UNS Energy Corporation Pre-Apprentice Substations in Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable electric service to approximately 414,000 customers in Southern Arizona. Although our company has been in business for more than 120 years, we continue to look for innovative ways of providing value, comfort, convenience and security to our customers every day. We’re evaluating cutting-edge energy technologies, reshaping our energy portfolio and expanding our renewable power and energy-efficiency programs. While our line of work can be challenging, it can also be rewarding. Our team of dedicated professionals values engagement, enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration. In return, TEP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes a 401k plan with a generous company match, a company-sponsored pension plan, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and much more.

Date Posted: May 11, 2018

Date Expires: May 25, 2018 Testing Date: Week of May 30, 2018 (You will be notified by email of details) Practical Date: Week of June 8, 2018 (You will be notified by email of details) Interview Dates: Week of June 18, 2018 (You will be notified by email of the time)

Candidates selected for testing will receive a confirmation at the email address provided on the application with notification of the scheduled date and time for the testing session. If a passing score is received on the written test, successful candidates will receive an email for the hands on testing. *Dates are subject to change based on business needs, weather and unforeseen circumstances*

Please apply on line on Company Intranet or at www.tep.com under Career Opportunities. If you have any questions, contact Betty Stewart at 917-2605

Vacancies exist for the position of Pre-Apprentice Substation Electrician in Substation Construction & Maintenance. Please see the attached job description and outline for the interview.

**Normal Minimum Requirements__

  • Electrical and/or mechanical experience preferred

  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required

  • Must possess a valid, up-to-date, driver’s license

  • Basic understanding of electrical transmission and distribution systems

  • Basic understanding of electrical theory

  • Physical ability to bend, stoop, lift, climb and carry tools for extended periods of time

  • Required to be available to work overtime, occasional night shifts and in inclement weather

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to work harmoniously with fellow workers

  • Basic math, computer skills, required

  • Ability to work in a manner that prevents injury

  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing

  • Able to demonstrate mechanical aptitude and problem solving skills

*PLEASE NOTE: To be considered for this position, a resume must be submitted, enumerating qualifications and skills.

There will be a three-part testing procedure required for this position. The first step is a written technical skills test followed by a practical assessment and a behavioral based core competency interview. Each step of the process must be passed in order to progress to the next step.

We are providing a study outline to prepare for the written technical skills test and the core competency interview. The outline is designed to maximize test results and centralize study times in the areas listed below:

**Technical Skills Test Outline__

  • OSHA/Safety Rules

  • Basic Algebra & Triangles (Angles & Sides)

  • Basic Electrical Theory

  • Ohm’s Law

  • Simple Circuit Analysis

  • Power equations

  • Transformer Basics & Turns Ratio

  • Overview of Electric Utility

  • System Voltages

  • Transmission / Distribution

  • Residential & Calculate Allowable Tolerances

**Practical Skills Test__

  • Mechanical aptitude

  • Creativity skills

  • Problem Solving

  • Working under pressure

  • Follow directions/procedures

  • Communication skills

  • Safe work practices

**Behavioral Based Interview__

The interview is a behavioral based interview incorporating Tucson Electric Power Core Competencies. In this process we believe that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior and more recent behavior is a better predictor of future behavior than older behavior, and that long-standing trends are better predictors of behavior than isolated incidents. We therefore have patterned the questions during the interview to solicit behavior patterns that indicate with high predictability whether the candidate can perform the job as required. This type of interview is different than those that you may have taken in the past.

**Core Competency Outline__

  1. Considers the financial implications for each decision you make.

  2. Demonstrates an understanding of the cost pressures inherent within our business and is able and willing to take action accordingly.

  3. Seeks out new learning opportunities as well as sharing, identifying and acting on lessons learned from successes and failures.

  4. Sincerely, willingly and continuously reaffirms key goals or values.

  5. Helps detect and resolve team breakdowns resulting from change.

  6. Learns and develops new skills or behaviors to adapt to constant, sometimes turbulent change.

  7. Shows a willingness to take calculated risks to accomplish project deliverables.

  8. Shows flexibility with current procedures to effectively achieve a business result for a customer.

  9. Improves performance by applying concepts from other situations to a new situation.

  10. Is determined to succeed and maintains focus in the face of the challenges.

  11. Be able to discuss the Core Competencies.

**Financial Intelligence__

Possesses financial understanding and demonstrates the ability to foster and lead cost efficient initiatives without sacrificing quality or core values.

**Develops People and Self__

Views people, their knowledge, and capabilities as the organization’s core assets. Supports the structures and policies that encourage employees to continuously seek improvement. Creates development possibilities for self and others.

**Effectively Manages Change__

Accepts and successfully adapts to change. Helps others adapt and remain effective.

**Results Oriented__

Is willing and able to be competitive and take risks in growing the organization’s profitability, while holding self and others accountable. Seeks to accomplish critical tasks with measurable results. Personally strives for excellence in performance by surpassing established standards. “Under promises and over delivers.”

**Advancing From Pre-Apprentice into the Apprenticeship Program__

  • It is critical for applicants to understand that entering a Pre-Apprentice position is the preliminary stage for the Apprenticeship Program with TEP.

  • Those selected and indentured must pass the first step test, with a score of 85% or greater, or they will be removed from the program.

  • After the first step test after being indentured has been passed, only one 6-month test may be failed and retaken during the remainder of the apprenticeship program. A failure of the retest shall result in termination from the apprenticeship program.

  • Advance standing can be granted based on a review of education and/or work experience. The Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) will make this determination.

  • Advancement will be based on skill not time in the position. Apprentices must complete 100% of the related training required in their program appendix.

  • Each Apprentice is required to spend at least 90 percent of their available time for on-the-job learning during each 6-month step.

  • Apprenticeship Programs have very strict guidelines and the expectation is for the applicant to understand and become familiar with the details of the position.

  • Please refer to the link below for further information regarding apprenticeship guidelines. Refer to part 29 and 30.


**Position Description__

This job classification is an entry classification position, which is designed to train the employee to perform all the basic duties and less skilled operations in connection with Apprentice Substation Electrician. Under close supervision of a Substation Electrician Journeyman the employee assists, acquires knowledge and experience, and progressively learns the craft.

Essential Functions: (As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, includes at least the following tasks, knowledge and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a complete listing of all functions and tasks performed in the job class)

**Position-Related Responsibilities__

  • Assist Substation Electrician Journeyman as assigned.

  • Perform work alone within the conformance of training and safe work practices.

  • Able to take directions and have a willingness to learn.

  • Will move into the formal apprenticeship if recommended.

  • Perform duties of progressively increasing importance and complexity.

  • Perform assigned work in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with Company practices and procedures.

**Knowledge, Skills and Abilities__

  • Become familiar with the basic skills inherent in the Journeyman classification in which they are aligned. Able to safely perform work within their training and ability.

  • Possess the ability to learn the required duties and the physical coordination necessary to use tools and equipment associated with his/her work area.

  • Have basic understanding and comply with all TEP safety rules and regulations

  • Obtain a CDL operator’s license, as required

  • Provide a high level of customer satisfaction

  • Maintain high level of awareness and responsibility for environmental considerations that impact them, their jobs and the company to the level of their knowledge, training and experience

  • Perform basic math

  • Understand basic electrical theory

  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing

  • Possess a valid driver’s license

  • Work harmoniously with fellow workers and customers

All employees are expected and required to adhere to the Company Code of Ethics and Principles of Conduct

Company: Tucson Electric Power

Location: Tucson, AZ

Job Category: Field Services

Position Type: Classified