The Fiber Communications Lineman performs a variety of duties related to the installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of both overhead and underground fiber optic mainline and service drop facilities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities. The Fiber Communications Lineman shall be required to perform any other duties assigned in order to fulfill the objective of the Cooperative.
Perform all the necessary activities in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground fiber optic networks. Activities include but are not limited to the following:
Frame poles for aerial fiber attachments.
Build and maintain strand, lash cable and transfer attachments between poles.
Install and remove pole anchors.
Able to climb poles and work from hooks/gaffs at heights up to and exceeding 30’.
Able to operate and use the following equipment: ladders, bucket truck, cable puller, reel stands, lasher, trencher, backhoe, and plow.
Install, maintain, and repair underground vaults, pedestals, and conduit.
Install aerial & underground drops
Assist in the restoration of fiber outages
Perform routine network inspections to identify defects in need of repair.
Work in conjunction with electric crews to transfer fiber cable for line rebuild/relocation.
Able to work within the energized power zone.
Able to use all hand tools, implements, devices, equipment and material coincident with work to be completed.
Able to assist with after-hours trouble shooting and repairs.
Understand and utilize safety and protective equipment. Must be able to render first aid, CPR and pole- top resuscitation.
Responsible for providing a safe work environment for themselves and all employees working near them.
Conducts safety inspections on vehicles, tools and safety equipment as needed
Maintain work order paperwork for inventory purposes
Complies with all traffic laws, safety rules and regulations while operating assigned vehicle. Should at all times look out for the safety of the vehicle, its occupants and its load.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
An individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Must be able to perform the activities necessary to complete work assignments described in the duties and responsibilities section.
Must be able to drive and operate all assigned vehicles, equipment, and trailers.
Must be able to organize work, set priorities and complete assignments in a thorough manner with attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
Must be able to maintain records required for accounting of time and materials.
Must observe all safety procedures and report unsafe conditions.
Should be familiar with the considerable hazards that exist, including falls, electric shock and electric flash, automobile traffic, and falling objects.
Should have working knowledge of the National Electrical Safety Code and the requirements of working within the energized power zone.
Education and/or Experience
High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and preferably one to two years’ experience with fiber optic cable line construction and maintenance.
This position must be able to communicate with both internal and external parties in an effective manner. This position must have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret maps, staking sheets, sag charts, and written instructions as well as the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers and co-workers.
Mathematical Skills/Computer Skills
This position requires basic math and computer skills.
Required licensing or certifications
Valid Iowa driver’s license and CDL or ability to obtain a CDL.
We are one of the largest electric cooperatives in the state of Iowa, providing electric and internet/phone services to 14,000 members in nine east central Iowa counties. With more than 80 years of experience serving local communities, we continue to provide 24/7 service that is safe, affordable, and reliable.
We add value to our members by:
Ensuring electric service is available 99.998% of the time.
Providing electric service at cost.
Deploying MVlink, a smart grid fiber network that connects electronic line equipment and substations to shorten power outages, while also offering the highest internet speeds available in Iowa along with a quality VoIP telephone service.
Respecting the environment by delivering electricity generated from 60% emission and carbon-free resources.
Returning profits to our members through capital credits.
Operating locally with nine directors who are also members, hiring linemen who live in your neighborhood, and providing real people to talk to during business hours.
Supporting our communities through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer hours.