Highline Electric Association (HEA) in Holyoke, Colorado is currently seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Lead Staking Engineer in the Electrical Engineering Department. This staking engineer will be stationed in the Holyoke office.
All staking duties are currently fulfilled by one Lead Staking Engineer and one Assistant Staking Engineer. The selected candidate will be hired as an Assistant Staking Engineer and train with HEA’s existing stakers for approximately eight months to one year; the candidate will be promoted to Lead Staker upon his retirement.
Qualifications for this position include a Journeyman Lineman certification. Familiarity with the National Electric Safety Code and National Electrical Code is desired but not required. Typical duties include overhead and underground distribution line design, GPS staking, easement and permit acquisition, project mapping, and occasional storm restoration support.
The hourly rate for the Lead Staking Engineer ranges between $42.98-$49.84 and the hourly rate for Assistant Staking Engineers ranges between $40.53-$46.97 based on qualifications, operational needs and other considerations permitted by law. The range may vary above and below the stated amounts, as permitted by Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Rule 4.1.2. HEA offers benefits including medical and life insurance, 401k retirement with employer contribution, paid time off, sick leave, and holidays.
Responsibilities and Authorities:
A. Power Line Design 1. Makes initial member contact for new service requests, relocations or retirements to design requested electrical service. 2. Answers customer questions pertaining to wiring and line extension costs. 3. Provides members construction cost estimates. 4. Creates power line construction staking sheets for construction crews and contractors using field tools and computer software. 5. Stakes required power lines. 6. Works with staking and construction contractors to ensure proper design and construction. 7. Reviews contractor-built power line for consistency with contractor invoices. 8. Assures construction specification book is kept up to date with current construction practices. 9. Assists in planning a financially responsible expansion, modification, and improvement of the electrical distribution and transmission systems consistent with short and long-term plans.
B. Easements 1. Obtains right of way easements from landowners requiring electrical service or for power line to cross an owner’s property to provide electrical service to others. 2. Assures all easements are properly recorded at County offices. 3. Assures all easements are properly filed. 4. Obtains required construction permits for building power line on county and state right of way and for crossing highways, railroads and other entities.
C. Mapping/Computer Aided Drafting 1. Regularly updates digital system maps. 2. Supports Association personnel with miscellaneous system map requests.
D. Other Duties 1. Assists engineering personnel in specifying, sizing and designing extraordinary service requests or other power line construction requirements. 2. Provides and follows staking budget annually. 3. Promotes good member and public relations. 4. May be required to support Operations Department as dispatcher and/or journeyman lineman for after hour outages, maintenance, and emergencies, as assigned by Operations Manager or Line Superintendent. 5. Assists Operations personnel with emergency power restoration. 6. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Working Conditions: Both non-smoking office environment and outside work in all kinds of weather. Must be able to work outdoors in cold wintry conditions as well as the heat of summer. Required work will regularly be dirty and dusty. Will occasionally work near live 240V and 480V electrical circuits. Infrequent travel for training and meetings will be required. Overtime required. Must be available for work outside of normal office hours.
Physical Requirements: Regularly required to talk, sit at a desk, or in a truck. Work requires repetitive motions with hands and fingers such as keyboarding and dialing. Regularly required to walk, reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and to climb or balance in order to reach high places. Lifting and carrying of 10 to 50 lbs. required regularly. May occasionally assist in moving and/or lifting up to 100 pounds while loading materials or equipment. Specific vision abilities required include depth perception with the ability to focus. Close vision is needed to work on computer systems and to draw staking sheet sketches; distance vision is needed to inspect distribution system. Noise level is generally moderate. Must be able to use office equipment such as copier, computer and telephone. Must be able to communicate with individuals and groups of people. Ability to read and write English and do basic algebraic mathematical operations needed.
A. Education/Experience: High School diploma or equivalent required. Must be a journeyman lineman with experience in distribution line construction.
B. Job Knowledge: Must become knowledgeable of RUS construction specifications, pole top assembly units and approved materials. Familiarity with National Electric Safety Code (NESC) and the National Electrical Code (NEC) is desired. Must become familiar with county and state right-of-way construction permitting requirements. Must develop practical working knowledge of personal computer operation, office suite word processing and spreadsheet software, and CAD computer aided drafting and mapping software. Must learn to operate a transit and associated equipment, as well as GPS staking equipment.
C. Abilities and Skills:
Must be able to identify problems, develop and communicate solutions, and prioritize assignments. Must be organized and detail oriented. Ability to isolate and solve complex problems is required. Must be able to perform basic algebraic calculations. Skill in dealing and communicating with members concerning inquiries and requests for service is required. Written and verbal skill in communicating Association construction and easement policies to members needed. Must be skilled in communicating with supervisors, peers, and management. Ability to quickly adjust to schedule changes and to set and follow priorities necessary. Must be able to initiate and complete projects without direct supervision. Must maintain a valid driver's license at all times. Ability and desire to work in a team environment and individually needed. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form is mandatory.