Sangre de Cristo Electric Association, Inc. Position Description JOURNEYMAN LINEMAN
The journeyman lineman provides construction and maintenance of the Association’s distribution, transmission and regulatory systems in accordance with Association and regulatory directives and policies. This position involves working with potentially lethal voltages of electricity. The job is primarily performed outdoors in all types of weather and will require work in high, confined, dark, wet, cold or hot environments. Journeyman linemen are required to respond to outages and other emergencies at any time of the day or night.
The position requires the working knowledge of safe use of all materials and supplies pertinent to construction and maintenance of the system, including hot line equipment. Weight limits are imposed based on manufacturer’s specifications for aerial and other equipment, with the weight of necessary tools taken into consideration. Journeyman linemen must be proficient in the operation of and understand the hazards of all equipment used. Physical requirements include the ability to negotiate all types of outdoor terrain in all types of weather. The position requires pole climbing, trench work, walking, digging, and extended periods of standing.
It may also require use of snowshoes and other physical means of travel to reach job sites. Other physical requirements include lifting up to 100 pounds, eyesight adequate to perform job functions including driving of Association vehicles, and speech and hearing adequate to perform clear and understandable verbal communications in English by radio, phone and in person.
The journeyman lineman position requires a valid Colorado commercial driver’s license for operation of Association line vehicles, and the employee’s driving record must be satisfactory to the Association. Safety-toed boots with leather uppers and a minimum 8” top shall be worn on the job. Safety eyewear, fire resistant clothing, hardhat, rubber gloves and other personal safety devices supplied by Sangre de Cristo will be worn as required by Association safety rules.
Reporting Relationships A. Reports to: Working Foreman B. Directs: N/A
Qualifications A. Education – A high school education or the equivalent in necessary to provide basic skills. B. Experience & Job Knowledge 1. Completion of an adequate apprentice lineman program (normally four years) is required. 2. A valid Red Cross first aid/CPR card or certificate must be maintained to provide first aid knowledge that may potentially be needed in the case of a workplace accident. 3. A journeyman lineman must be physically capable of performing the job. 4. Basic computer knowledge is preferred.
Primary duties. These duties encompass the primary purpose of this position. A. Constructs and maintains the system’s distribution and transmission lines and regulatory equipment as directed by the working foreman. B. Understands and uses all tools and equipment on energized lines of voltages used in the system. C. Is able to use approved pole top rescue, resuscitation, and artificial respiration techniques. D. Interprets and installs equipment and materials in accordance with engineering and Association specifications. E. Maintains tools, equipment, transportation, and protective gear and informs foreman when replacement of such is needed. F. Observes and reports to foreman any hazards or potential hazards on the system. G. Operates transportation and other equipment used. H. Accounts for materials and equipment used. I. Uses computerized programs in mapping, time sheets, outage management, staking, and other job functions. J. Responds to outage reports and locates and repairs the problem. K. Uses proper radio communications procedures and maintains radio contact with office. L. Attends annual meetings and other Association meetings as directed. In addition, the journeyman lineman is often the frontline of customer and public relations. This employee is expected to deal with consumers, the public, business contacts, and other Association employees in a cordial, business-like manner in order to maintain positive public relations within and outside of the Association. The employee will treat all consumer information as confidential. This employee must be familiar with Association construction and safety guidelines necessary to fulfill the required job duties. The journeyman lineman is required to properly maintain and use all personal protective equipment required by law, by the Association, and by regulatory agencies.
Secondary duties In addition to the above primary duties, this employee will be expected to work extra hours if the workload or emergency situations require. This employee will be required to perform other duties as assigned.
Relationships A. Internal The journeyman lineman will: 1. Maintain a good reporting relationship with the line superintendent, working foreman, and lead lineman and report any pertinent developments. 2. Cooperate closely with the other journeyman and apprentice linemen in order to maintain an efficient and safe working team. 3. Cooperate closely with the engineering department regarding work orders and job specifications. 4. Cooperate closely with the storekeeper regarding materials and supplies issued and used.
B. External The journeyman lineman will: 1. Work closely with consumers and prospective consumers to give service in the best way consistent with Association policies. 2. Cooperate with contractors doing work for the Association. The journeyman lineman may have some working contact with other utilities such as phone, other electric providers, or other coops.
Safety The journeyman lineman is: A. Responsible for personal safety and the safety of those working in the same area. B. Responsible for the safety of any consumers or others affected by or in the area of work performed. C. Responsible for the safe operation of Association vehicles. D. Expected to follow all Association safety rules and regulations. E. Expected to know and perform proper reaction in the event of an accident or emergency. F. Attends monthly safety meetings.
About Sangre de Cristo Electric Association, Inc.
Sangre de Cristo Electric Assn., Inc is based in Buena Vista, Colorado with a service warehouse in Westcliffe, Colorado. SDCEA provides electricity to approximately 13,000 consumers in the mountains of central Colorado. For more information about SDCEA, visit the company’s website, myelectric.coop.