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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
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The Dalles, Oregon
United States
Engineering - Distribution
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
High School or equivalent

Joint Use & Reliability Compliance Specialist

General Position Summary:

Design both overhead and underground electrical system improvements, line extensions, subdivisions and light industrial and commercial projects at Northern Wasco County PUD (NWCPUD).

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • Prepare work orders to maintain and/or replace existing distribution and transmission facilities and to extend facilities as requested for residences, subdivisions, and commercial developments.
  • Obtain easements and permits as required to complete assigned projects.
  • Coordinate projects with customers, contractors, builders, city and county engineers.
  • Inspect and approve work done by customers and contractors doing work for the District.
  • Perform routine surveying tasks associated with line staking.
  • Read and interpret maps, specifications, staking sheets, and complex diagrams.
  • Must follow PUD policies and OSHA and OR-OSHA standards and perform the duties of this position in a safe and efficient manner.  Knowledge of current PUC and NESC codes and regulations.  
  • Must develop and maintain a working knowledge of the District's rates, rules, regulations, and policies; and have a working knowledge of local, state and federal codes and statues pertaining to the electrical distribution industry.
  • Accept responsibility for the accuracy of work produced.

Secondary Functions:

  • Cross train with the CADD Drafting Technician
  • Complete other work as assigned.

Job Scope:

This position works with a minimum of supervision.

Supervisory Responsibility:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Interpersonal Contacts:

This position interacts verbally in fluent English with internal and external contacts regarding prescribed actions.

Specific Job Skills:

  • Must speak and read English in order to communicate with co-workers and the general public regarding publications, technical periodicals, training materials, equipment manuals, and maps. 
  • Must be able to organize workload with a minimum of supervision.
  • Must be able to complete time cards, reports, data tickets, logs, staking sheets, or similar paper work following prescribed formats as explained by System Engineer.
  • Must have a through understanding of the District's work order costing software and how each module interacts and is affected by other modules.
  • Must maintain a positive, courteous and respectful attitude, communicate accurately in English and work cooperatively with PUD customers, employees, supervisors, and the general public. 
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions.
  • Must have a working knowledge in the use of the District's computer aided drafting software and equipment such as plotters, printers and digitizer.
  • Must have professional communication skills, both verbal and written, when dealing with PUD employees, PUD supervisors, PUD customers, and outside agencies such as:  Contractors, consulting firms, professional organizations and city, county, state, and federal agencies.
  • Must be able to hear malfunctioning equipment, radios, etc.
  • Must be able to see and recognize equipment problems.
  • Must be able to operate small trucks and use transit, level, and other special equipment.
  • Requires math skills sufficient to be able to make calculations involving fractions, percentages, ratios, proportions, or other math skills normally required in electrical theory or survey work. 
  • Must be able to exercise good judgment, select, use, and adjust for correct body position, tools, or work aids to work, move, guide or place objects or materials.
  • Work requires exerting 20 to 40 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 50 pounds of force constantly to move objects; frequent lifting 50 pounds maximum with lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 40 pounds.  Requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, handling, fingering, feeling, talking, hearing and seeing.  Requires sitting from 1 to 2 hours; walking up to 2 to 3 hours per day; standing in one place for brief periods of time; and occasional bending, squatting, crawling in confined or enclosed work locations, climbing ladders, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling up to 50 pounds for short distance, lifting and carrying 30 to 50 pounds.  Requires walking and carrying/moving equipment and materials over uneven ground and obstacles in right-of-ways under a wide variety of conditions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • High school diploma, or equivalent.
  • Must have minimum three years experience in the electric utility industry or survey related work in the last 5 years.
  • Prefer Associate Degree in the engineering field and/or minimum of three (3) years electric utility experience in engineering or operations with an emphasis on design and construction of PUD related distribution/transmission systems.
  • Must have a valid, current driver’s license. Driving record must be acceptable and insurable by NWCPUD insurance carrier at standard group rates.  An annual consent for a release of one's driving record is also required.
  • Must satisfactory complete the yearly refresher that is required by OR-OSHA 29CFR 1910.269.
  • Hiring preference may be given to applicants that have worked as a staking or engineering technician for an electric utility in the last 3 years.
  • Should an applicant be deficient in certain educational achievements, offsetting experience may be substituted or vice versa.

Job Conditions:

No effective protection from weather.  Must be able to work in variable weather conditions including but not limited to rain, high winds, and temperature in excess of 80 degrees

(Fahrenheit) or below -10 degrees (Fahrenheit).  Subject to snake bites, bee stings, insect bites and poison oak.  Must be able to work long hours in stressful conditions when restoring power during storms or other un-scheduled outages.  Commonly exposed to situations which, if handled improperly, have the potential for bodily injury.

All PUD employees are expected to work outside of normal business hours when required during emergency restoration activities and to accomplish other special projects.

This job description does not necessarily include all of the essential functions that may be assigned to this position, based on the continuing needs of the organization.

Northern Wasco County PUD reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

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