DEFINITION Under general direction of the Lineman Foreperson, perform construction and maintenance on all overhead, underground and sub-surface electric transmission/distribution system components and equipment.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
Construct and maintain overhead and underground distribution circuits, transmission circuits and substations.
Climbs/sets poles, towers and work at various heights above the ground installing and replacing electrical lines and associated hardware and equipment.
May perform “hot” energized work using rubber gloves or hot-sticks.
Install and connect equipment to electrical lines such as transformers, switches, cutouts, capacitors, lightning arresters, streetlights, etc.
Install poles, anchors, crossarms, insulators, and strings wire.
Install, repair and maintain overhead and underground electric plant; including poles, anchors, cross-arms, insulators, vaults, transformers, capacitors, reclosers, switches, wire, etc.
Regularly operate presses, gas monitoring and ventilating equipment.
Terminate cable systems on poles, transformers, switching equipment and in vaults.
Install substation equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers, disconnects, buswork, etc.
Install services from poles, service boxes or transformers in customer faciltiies.
Perform a variety of skilled tasks associated with the construction, maintenance, and repair of electrical distribution/transmission lines including digging holes, setting poles, installing pole cross arms and fixtures, stringing wire, installing transformers and meter equipment and installing and terminating underground cables and associated hardware
Respond to service calls concerning power outages and electrical programs; investigate complaints, arrange for planned outages and identify locations of underground facilities.
Perform a variety of skilled tasks associated with the construction, maintenance, and repair of streetlights.
Connect and disconnect services.
Troubleshoot and test individual customer services.
Reconstruct existing overhead and underground distribution lines.
Perform testing, phasing and energizes of new and reconstructed circuits.
Perform maintenance functions such as inspections, pole testing, cleaning of vaults and enclosures and necessary repairs and corrections.
Trim trees to maintain clearance around wires.
Diagnose, locate and clear trouble on primary and secondary overhead and underground lines and street lighting systems.
Maintain good housekeeping on the job, around the yard and on the vehicles.
Perform traffic control functions.
Participate in switching operations of the electric system and obtain loading data for system studies.
Perform many of the above functions on energized lines, utilizing appropriate hot line tools.
Maintain tools and equipment in clean and workable condition and assure that all tools are returned to the proper place after each use.
May supervise and train Apprentice Electrical Lineworkers.
May be trained to obtain certification and perform Underground Service Alert functions.
Knowledge of electric utility operations, services and activities of a comprehensive electrical program, including electrical principles, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the installation and maintenance of transmission and distribution systems.
Safe handling of traffic in a construction zone.
Principles, methods, tools and equipment used in the installation and maintenance of poles, towers, substructures, conductors, cables, transformers, regulators, capacitors, services, meters, lighting fixtures, and all associated equipment.
Terminology and mathematics associated with department functions.
Basic electrical and mechanical theory.
California General Orders 95 and 128, applicable OSHA regulations, NEC and District rules.
Principles and procedures of record keeping and report preparation.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Fundamental safety regulations, first aid and methods of applying resuscitation.
Work with various computer software, including Microsoft Suite and the District’s work order system(s).
Ability to observe safety rules
Perform heavy physical work; work at heights, work in adverse climatic conditions.
Use tools and equipment effectively.
Work as a crew member or alone.
Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and written.
Work cooperatively with public and fellow employees.
Work proficiently with hot line tools, i.e. sticks, under energized conditions on overhead and underground systems.
Work in confined spaces with energized high-voltage equipment.
Read and interpret plans.
Follows oral and written instructions;
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination equivalent to education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical combination is:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation of high school.
Possession of recognized journey level Electric Lineworker status, typically obtained as follows:
Three and one-half (3-1/2) years training/experience in line work and successful completion of the journey level Electric Lineman examination administered by the I.B.E.W. or equivalent;
Minimum of five (5) years experience in line work and successful petitioning for journey level Electric Lineman status with I.B.E.W.;
Certification from California-Nevada Joint Apprenticeship Committee that applicant has passed the apprenticeship and examination for journey level Electric Lineman;
Possession of journey level Electric Lineman status granted by the I.B.E.W. or equivalent.
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:
Certification of Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 29 CFR 1910.120 (40 hours).
Eight (8) hours Department of Transportation manifesting and labeling training.
Control of Hazardous Energy.
Eight (8) hours of annual HAZWOPER refresher training in compliance with mandated regulations.
Annual cardiac pulmonary resuscitation and first aid training and certification.
May be trained to obtain qualified worker certification for underground locators as defined by the State of California.
Additional Salary Information: See job description
About Merced Irrigation District
The Merced Irrigation District (MID), located in California’s agriculturally-rich Central Valley, is the leading provider of clean, affordable irrigation water for its 2,200 growers. The District is also the 25th largest public utility in the State, supplying electric service to commercial, industrial and residential customers in Eastern Merced County. The District also owns Lake McClure and Lake McSwain and operates five recreation areas adjacent to these facilities. Lake McClure, on the Merced River, is formed by New Exchequer Dam, a rock filled dam with a reinforced concrete face. At the base of the dam is a hydroelectric generation facility with a capacity of 94.5 MW of power. MID is within two hours of San Francisco, Sacramento, Monterey and Yosemite.
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