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39.12 Per Hour
Ames, Iowa
United States
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Full Time
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2 - 5 years
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Electric Lineworker

Are you looking for a career opportunity in an organization that values employee involvement, respect, and innovation? We are looking for creative, enthusiastic, dedicated employees to join the Ames (Iowa) Municipal Electric System team. Electric Lineworkers perform work related to the construction, maintenance, and repair of overhead and underground electrical distribution and transmission systems. Ames is a vibrant, progressive, university community of 66,000 residents in central Iowa. Home to Iowa State University, Ames is an exciting city with plenty of entertainment, sports, cultural, and recreational amenities.   

Electric Lineworkers construct, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission system including stringing and pulling wires, setting poles and anchors, and climbing poles and transmission towers. Lineworkers install transformers, crossarms, insulators, primary switches, and other hardware. They may supervise helpers and train apprentices. Our lineworkers provide continuous feedback to co-workers during performance of all duties.

Other duties include sagging primary and secondary wires, locating trouble in primary and secondary lines, replacing fuses, and clearing short circuits in lines. Lineworkers may be required to build and maintain substations, transformer banks, and transformer platforms. Additionally, they may connect, disconnect, and repair service loops; install and connect metering equipment; and trim trees. All lineworkers must read and interpret blueprints and maps, operate a laptop computer for map information, and prepare reports of activities. They should be familiar with operating a digger derrick, bucket trucks, pickup trucks, and related equipment. This classification requires stand-by status on a rotating basis.

Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the written exam. Exams are scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, Thursday, June 28, and Thursday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, March 8, in Room 135 of Ames City Hall, 515 Clark Ave., Ames, Iowa. The job will remain posted through July 20, but candidate screenings will begin prior to the three test dates. Candidates scoring an average of 70% or greater on the written exam may be invited to continue in the hiring process to determine Civil Service eligibility.

In addition to winning numerous awards for being a progressive, innovative, and exciting community, Ames, Iowa, has been recognized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for our commitment to excellence, education, and the environment. Ames was ranked No. 1 in the “Best Places to Live in Iowa” (Niche), No. 1 in "The Top 10 Cities for Career Opportunities" (SmartAsset), and “Top Midwest City for Affordability & Livability” (TurboTenant). Additionally, the Ames Community School District was named "Best School District in Iowa" (Business Insider) and “Best School District in the State" (Niche). Ames features more than 35 parks, miles of trails, and four seasons of recreational opportunities.

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