Telecommunications Technician I, II, III, IV or Journey Level
Tri-State G&T Assn., Inc.
Location: Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: IRC36265
Responsible to the Telecommunications Maintenance Superintendent or Foreman for performance of preventive and corrective maintenance in servicing of Telecommunications and EMS field equipment.
NOTE: There is one position available and this position will be filled at either the Telecommunications Technician I, II, III, IV or Journey Level. This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.
Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Work Schedules, Life Insurance, Retirement Option, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.
Perform preventive and corrective maintenance servicing of equipment as required to ensure compliance with all NERC/FERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) Regulations.
Install and test Telecommunications, Data and EMS equipment as required.
Operate and maintain off-road and all-terrain vehicles.
Record and enter maintenance data into the computerized maintenance system.
Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
Perform other related duties as assigned
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
Planning: ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
Commitment to company values.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.
Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Training:
The equivalent of technical training received in an Associate Degree program in Electronics Engineering Technology with advance studies in radio communications (including microwave), data communications and digital systems (including microprocessors, peripheral equipment, and programming), and networking principles.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
Willingness to obtain switchman certification as per Tri-State SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) and willingness to perform switching operations in high voltage electric power substations.
Knowledge of first-aid and safety requirements specific to the electrical utility industry.
Ability to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) within 6 months of the date of hire.
Willingness to work in or around high voltage specific to the electrical utility industry
Willingness to work on antenna systems and tower structures in excess of 300 feet in height.
Must be capable of satisfactorily interpreting electrical schematic diagrams, wiring diagrams and control logic.
Four (4) years or more of practical experience and/or be able to demonstrate knowledge in maintenance of telecommunication systems as follows (years of required experience listed below can be concurrent):
Two (2) years of practical experience and/or the equivalent knowledge in maintenance of two-way radio, telephone systems, fiber optic systems, microwave radio, to include digital microwave radio systems, and carrier systems.
Two (2) years of practical experience and/or the equivalent knowledge in maintenance of long haul fiber optic communications system.
Two (2) years of practical experience and/or the equivalent knowledge in maintenance of digital remote terminal units, LAN/WAN hardware and software, and microprocessors and computer systems.
Willingness to travel up to 75 percent of working time, including overnight travel. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)
Willingness to be on call on a 24-hour basis.
Must reside within a one hour response time to the base location.
Must have a satisfactory work record.
DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Electrical utility experience desirable.
NOTE: The above level of experience refers to a Journey Level Telecommunications Technician. Those with less experience will be hired at the Telecommunication Technician I, II, III or IV as appropriate.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to stand and walk for long periods of time and occasionally stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level up to 50 lbs. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Incumbent must have finger dexterity, good vision, good color vision, good hearing, and ability to speak clearly, and handle intricate work.
Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent works both indoors and outdoors, which may include working in various weather conditions. Incumbent is also exposed to various high voltage electrical equipment, and works on antenna systems and tower structures in excess of 300 feet in height.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.