WORK HOURS: 6:30a.m.–5:00p.m., half-hour lunch, either Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday. Overtime as necessary. On-call per bargaining agreement.
POSITION PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE:
Works under the direct supervision of the Journeyman Lineworker, Working Foreman, District Superintendent, Operations Superintendent and Manager of Operations. Performs various duties related to the construction and maintenance of distribution and transmission lines, and related facilities during a four (4) year training program.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Daily, the Apprentice Lineworker must read staking sheets; climb poles with hooks; care for and use hand and power tools; read and use testing equipment; and know first aid, RUS specifications and United Power's safety rules and regulations.
Learns to practice safe operation and proper care of all power-driven equipment. Drives trucks to and from job site and operates compressor, air hammer, drill and other power tools.
Prepares and interprets staking sheets, service orders, etc. daily.
Learns to check out supplies and watt hour meters, and assemble materials needed for jobs.
Performs clean-up, loading of equipment, general maintenance, and other labor tasks as required by Lineworker or supervisor.
Operates two-way radio under established procedure and FCC rules.
Frequently assists in digging holes, framing poles, setting anchors, sagging and stringing conductors, hanging and connecting transformers, and rebuilding and changing out services, service breakers and regulators.
Frequently performs dead and low voltage work during first year of training under direction of supervisor or Lineworker; then learns and works energized lines of high voltage after first year's training under direction of supervisor or Lineworker.
Occasionally assists in troubleshooting outages and system service interruptions with Lineworkers, Troubleshooters, or other supervisory personnel.
Occasionally performs more technical jobs during course of training program as tasks are learned by field work and by formal study.
Must complete required electric Lineworker’s courses as prescribed under apprenticeship program during four-year training period. Performs related duties.
Able to react to change productively and to handle other tasks as assigned.
Must have high school diploma, or equivalent.
For Step 2 consideration, the candidate must have completed a pre-apprenticeship program, or have documented 1000 hours of applicable experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knows, understands and applies all OSHA regulations and safety rules necessary to perform the job. Must be able to apply first aid techniques.
Must have aptitude for mechanically-oriented work and must be able to work several feet off the ground when climbing poles or doing work from a bucket truck.
Must have or have the ability to obtain a valid Colorado Driver's License- Class A (CDL).
Must live within 15 miles of the assigned office or relocate within 90 days of hire.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS:
Thirty percent (30%) of the time is spent standing, thirty percent (30%) sitting, and forty percent (40%) walking. Apprentice Lineworkers will occasionally lift up to 100 lbs. Carrying up to 50 lbs. is done occasionally when carrying equipment from truck to work site. When doing pole work or moving a transformer, it may be necessary to push and pull approximately 150 lbs.
Operating controls is done constantly while sitting in a vehicle driving and operating machinery. Climbing poles or ladders using feet/legs and hands/arms is done frequently.
Balancing is done constantly while walking and standing on rough and uneven terrain. Occasionally, an Apprentice Lineworker must stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. Reaching and handling are done frequently. Fingering and feeling are occasionally necessary while putting up or repairing lines.
Talking in order to exchange ideas over a two-way radio and to communicate with other employees in the various offices is done frequently. An Apprentice Lineworker must constantly listen for radio transmissions and be able to hear faint arcing sounds or transformer humming to detect problems.
The Apprentice Lineworker will occasionally need to see "near" while working on lines. It is constantly necessary to see "far" while driving, patrolling line or constructing lines. Depth perception and color vision is essential while driving. While constructing poles and lines, depth perception and field of vision is constantly necessary.
Due to the possible danger in an Apprentice Lineworker's job, it is extremely important that they are always alert, precise, and patient. Analytical ability is important especially for the required course work. They must also have ingenuity, problem-solving abilities, spatial perception, speaking ability, memory, creativity, concentration, judgment, initiative, reasoning, visual discrimination, and auditory discrimination while working under adverse weather conditions.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of the Apprentice Lineworker's work is done outdoors under constant adverse weather conditions. Noise level is frequently 100-120 decibels.
Apprentice Lineworkers frequently work under various hazards such as dust in the air, exposure to sunlight and toxic chemicals. Various mechanical and electrical hazards are present. Explosives are used occasionally. Apprentice Lineworkers are highly exposed when working on a pole. Danger of electrical burns are a constant hazard.
COMMITMENT TO SAFETY:
As part of our commitment to health and safety, all employees must have received a COVID-19 vaccination, or be willing to participate in weekly testing and wear masks while in any United Power facility.
RATE OF PAY:
Step 2: $38.67/hour
Step 3: $39.65/hour
Step 4: $41.12/hour
Step 5: $42.59/hour
Step 6: $44.06/hour
Step 7: $45.04/hour
Step 8: $46.02/hour
Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a generous benefits package that includes an employee retirement plan, 401K with match, paid holidays, vacation & sick leave, medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance. For a full list of benefits, please visit our careers page at https://www.unitedpower.com/careers.
At United Power, we don’t just employ people — we make them a part of our family.
United Power serves a diverse service territory spread across six counties — Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Gilpin, Jefferson and Weld — located along Colorado’s northern Front Range. We employ approximately 180 positions with competitive salaries and excellent medical and retirement benefits at three different offices.
Brighton: Our headquarters in Brighton is just 20 miles northeast of downtown Denver. Brighton is a rapidly growing city with all the advantages of Denver, yet still maintains a small town feel.
Coal Creek Canyon: The Coal Creek Canyon office is located at a higher elevation in one of Colorado’s most scenic mountain canyons. Enjoy a working environment surrounded by a mountainous backdrop and living in a tight-knit community.
Carbon Valley Service Center: Located at the intersection of Carbon Valley, just off I-25 and Highway 119, the Carbon Valley Service Center is in close range to our western communities.
All selected applicants are required to complete Section 1 of the Federal Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) and to provide identification and either proof o...f U.S. citizenship or proof of authorization to work in the U.S. In addition, United Power uses E-Verify as part of the I-9 process to verify the work eligibility of all new hires. E-Verify is an internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9 to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records.