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Lineman Assistant/Operator
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Job Description

Lineman Assistant/Operator

The purpose of the position is to assist Journeymen Linemen in the construction, maintenance and repair of electrical transmission and distribution lines and equipment. Operates boom truck, hoes or heavy equipment used in construction and maintenance of power lines. Drives heavy truck and trailer to transport equipment and material to locations in the field. Assures assigned vehicles and equipment are kept in good repair, clean, and properly stocked, and performs other related work as required.

1. Able to run overhead and underground stringing equipment, pullers, tensioners and pay out machines. Operates one or more of the following pieces of equipment as directed:
a. Boom Truck/Hole Digging Machine: Drives and operates truck-mounted, power-operated, hole-digging machine to dig holes for line poles or anchors.
b. Bulldozer: Operates bulldozer to move, level and distribute earth or to plow snow. Operates attached vibratory cable and gas pipe plow on steep and
uneven terrain around energized line, fiber optics, water, etc.
c. Truck: Operates specially-equipped truck to load, haul and unload poles or plow snow.
d. Tractor-Trailer: Drives heavy truck and trailer, including "low-boy" trailer, to transport heavy equipment and material. Helps load, unload and secure
truck loads and pole trailers.
e. Cranes: Operates hydro crane or truck-mounted crane, as certified.
f. Back-Hoe: Operates back-hoe around energized lines to dig, move, level and distribute earth or to move snow. Terrain will vary from level to extremely
g. Must be able to run ATVs and snow machines efficiently and safely.
h. Must be able to run a boat efficiently and safely.

2. May operate boom-equipped truck or tractor to move heavy equipment.
3. May perform maintenance tasks on equipment to assure proper operating condition such as oiling, greasing and adjusting. May change oil filters or tires.
4. May use hand shovels, picks, bars and air tools to open or close ditches or other excavations.
5. May operate jackhammer to drill holes for blasting and/or anchoring purposes.
6. Lineman Assistant duties may include preparing splices, elbows, grounding of transformers, framing of poles, etc. on de-energized underground lines.
7. May direct activities of personnel in equal or lower classification, including assisting in training apprentices.
8. Communication, Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills
a. Keeps others informed. Reports and written communication are clear, timely and relevant. Clear, correct verbal communication. Good listener, tries to
understand others. Effective in communicating with varied groups or individuals.
b. Enthusiastic team worker, helps others, promotes harmony among fellow workers, team members, supervisors and customers. Responds well to sugges-
tions and criticism. Adapts easily to change, reacts well to additional or different assignments. Actions consistent with objectives and goals of the team
and the Cooperative.
9. Performs other duties as required.

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications
a. High school diploma or equivalent; valid Class A (minimum) Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Valid first aid certification and CPR competency.
b. Knowledge and understanding of the Line Construction and Maintenance trade, Washington State Electrical Workers Safety Rules and Regulations and
OSHA requirements.
c. Know and understand the Kootenai Electric Cooperative Safety Manual.
d. Must be qualified to safely and competently operate all transportation and power operated line equipment.
e. Must be able to write legibly and be able to maintain records, files and fill out forms.
f. Other combinations of education/experience may be considered.

Equal Employer Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability or protected veteran status.

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About Kootenai Electric Cooperative

Kootenai Electric Cooperative, Inc. (KEC) is a member-owned electric utility in Hayden, Idaho. The Cooperative provides competitively priced, quality energy services to its members and is governed by an independent seven-member elected Board of Directors. Kootenai Electric has more than 22,000 member accounts and nearly 2,000 miles of electric line in parts of Kootenai, Benewah, Bonner and Spokane counties. Kootenai Electric employs 75 people and is the largest electric cooperative in Idaho. KEC purchases all the electricity it sells from the Bonneville Power Administration. Kootenai Electric is a private, nonprofit electric utility owned by the members it serves. We sell power at cost. In the early 1930s, prior to the establishment of electric cooperatives like KEC, nearly 90 percent of rural America was without electricity. While more populated areas had power, it was not cost effective for investor-owned electric utilities to bring power out to the rural areas. In 1936, Congress acted by creating the Rural Electric Administration. The agency offered the loans to rural citizens wishing to form locally-owned electric cooperatives. On May 19, 1938 KEC began supplying power to 385 members. Since then KEC has been steadily growing and provides power to our member owners the Cooperative Way.