This position requires a minimum of a High School Diploma or its equivalent. It should be supplemented by an apprenticeship program to include at least four years of Electrical Line Worker experience. Experience should include field training and practical theory in all phases of power line installation and maintenance. Must possess a valid Colorado Class A CDL, and hold a current CPR certificate and a first aid card.
To provide efficient services in overhead and underground line construction and maintenance work on electrical transmission and distribution facilities; to do such work on lines, either dead or energized at all voltages; to perform similar or lesser skill work, as required.
Planning: Plans and schedules work to assure that all is completed in allotted time to meet the schedules of the Association.
Installs, removes, maintains and repairs poles, steel towers, crossarms, pins, insulators, guys, hardware, transformer racks, switch racks, outdoor substation structures, in connection with construction and maintenance of overhead and underground transmission and distribution line facilities.
Strings, splices and sags wire on live or dead circuits.
Installs and removes transformers, lighting arresters, fuses, cutouts, disconnect switches, oil and airbreak switches and other overhead line devices.
Installs and removes street lights and related equipment.
Performs transmission or distribution line switching or sectionalizing, as directed.
Patrols and inspects transmission lines, overhead and underground distribution lines.
Is familiar with first aid, including all artificial respiration methods.
Maintains knowledge on proper use of tools and work equipment.
Is familiar with the considerable hazards that exist in the form of falls, electrical shock, electrical flash, falling objects and traffic; to be familiar with the use of protective clothing and safety equipment.
Handles after hours outage calls as required.
Trims trees around transmission and distribution lines.
Performs other duties of a like or lesser grade which may be assigned by the Supervisor.
Exposure to Weather:
Exposure to outside atmospheric conditions. Erects and repairs electrical power lines, and is exposed to hot, cold, wet, or windy conditions.
Noise Intensity Level:
The noise intensity level to which the worker is exposed in the job environment. This factor is expressed by one of five levels. This position requires a code level of four – which is loud, working around operating equipment, and heavy traffic.
Exposure to a shaking object or surface. This factor is rated important when vibrations cause a strain on the body or extremities.
Example: Running tapping machine and compacting machine.
Exposure to conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dust, mist, gas, and poor ventilation that effect the respiratory system, eyes, or the skin. The worker is exposed to fumes of cleaning solvents, and battery acids in substation control rooms.
A hazard is a condition in the work environment that subjects or exposes the worker to the possibility of serious bodily injury, or danger to the worker's life or health.
Proximity to Moving Mechanical Parts:
Constructs, erects, installs, and repairs electrical power lines.
Exposure to Electrical Shock:
Exposure to possible bodily injury from electrical shock. Repairs energized electrical power lines. Worker is subject to possible severe burns or electrocution by working on underground circuits.
Working in High, Exposed Places:
Exposure to possible bodily injury from falling. Repairs energized electrical power lines, working from bucket truck or after climbing pole. Worker is subject to possible bodily injury from falls.
Exposure to Caustic Chemicals:
Exposure to possible bodily injury from caustic chemicals. Worker is exposed to bodily injury from cleaning solutions. Worker is exposed to possible bodily injury from acid in batteries.
Performing work activities by oneself and away from others. The worker handles after hours outage calls as required.
Adaptability to accepting responsibility for the direction, control, or planning of an activity.
Adaptability to making generalizations, evaluations, or decisions based on sensory or judgmental criteria.
Adaptability to performing under stress, when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations; or in situations in which working speed or sustained attention are make or break aspects of the job.
Adaptability to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances, or standards.
Adaptability to dealing with people, beyond giving and receiving instruction.
Adaptability to performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature, without loss of efficiency or composure.
Standing: Remaining on one's feet in an upright position at a work station without moving about; time ? 30%.
Walking: Moving about on foot; time ? 30%.
Sitting: Remaining in a normal seated position; time – 30%.
Lifting: To exert physical strength necessary to move objects from one level to another. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds on a frequent basis, up to 66% of the time. Must be able to lift up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis, up to 33% of the time. On a rare basis, may be asked to move a transformer, weighing 300 pounds, using a two?person lift.
The second heaviest item lifted is a crossarm. It weighs 40 pounds. It is lifted from the loading dock to the truck, from the truck to the work site, and from the ground to the pole at the work site. The number of times per day this item is lifted varies, depending on the work orders, from once per day to four times per day.
Carrying: Transporting an object, usually holding it in the hands or arm shoulder; time ? 10%. Must be able to carry up to 40 pounds on a frequent basis, up to 60% of the time. Must be able to carry up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis, up to 33% of the time.
The heaviest item carried is a crossarm, weighing up to 40 pounds. The crossarm can be carried a distance of 20 feet to 500 yards maximum, one to four times per day.
Push/Pull: On an occasional basis, up to 33% of the time, pushing/pulling is required to construct, maintain transmission lines underground or overhead distribution lines.
Climbing: On an occasional basis, up to 33% of the time, climbing is required to install, maintain, and repair electrical power lines.
Balancing: On an occasional basis, up to 33% of the time, balancing is required while performing any climbing activity, walking, standing, or crouching.
Stooping: On an occasional basis, up to 33% of the time, stooping, bending the body downward and forward by bending the spine and waist, is required.
Kneeling: On an occasional basis, up to 33% of the time, must be able to bend the legs at the knees, to come to rest on the knee or knees.
Crouching: On an occasional basis, up to 33% of the time, must be able to bend the body downward and forward by bending the legs and spine.
Crawling: On a rare basis, up to 5% of the time, must be able to move about on one's hands and knees or hands and feet.
Reaching: On a constant basis, up to 100% of the time, must be able to perform the act of seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working the hand or hands, as well as picking, pinching, or otherwise working with the fingers primarily.
Talking: On a frequent basis, up to 66% of the time, must be able to talk, express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word, and perceive the nature of sounds by air.
Acuity: On a frequent basis, up to 66% of the time, must be able to perform work which require a clarity of vision at 20 inches or less, or at 20 feet or more. Must also have three dimensional vision, and the ability to judge distances and spacial relationships so as to see objects where and as they really are.
Vision: On a frequent basis, up to 66% of the time, must be able to adjust the lens of the eye to bring an object into sharp focus, identify and distinguish colors, and observe an area that can be seen up and down, or right and left, when eyes are fixed on a given point.
GENERAL EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
The formal and informal education/training contributes to the employee's reasoning, language, and mathematical skills.
Applies principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where limited standardization exists. Interpret a variety of instructions, furnished in a written, oral, diagrammatic, or scheduled form.
Deal with systems of real numbers; linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, logarithmic, angle, and circular functions, and inverse functions, related algebraic solutions of equations and inequalities; limits and continuity and probability and statistical inference.
Practical application of fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion, measurement, logarithms, practical algebra, geometric constructions, and essentials of trigonometry.
A minimum of over four years experience is required for La Plata Electric Association in this position.
Specific capacities/abilities required to learn or perform adequately in a task or job duty.
Intelligence: (General learning ability) This segment of the population possesses an above average or high degree of aptitude.
Verbal: (Ability to understand meanings of words and ideas associated with them, and use them effectively) Medium degree of aptitudinal ability.
Numerical: (Ability to perform arithmetic operations quickly and accurately) Above average degree of aptitudinal ability.
Spacial Perception: (Ability to comprehend forms and space, and understand relationships of plane and solid objects) Medium degree of aptitudinal ability.
Form Perception: (Ability to perceive pertinent details in objects of pictorial or graphic material) Medium degree of aptitudinal ability.
Clerical Perception: (Ability to perceive pertinent detail in verbal or tabular matter) Medium degree of aptitudinal ability.
Motor Coordination: (Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, or fingers rapidly and accurately in making precise movement) Medium degree of aptitudinal ability.
Finger Dexterity: (Ability to move the fingers and manipulate small objects with the fingers rapidly and accurately) Medium degree of aptitudinal ability.
Manual Dexterity: (Ability to move the hands easily and skillfully) Above average degree of aptitudinal ability.
Coordination: (Ability to move the hand and foot coordinately with each other in accordance with visual stimuli) Above average aptitudinal ability.
Color Discrimination: (Ability to perceive or recognize similarities or differences in colors, shades, or other values of the same color, or to identify a particular color) Below average or low degree of aptitudinal ability.
NOTE: "The above description has been developed based on the guidelines as defined the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). Essential functions, tasks and activities were identified and confirmed by the employer. This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty."
About La Plata Electric Association
LPEA is an electric cooperative in beautiful south west Colorado.
Mission Statement: La Plata Electric Association, Inc. provides its members safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost while being environmentally responsible.
Vision Statement: Shaping the future by building trustworthy community partnerships as an innovative, forward-thinking industry leader, delivering excellence in our member-owned cooperative.