The Staking Technician assists the Engineering Department in providing pre-construction contacts, contracts, easements, planning, and design for reliable, safe and economical line extensions, removals, changes, improvements, and maintenance. The Staking Technician must already understand and be able to perform the Essential Functions of a Staking Aide.
Essential Functions of Position:
Position involves a combination of indoor and outdoor activities. Outdoor activities include exposure to various weather conditions including heat, high humidity, cold, wind, fog, rain, lightning, hail, sleet, snow, and ice for extended periods of time.
Observes safety rules and practices and recommends to fellow workers the use and practice of the same.
Must possess and maintain the ability to:
Respond in a positive manner to supervision.
Work as a cooperative member of a team.
Interact in a professional and courteous manner with co-workers and members.
Successfully work within deadlines and time constraints.
Consults and coordinates with BEC Departments, members, prospective members, guilder/developers, agencies, and companies concerning requirements for service and/or line changes.
Coordinates the preparation of cost estimates, contracts, design, easements, acquirement of material, staking of line, staking sheets, and other documentation, as required.
Designs member extensions for maximum economic benefit, ease of maintenance, safety, code/regulation compliance, customer and property-owner satisfaction. Computer software will be utilized to supplement this duty.
Documents observed substandard construction or defects on the system. Must consult with Supervisor for Corrective Action guidance.
Accurately reads and interprets maps, circuit diagrams, map scales, and map legends.
Collects data associated with BEC’s mapping system.
Identifies primary and alternate routes for system facilities taking into account equipment size, weather and road conditions.
Inspects and maintains all vehicles, tools and equipment in accordance with BEC policies and procedures.
Acquires, maintains and returns material in accordance with BEC policies, procedures and inventory control procedures.
Possesses working knowledge of Electric Utility Construction Specifications (RUS-preferred), NEC, NESC, federal, state, and local codes and regulations.
Complies with all BEC policies and procedures, safety rules, RUS specifications, NEC, NESC, and federal, state, and local regulations and codes.
Possesses working knowledge of Geometry and Trigonometry to determine line angles and strain loading.
Possesses working knowledge of surveying and designing routine overhead and underground lines, taking into account voltage drops, electric and strain loading, clearances, codes, regulations, policies, easements, impact on property-owners, economic viability and reliability.
Possesses working knowledge of cost-estimating, contracts, design, easements, acquisition of materials, line design, staking sheets, and other applicable documents.
Possesses working knowledge of single- and three-phase electric motors, including voltage, amperage, impact of imbalance, impact of locked rotor amperage, actual loading compared to name-plate loading, power factor, and interpretation of connection diagrams.
Possesses working knowledge of primary and alternate power line and road routes on system, taking into account equipment size, weather conditions and road conditions.
Possesses working knowledge of modeling, mapping and inventory of the BEC system and the computer hardware and software required to perform these tasks.
Must possess knowledge of, or demonstrate the ability to learn, various computer applications, including BEC’s design software and member information and work order system. This includes Microsoft Office spreadsheets and word processing.
Accurately and legibly completes all documentation in accordance with BEC policies and procedures.
Operates all BEC equipment in accordance with BEC policies and procedures, safety rules, manufacturer guidelines and regulations and/or codes.
Performs the design of assigned System Work Plan projects in a timely, safe and efficient manner. Coordinates and completes all related activities.
Maintains good working relations with co-workers, BEC members and the general public.
Represents BEC by attending schools/seminars/meetings for improvement of job knowledge and skills, when requested.
Continually explores new ideas to enhance job performance, efficiency, productivity, and work relations. Communicates the ideas to the Engineering Services Supervisor.
Performs other duties as may be assigned by Engineering Services Supervisor, Manager of Engineering or designee.
Storm Restoration Assistance – Assists Operations Department in restoration activities, when appropriate. This assistance, pairing of personnel and assigned activities are coordinated through the Manager of Operations, Operations Supervisor and/or assigned Operations personnel and will continue until such personnel determines that Storm Restoration Assistance is no longer needed.
Assignments are performed in pairs with another assigned person as determined by the Manager of Operations, Operations Supervisor and/or assigned Operations personnel. All current BEC safety practices and procedures are followed and proper personal protective equipment is used. Possible assignments during this time will be limited and may include the following:
Food delivery to field personnel
Material delivery to field personnel
Patrolling and conducting Damage Assessment of BEC system and affected locations
Refusing affected transformers*
Refusing affected laterals*
*Refusing will only be accomplished with an approved Extendo stick and will only be initiated (1) after a thorough inspection of the affected device and/or circuit has been conducted; and (2) after securing approval from the BEC Dispatcher using established BEC communications protocols.
Experience, Training, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must obtain and maintain knowledge of Cooperative’s policies related to duties of the position.
Participates in monthly BEC Safety Meetings.
Must maintain knowledge of CPR, AED and First Aid in order to use it, when necessary.
Ability to travel intra/inter-state, as necessary, for training purposes, meetings, or to provide assistance to other electric cooperatives, as required.
Ability to frequently travel within BEC Service Area and to other locations, as required, in course of daily work.
Must pass a Department of Transportation or general physical as required.
Must pass required and random drug tests.
Ability to move about and within an office building and on various terrain.
Ability to lift and/or move equipment and tools weighing up to 25 pounds without assistance and in excess of 25 pounds with assistance, frequently carrying such weight over rough terrain on a regular and recurring basis.
Ability to frequently stand and/or walk and sit for extended periods of time.
Ability to perform manual and detailed hand work using both hands, sometimes repetitively, climb and balance, squat, stoop, crouch or kneel, push, and pull.
Ability to bend at neck, waist, legs, and arms, reach above shoulder-level, twist body, and change positions at will.
Ability to speak and hear clearly to communicate over loud background noise.
Vision ability that meets the minimum requirements to acquire and maintain a Texas Driver’s license, with or without corrective lenses.
Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently, both orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people and personalities. Requires a high degree of interpersonal skills.
Ability to be tactful and get along with diverse groups of people and personalities. Capable of conveying a positive and professional image.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, even simultaneously, as well as coordinate projects with other employees working to consistently meet deadlines and budgets.
Ability to listen to and read instructions and other paperwork.
Ability to use judgment and reasoning skills to perform the Essential Functions of the Position.
Valid minimum Texas Driver’s License and an acceptable driving history.
Must be eligible to be and remain insured as a driver by the Cooperative’s group liability policy for the automotive fleet.
American Red Cross or equivalent Certificate of Standard First Aid, CPR and AED utilization. This must be obtained within the first 12 months of employment.
Must successfully complete TEC’s Staking I training as demonstrated by obtaining a passing score on the written test or a BEC-approved equivalent training.
Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in an entry-level BEC Line Design position or its equivalent. Proof of additional training may be substituted for experience at BEC’s discretion.
This Position Description is intended to identify the essential functions of a position and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. The employee may be required to perform or assume additional position-related responsibilities other than those stated in this description.
BEC reserves the right to revise or change the position responsibilities as the need arises. This Position Description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. The time frames mentioned for successful accomplishment of training phases are for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as an implied contract of employment for any amount of time.