This position is responsible for effective inspection of the Cooperative’s electric system to ensure proper construction and maintenance of distribution and transmission facilities to assure an adequate and reliable supply of electric energy; ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and construction standards, including but not limited to, National Electric Safety Code, RUS Construction, SECO specifications and safety guidelines.
Minimum Required Qualifications and Competencies
The following includes the minimum job requirements and essential duties for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some job requirements may exclude individuals that cannot be reasonably accommodated or who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.
2 Year / Associate Degree
or Vocational/ technical school in an engineering related field
Ten (10) years of significant and relevant experience in electric system design, distribution line construction, or construction inspection with an electric utility, consultant, or construction firm.
Experience with drone, thermography, or radio interference inspections.
Understanding of NESC and RUS requirements.
Education and/or Experience Notes
The equivalent of sixteen (16) years of directly related experience as Line Technician, Service Technician, Lead Line Designer, or work order inspector with a high school diploma or GED may be considered in lieu of degree.
Ability to operate a variety of office equipment, including a personal computer, printers, copy machines, telephone, and fax machine. Additionally, will use digital cameras, laser range finders, and handheld computing devices.
Ability to work irregular hours for assignment completion and flexibility to change scheduling and report to work on short notice during emergency situations.
A valid Florida driver’s license for regular driving privileges of a company vehicle; must have and maintain an acceptable driving record as determined by SECO Energy.
Become certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) (i.e., drones) within one (1) year of employment unless authorized by the VP of Engineering.
Frequent business travel to all areas of service territory required.
Normal work hours shall be eight (8) hours between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Irregular hours in evenings and on weekends are possible during peak business times and during storm season.
Successful completion of pre-employment background check, physical and drug screen.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to maintain confidential information, and effectively manage stress and pressure in a frequently changing environment, ability to multi-task calmly and effectively in all situations.
Effective interpersonal and communication skills including written, verbal and listening to effectively interact with employees, managers, vendors, subcontractors, government agencies and the public; ability to prepare reports and business correspondence; work independently and in a team environment to complete assignments with accuracy and meet deadlines.
Excellent customer service orientation; effective planning, organization and prioritization skills; ability to exercise good judgment, sound reasoning skills and discretion in making independent decisions commensurate with responsibilities.
Proficiency in the operation of personal computers and MS Office products; ability to acquire knowledge of the GIS system and other applicable corporate computer systems.
Thorough knowledge of overhead and underground distribution construction, equipment and materials; understanding of the National Electric Safety Code; ability to acquire knowledge of the cooperative’s equipment, facilities and RUS specifications; and ability to interpret line designs and evaluating cost-effective construction.
Skilled in technical, business and conversation writing. Must be able to craft a memorandum, email and / or written correspondence that is appropriate for internal and external communications. This includes the ability to craft procedures, make accurate sketches, training manuals, reports and presentations to communicate within and outside the department.
English is the primary business language. Second language in Spanish is desirable.
Verification: The above qualifications and competencies for this position may be verified through a combination of education, experience, interview questions and technical skills exercise(s).
Essential Duties and responsibilities
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of essential duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties that may be assigned based on the needs of the Cooperative.
· Perform work order field inspections of construction projects to ensure compliance with construction specifications, workmanship standards, code requirements, engineering staking sheets, and construction labor units.
· Complete inspection field documentation including any pictures, electronic field collection forms, and measurements; forward to appropriate line construction unit or vendor for correction; follow-up inspection to ensure violation has been properly corrected.
· Maintain inspection records and review monthly inspection reports; issue clean-up notices on work orders that do not meet requirements; follow-up to ensure corrective action was taken.
· Provide feedback as an inspection SME concerning violation and non-compliance trends.
· Conduct inspections of violations reported by customers or employees in a timely manner.
· Maintain a current knowledge of RUS, National Electric Safety Code, and Cooperative specifications and requirements as related to line construction and maintenance.
· Assist with special inspection projects and aerial drone inspections as requested.
· Perform annual review and update of the Inspection Guide to ensure it includes up-to-date information and feedback relative to construction and engineering design principles
· Provide training to line personnel on the use of the Inspection Guide.
· Take after hour phone calls from contract construction crews as required.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by or those an employee encounters to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some requirements may exclude individuals that cannot be reasonably accommodated or who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk, sit, stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
This position has general office environment with frequent field work and moderate exposure to inclement weather. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
About Seco Energy
SECO Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative serving over 210,000 families and businesses across seven counties in Central Florida, making SECO the third largest electric co-op in Florida and the seventh largest in the nation.
In both 2017 and 2016, SECO Energy was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Cooperatives” in the J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. In 2015, SECO Energy was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Midsize Utilities in the South” by J.D. Power. SECO refers to the three consecutive awards as its “Triple Crown,” and we are grateful to our members for ranking us #1!