The Lineworker (Albert Lea, MN) position is responsible for the safe inspection, maintenance, repair, and operation of the transmission system (transmission lines and substation) for their associated areas. Responsible for all corresponding required documentation.
The Impact You'll Make In This Role:
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: This list is developed to demonstrate the level of duties normally performed by this classification and to develop a related wage rate. The list is not an all encompassing list of duties.
1. Responsible for the safe inspection, operation and maintenance of all transmission lines and substation facilities within their designated area with emphasis on facility reliability and life expectancy.
2. Responsible for reporting problems, deficiencies, conditions, etc., to the appropriate departments or to the area supervisor. Appropriate departments may include: System Operations Center, Vegetation Management, Electrical Maintenance, Right-of-Way, and Electrical Engineering.
3. Responsible for planning, prioritizing, and scheduling all preventative maintenance activities and for coordinating the activities with the area supervisor. Participate in tailgates.
4. Responsible for maintaining appropriate relations and interactions with other utilities and with property owners.
5. Responsible for the completion of proper inspection and maintenance records and other documentation (including TREM).
6. Interact with the area supervisor on any and all maintenance problems.
7. Responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of assigned vehicles, tools, and equipment assigned to them.
8. Responsible for knowing and consistently following safety rules, company policies, and procedures.
9. Assist in the training of co-workers in regard to safety rules, company policies, switching, maintenance and all work-related procedures.
10. Other duties historically performed by this classification.
Your Experience and Expertise:
Education & Experience: High school diploma or GED and completion of a recognized accredited lineworker program. Journeyman status preferred. Two (2) years of transmission line construction experience preferred (maintenance experience acceptable).
- Switching, patrolling, documentation and record keeping, substation fuse replacement, line and substation maintenance and repair.
- Ability to identify outage-causing problems and then to restore service.
- Pole and steel climbing skills.
- Understand of theory of electricity and associated principles.
- Computer skills necessary.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
Licenses and Certifications: Valid Driver’s License. Class A Commercial Driver’s License.
Physical Demands: Operate small and large trucks, basket truck, derrick, end loader and ATV. Manipulate/operate air compressor, hot sticks, hydraulic tools, shovel, cant hook, protective ground, hand tools, insulators, anchors, cross arms (weighing up to 100 lbs), wire, rope, and two-way radio. Occasionally climb poles or stand in a hydraulic bucket to work at height of 55 feet or more, often working in awkward positions. Frequently lift materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasionally lift items that weigh up to 100 pounds. Must be able to perform pole top and bucket rescue. Shovel dirt, work around noisy equipment, and visually inspect work. Occasionally work with energized lines that must be handled according to NESCO/OSHA and DPC Safety Practices.
Occasionally work at night, on weekends and holidays to repair or install lines. Interact with crew members, foreperson, and supervisor via verbal and written communication. Position requires the ability to hear, use near and far vision, stand, walk, kneel, bend, crouch, crawl, twist upper body, climb hand-over-hand, and manipulate a variety of objects and tools. Must be able to drive a variety of motor vehicles and operate hydraulic equipment.
Environmental Demands: Work outdoors with great physical exertion, often in poor weather conditions. Work on uneven terrain in fields and along roads, often encountering vehicular traffic.
Other Job Characteristics: Off-duty availability.
***Primary residence location must reside/relocate primary residence to within a 15 air miles distance of the Albert Lea, MN location. Relocation must occur no later than the end of the transfer OR initial introductory period. Failure to comply with the requirement will result in being placed on layoff status OR termination (respectively).
Dairyland is proud of its history as a pioneer in rural electrification. The generation and transmission cooperative formed in 1941, bringing light and power to the homes and farms in “America’s Dairyland.” Specifically serving rural communities and countryside, Dairyland continues to ease work conditions and improve quality of life for residents by delivering a safe, reliable supply of energy in its four-state service territory.