Position Summary: The Staking Technician works with members to design safe, efficient, and appropriate service. Estimates costs and obtains necessary documents prior to releasing prepared staking sheets for construction and maintenance. The technician must be able to work at a variable and often accelerated pace. Must be able to initiate and act when required and able to respond to changes with both deadlines and goals. For successful performance, the technician should adapt readily to, and be comfortable with change both in terms of job activities and the work environment. The ability to sense the needs of others and relate to them on a personal, friendly basis are important to successful performance of this job. The technician must be able to develop relationships quickly and easily, demonstrating an interest in and concern for others, and must be able to adapt to different personalities. The technician must be able to adapt their approach within the midst of situations to build or maintain positive relationships. Must be able to understand staking sheets and construction drawings; Design service to meet members’ needs; Meet with members to explain costs, tariffs, service options, and the work to be accomplished; Prepares estimated construction costs and obtains necessary funds and documents including right-of-way easements, contracts, and permits as needed; Prepares staking sheets and materials lists; Responsible for all aspects of staking a line using transit and fundamental surveying practices; Drives stakes where needed to indicate placement of poles and guy wires.
Job Requirements (Experience, Knowledge, and Abilities and Skills): High school diploma required. Must have access to reliable transportation to and from work. Thorough knowledge and understanding of all line materials, assemblies, equipment, and RUS specifications. Must be able to understand staking sheets and construction drawings. Knowledge of tariffs, and Cooperative's transmission and distribution system. Knowledge of basic electricity and electrical equipment such as properly sizing equipment for load requirements, transformer sizes, etc. Self-motivated with above average problem solving and troubleshooting abilities necessary. Ability to initiate social and business contacts. Ability to organize and manage time and activities. Ability to work with a variety of activities at one time. Ability to instill enthusiasm and confidence in others. Ability to listen attentively and to respond effectively with all types of people by evaluating their needs. Ability to display sensitivity to the needs and concerns of others. Ability to build and maintain positive, friendly, and supportive relationships with other people. Ability to convey willingness to help and provide service to others. Ability to work at a fast pace, to initiate deadlines and time frames for assignments, and to follow up closely with all delegated activities. Ability to use Algebra and Geometry in determining angles and heights of lines. Ability to use surveying equipment. Ability to use computer software in preparing staking sheets and material lists. Understands and follows maps, system maps, and line design books and manuals. Must be certified or able to become certified in CPR, first aid, and bucket rescue. Must also be skilled in the use of all safety equipment. Has and maintains a valid driver’s license with a good driving record and be insurable under the standard rate of the current carrier; A Commercial Driver’s License is not a requirement for this position. Depth/distance visual ability and eye-hand coordination necessary.
About Big Country Electric Cooperative
Big Country Electric Cooperative, Inc. is located in West Texas between Lubbock and Abilene. The cooperative has a history of more than 80 years and serves 12 counties. The co-op has almost 13,000 meters and about 62 employees at three locations. Big Country provides excellent benefits to its outstanding employees.