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McKenzie Electric Cooperative is seeking a qualified, dedicated and customer service oriented candidate to fill the following positions. Interested candidates may contact Carissa Suter, HR Generalist, at 701-444-6735 or csuter@mckenzieelectric.com with any questions or to apply.

 

 

Member Services Coordinator

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Special Projects Coordinator, the Member Services Coordinator is responsible for member and public relations, member communications and marketing services for member service programs and new developments by planning, organizing and coordinating Cooperative resources to promote the mission and services of McKenzie Electric Cooperative.  This includes assisting management in promoting a positive company image for McKenzie Electric Cooperative, including looking for opportunities to build positive relationships that help to ensure the Cooperative’s success in current and future energy services and program related areas.

 

Responsibilities and Competencies:  The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified.  The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by management.

 

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

  • Establish relationships and meet with existing and prospective members, local governments, civic organization and community-based organizations to promote the Cooperative’s mission, interests and services. 
  • Familiar with the Cooperative’s policies and procedures and their practical application concerning connects, disconnects, payments, capital credit allocation and retirement; understanding of rate structure and billing cycles.
  • Assist in planning and conducting public relations programs designed to create and maintain favorable public image for McKenzie Electric Cooperative.
  • Represent the Cooperative during community projects and at public, social and business gatherings.  Accepts invitations to attend member meetings and functions for the purpose of presenting cooperative sanctioned topics.
  • Coordinate public relations activities within the service area through participation in educational, civic and rural organizations. May also assist management in the presentation of educational and informative programs and/or demonstrations and special projects.
  • Evaluate, analyze and recommend other public relations and marketing programs to management.
  • Plan, organize and coordinate Cooperative sponsored community meetings.
  • Communicate MEC’s corporate mission, programs, services, policies and new developments to the membership, public and media.
  • Prepare and edit cooperative publications, including maintaining and updating the Cooperative web site and social media pages.
  • Produce Cooperative’s sales and informational materials on member programs including flyers, forms, booklets, brochures, member letters, bill stuffers and new member packets.  Responsible for the research, writing, editing, photography and graphic design of these materials.
  • Serve as the media contact for general inquiries, news releases, emergency/outage situations and news conferences.  Responsible for the research, writing, editing and photography of Cooperative’s news releases.
  • Track all communications pending expenses, ensures statements are correct, paid in a timely fashion and assigned to the correct budget.  
  • Interpret data gathered through appropriate member attitude and end-use surveys to assist the Cooperative in determining and providing the services desired by our membership.
  • Foster an effective working knowledge of marketing and writing techniques. Constantly striving to develop writing abilities with a devotion to proper grammar and mechanics.
  • Assist in the planning and development of new member service programs, including new service options, energy conservation programs, energy assistance programs, web-based services and other targeted member service programs. 
  • Facilitate all marketing and member services programs to include member information, contacts, statistical data and any related matters.  This includes assisting in the management and tracking of member participation and cost benefits of various member service programs and offerings.
  • Provide assistance in member correspondence, research of general inquiries and coordinating responses of member complaints.
  • Assist with billing, remittance and other member services activities. Provide assistance to key accounts program, including documenting and tracking key account activities. 
  • Available to assist with phones and member assistance.
  • Attends and participates in training programs for improvement of job knowledge, skill and safety.

 

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

 

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree with a major in journalism, mass communications or a related field is desired. A minimum of four years’ experience in a progressively responsible communications position is required, preferably with a member owned or publicly-held utility system.

Certifications/Licenses: A valid ND Class D driver’s license is required.

Knowledge:

  • A thorough working knowledge of desktop software (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint), media communications techniques and marketing is required. A working knowledge of attitudinal research is highly desirable.
  • Proven ability to create, produce and disseminate high quality written materials in effective, efficient manner.
  • Experience using desktop publishing to design communications materials, basic photography skills. Familiarity with printing terminology and processes, audio/video production is necessary. Creativity, initiative, good judgment, logic, a broad range of knowledge, self-motivation, perseverance and the ability to express thoughts clearly and simply.

 

Skills and abilities: Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, with members, employees and the public, whether in groups or individually. Must be able to employ patience and attentiveness to members and the media.  Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee will occasionally need to lift and/or move a maximum of 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Accounts Representative

Position Summary: Under the Direction of the Business Manager, provides quality member services by responding to member service inquiries related to member service accounts, service orders, billing, payments and other member service programs.  Also assists in any way needed in the general office area and other departments when needed.

 

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified.  The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by the General Manager/CEO or Direct Supervisor.

 

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned:

  • Responds to general member service inquiries either by telephone or from walk-in members related to member accounts, billing inquiries, payments, high bill concerns, member complaints, notification of outage incidents and other service orders.
  • Process and updates member service orders within the customer information system, including new member connects, transfers, meter exchanges, trouble calls and high bill concerns.
  • Assists the Billing Supervisor, with the billing process including reviewing high-low usage reports, resolving billing errors, posting meter readings from new or missed meter reads, processing billing adjustments, initiating action on return checks, responding to bill extension requests, processing member deposits, initiating delinquent collection orders and processing service fees to member accounts.
  • Process and remit billing payments from members.  Prepares deposits for billing and ensures the balance of daily cash posting agrees with cash deposit totals.
  • Sets up bank drafts and automatic credit card for members’ accounts and ensures they are processed.
  • As needed, tracks and prepares reports of member service activities.
  • Assists with accounts receivable activities and general accounting functions as needed. 
  • Determines needs of customers and general public visiting MEC office, escorts or directs to the proper person or department for desired information and/or assistance.
  • Answers telephone, route calls and takes messages for all departments.  Makes outbound calls to members as needed.
  • Prepares letters, memorandums, reports and work on special projects as requested.
  • Prepares and processes standard member correspondence related to member service function.
  • Assists with general administration activities, including training of employees for time sheet entry, tracking employee travel expenses, general clerical activities and assisting with back-up process of daily posting on main customer information system.
  • As directed, assists other departments including the posting of mapping data within the computerized mapping system, transmitting and receiving information over the dispatch radio system, providing coordination support of work orders and processing of meter data.
  • Assist Department Managers to document related procedures for maintaining and processing member accounts and other member service activities. 
  • Completes OSHA reporting regarding injuries and accidents of employees.
  • Acts as custodian for Department of Transportation records.
  • Process accounts payable invoice for payment.
  • Attends and participates in training programs for improvement of job knowledge, skill and safety.

 

 

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

 

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Education/Experience: High school diploma or equivalent; Previous customer service representative or public contact position desired. One to three year’s experience in electric utility distribution system or other equivalent professional setting is preferred.

Certifications/Licenses: A valid ND Class D driver’s license is required.

Knowledge: Basic understanding of how PC based Window’s software operates.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee will routinely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. 

 

 

 

 

Information Systems and Technology Supervisor

 

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Manager of Engineering Services (and indirectly reporting to the CEO), manages the information system functions and related projects of McKenzie Electric Cooperative in accordance with established objectives, plans, procedures, policies and budgets that results in reliable, secure, and safe electric energy service at the best value to member-consumers.

 

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified.  The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by other members of management.

 

Management Responsibilities:

  • Supervises, plans and provides work direction to department personnel and contractors to meet department goals, objectives and budget targets, including determining work assignments, priorities, expectations and duties as needed.
  • Recruits, interviews and selects personnel and contractors for department in accordance with work plans, budget and established policies and procedures, subject to the Manager of Engineering Services and/or CEO’s approval.
  • Provides training and guides personnel and contractors to ensure that all responsibilities are understood, accepted and are followed.
  • Ensures staff are kept informed of and abide by all Cooperative policies, procedures, programs and safety rules. Participates in educational training and conferences as needed to maintain progressiveness and knowledge in job related areas.
  • Prepares annual departmental work plan and budget to the Manager of Engineering Services.
  • Formulates and recommends operational policies for the Cooperative.
  • Works collaboratively with the Manager of Engineering Services and staff to determine priorities and to discuss work status, related problems and solutions of issues and problems at staff meetings and on a one to one basis. 
  • Promotes, develops and maintains good morale and team spirit.
  • Maintains the confidentiality of any information he/she encounters.
  • In support of the vision and direction of the CEO and Management, develops and maintains a positive, constructive and supporting working relationship with employees.

 

Information Systems and Technology Responsibilities:

  • Provides overall leadership, planning, development and project management of the Cooperative’s information and network infrastructure.
  • Develops and implements a long-range technology plan.
  • Coordinates network and server operations and system design.
  • Ensures confidentiality and reliability of corporate data, proprietary information and corporate intellectual property.
  • Implements network security and disaster recovery planning.
  • Creates and updates network diagrams and equipment inventory.
  • Creates, updates and executes a security response plan.
  • Recognizes new developments in Information Systems technologies and will anticipate, test and implement organizational modifications.
  • Acts as the contact to third party software vendors and assists end users in determining IT requirements and solutions.
  • Provides effective business solutions to all departments.
  • Responsible for all hardware and software maintenance.
  • Provides advanced computer desktop support, including troubleshooting computer desktop problems, attaching or removing devices needed by users, loading desktop software applications and ensuring that the computer network is functioning properly to meet user needs.
  • Responds to support requests for systems by staff and third party vendors. 
  • Provides information technology administration services, including maintaining and issuing of passwords, ensuring or performing a back-up of essential computer server data, updating a current data recovery plan and managing the security system protocols and procedures. 
  • Maintains the telephone, radio, internet, and fiber communication equipment.
  • Maintains the necessary internet applications for the Cooperative such as internet access, e-mail, network for remote access, etc. and to assure these resources are available and effectively used by employees. 
  • Ensure network connectivity of all servers, workstations, telephony equipment, fax machines and other network devices. 
  • Coordinates and oversees third party technical support of computer desktops, network support and other related corporate information technology needs of higher technical matters beyond basic support.
  • Ensures and prepares the Cooperative to meet or exceed NERC - CIP requirements.
  • As required, responds to member inquiries on critical issues and ensures the department maintains good positive working relationship with members by providing prompt, courteous and reliable service.

 

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

 

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Education/Experience:  Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology or Engineering preferred.  Two to four years of related  experience in a supervisory position involving leading and motivating persons in a team effort, developing plans, programs, budgets, goals and control to measure results desired or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Knowledge

  • Advanced understanding of computer desktop software and applicable hardware to provide technical assistance and training to users as requested.
  • Knowledgeable in computer network administration, including local area networks computer servers, and network security

 

Abilities & Skills:  Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and written, with the capability to effectively teach, mentor, and coach personnel to achieve desired performance.  Must relate well with all types of people and have the ability to listen, as well as to present and explain circumstances and results.  Must be able to handle confidential information and gain the respect of others.  Must be able to positively represent the Cooperative and effectively communicate with and to the general public.  Must have the technical aptitude to logically and objectively evaluate obstructions and impediments to plans and programs, make rational independent decision, and develop reasonable solutions to problems.  Must have, or be able to acquire, sufficient technical knowledge to understand and relate government regulations and safety issues to achieve the requirements of the position.  Must have a general understanding of utility applied technology to proficiently utilize technology applications in support of the department’s and Cooperative’s objectives and requirements.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee will routinely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. 

 

 

Journeyman Lineman

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Operations Supervisor and Foreman, responsible for building, maintaining, repairing and restoring overhead and underground power distribution lines within the scope of his/her training and certification in a safe and efficient manner within accepted McKenzie Electric Cooperative (MEC) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) operations standards.

 

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified.  The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by the General Manager/CEO or Direct Supervisor.

 

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

  • Within the skills and ability of journeyman-level knowledge of electrical line work, safely participates in the construction and maintenance of electric distribution lines and services.  Performs all necessary activities of journeyman lineman, including all aspects of underground; climbing of all types and overhead work including changing out of arms, transformers, conductors, etc. 
  • Reviews assigned construction or maintenance projects and recommends to the Foreman or Operations Supervisor, the required personnel, materials and equipment needed to assure a timely and safe completion of the project.
  • Performs maintenance activities on energized or de-energized lines to keep the system in a safe and operable condition.
  • Assists in analyzing and evaluating operation and maintenance activities relative to the distribution system facilities and assists in the investigation and resolution of service problems to assure that installations are made in compliance with required specifications and to maintain member confidence and satisfaction with MEC electric service delivery.
  • As assigned, investigates and remedies service interruptions and assists in evaluating the cause of the interruption to assure prompt restoration of service to members and continued service reliability. 
  • Conducts line patrol activities and takes corrective actions as deemed necessary to assure safe and reliable service to MEC members. 
  • Performs switching procedures when deemed necessary or as directed to facilitate operations. 
  • Installs sectionalizing equipment and assists with maintenance to provide continued reliable service within the required specifications. 
  • Hooks up single-phase and multi-phase transformer connections using the correct configuration to assure the end user of proper voltage levels. 
  • Disconnects, installs and removes meters to assure timely compliance with member requests and/or Cooperative policy. 
  • Reads meters and performs disconnections to assist Billing Department in keeping accounts current and accurate. 
  • Makes frequent checks of tools and protective equipment and submits recommendations for replacing defective materials to assure that they are safe and operable. 
  • Ensures the maintenance of assigned vehicles and equipment to assure that they are clean, safe and operable and that the required documentation is completed. 
  • Maintains truck stock of material inventories and completes required documentation for assigned vehicle and projects to assure proper material records are kept.
  • Documents the materials used for construction and maintenance jobs (both planned and unplanned work) and coordinates with Foreman regarding any material changes used for jobs.
  • Maintains a certification of first aid, CPR and other life saving techniques and performs these techniques as necessary to ensure that prompt attention is given during emergencies.
  • Attends and participates in training programs for improvement of job knowledge, skill and safety.

 

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

 

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Education/Experience: High School diploma or equivalent; or four years of increasing responsible experience in all phases of distribution, line construction and maintenance of electric distribution utility or related industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certifications/Licenses: Completion of an approved apprenticeship program. Completion of Electrical Line worker program preferred. A valid ND Class A driver’s license is required.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of RUS construction specifications, National Electrical Safety Code, OSHA regulations and National Electric Code
  • Possess understanding of applicable RUS Bulletins and regulations, Cooperative policies, terms and conditions of service, rates, regulations and approved practices, particularly as it pertains to line operations activities.
  • Basic understanding of how PC based Window’s software operates.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. Works outside with great physical exertion requiring upper body strength and stamina. The employee will frequently climb poles and is exposed to the risk of high precarious places up to 55 feet or more, installing line materials and equipment and often works in awkward positions requiring lower body strength. The employee will routinely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds, occasionally heavy work requiring exertion of up to 100 pounds. Will frequently work with or near energized lines and with equipment requiring safe work habits and performed in accordance with established work procedures and specifications to avoid electric shock and injury. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. Emergency work and irregular work hours are conditions of this position.  Must be available for scheduled after hour call outs.  This position is subject to work in adverse weather elements/hazards conditions such as high temperatures, ice storms, outages, etc and is subject to work-related hazards while performing the job. Subject to random drug and alcohol testing consistent with Department of Transportation regulations.

 

Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, public assistance status, status with respect to marriage, or off-duty participation in lawful activity in compliance with applicable law, or any other form of discrimination prohibited by applicable laws.  All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire in compliance with federal law.

 

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