Line Technician

Owensboro Municipal Utilities - Owensboro, Kentucky
January 10, 2021
Owensboro Municipal Utilities
Line Technician
Job Description
Job Code: 016
Exempt: No
Civil Service: Yes
Random Drug Screen: Yes
Department: Delivery
Reports To: Line Crew Leader
Location: Delivery
Date Prepared: January 07, 2014
Date Revised: February 19, 2016
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The intent of this description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees on this job.  Employees may be required or assigned other related activities, projects, or tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.  The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability needed.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Under the constant supervision of the Line Crew Leader, with moderate supervision of the Electric T&D Supervisor, installs new electrical transmission and distribution lines and maintains electrical service to OMU customers in accordance with all governmental safety regulations and company standards.  Requires substantial judgment and analytic ability such as solving and troubleshooting problems or performing routine repairs.  Remains on 24-hour call and standby for emergency repair work such as storm damage, vehicles damaging utility poles, or any other cause for power outages.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assembles, repairs, disassembles and erects energized electrical distribution circuits including switches, transformers and/or cable.
• Trains and instructs apprentice line workers in proper safety and methodology per company standards and government regulations. Fills in for Line Crew Leader when necessary.
• Operates heavy equipment such as bucket trucks, derricks, booms and related tools. Climbs poles and works long periods of time from elevated platforms.
• Performs maintenance, repair and construction on underground distribution systems including installation, termination and repair of cable. Digging trenches, directional boring, and all other excavation techniques as required.
• Maintains favorable customer relations.
• Installs and maintains fiber optic cable and devices as required.
• Works under Mutual Aid Agreements to restore power at other electric systems.
• Works in all weather conditions and must be responsive to power restoration requests.
• Maintains truck, equipment and tools ensuring all are operating safely and in good repair. Ensures all equipment is properly utilized for its individual purpose and is cleaned and stored after use.
• Installs and maintains electrical transmission facilities.
• Conducts system inspections testing voltage, amperage and continuity.
• Assists other departments and agencies as needed.
• On 24-hour call and performs stand-by per schedule rotation.
• This role requires a thirty minute response time.
• Adheres to all government safety codes and company standards and will complete all training in a timely manner.
• Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
High school or GED, plus specialized schooling and/or on the job education in a specific skill area; e.g. data processing, clerical/administrative, equipment operation, etc, plus 5 years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Ability to read and understand documents such as policy manuals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively communicate information and respond to questions in person-to-person and small group situations with customers, clients, general public and other employees of the organization.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to prepare and interpret bar graphs.
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Ability to utilize common sense understanding in order to carry out written, oral or diagrammed instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving several known variables in situations of a routine nature.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Driver's License and Commercial Driver's License
PREFERRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Not indicated.
SOFTWARE SKILLS REQUIRED
Not indicated.
INITIATIVE AND INGENUITY
SUPERVISION RECEIVED
Under general supervision where standard practice enables the employee to proceed alone on routine work, referring all questionable cases to supervisor.
PLANNING
Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work; may also occasionally assist in the planning of work assignments performed by others within a limited area of operation.
DECISION MAKING
Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of minor importance and also frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance; the latter of which would affect the work operations of other employees and/or clientele to a moderate degree.
MENTAL DEMAND
Close mental demand. Operations requiring close and continuous attention for control of operations. Operations requiring intermittent direct thinking to determine or select the most applicable way of handling situations regarding the organization's administration and operations; also to determine or select material and equipment where highly variable sequences are involved.
ANALYTICAL ABILITY / PROBLEM SOLVING
Moderately structured. Fairly broad activities using moderately structured procedures with only generally guided supervision.  Interpolation of learned things in somewhat varied situations.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR WORK OF OTHERS
Responsibility for work of others: Not indicated.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR FUNDS, PROPERTY and EQUIPMENT
Occasionally responsible for organization's property where carelessness, error, or misappropriation would result in moderate damage or moderate monetary loss to the organization. The total value for the above would range from $5,000 to $150,000.
ACCURACY
Probable errors would not likely be detected until they reached another department, office or patron, and would then require considerable time and effort to correct the situation. Frequently, possibility of error that would affect the organization's prestige and relationship with the public to a limited extent, but where succeeding operations or supervision would normally preclude the possibility of a serious situation arising as a result of the error or decision.
ACCOUNTABILITY
FREEDOM TO ACT
Generally controlled. General processes covered by established policies and standards with supervisory oversight.
ANNUAL MONETARY IMPACT
The amount of annual dollars generated based on the job's essential duties / responsibilities. Examples would include direct dollar generation, departmental budget, proper handling of organization funds, expense control, and savings from new techniques or reduction in manpower.
None. Job does not create any dollar monetary impact for the organization.
IMPACT ON END RESULTS
Modest impact. Job has some impact on the organizations end results, but still from an indirect level. Provides assistance and support services that facilitates decision making by others.
PUBLIC CONTACT
Regular contacts with patrons, either within the office or in the field. May also involve occasional self-initiated contacts to patrons. Lack of tact and judgment may result in a limited type of problem for the organization.
EMPLOYEE CONTACT
Contacts of considerable importance within the department or office, such as those required in coordination of effort, or frequent contacts with other departments or offices, generally in normal course of performing duties. Requires tact in discussing problems and presenting data and making recommendations, but responsibility for action and decision reverts to others.
USE OF MACHINES, EQUIPMENT AND/OR COMPUTERS
Regular use of complex machines and equipment (desktop/laptop computer and software, road and production machines and equipment, driver's license/cdl, etc.)
WORKING CONDITIONS
Outside or inside working environment, wherein there are potential hazardous working conditions and life-threatening situations exist (fire, chemicals, electrical sources, heights, dangerous people, etc.) all the time per job duties and responsibilities.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously exposed to outdoor weather conditions, risk of electrical shock; frequently exposed to work in high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles; and occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, toxic or caustic chemicals, wet or humid conditions, risk of radiation, vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.
Highly repetitive, highly physical. Highly repetitive type work which requires the concentrated and non-diversified physical demands of the employee.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk or hear; and occasionally required to sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception; and ability to adjust focus.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Knowledge and Abilities
High school diploma required.  Completion of Classification Competency training program required.  Thorough knowledge of practices, methods, equipment, materials and tools used in construction, operation and maintenance of electrical power lines.  Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards associated with the work also needed.  Personal and commercial driver's licenses needed.  Must be in good physical condition.  First-Aid and CPR certification required.  Must have or acquire CDL license within first year.
Experience
Two to four years electrical construction experience with six months to one year general construction related background.  One year experience operating heavy equipment such as derricks, buckets and other related tools.
$ per Employment Type: Full-Time