Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC), a progressive southwest metro member-owned electric utility with 95 employees, is seeking multiple Full-Time & Seasonal Apprentice Linemen.
To construct or maintain overhead and underground electrical distribution lines in a safe, reliable and timely manner which will provide MVEC members safe, reliable service with minimal outage hours or interference.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs assigned work as a crew member under the direction of the Line Crew Foreman with supervision in compliance with established RUS, NEC, and MVEC specifications, codes, safety rules, and general operating procedures.
Follows established steps and procedures as directed, checking with a Line Crew Foreman or Supervisor when a departure from established methods or orders are imminent.
Performs work on crews as assigned in construction of new overhead single, V or three phase lines, including framing, setting and anchoring poles, stringing wires, hanging overhead equipment; hot line work in accordance with classification; loading/unloading materials; and completing the job according to the specifications and orders in a safe, reliable and timely manner.
Performs work on crews as assigned in construction of new single or three phase underground lines, including terminating transformers and underground cable; burying wire or cable; setting up switching cabinets; hot line work in accordance with classification; loading/unloading material; and competing the job according to the specifications and orders in a safe, reliable and timely manner.
Sets poles and anchors without damaging any underground utilities; work is performed according to established sequences and steps in construction.
Contributes to the work effort by offering help on the crew as appropriate or required to ensure a safe, reliable and timely result.
Ensures that terminations on cables, transformers and switch gear are correct and will perform as expected.
Landscapes area to its original condition, leaving a good impression of MVEC and its field personnel.
Maintains the overhead and underground electrical distribution systems as scheduled or required, with the goal to restore service as safely and promptly as possible.
Operates vehicles and construction equipment in a safe, reliable manner at all times in compliance with MVEC standards and procedures.
Attends to safe operation of equipment thereby reducing accidents and hazards on or around the work site.
Being familiar with and knowledgeable of how to operate cable locating equipment.
Responds to outages in a timely manner, carefully evaluating the situation before acting to restore service. After all facts are known, the response is planned and carried out in a safe, reliable manner.
Develops a good working knowledge of overall MVEC, RUS, NEC codes and specifications, and the internal MVEC operations such as the mapping system, staking sheets, and System Operation Orders.
Participates actively in established safety training and instruction programs, and consistently applies what is presented in terms of safety codes, rules and procedures.
Becomes skilled in first-aid and pole-top rescue procedures necessary to help ensure a prompt response in case of an accident or emergency.
Maintains a good working relationship with the general public on a regular basis.
Positive image of MVEC is enhanced by good public relations.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Line Technician Certificate from a certified vocational school or equivalent
Working towards completion of Apprentice Lineman/Power Line Technician Training Program
First Aid/CPR certified
Valid Class A Minnesota Commercial Driver’s License
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Must climb poles or stand in a hydraulic bucket to work at heights of 55 feet or more installing transformers or line, often working in awkward positions.
Frequently lifts materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds and occasionally items that weigh up to 100 pounds.
Must be able to perform pole top rescue.
Occasionally works with energized lines in accordance with classification; which must be handled according to NESC specifications and MVEC safety procedures to avoid electric shock.
Interacts with crew members, Line Crew Foreman and Supervisors via verbal communication.
Works outdoors year-round with great physical exertion, often in poor weather conditions. Occasionally works at night, on weekends and holidays to repair or install lines. Works on uneven terrain in fields and along roads, often encountering vehicular traffic, shovels dirt, works around noisy equipment, and visually inspects work site for safe conditions. Occasionally works with energized lines in accordance with classification; which must be handled according to NESC specifications using MVEC safety procedures to avoid electric shock.
The Seasonal positions are anticipated to start working in mid-May with the assignment ending in late November. These positions are temporary seasonal jobs. Normal hours will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. with emergency work on holidays, weekends or off hours, if needed.
Applicants must be committed to providing service beyond members’ expectations and follow through on commitments.
To apply, please submit resume by Friday, February 28th.