal Protective Equipment, proper grounding of single and three-phase lines (both overhead and underground).

• Gain basic working knowledge of the feeds throughout the region, theory relating to low voltage connections, distribution substations, underground distribution systems, and two-way feeds.

• Learn specifications for single-phase and three-phase line construction and maintenance.

Apprentice Lineman 2 Requirements : Same as Apprentice Lineman 1A & 1B, plus the following:

• 1 year of experience with line work and working effectively on a pole or related education.

Apprentice Lineman 3 - Key Accountabilities & Duties

Same as Apprentice Lineman 1A, 1B & 2, plus the following:

• Work regularly on secondary voltages under direction of a qualified lineman and work occasionally on primary voltages under the close supervision of the Crew Leader.

Learn to:

• Install transformers and reclosers and make connections on transformers under the close supervision of a qualified lineman.

• Operate and work from aerial bucket trucks on energized work only under the close supervision of the crew leader.

• Properly operate and maintain all types of vehicles used in line work.

• Gain continued skill in the use of safe practices in all line work.

• Receive advance training in electric theory and should understand transformers, transformer bank connections, substations and underground distribution systems.

• Become familiar with the important provisions of EnergyUnited EMC and RUS specifications for three-phase line of construction and maintenance.

• Be able to read and follow system maps and should become familiar with all electrical codes, which apply to the work of the distribution system.

• Become able to prepare and maintain all necessary transformer and meter records.

Apprentice Lineman 3 Requirements: Same as Apprentice Lineman 1A,1B & 2 plus the following:

• 2 years of experience with line work, working effectively on a pole, groundman duties,

and safety practices.

Apprentice Lineman 4 (4th Year)

During this time the Apprentice Lineman 4 should continue to develop the skills and knowledge to be able to perform all types of distribution line construction, operations, and maintenance.

• Nature of Work - The Apprentice Lineman 4 assumes greater responsibility for completed pole work. He/she will continue to work with a qualified Lineman when climbing poles, he/she can perform as a one-man crew otherwise.

• Line Conditions - The Apprentice Lineman 4 can be expected to perform all kinds of line work on both energized and de energized lines. Work on energized lines, however, must still be under the close supervision of a qualified Lineman or Crew Leader. If working off-system, he/she shall be permitted to climb energized poles or structures but only under the close supervision of a qualified Lineman or Crew Leader. Following 6 Months in the Apprentice Lineman 4 position, he/she is eligible to begin On-Call duties.

• Materials and Equipment - The Apprentice Lineman 4 shall be expected to perform any of the duties of his/her previous positions and, in addition, should learn to:

• Operate and work from aerial bucket truck, performing maintenance work on energized lines under supervision

• Help install capacitors, voltage regulators, and instrument transformers

• Assist in substation installations and maintenance

• Assist in installation, operation, and maintenance of underground distribution system

• Safety Practices and Training He/she should be able to assist in training activities as an instructor. By his/her own work practices, he/she should set an example of safe practices for other Apprentice Lineman.

• Electrical Theory - The Apprentice Lineman 4 should continue to receive advanced training in electrical theory with an emphasis during this time on understanding wiring diagrams.

• Records, Reports, and Related Information - The Apprentice Lineman 4 should already have learned how to properly fill out all required records and forms. He/she should continue to expand his/her knowledge of three phase line construction, and maintenance specifications, and electrical codes. The Apprentice Lineman 4 must become familiar with the Cooperative's billing procedures and be able to explain them. He/she must also become familiar with the complete member location procedure.

• Supervision, Training Period, and Progression - The Apprentice Lineman 4 is under the direction of the Crew Leader of the crew to which assigned for both work and training activities. He/she shall remain in this classification for a period of twelve months. At the end of this time, a decision will be made by the Region Line Manager and the assigned Crew Leader as to whether he/she has developed the skills and knowledge expected of an Apprentice Lineman 4 before he/she can advance to the position of Lineman.

Position Title: Journeyman Lineman

Reports To: Region Line Manager

The Journeyman Lineman is responsible for assuring maximum results in providing efficient and reliable service in power line construction, operations and maintenance. The position is responsible for performing diversified work of erection and repair of distribution and transmission lines of all classes and voltage, including energized lines, and on structures and equipment involved in the distribution of electricity. A perfect candidate for this position would be a hard-working individual with a great attitude and experience working as a Lineman. This position is non-exempt as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act as amended.

[These positions form a regular progression of training and experience, with each step through the position of Journeyman Lineman being accumulative of all previous steps. A performance appraisal of this individual will be made at the completion of 3 and 6 months in the beginning and annual thereafter for a newly hired Journeyman Lineman. Promotion shall be based upon ability to meet all criteria and not automatic.]

Level to be determined by experience

Normal Day-to-Day Work

• Provide the specialized technical skills necessary for the construction, operations and maintenance of a reliable electric system for the benefit of the consumer/member.

• Make recommendations for changes needed to improve the operations of assigned department as it related to the position of journeyman Lineman.

• Fulfill emergency service restoration duties that will require after-hours availability or extended work hours over several days.

• Coordinate and cooperate with other personnel in performing assigned responsibilities.

• Assume the responsibility and authority when assigned a service function and act accordingly to restore electric service in the event of an emergency.

• Perform all kinds of routine and emergency line work without the necessity of direct supervision.

• Routinely perform work of a more complex and hazardous nature than a Lineman.

• Take an active role in training Apprentice Linemen.

• Perform his/her responsibilities in emergency and on-call work using knowledge of voltage regulation, fault current, and coordination of line protection devices.

• Apply theory to knowledge in the sizing of single-phase transformers.

• Maintain and use familiarity with the feeds of all transmission and distribution lines and the operation of all substations and switching stations in his/her region.

• Use and apply all forms, records, and reports required of a Lineman.

• Work with a good attitude as to reflect his/her work and the cooperative’s effort to enhance the constructive progress of the organization.

• Observe all safety and work rules and regulations adopted by the cooperative.

Job Qualifications - Here are a few skills you MUST have to be considered for this position.

• High School degree or equivalent required.

• 5 years previous experience in electric utility with 12 months minimum experience as a Lineman.

• Have a North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License – Class A or be able to attain one in 90 days with good driving record.

• Ability to read comprehensively and write legibly.

• Have pleasing personality and ability to work and get along with others.

• Have ability to make sound decisions from observations and carry out instructions.

• Climbing skills are highly desirable.

• Have ability to be responsible for the supervised work assignment and work safety.

• Be able to lift and move weights in excess of 100 pounds.

• Be capable of stooping, bending, reaching, climbing, grasping, and frequently walk long distances.

• Have good hand to eye coordination as well as the ability to read electronic displays and screens, printed materials, maps, and tools materials.

• Be capable of utilizing hand held and manually operated tools that are coincident with the duties of the position.

• Be expected to pull on-call duty after becoming familiar with the region and must be available for emergency work during all weather conditions.

• Have attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.

• Be a self-starter with an attitude of neatness, orderliness, and accuracy.

• This position is classified as a job site reporting "Direct Operational” position, must live within 20 miles from respective assigned district.

• Have ability to maintain confidentiality.

*EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. *

Skills & Requirements

Position Specifications for a Lineman:

• Be a high school graduate or equivalent with legible handwriting and be able to read comprehensively.

• Knowledge and experience with electric utility highly desirable.

• Expected to perform any and all of the duties of his/her previous positions in an exemplary and highly competent manner.

• Must have a positive, open mind and considerate attitude toward the responsibilities of the position.

• Must be a self-starter; must be able to be present and work with public in a pleasant, courteous manner.

• Have highest personal integrity and have a sense of accuracy toward record keeping.

• Ability to make sound decisions from observations and carry out instructions.

• Climbing skills are highly desirable.

• Must have North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License – Class A or be able to attain one in 90 days with good driving record.

• Lifting and moving weights more than 100 pounds is frequently required.

• Often required to be able to be capable of stooping, bending, reaching, climbing and grasping and frequently walk long distances.

• Position requires walking in all types of terrain, sitting, standing, and driving/riding in vehicle.

• Must be available for emergency work during all weather conditions.

• Be expected to pull on-call duty after becoming familiar with the region and must be available for emergency work during all weather conditions.

• Performs all assignments safely assuring compliance with all safety related rules, regulations and policies.

• This position is classified as a job site reporting "Direct Operational” position, must live within 20 miles from respective assigned district.

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