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Apprentice Lineman

April 29, 2013 - May 22, 2013
Location:Navasota, TX
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Non-Exempt
Benefits:Full Benefits
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Electric Operations
Description:Performs construction and maintenance of distribution lines, works energized lines up to 14,400/24,900 volts.
Duties:• Replaces poles, cross arms, insulators and repairs conductors on distribution lines, under direction of a 1st Class Lineman or Foreman.
• Installs and connects transformers, oil circuit reclosers, capacitors, voltage regulator, switches and other related equipment.
• Works energized conductors up to 14,400/24,900 volts when assisted and directed by First Class Lineman, in accordance with prescribed methods and procedures
• Patrols distribution lines, inspecting conditions of line and structures as required.
• Loads and unloads poles, transformers and other materials.
• Install all types of transformers, primary metering equipment and make tap changes
• Locate trouble and restore service on all class of lines, substations, sectionalizing equipment, etc.
• Make underground and submarine cable installations, including the making of joints and installation of potheads.
• Install pole type regulators and transformers to boost or buck line voltage.
• Phase and check rotation in circuits, direct and with potential transformers.
• Make field tests of distribution transformers.
• Check for ground faults on circuits or equipment.
• Performs switching and sectionalizing as required.
• Trims trees and cuts brush as needed.
• Reads meters as directed.
• Performs all activities for the removal and retirement of distribution lines.
• Makes trouble calls on outage reports and member complaints.
• Operates and secures prevention maintenance services on assigned transportation and maintains adequate control of materials, tools and safety equipment ready for use.
• Learns to read and interpret blueprints and any other specifications for construction of distribution lines.
• Receives radio communications and directives and orally confirms understanding.
• Responds regularly and promptly to work.
• Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications:• High School Diploma or equivalency required
• Must have a valid Texas Class C or higher driver’s license with a good driving record

Knowledge of the following:
• Use of hot line tools and work on all types of energized conductors.
• Be familiar with the hazards that exist, including falls, electric shock, electric flash, falling objects and traffic; and is familiar with the use of protection equipment, safety equipment and first aid.
• Be able to read and understand all wiring diagrams and blueprints as related to transmission and distribution construction and maintenance.
• Know Cooperative’s safety rules and be able to administer all approved methods of resuscitation and be able to render practical first aid.
• Know the locations of and be able to operate the assigned firefighting equipment. Know what kind of equipment to use on electrical, oil and other fires.
• Have thorough knowledge of layout and characteristics of distribution and transmission lines in the area assigned.
• Ability to multi-task and work in a high-energy, fast paced environment and adapt to constantly changing priorities and situations.


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