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Apprentice or Journeyman Lineworker

Mid-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative, Hysham, MT

Mid-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Hysham, Montana, is accepting applications for the position of Apprentice or Journeyman Lineworker.  The person in this position is responsible for providing outstanding customer service to our membership by assuring the highest possible degree of construction, line repair and maintenance, and must uphold a strong culture of safety.

Experience/educational requirements:  High School diploma and successful completion of a recognized lineman training school.  Applicant must have a thorough knowledge of equipment, tools, materials, and services used by electric utilities, extensive knowledge of the description of units, specifications and drawings for line construction of distribution voltages; and a thorough knowledge of operating and construction procedures and RUS practices of electric distribution organizations.  Completion of a four-year Apprentice Lineworker training program must be completed for the Journeyman Lineworker position.

The successful applicant must possess a valid Montana CDL Class A driver’s license within 30 days of hire.

Offers are contingent upon completion of a background check.  Qualified applicants may pick up an application from the MYEC office at 203 Elliott Avenue in Hysham, call the office to have an application emailed to you or download an application from our website www.myec.coop.  Submit the completed MYEC application, resume and letter of interest to MYEC, Attn:  Operations Manager, PO Box 386, Hysham, MT  59038 or email to kenr@myec.coop.  If you have any questions, please contact Ken at (406) 342-5521 or by email. 

Mid-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative offers an excellent wage and benefit package including health care coverage, pension, 401k, vacation and sick leave.

The position will remain open until filled.  MYEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

Staking/Field Engineer

Ravalli Electric Co-op (REC) is seeking a full-time Staking/Field Engineer to join our team.  If you are excited about designing and staking electrical distribution/fiber lines this is your position!

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide a positive customer service experience while advising and designing electrical distribution and fiber services for new and/or existing members
  • Work outdoors in extreme weather and terrain conditions
  • Interpret system maps and engineering drawings
  • Create electronic staking sheets and material picklists
  • Prepare detailed analysis and cost estimates
  • Comply with REC safety rules and regulations

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1-2 years relevant experience preferred
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Associates degree in drafting or related field preferred
  • Excellent computer skills and ability to learn new software
  • Must live within 30 minutes of REC headquarters

BENEFITS

  • Excellent NRECA benefits package including Medical, Vision, and Dental
  • Retirement package including a 401(k)
  • Competitive Wages DOE

The successful applicant must possess a valid Montana driver’s license and successfully pass a pre-employment physical, background check, and drug screening. 

We invite candidates to apply for this position at www.ravallielectric.com  and submit a completed REC job application, resume, and letter of interest.

REC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Electrical Engineer

Vigilante Electric Cooperative, headquartered in the southwest Montana community of Dillon, has an immediate opening for an Electrical Engineer.  Please see the attached position description.  VEC serves over 10,600 meters with 2,786 miles of overhead and underground power lines.  If you are interested in pursuing a full time EE position in what we feel is the best part of Montana please apply.  Dillon and the surrounding area is known for its excellent blue ribbon trout fishing and other summer and winter outdoor activities.  From skiing at Maverick Mountain, Discovery or Lost Trail within just a short drive away to snowmobiling or snowshoeing in the virtually unlimited mountainous areas, if you enjoy the outdoors this area is it.  Public land elk and deer hunting opportunities are also virtually limitless.  The closing date to apply is May 1st.  For further information or to apply please contact Rollie Miller, General Manager or Justin Bair, Engineering and Operations Manager at our office at (406) 683-2327 or rollie@vec.coop or justin@vec.coop.

Position Summary:  Assists in the implementation of engineering-related projects and functions of Vigilante Electric Cooperative (VEC) in Dillion, in accordance with established objectives, plans, procedures, policies, and budgets that results in reliable and safe electric energy delivery service at the best value to member-consumers. This includes overseeing system integrity and reliability programs, distribution design, system planning, metering, substation maintenance, drone review program, and construction work plan development.   

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified. The person in this position may be directed to perform additional duties as assigned by the Department Manager.

General Responsibilities:

  • Participates in educational training and conferences as needed to maintain progressiveness and knowledge in job related areas.
  • Works collaboratively with all the staff to determine priorities and to discuss work status, related problems, and solutions of issues and problems at staff meetings and on a one-to-one basis.
  • Promotes, develops, and maintains good morale and team spirit.
  • Maintains the confidentiality of any work-related information he/she encounters.
  • In support of the vision and direction of the Department Manager, develops and maintains a positive, constructive, and supportive working relationship with employees.
  • Actively participates in monthly safety meetings promoting a safe working environment across all departments within VEC.

Engineering Services Responsibilities:

  • Working in collaboration with other VEC staff and engineering consultants, serving as the lead in the development of multi-year construction work plans, including overseeing inputs to the plan such as engineering studies, load projections, circuit modeling, distribution mapping of facilities, asset management, and system planning.
  • Utilizes existing and new software for effective short and long-range engineering work plans and related engineering studies such as system capacitor studies, voltage condition studies, and system sectionalizing studies. Recommends and initiates actions when necessary to correct any undesirable conditions and to maintain overall system integrity.
  • Reviews and analyzes system outage records and reports and works collaboratively to recommend changes to mitigate adverse outage situations in order to provide standard reliable continuity of service.
  • Maintains load growth trend data for all areas of the system and analyzes its significance in relation to existing plan capabilities.
  • Assists in the field design function to construct, operate, maintain, and retire the Cooperative’s electric distribution system facilities, including the acquisition of rights-of-way for crossing members’ and public property.
  • Assists in metering technical functions, including providing assistance as needed in sizing transformers and service conductors to large power loads, ensuring quality work regarding the wiring of CT and PT metering installations, and overseeing metering programs, including the programming and application of three-phase electronic meters.
  • Assists in the effective coordination of electric system design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the distribution system.
  • Participates in the VEC Standards Committee by researching and recommending changes in operations and equipment to better utilize the electric system, reduce costs, and provide reliable electric service. 
  • Assists in the analysis and inspection of substations and other electric system facilities to assure uniform construction according to established standards and specification, adequate maintenance, and overall reliability of the distribution system.
  • Assists in the development of specifications of substation equipment, overseeing the internal and consultant designs of new substations and designs of necessary modification to existing substations, and supervises such projects.
  • Assists in the implementation of VEC’s oil spill prevention and PCB program.
  • Assists in the overall utilization of the mapping system and automatic meter reading program.
  • As needed, reviews and updates environmental plans, including periodically reviewing SPCC plans for existing substations, and assists in developing new spill plans for new stations.
  • Assists in the development of specifications for the acquisition of electric materials and equipment required for reliable operation of the electric system.
  • Assists, as needed, with the emergency restoration of the system and storm damage restoration.
  • Assists with the coordination and development of the Cooperative’s safety plan and safety accreditation (RESAP) process.
  • Becomes familiar with and remains current on all related procedures, regulations, and standards, including National Electric Code, National Electric Safety Code, OSHA, IEEE, and other local governing electrical codes.
  • As required, responds to member inquiries on critical issues and ensures the department maintains a good, positive working relationship with members by providing prompt, courteous and reliable service.
  • Actively participates as a member in quarterly Standards Committee Meetings and Safety Committee Meetings.

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

 

Qualifications: 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. Position holder must hold and maintain a valid Montana Driver’s License.

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited university is required. Montana PE license or ability to acquire a Montana PE license is preferred.   Minimum of two year’s experience in the electric utility industry is preferred.

Knowledge: Must have a working knowledge of distribution electric energy delivery and proper application to the rural market. Specific knowledge of electric energy delivery to irrigation accounts is preferred. Working knowledge of RUS specifications, National Electric Code, National Electrical Safety Code, IEEE, and other pertinent specifications and requirements is preferred.  Working knowledge of NISC Billing/CIS software, Futura mapping software and Milsoft engineering software is preferred.

Abilities & Skills: Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must relate well with all types of people and have the ability to listen, as well as to present and explain circumstances and results. Must be able to handle confidential information and gain the respect of others. Must be able to positively represent the Cooperative and effectively communicate with the general public. Must have a general understanding of utility-applied technology to proficiently utilize technology applications in support of the departments and Cooperative’s objectives and requirements.

Physical Demands:  The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. 

 

Journeyman Lineman Position Open


Wage or Salary: $49.44 CBA

Park Electric has an opening for a journeyman lineman with 5 years experience. This position is open due to a retirement. Our cooperative’s coverage area lies across 4 counties in Southwest Montana. Work includes new installations, tree trimming, maintenance and troubleshooting on transmission and distribution electrical systems including overhead and underground lines.  The successful applicant must live within 30 minutes of our office located in Livingston Montana. Park County offers lots of outdoor recreation like hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking and other outdoor activities, meet the requirements below and want to join a professional hard-working team, please submit your application.  This is a bargaining unit position represented by IBEW #532.

Requirements

  • A high school diploma, GED or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A Journeyman Lineman certification
  • Completion of a formal training program for a Journeyman Lineman
  • Must meet examining board review of skills and experience.
  • Must own, or be able to obtain, a Class A Montana Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Physical demands of the job can be extreme and include but are not limited to coordination, the ability to drive, to sit, to climb poles, steel structures, and ladders. The ability to work at elevations high from the ground in awkward fully extended positions, to crawl, to work in a bent over position, to walk over steep rough terrain carrying 50 or more pounds. Regularly lift 50 pounds, occasionally lift 100 pounds, use tools and controls requiring dexterity and feeling with the hands, hear over the phone/radio and in group settings and adequate vision including close, distance, peripheral and color vision and depth perception for performance of all tasks of the position. The employee must be able to withstand working in hot and severely cold working environments that at times are extremely windy.

A pre-employment physical and drug and alcohol test will be conducted

A field test requiring climbing will be part of the interview process

Additional Information:

Applications are available online at www.parkelectric.coop. Send applications to Matt Grose, Operations Manager, Park Electric, P.O. Box 1119, Livingston, MT 59047; email mgrose@parkelectric.coop phone: 406-222-7778.  This position will remain open until filled.

Wage or Salary:

$49.44 

Benefits per IBEW Agreement

 

Communication Specialist

Beartooth Electric Cooperative (BEC), a rural electric distribution cooperative, is seeking a qualified candidate to fulfill the Communication Specialist position. This is a great opportunity to join the Beartooth Electric team and live, work and play at the basecamp to the Beartooths!
 
Work Location: Red Lodge, MT
Employment Status: Full-Time 
Drug Test: Required
Background Check: Required
Relocation Benefit: None
Valid Driver's License and satisfactory driving record required. 
 
Summary of job description

  • Coordinate and support BEC communication and marketing engagement efforts with employees and Members, using written and electronic communications. Build positive internal and external awareness of BEC and its products and services and promote Cooperative values in our communities.
  • Coordinate BEC online presence, including website and social media platforms; source and curate content; increase online Member engagement through effective communication of initiatives and programs; remain abreast of the latest technology,    services, and platforms.
  • Write, edit and distribute press releases, articles, Board meeting minutes, and other cooperative communications as  directed.
  • Assist with coordination of the Annual Member Meeting; ensure active participation and positive communication of information;  present information as appropriate; respond to Member concerns and inquiries.

General Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalence certificate in addition to proficiency in corporate communications, typically attained through a bachelor's degree in communications, English, marketing, or graphic design and one or more years of experience or equivalent experience/education.

 

Right of Way Specialist

Department:  Fergus Electric Operations

Reports To: Assistant Line Superintendent

FLSA Status:   Non-exempt

Job Status:   Full Time

Work Unit:     Union

Grade/Level:  N/A 

Normal Work Schedule:  Per CBA 

Location:  Lewistown

Date Created:  03/28/2022

Applications Accepted Up To:  05/19/2022

Positions Supervised:  Groundman  

 

POSITION SUMMARY

Provide efficient and safe tree trimming, brush clearing work, and wood pole testing around and near Fergus Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s (FEC) rights-of-way for distribution and transmission of electrical service.  This involves working around and near both energized and de-energized power lines and electrical equipment at all voltage levels.

 

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS STATEMENT

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Upon request, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. When appropriate, practices barricading on public highways and public rights-of-way to include the proper use of warning signs, devices and flagging procedures.

 

  1. Following all specific instructions detailed on each service order or assignment, cuts, prunes, shapes, and trims trees, often from an aerial device.  Follows all training and safety instructions for the proper use of all equipment.

 

  1. Performs regular and timely maintenance on all equipment and vehicles to ensure their ongoing, smooth, and efficient working condition. 

 

  1. Gathers brush, limbs, etc. from trees trimmed and feeds safely into the chipping equipment.  Performs routine maintenance on chipping equipment.

 

  1. Tests the structural integrity of wood transmission and distribution poles, using provided testing equipment, throughout the FEC service territory.

 

  1. When approached by a property owner, or the public, communicates in a professional and helpful manner answering any questions or concerns.  If concerns still exist, seeks assistance from the Assistant Line Superintendent.

 

  1. Maintains ongoing, effective communication with direct supervisor regarding the specifics of each assignment, problems that may occur and questions that may arise.

 

  1. Uses safe and efficient practices when performing all aspects of the job, to include, but not limited to the following:
  1. Practices environmental compliance and safety rule compliance in all cutting, pruning, chipping, line clearance, construction and maintenance.
  2. Practices good urban and rural forestry and tree care to ensure good public relations with members. 
  3. Follows all live line clearance regulations, one-shot holds, minimum approach distances, and line clearance procedures.

 

  1. The Right of Way Specialist will assist the training of a Groundman to include, but not limited to:
  1. Safety Manual.
  2. Safety equipment and practices; tree climbing, sawing, and pruning.
  3. Chainsaw and brush chipper operation, maintenance, and sharpening.
  4. Care and use of all personal protective equipment.
  5. Use of ropes, blocks, and proper rigging practices.
  6. All aspects of urban and rural forestry and tree care.
  7. Member notification.

 

  1. When traveling throughout FEC territory, be aware of the condition of the electric system.  When a problem or hazard is identified, accurately complete a service order and/or communicate with the appropriate FEC department.

 

  1. Always assist members/vendors/employees and the public in a courteous and professional manner ensuring their continued satisfaction with FEC.  Work in harmony and show respect to all fellow employees to promote an effective and pleasant working environment.

           

  1. In pursuit of zero workplace incidents, promotes and maintains a positive safety culture while adhering to all applicable policies outlined in the Safety Manual.  Reports all incidents and potential safety hazards in a timely manner to supervisor.

 

  1. Becomes familiar with and keeps current with FEC objectives and applicable policies. 

 

  1. Performs other duties as assigned by management applying the same skill and enthusiasm as with regularly assigned responsibilities.


MINIMUM POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  High School diploma or equivalent.      

                        

Job Related Experience:  Must have prior tree trimming experience.             

 

Supervision:  No supervisory experience required. 

 

          Computer Skills:  Experience with personal computers and handheld devices.  

 

Certificates & Licenses:  Must have a Montana Class A Commercial Driver’s License at date of employment and be insurable.

 

Other Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Able to work 40 hours a week, with additional time as required.
  • Must always present a professional appearance.
  •  Must be able to obtain a First Aid and CPR certificate (training provided by FEC) and become proficient at tree top rescue.
  • Must be able to operate bucket trucks, woodchipper, chain saws, resistograph pole testers, computers and other applicable tools and equipment. 
  • Able to carry and use a 25 lb. chain/circle saw for extended time and maneuver tree limbs weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • Must have the ability to stand in a tree while working, often in awkward positions.
  • Feed tree branches, etc., into a chipping machine.
  •  Accept duty calls, as needed, day or night, seven days per week.
  •  Effective verbal communications skills; legible handwriting; good member service skills.
  •  Occasional out-of-area travel which can include several days of overnight stay.
  •  Work schedule as defined by the Union contract, with overtime as required.
  •  This position is required to join the Union and is covered under the Basic Agreement between FEC and the IBEW Local 44.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS (Based on a 10 hour work day)

 

Stand

F (Frequently)

Walk

C (Constantly)

Sit

O (Occasionally)

Handling / Grasping

C (Constantly)

Reach Outward

F (Frequently)

Reach Above Shoulder

F (Frequently)

Climb

O (Occasionally)

Crawl

R (Rarely)

Squat or Kneel

O (Occasionally)

Bend

F (Frequently)

Drive

F (Frequently)

 

Lift/Carry

10 lbs or less

F (Frequently)

11-25 lbs

O (Occasionally)  

26-50 lbs

O (Occasionally)

51-100 lbs

R (Rarely)

Over 100 lbs

R (Rarely)

 

Push/Pull

10 lbs or less

O (Occasionally) 

11-25 lbs

O (Occasionally) 

26-50 lbs

O (Occasionally)

51-100 lbs

R (Rarely))

 

 

N (Not Applicable)        Activity is not applicable to this position

R (Rarely)                     Position requires this activity up to 5% of the time (0 - 2 hrs/day)

O (Occasionally)           Position requires this activity up to 6% - 33% of the time (2 - 4 hrs/day)

F (Frequently)              Position requires this activity from 34% - 66% of the time (4 - 6 hrs/day)

C (Constantly)              Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (8+ hrs/day)

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Will be working outdoors year-around in all kinds of weather conditions and terrain; may work for long periods in hot, cold, wet, windy, or icy conditions.  Must be able to work in an environment with high noise levels and be able to safely use hazardous substances. 

 

If this position interests you, please send a resume and job application to:

 

Fergus Electric Cooperative

Attn:  Dale Rikala

84423 US Highway 87

Lewistown, MT  59457

406-538-3465

ferguslinesup@ferguselectric.coop

 

Job applications may be downloaded from our website https://ferguselectric.coop/.