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Location: Bardstown, Kentucky US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: High School or Equivalent
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: October 13, 2020
Reference Code: 4673

Key Roles

To perform all duties necessary to provide efficient service in the construction, maintenance, upgrading and relocation of EKPC transmission lines.

Key Responsibilities

One position is available for hire.  All skill levels are being considered and the person chosen for the position will be placed in the level in which he or she is experienced.

ALL LEVELS:

  • Performs work on transmission structures in the maintenance and relocation of transmission lines.
  • Operates live-line maintenance tools in performing work on energized lines and stations.
  • Performs installation and maintenance on air break and other type switches.
  • Assists with scheduled and emergency line and substation outages.
  • Accepts switching order instructions and operates switching devices.
  • Assists with the safe loading and unloading of poles.
  • Loads and secures material and equipment onto trucks and trailers.
  • Operates appropriate equipment and trucks necessary to perform maintenance and relocation of transmission lines.
  • Performs foot and aerial patrols of transmission lines.
  • Supports Right-of-Way and Substation Electricians.

LEVEL ONE:

  • Load and secure material and equipment onto trucks and trailers.
  • Ensure work area is clear of debris (e.g. pole signs, brush, rocks) when using a chainsaw.
  • Attach safety lanyard to bucket truck.
  • Inspect hardware on transmission structures and adjust or replace as necessary.
  • Inspect a pole for unsafe conditions prior to climbing (e.g. groundline rot, pole rot, holes, foreign objects in pole).
  • Coordinate with gas and water companies to locate underground lines.
  • Inventory poles.
  • Remove old pole from ground using a pole jack.
  • Clean a pole hole by hand using a spade and spoon or post hole digger.
  • Verify that the hole has been dug to the proper depth for a single pole structure using rule of thumb 10% of pole length plus 2 feet.
  • Harness the pole above its balance point using a sling in order to move it into position for setting.
  • Guide the pole into/out of a hole by hand on a de-energized line.
  • Fill dirt, rocks, or gravel into area surrounding a newly installed pole by using shovels and tamps in order to support and set the pole.
  • Frame up a pole while in the air by installing the hardware and crossarm (if needed) while de-energized.
  • Attach guy wire to anchor eye.
  • Use the proper nylon sling to lift steel pole.
  • Install/remove/replace a down guy or a span guy, de-energized.
  • Visually inspect vehicles prior to use and complete daily inspection sheet.
  • Document mileage on vehicle inspection report.
  • Drive bucket truck or knuckle boom or digger derrick.
  • Inspect, put on, and remove climbing gear and safety equipment at proper time and place.
  • Climb up or climb down a pole using proper equipment and procedures.
  • Position self in proper location to perform work on pole.
  • Install/remove/replace any type insulator on a pole or arm while de-energized.
  • Install/remove dampers (lead or spiral) on existing conductors.
  • Install/remove a mechanical dead-end.
  • Monitor vehicle and equipment gauges.
  • Check and maintain oil and other fluid levels.
  • Check and replace exterior lights.
  • Change tires in emergency situations.
  • Splice an eye to winch cable.
  • Tie knots, hitches, and rigging.
  • Attach rope slings to insulators in order to suspend insulators.
  • Operate a hand line in order to transport tools, equipment, and other materials up or down a transmission structure.
  • Attach/remove a running block and line to pole and a stationary object on the ground in order to lift material up a pole.
  • Clip-in a conductor on a de-energized straight line structure.
  • Inspect, test, and repair personal protective grounds.
  • Use a voltage detector to determine if conductor is de-energized.
  • Ground de-energized transmission lines before performing work.
  • Inspect, test, and repair pole grounds.
  • Ground trucks to system ground or screw ground.
  • Label transmission structures to identify them.
  • Foot patrol transmission structures and right-of-way to identify faults/problems and enter foot patrol and aerial notes in computer database.
  • Repair pole holes with approved material.
  • Inspect trucks for proper equipment and complete daily inspection sheet.
  • Operate a hydraulic jack.
  • Operate a gas chain saw or hydraulic saw.
  • Operate a drill to bore a hole.
  • Operate ground rod driver.
  • Use cable cutters to cut cable.
  • Operate generators.
  • Operate pneumatic air equipment.
  • Operate the ATV.
  • Operate a four-wheel drive pick-up truck.
  • Hitch trailers to trucks.
  • Flag traffic at the job site.
  • Inspect the condition of rubber goods.
  • Sharpen climbing gaffs.
  • Inspect lanyards, harness, fall arrest, and fall restraint systems.
  • Inspect and clean rubber gloves, sleeves, hoses, and blankets.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers and first aid kits and all emergency equipment on vehicles prior to use.
  • Identify minimum approach distances.
  • Determine insulating voltage.
  • Associate number of insulators or belles to determine insulating voltages.
  • Maintain switch plates.

LEVEL TWO:

  • Open or close a distribution recloser manually or with electronic controls.
  • Winch trucks over difficult terrain onto job site.
  • Position trucks on site according to safety standards.
  • Prepare hot stick for job.
  • Drive tractor-trailer.
  • Secure a pole or poles on a pole trailer or pole dinky, connect safety lights, and transport pole to work site using truck.
  • Install/replace crossarm and install/transfer conductors.
  • Replace cross-arm and braces on de-energized structure.
  • Properly position and climb a hook ladder to perform work on overhead lines.
  • Assess terrain for support of vehicle and equipment weight.
  • Plan vehicle and equipment movements based upon clearances and hazards.
  • Reference lift capacity charts for vehicles and equipment.
  • Test with voltage detector and ground de-energized conductors.
  • Install/remove gang-operated switches.
  • Install/remove motor-operated switches.
  • Install/remove a compression dead-end clamp.
  • Install/remove a de-energized lightning arrestor.
  • Transfer conductors to a new structure.
  • Repair damaged conductor while de-energized.
  • Splice a conductor.
  • Inspect winch cabling and all lifting equipment and replace as necessary.
  • Coordinate with mechanics to make repairs.
  • Rig a conductor with a steel sling or chain, rope slings, wire grips, and hoist in order to temporarily transfer strain from the insulators to the hoist.
  • Attach wire grip and hoist on a dead-end pole in order to transfer strain from the insulators to the hoist.
  • Attach sling, hoist, grips, and rope slings on a dead-end pole with vertical construction.
  • Rig an angle structure with sling and hoist in order to temporarily transfer strain from the insulators to the hoist under de-energized conditions.
  • Install a sling or chain around the pole to attach a chain hoist.
  • Use a noise detector in order to test de-energized transmission lines.
  • Refuse blown highside substation fuse.
  • Replace top of pole with bayonet.
  • Operate the digger derrick to set poles and lift material.
  • Operate pressure digger.
  • Operate press to crimp a sleeve.
  • Use the digger truck to dig holes.
  • Use the anchor attachment to install anchors.
  • Obtain Class “A” permit.
  • Operate the bulldozer and backhoe.
  • Operate the bucket truck.
  • Perform traffic control measures such as setting up cones and road signs.
  • Inspect lanyards, harness, fall arrest, and fall restraint systems.
  • Identify minimum approach distances
  • Associate number of insulators or belles to determine insulating voltages.
  • Obtain Hold Card and perform switching.
  • Perform lockout/tagout procedures.
  • Return distribution substation on-line.

LEVEL THREE:

  • Read and interpret EKPC Electric Transmission Specifications and Drawings Book and Plan and Profile Sheets.
  • Ensure necessary material is available to complete job requirements according to spec book.
  • Inspect hardware on transmission structures and adjust or replace as necessary.
  • Frame up a pole while in the air by installing the hardware and crossarm while energized.
  • Calculate pole depths for multi-pole structure compensating for changing elevations.
  • Dig in a pole hole with a digger derrick.
  • Align a pole or structure using a plumb-bob, carpenter level and/or transit.
  • Install/remove/replace a down guy or a span guy, energized.
  • Install/remove a tie bar (static bar) on a transmission pole.
  • Adjust leveling nuts on steel poles.
  • Determine the best location in which to install a replacement pole for efficient transfer.
  • Determine overhead clearances.
  • Position vehicles and equipment.
  • Reference lift capacity charts for vehicles and equipment.
  • Install temporary guard for cross-over of energized lines from a Co-op.
  • Install/remove/replace any type insulator on a pole or arm while energized.
  • Evaluate conditions of poles, insulators, and cross-arms.
  • Install/remove an energized lightning arrestor.
  • Replace a crossarm and transfer all conductors.
  • Sag a transmission conductor using a time wave or transit.
  • Inspect winch cabling and all lifting equipment and replace as necessary.
  • Rig a straight-through structure with hot sticks in order to transfer strain from insulators to hot sticks when energized.
  • Attach hot sticks to transfer strain from insulators or conductors to the hot sticks.
  • Attach a holder to keep the yoke plate or hot sticks in place.
  • Separate insulators using hot sticks.
  • Attach a ground lead to grounding ring on a pole in order to ground a conductor.
  • Operate phasing sticks.
  • Operate the boom and winch in energized/de-energized modes.
  • Operate a voltmeter.
  • Ensure job specifications are met.
  • Ensure safety standards are maintained.
  • Jumper and troubleshoot switches.

Key Requirements

Education:  High School Diploma or equivalent.  Additional courses in electricity and lineman training preferred.

Experience:  Three (3) years experience in the construction or maintenance of electric transmission lines preferred

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the construction and maintenance of electric transmission lines.
  • Knowledge of distribution line construction.
  • Knowledge regarding the maintenance and adjustment of air break switches.
  • Knowledge of the proper and safe use of tools and equipment used in (energized & de-energized) line construction and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of first-aid procedures and pole top rescue.
  • Willing to attend training sessions and/or complete study courses related to area of work.
  • Skilled in pole climbing and in using lineman tools while working on a pole.
  • Skilled in properly and safely working with live conductors of all voltages.
  • Skilled in all work required in connection with the installation of materials, apparatus, and equipment used in the construction and maintenance of electric transmission lines and be able to carry out these responsibilities without supervision.
  • Able to supervise crew in the absence of the crew foreman.

Competencies

  • Technical/Professional Knowledge & Skills
  • Safety Awareness
  • Customer Focus
  • Contributing to Team Success
  • Initiating Action

Conditions of Employment

  • Must live within 30 minutes driving time of assigned service center.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and obtain Class A CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) Certification.
  • Extensive overnight travel is required, and non-scheduled overtime is a normal part of this position.
  • This is an on-call position; residential telephone is required.
  • Regular lifting up to 50 lbs. and occasional lifting up to 100 lbs.
  • Regular climbing and work at heights on ladders, poles, structures, trucks and equipment, and occasional climbing and work at heights on stairs.