Inspects the YVEA’s electric and backbone fiber optic system to insure proper construction and maintenance of electrical distribution/fiber optic lines and equipment.
Performs on-site inspections of electrical, excavation and boring contractors to ensure that YVEA construction standards are being followed.
Preforms final inspections of large power and multi-family metering installations for accuracy and compliance to YVEA specifications. Assists with GIS accuracy for these installations.
Performs trench inspections prior to backfill for Line Extensions and Member performed trenches.
Coordinates the annual pole inspection program and ensures that all poles on the system are inspected at least once every 10 years. Directs contract crews on pole inspections and documentation requirements.
Develops inspection in Mapwise and assists in training of contract crews with the applications.
Develops reports that are submitted to Field Services Supervisor summarizing pole change outs after inspection has been performed.
Develops reports that are submitted to Line Superintendents summarizing maintenance requirements based on the pole inspections.
Coordinates and performs annual system underground inspections to ensure that all underground equipment is inspected at least once every 4 years.
Develops inspection in Mapwise.
Visually inspects underground installations and equipment.
Performs ground resistance testing of installations.
Develops reports that are submitted to Line Superintendents summarizing maintenance requirements based on the inspections.
Inspects right-of-way for needed clearing, side trimming and danger trees. Develops right-of-way clearing documentation in Mapwise. Initiates service orders to be submitted to tree trimming contractor.
Maintains constant patrol of distribution and fiber optic lines while on inspection route and promptly reports trouble via internal messaging software. Follows up to determine if issue has been resolved. Inspection involves but is not limited to:
Damaged poles, deterioration, illegal attachments or non-compliance with codes
Damaged pole-top assemblies by noting canted, loose, rotten or split crossarms, broken insulators, and corroded, broken, missing or misapplied hardware.
Examines anchors and guys with consideration for location, slackness, clearance, bonding (if required), mechanical damage, corrosion and presence of guy guard.
Notes clearance, sag and damage to primary and secondary conductors and fiber optic lines.
Notes transformer and conductor size and condition and updates mapping to reflect inconsistencies.
Inspects regulators, overhead and pad-mount transformers, reclosers and sectionalizers, pad-mounted switchgear and cubicles/pedestals for proper mounting, connections, grounding and lightning protection. Notes paint or external damage.
Visually inspects air-break switches for corrosion, damaged bushings and connections and proper grounding of handle and mat (if present and required).
Visually inspects streetlights and area lights for damage.
Visually inspects fiber optic lashing for failure of the lashing.
Inspects fiber optic strand for proper grounding.
Visually inspects fiber optic handholes for damage.
Inspects pole grounds and pad-mounted equipment grounds for resistance to earth.
Monitors radio interference during field inspections as a means of determining presence of loose hardware, damaged insulators, and poor electrical connections. Generates service orders to operations for repair of facilities.
Tags poles and equipment that require re-tagging due to damage and/or presence at equipment.
Maintains inspection log and records for each inspection type and provides bi-weekly report to Engineering Management.
Reports to appropriate personnel and contractors all needed preventative maintenance measures, corrective measures, safety hazards, and other system discrepancies and needed system upgrades.
Coordinates Joint-Use attachments on YVEA poles.
Is the primary contact at YVEA for all Joint-Use Applications. Reviews application with joint-use utility and gathers necessary documentation for submittal to Field Service personnel for Make-Ready engineering.
Prepares new Joint-Use License agreements and maintains the existing Joint-Use License catalog.
Inspects all Joint-Use attachments upon completion of attachment to YVEA poles by associated Utility.
Audits Joint-Use attachments on the YVEA system on a rotating basis to ensure that all Joint-Use attachments are inspected within every three years.
Performs yearly Joint-Use reconciliations and prepares invoicing to respective Utility.
Performs yearly development of the Joint-Use Fee for review and approval by the Engineering Manager.
Assists in normal construction and emergency situations as needed.
Ensures proper care, use and storage of YVEA vehicles, equipment, tools and materials.
Performs all responsibilities in accordance with YVEA Policies and Operating Procedures, National Electrical Safety Code, RUS Standards, IEEE/ANSI Standards and OSHA Regulations.
Other duties as determined by the Engineering Management.
High school graduate or equivalent in formal training is required.
Experience in Utility Line Design or Electrical Construction and/or Maintenance of medium and high voltage electrical installations is required
Required to have thorough knowledge of National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and National Electrical Code (NEC)
Must be proficient or become proficient with the following computer programs; Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook/Teams, NISC ABS/CIS/OMS/Mapwise, Google Earth.
Must have a valid Colorado driver’s license with a good driving record.
Shall be trained and certified by YVEA for Rubber Glove use and application.
Shall be required to maintain confidentiality of information.
Personal characteristics shall include a willingness to learn, integrity, motivation, positive professional image, courtesy and patience.
Work may be varied and there are frequent opportunities to relax from any physical exertions or to change position in work activities.
Work is performed indoors in an office environment and outdoors.
Work performed outdoors will be in weather conditions that vary from sub-zero cold to heat above 90 Degrees, in wet and dry conditions and in terrain from flat urban to extreme mountainous rural areas, mostly at elevations 6,000 feet or more above sea level. Some exposure to odors, gases, dust and dirt, toxic or caustic chemicals may occur. The noise level in the work environment may range from moderate to loud.
Work may require exertion of up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently, to move objects. Reaching and lifting overhead is frequent along with standing, crawling, climbing, bending, twisting, pushing, pulling. May spend long periods of time driving and/or riding in vehicles to reach remote areas of the Service territory.
Manual dexterity is required to maintain proper safety while performing work, while driving a vehicle to and from job sites, while working around electrical equipment, while moving materials with bare hands or working in rubber gloves. Constantly uses visual acuity and sense of hearing to locate possible hazards while performing duties of the position.
Employee performs duties around energized and de-energized electric plant and moving mechanical parts.
The above statements are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified. In addition, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.
*29 CFR Part 541 Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees
About Yampa Valley Electric
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, snowshoe, and take a few hunting 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!