Power Distribution Worker

The Personnel Board of Jefferson County
Full Time
Jefferson County, AL
Posted 8 days ago
Job description
ATTENTION Merit System Employees: Do not apply through this site.
Grade 23
CLOSE DATE 12/31/2022 SUMMARY Power Distribution Workers maintain, repair, and install electrical transmission and distribution system such as poles, cross-arms, switches, secondary and primary wires, transformers, transformer banks, etc. They direct the work of Power Distribution Helpers and Trainees to assure all electric lines are installed according to state and federal safety regulations. Work often involves the operation of related equipment such as bucket trucks, augers, backhoes, trenchers, etc. Although most of the work is performed on the ground, an employee of this class will occasionally work at heights up to 100 feet as required. Power Distribution Workers frequently work with live high voltage lines and sometimes under unfavorable weather conditions and thus must exercise exceptional care to protect their own lives as well as those of other employees. Power Distribution Workers plan and carry out work assignment, resolves most of the conflicts that arise, and coordinates the work with others. Work is normally performed with considerable technical independence under general supervision. Power Distribution Workers keep their supervisor informed on progress, problems that arise, potential issues, and implications.
  • Under general supervision of Power Distribution Workers and/or Supervisors, performs work related to the installation, maintenance, and repair of electric transmission and distribution systems and associated structures and devices such as poles, conductors, insulators, switches, transformers, and meters.
  • Without supervision, performs work related to the installation, maintenance, and repair of electric transmission and distribution systems and associated structures and devices such as poles, conductors, insulators, switches, transformers, and meters.
  • Operates equipment used in work on electric transmission/distribution systems (e.g. line/bucket truck, auger, winch, backhoe, Bobcat, and trencher).
  • Ensures that tools and equipment are available (e.g., line trucks are stocked with the necessary materials, tools, and equipment), assembled, and in proper working order.
  • Follows proper safety protocol as well as uses and wears safety equipment in completion of work.
  • Participates in a Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) Lineworker Apprenticeship correspondence program and off-site, multiple-day laboratory sessions that include both classroom and field instruction.
  • Monitors and supervises various electrical crews in the operation and maintenance of an electrical distribution system and substations which includes the installation and maintenance of transformers, wires, switches, electric meters and other related equipment.
  • Plans and coordinates electrical projects (i.e., residential, commercial, industrial) to include determination of priorities and project estimates.
  • Communicates with other departments and individuals through phone, radio, emails, and memos to investigate complaints, complete project requirements, and maintain positive relationships.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.
  • Class A Commercial Driver's License.
  • Lineman Apprenticeship Certificate or completed equivalent training.
  • Experience working on distribution lines, overhead and underground as a journey lineman or lineman apprentice.
  • Experience working on secondary voltages and services on residential and businesses (overhead and underground) as a journey lineman or lineman apprentice.
  • Experience working on substations as a journey lineman or lineman apprentice.
  • Experience working on transmission and sub-transmission lines as a journey lineman or lineman apprentice.


  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Learning & Memory.
  • Computer & Technology Operations.
  • Creativity & Innovation.
  • Customer Service.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Physical Abilities.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Psychomotor Abilities.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Sensory Abilities.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of the operation of electric utilities distribution systems.
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions involved with low voltage distribution systems (i.e., less than 4,160 volts).
  • Knowledge of appropriate emergency procedures to use when there are problems with electricity, water, fire, gas, or chlorine.
  • Knowledge of OSHA safety regulations when working at various heights.
  • Knowledge of the structures and devices used in electric power distribution systems (e.g., poles, conductors, transformers, etc.).
  • Knowledge of electric power distribution installation, maintenance and repair terms and their meaning (e.g., primary, secondary, conductors, switches, etc.).
  • Knowledge of the tools and safety devices used when working on or near electric power lines.
  • Knowledge of first aid procedures specific to electrical shock.

  • Work is primarily performed at outdoor worksites such as near roadways and power distribution sites.
  • Work may involve using various hand tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and power tools such as a nail guns, augers, and drills.
  • Work is occasionally performed at heights up to 100 feet off the ground, and it often near high voltage electrical transmission and distribution systems.
  • May be exposed to weather conditions, such as extreme hot or cold temperatures, or other potentially hazardous conditions such as near roadway traffic or near animal or wildlife such as snakes, rodents, etc.

  • Job involves occasional moderate physical exertion required for occasional prolonged periods of stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, balancing, and climbing.
  • May involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time. SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at [email protected], or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website: http://www.pbjcal.org/ AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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