This position is responsible for live line maintenance using bare hand/hotstick procedures on Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) 115 kV, 230 kV and 345 kV transmission lines, working on wood poles, steel poles, and lattice towers up to 500 kV construction. This position safely and efficiently maintains BEPC electric power transmission lines that serve our members, participants, and customers. The incumbent maintains right-of-ways and other Cooperative assets and assist other crafts as necessary. This position is identified as a Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) related position which may allow physical and/or logical access to Bulk Electric System (BES) cyber related assets or systems.
Qualifications: To perform effectively in this position, the incumbent must be able to routinely climb power line structures, including lattice steel towers and wood or steel poles, to heights of 225 feet and occasionally, to more than 300 feet while the lines are energized. The incumbent must be able to perform all classes of transmission line construction, maintenance, and operation work, with emphasis on safety, skill, and efficiency. The incumbent must have a distinct understanding of electricity, including erecting, assembling, and splicing conductors, cables, and ropes; an understanding tension string of conductors at a level acquired through the completion of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED or HSED) and four years of experience with an accredited lineman apprenticeship program and obtained a Journeyman Lineman rating. The incumbent must have a valid driver’s license in the state of residence and must have or be willing to obtain within 90 days of hire a class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with air brakes and no CDL restrictions other than a medical variance (V). This is a Department of Transportation (DOT) (FMCSA) (CDL) qualified position. The incumbent may be required to have a National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operator (NCCO) designation, or willingness to obtain certification within one year from date of hire.
Typical Physical/Mental/Environmental Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, and climbing structures and ladders, including lattice steel towers and wood or steel poles to heights up 300 feet while the lines are energized; and occasional bending, climbing stairs, kneeling, reaching, crawling, use of keyboard/computer, use of foot controls, turning valves, pushing/pulling up to 150 pounds, and lifting up to 50 pounds. Equipment used includes insulated aerial man lifts, digger trucks, all-terrain vehicles, straight trucks over 26,001 pounds, tractor/trailer combinations (semi), line tension equipment, hot line tools/ bare hand equipment, hydraulic tamps, drills, air operated tools, chain saws, and other associated equipment used in the construction and maintenance of transmission lines. Finger dexterity, good color vision and hearing, and the ability to perform close work are required. On a daily basis, requires the ability to weigh/measure, read, write, and perform basic arithmetic. May require working under pressure. Continuously working in areas of electrical risks (energized transmission line from 34,000 to 500,000 volts); frequently working in conditions of extreme heat or cold and dirt/dust; and occasionally around fumes, chemicals, vibration, and noise. The incumbent will also be required to work at heights up to 300 feet, which requires the use of safety equipment, including a harness, in accordance with ANSI Z359 standards. Harness rating usually 300 lbs, including tools, clothing, and the individual. This position is also responsible to conduct aerial line patrol. The incumbent must remain fit for duty.