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HYDRO ELECTRICAL TECH, JOURNEY LINEWORKER

Merced Irrigation District   Merced, CA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on October 5, 2021
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following positions

 

HYDRO ELECTRICAL TECH

 

JOURNEY LINEWORKER

For more information about the position, or to apply please visit the Merced Irrigation District website at: https://www.mercedid.com/index.

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DEFINITION
Under general direction of the Lineman Foreperson, perform construction and maintenance on all
overhead, underground and sub‐surface electric transmission/distribution system components and
equipment.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
• Construct and maintain overhead and underground distribution circuits, transmission circuits and
substations.
• Climbs/sets poles, towers and work at various heights above the ground installing and replacing
electrical lines and associated hardware and equipment.
• May perform “hot” energized work using rubber gloves or hot‐sticks.
• Install and connect equipment to electrical lines such as transformers, switches, cutouts, capacitors,
lightning arresters, streetlights, etc.
• Install poles, anchors, crossarms, insulators, and strings wire.
• Install, repair and maintain overhead and underground electric plant; including poles, anchors, cross‐
arms, insulators, vaults, transformers, capacitors, reclosers, switches, wire, etc.
• Regularly operate presses, gas monitoring and ventilating equipment.
• Terminate cable systems on poles, transformers, switching equipment and in vaults.
• Install substation equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers, disconnects, buswork, etc.
• Install services from poles, service boxes or transformers in customer facilities.
• Perform a variety of skilled tasks associated with the construction, maintenance, and repair of
electrical distribution/transmission lines including digging holes, setting poles, installing pole cross
arms and fixtures, stringing wire, installing transformers and meter equipment and installing and
terminating underground cables and associated hardware
• Respond to service calls concerning power outages and electrical programs; investigate complaints,
arrange for planned outages and identify locations of underground facilities.
• Perform a variety of skilled tasks associated with the construction, maintenance, and repair of
streetlights.
• Connect and disconnect services.
• Troubleshoot and test individual customer services.
• Reconstruct existing overhead and underground distribution lines.
• Perform testing, phasing and energizes of new and reconstructed circuits.
• Perform maintenance functions such as inspections, pole testing, cleaning of vaults and enclosures
and necessary repairs and corrections.
• Trim trees to maintain clearance around wires.
• Diagnose, locate and clear trouble on primary and secondary overhead and underground lines and
street lighting systems.
• Maintain good housekeeping on the job, around the yard and on the vehicles.
• Perform traffic control functions.
• Participate in switching operations of the electric system and obtain loading data for system studies.
• Perform many of the above functions on energized lines, utilizing appropriate hot line tools.

• Maintain tools and equipment in clean and workable condition and assure that all tools are returned
to the proper place after each use.
• May supervise and train Apprentice Electrical Lineworkers.
• May be trained to obtain certification and perform Underground Service Alert functions.
KNOWLEDGE OF:
• Knowledge of electric utility operations,services and activities of a comprehensive electrical program,
including electrical principles, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the installation and
maintenance of transmission and distribution systems.
• Safe handling of traffic in a construction zone.
• Principles, methods, tools and equipment used in the installation and maintenance of poles, towers,
substructures, conductors, cables, transformers, regulators, capacitors, services, meters, lighting
fixtures, and all associated equipment.
• Terminology and mathematics associated with department functions.
• Basic electrical and mechanical theory.
• California General Orders 95 and 128, applicable OSHA regulations, NEC and District rules.
• Principles and procedures of record keeping and report preparation.
• Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
• Fundamental safety regulations, first aid and methods of applying resuscitation.
ABILITY TO:
• Work with various computer software, including Microsoft Suite and the District’s work order
system(s).
• Ability to observe safety rules
• Perform heavy physical work; work at heights, work in adverse climatic conditions.
• Use tools and equipment effectively.
• Work as a crew member or alone.
• Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and written.
• Work cooperatively with public and fellow employees.
• Work proficiently with hot line tools, i.e. sticks, under energized conditions on overhead and
underground systems.
• Work in confined spaces with energized high‐voltage equipment.
• Read and interpret plans.
• Follows oral and written instructions;
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Possession of a valid California Driver's License Class A or B.
• A Department of Motor Vehicles "Driver Record Information" print‐out will be required at time of
hire and throughout employment. Must be enrolled in District’s DMV pull‐notice program.
• Recognized status as a Journey level Electrical Lineworker.
• Possession of a valid California Class A driver’s license.
• Rubber‐Glove certification.
• Pole‐Top and Bucket rescue training.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination equivalent to education and experience that would likely provide the required
knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical combination is:
EDUCATION:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation of high school.
EXPERIENCE:
Possession of recognized journey level Electric Lineworker status, typically obtained as follows:
• Three and one‐half (3‐1/2) years training/experience in line work and successful completion of the
journey level Electric Lineman examination administered by the I.B.E.W. or equivalent;
‐‐OR‐‐
• Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in line work and successful petitioning for journey level
Electric Lineman status with I.B.E.W.;
‐‐OR‐‐
• Certification from California‐Nevada Joint Apprenticeship Committee that applicant has passed the
apprenticeship and examination for journey level Electric Lineman;
‐‐OR‐‐
• Possession of journey level Electric Lineman status granted by the I.B.E.W. or equivalent.
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:
• Certification of Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 29 CFR 1910.120
(40 hours).
• Forklift certification.
• Eight (8) hours Department of Transportation manifesting and labeling training.
• Control of Hazardous Energy.
• Eight (8) hours of annual HAZWOPER refresher training in compliance with mandated regulations.
• Annual cardiac pulmonary resuscitation and first aid training and certification.
• May be trained to obtain qualified worker certification for underground locators as defined by the
State of California.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical and mental demands of this position are described below. Reasonable accommodations
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position:
• Travels regularly by vehicle in inspecting District facilities and conducting field operations.
• Works in an outdoor environment.
• Working at heights, confined spaces and with live electricity.
• Stoops, kneels, crouches, crawls and climbs as required during performance of duties.
• Communicates orally with District management, co‐workers and the public in face‐to‐face, one‐on‐
one and group settings.
• Regularly uses a telephone and radio for communication.
• Uses office equipment such as computer terminals, copiers and FAX machines.
• Walks on uneven terrain, outdoors in all weather conditions.
• Hearing and vision within normal ranges.

Sitting: Remains in a seated position for up to eight (8) hours per day.
Standing: Remains in a standing position for up to eight (8) hours per day.
Hands/Arms: Operates vehicles and equipment for up to eight (8) hours per day
Lifting: Raises and lowers supplies and equipment up to twenty‐five (25) pounds.
Stooping: Bends body downward and forward by bending at the knees or waist
Talking: Expresses ideas and shares information by means of spoken work in person and by
telephone.
Hearing: Hears well enough to receive communications in person and by telephone.
Vision: Operates vehicles and office equipment.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:
• Exposure to the sun: 90% or less work time spent outside a building and exposed to the sun.
• Irregular or extended work hours: Per the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
• Work performed in an outside environment with exposure to dust, dirt and significant temperature
changes between heat and cold.
ESSENTIAL MENTAL ABILITIES:
• Exercise independent judgment.
• Self‐directing and organized.
• Reason objectively.
• Assess, project and plan work activities on a daily and weekly basis.
• Document concisely, accurately and timely.
Applications/Resumes will only be accepted via the Merced Irrigation District's online application
system.
New users must set up an account at https://Merced.accessgovernment.net/ApplicantTracking