In collaboration with the Line Superintendent, coordinates and directs the work of line crews engaged in the installation and maintenance of underground and overhead distribution lines, street lighting system and performs other related work as required.
Assists in direct supervision of all personnel assigned to Line-Superintendent in relation to the installation, maintenance, outage restoration of distribution lines and emergency situations.
Essential Job Functions:
Assists ensuring good working conditions, and provides the opportunity for maximum creativeness, personal satisfaction, and sense of accomplishment for the Operations Department personnel.
Assists in maintaining the existing distribution system in effort to provide adequate and dependable service to the members and to construct new electrical power lines in an efficient manner according to an approved construction schedule.
Assists in supervision of all personnel assigned to Operations, including planning, scheduling, organizing and directing work, training personnel and recommending applicants for employment or discipline.
Works as a member of a team dedicated to bringing adequate and dependable electric service to the members of the cooperative.
Assists with the direction of contract personnel under the direction of the Operations Department, when assigned.
Maintains a positive work environment and exhibits cooperative behavior.
Schedules maintenance, construction, and repair work for all line crews.
Monitors safety, the quality of work and job performance of the line crews.
Conducts investigations of system problems and makes recommendations for corrective action.
Reviews construction drawings and coordinates related work and materials.
Establishes work schedules and provides project status reports.
Monitors jobs to ensure quality, and proper compliance with applicable codes and job standards.
Recommends improvements, changes or new techniques and procedures.
Assists in the orders and purchases of tools, equipment, and supplies.
Assists in evaluating and maintaining budget for tools, equipment, training, and contracted service.
Works in conjunction with other personnel in correcting system disturbances and unplanned outages, locating the source of the disturbance, and taking corrective action, as necessary.
Ensures that switching, tagging and work activity conforms to safety rules and instructions are received correctly over the radio and/or phone by requiring that field forces repeat the information and instructions given.
Coordinates with system operation the de-energizing and re-energizing of distribution equipment including development and issuing of system switching orders and working clearances.
Call in Distribution personnel and Troubleshooters for various system disturbances and customer service issues.
Notify personnel in areas such as General Services, Stockroom, Customer Service, etc. of the need to respond to issues related to their areas.
Implements and updates written operating procedures by direction.
Provides notification to the appropriate personnel of system anomalies.
Implements system contingency procedures as warranted.
Assists in reviewing and updating contingency plans.
Communicates and coordinates with power supply operators of inter-connected power systems/generation stations to solve mutual problems.
Generates and maintains hourly, daily, monthly, and yearly statistics and reports.
Provides customer service duties during non-business hours.
Participates in various projects, as required.
Performs other related duties, as required.
Utilizes spreadsheets, databases, word processing software, utilizes telephones, faxes, voice, radio, and telecommunication equipment.
Reports to: Line-superintendent
Responsible for keeping the Line-Superintendent informed of work in progress and completed work and ensures ongoing consultation relative to any problems that hinders the efficient completion of the duties and responsibilities associated with the Assistant Line-Superintendent position.
Directs the following personnel in their respective area:
Coordinates or cooperates with:
Operations Department - Coordinates and cooperates with Line Superintendents functioning in other areas regarding crew structure, outages, equipment, and provides backup during personnel absences.
Engineering Personnel - Coordinates, cooperates, and develops mutual understanding, along with providing the assistance necessary to promote ownership and respect between departments and employees. Works together with the Engineering Department personnel to review standards and to help set material specifications. Informs the Engineering Department regarding needs as found from field problems and advises and assists in the development of long-range system planning, as requested or required. Confers with Engineering Department personnel to advise and assist with the proper scheduling of maintenance, operation, and construction activities. Confers with Engineering Department personnel to assist with solving problems associated with the procurement of materials and other matters involving the Operations Department.
Other employees - Coordinates development of good working relationships with the personnel in other departments and strives to enhance effective and open communications between departments. Confers with, advises, informs, and directs cooperation with other departments to assure compliance with the goals and objectives of the cooperative.
Members and public - maintains friendly, cooperative relationships with the members and the public in the performance of the duties and responsibilities associated with the Line Superintendent position.
Suppliers and contractors - keeps informed regarding new and improved products in addition to updated construction and maintenance procedures to obtain maximum usefulness from equipment.
Preferred Abilities and Skills
The following have been ranked the most critical skills associated with this position:
Previous supervisory experience with a Rural electrical distribution cooperative.
A minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience.
Previous experience as a journeyman lineman, qualified by successful completion of a recognized apprenticeship program.
Previous experience in a position of authority with supervisory responsibility for bargaining unit employees.
Computer Skills – Skilled in working with Microsoft Windows operating system and Microsoft Office applications.
(Scale: Rarely = Less than 5%, Occasionally = 5% - 25%, Frequently = More than 25%)
Heavy lifting or moving of materials: Rarely – Up to 50 pounds.
Awkward Position (stooping, bending etc.): Occasionally
Climbing Maximum: Rarely
Eye-hand Coordination: Frequently
Location: Indoor 50%, Outdoor 50%
Work Conditions: Occasional overtime and after hours’ work is required due to storm related events and emergency situations. Occasional travel to related conference, training, and meetings.
High school diploma or graduate equivalency diploma (GED)
15 hours (Credits) of NRECA Supervisor/Management training. (If not already completed this will be an interim position until training is complete)
Seven (7) years of experience in electric utility construction and maintenance.
Proven communication skills and the ability to work with the public.
The skills to resolve conflicts and deal with difficult personnel matters in a professional and effective manner.
Being well organized, able to multitask, and ability to effectively organize and schedule other individuals and projects to meet scheduled timelines.
Ability to handle stressful, and/or emergency situations, in a calm and organized manner.
Ability to read and comprehend construction drawings and specifications.
Must have and maintain a valid Texas State Driver’s License. If a valid Texas State Driver's License has not been obtained, then it must be acquired in a reasonable amount of time as specified by the cooperative.
Ability to work independently with a minimum level of supervision.
Must be very motivated and able to work in a team-oriented environment with assigned responsibilities and be able to complete all assigned goals and objectives in an accurate and timely manner while following up with Tri-County members and/or fellow employees to insure high-quality service.