The Groundman Trainee (GT) is an entry-level position in the line of progression for Journeyman Lineman. This position is expected to perform and be proficient in various tasks within the Groundman section of the Employee Development Program (EDP), in order to progress to the next level. Work is frequently performed in close proximity to energized conductors and equipment requiring skill and safe work practices and procedures.
Primary Position Responsibilities
The following responsibilities are not all inclusive and the employee may perform other related tasks as required.
Employee may be permitted to work one step up from their current classification only under direct supervision of at least an A-class lineman.
Wears appropriate PPE and other safety equipment as necessary.
Attends regularly scheduled safety meetings.
Follows OSHA, NESC, CoServ specifications, safety procedures, and all federal, state and local standards.
Installs, maintains, and operates the electric distribution system.
Operates utility vehicles, including bucket trucks, digger trucks, boom trucks, and other specialized equipment and machinery used in the electric industry.
Installs, maintains, and removes wood poles including setting, framing, and installing hardware, guys, and other related materials.
Installs, maintains, removes and operates transformers, capacitors, switches, conductors, and other similar equipment.
Installs, maintains and removes underground conductors, conduits, vaults, transformers, elbows, terminators, splices including secondary conductors and connections.
Attends safety, classroom and field training provided by CoServ.
Maintains vehicles and tools as assigned.
Provides and updates GIS with the necessary field data to keep system maps current.
Complies with established CoServ safety and operating rules, procedures, and guidelines. Responsible for reporting unsafe practices to a supervisor.
Complies with established CoServ Information Security Handbook, policies, procedures, and guidelines. Responsible for reporting suspected information security incidents to Tech Support.
Secondary Position Responsibilities
Must maintain CPR and First Aid certification.
Must maintain pole top, bucket and vault rescue certifications.
Maintains daily timesheet.
Completes the necessary documentation regarding construction and maintenance projects.
Will be in the on-call rotation.
Attends CoServ University and industry training as required.
Reports hazards, injuries, illnesses, property damage and near misses to their supervisor.
Education and Certifications Required
High School Diploma or G.E.D.
Education and Certifications Preferred
Skills and Abilities Required
Must demonstrate job knowledge in order to advance to the next level in job progression through competency assessment and/or performance evaluation through the task manual and recommendation of the supervisor.
Ability to understand and follow CoServ maps, CoServ safety manual, work orders, staking sheets, and any type of CoServ forms related to work being performed.
Ability to learn CoServ’s service area and distribution system.
Skills to utilize Microsoft Office and IBM Maximo.
Strong analytical, numerical, and reasoning abilities.
Ability to learn CoServ’s tariff policies that apply to lineman duties.
Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
Works outdoors 95% of the time in all types of weather conditions and environmental conditions.
Works in potentially hazardous conditions caused by pets and wildlife in or near the work site.
While on pole or in bucket, reaches and bends to perform work on the pole usually using hand tools weighing as much as 20 pounds.
Climbs a pole with belt and equipment or hand tools weighing 40-50 pounds.
Works in areas with possible exposure to poison oak, poison ivy, and insect stings.
Must be able to acquire and maintain a valid Texas Class A commercial driver's license.
Must reside within the CoServ operations residential boundary.
CoServ is an electric and gas distribution company serving North Texas since 1937. Doing business as CoServ Electric since 1998, we now have over 9,800 miles of electric infrastructure serving more than 221,000 meters across Denton, Collin, Cooke, Grayson, Tarrant and Wise counties. Our natural gas affiliate, CoServ Gas, was established in 1998 and serves more than 113,000 gas meters in Denton, Collin and Kaufman counties.
North Texas is growing, and so is CoServ. We value innovative and dedicated Employees and are committed to providing them with a stable work environment filled with opportunities to learn and grow. Guided by our Core Values—Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Safety—we serve each other as we serve our Members and Customers. We offer a wide variety of careers—from Customer Care Representatives and Billing Clerks to Linemen and Engineers. CoServ is a company you can believe in.