Yampa Valley Electric Association is a cooperative located in Northwest Colorado. We have two locations: one in Steamboat Springs and one in Craig. Today, the Association serves nearly 26,300 meters over 2,840 miles of line. The association's service territory extends east to the continental divide, south to almost I-70, north into Wyoming about 10 miles, and west to within 25 miles of the Utah border. The 7,000 square mile service territory includes the communities of Baggs and Savery, Wyoming; Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs, and Yampa, Colorado; and surrounds, but does not include the town of Oak Creek, Colorado.
The Association is run by a Board of Directors. The member/owners elect nine individuals from the general membership to represent them as Board of Directors. Three Directors are elected each year on a rotating basis. Yampa Valley Electric owns no generation facilities. It purchases power from the Western Area Power Administration (a federal power marketing agency) and Xcel Energy.
YVEA is located in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Steamboat and the surrounding area is home to practically every type of outdoor recreation one can imagine depending on the season. You can plan to ski and snowboard, snowmobile, snow-shoe, and take a few hut trips in the cooler months. The warmer months brings the ability to road bike, mountain bike, fly-fish, hike, hunt, and camp all without traveling far from your door. It truly is a recreational paradise- and we get to live here!
Constructs, maintains and retains a working knowledge of the YVEA transmission and distribution electrical system including:
clearing right-of-way, digging pole and anchor holes, framing poles, setting poles and anchors,
stringing, sagging, armor rodding, tying in of conductors, making up and installing down guys,
Installing and maintaining underground equipment, cable and special underground switches.
Installs transformers, transformer banks, breakers, take-off assemblies, services, regulators, street lights and related equipment, meters, lightning arrester equipment, etc. on energized or de-energized lines.
Maintains and repairs switching structures and substations. Maintains and tests oil circuit breakers, oil circuit reclosers, sectionalizers, and transformers. Reads operations counters and forwards recorded information.
Patrols transmission and distribution lines and reports (in writing) conditions which may need maintenance.
Assist meter technician in the construction or maintenance of C.T. and P.T. meter installations.
Tests and reports voltage condition and load checks, balance loads; takes load and voltage surveys as directed.
Performs standby as scheduled to answer trouble calls when required.
Maintains assigned vehicles and tools in a safe operating condition; refers vehicle repair work to mechanic in writing.
Completes all proper reports as relates to job briefings, truck maintenance, daily time and mileage reports, staking sheets, oil samples, switching orders, transformer changes, OCR & sectionalizer changes, pole and underground maintenance reports, outage reports, etc. as required to maintain proper files and documentation.
Performs other miscellaneous duties to accomplish the assigned work such as loading and unloading poles, transformers and other material, reads meters, removes for testing or makes field test of meters as required, operates two-way radio, etc.
Uses communication skills necessary to effectively deal with foreman, other line crew personnel and the general public to meet the goals of the Association.
Other duties as assigned
Completion of a qualified four-year apprentice lineman/line worker training program with certification of the successful completion of the program or proof of previous employment as a journeyman lineman by another utility with a minimum of four year’s experience,
Class A CDL with a satisfactory driving and safety record
Working knowledge of the duties of the position with knowledge or ability to learn RUS construction specifications and a portion of the National Electric Safety Code,
Manual dexterity to maintain proper safety while performing work from the pole in hooks or in the bucket, while driving the line truck and in normal operation of a winch truck, line construction vehicle(s), snowmobiles, four-wheelers or other tools,
Ability to read, write and do arithmetic,
Ability to communicate clearly,
Demonstrated ability to follow directions and prioritize job tasks,
Ability to analyze information, coordinate people and resources and communicate with a variety of co-workers.
Thorough knowledge of first aid and CPR,
Basic computer knowledge
Willingness attend courses relating to this area of work,
Personal characteristics shall include integrity, self-motivation, positive professional image, courtesy, good attendance, and excellent problem solver.