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Duties, Functions and Responsibilities: - Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned. - Climbs utility poles and structures (steel/wood/fiberglass/concrete), uses approved hand and powered tools, and drives various electric utility vehicles to assist with trouble call response, construction, and maintenance of Austin Energy’s (AE’s) electrical transmission, network, or distribution system. - Responds to on-call, emergency call back, and after hour outages due to weather related events or system disturbances. - Determines work requirements for jobs based on reviewing job packets, which include: blueprints (plan and profile views), material list, work order, and job summary. - Works on and around high voltage energized lines and equipment, and performs troubleshooting of electrical systems using various test equipment (i.e. Multi-Range Voltage Detector [ MRVD ], phasing sticks, rotation meters, Digital Multi-Meters [ DMM ], and clamp-on amp meters). - Performs pulling, installing, repairing, or moving high voltage wires, cable, and other material on AE’s electrical distribution, network, or transmission system. - Performs installation, framing, construction, and maintenance of structures, hardware, and equipment on AE’s overhead and underground electrical distribution system, network distribution system, and/or transmission system, according to AE’s standards and work practices. - Performs set up and operation of electric utility aerial equipment (i.e. cranes, boom trucks, digger derricks, bucket trucks, etc.) and other equipment (i.e. wire tensioner/puller, cable reel truck, cable trailer, wire trailer, skid-steer loader, bulldozer, backhoe, and forklift). - Operates high-voltage transmission, substation, and/or distribution switching devices and equipment, using proper Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE ) and Personal Protective Devices ( PPD ), to de-energize and isolate circuits. - Attends refresher, cyclical, and annual training to keep up with new technology and rescue techniques. - (Distribution only) Installs and connects single-phase and three-phase electrical services to AE’s residential and commercial customers, and installs and connects overhead and underground transformers, switches, cutouts, etc. - (Distribution only) Performs cutting, splicing, terminating, and taping of Underground Residential Distribution ( URD ) and power cable on AE’s electrical system. - (Network only) Locates faults on AE’s underground network and substation getaways, and installs and connects network transformers and protectors. - (Network only) Performs cutting, splicing, terminating, and taping of Underground Residential Distribution ( URD ) and power cable on AE’s electrical system, and builds power cable risers for substation feeder exits. - (Network only) Installs and services: network vaults and vault equipment, electrical service to downtown residential and commercial customers, and small cell and streetlight equipment. - (Transmission only) Plans various types of transmission installations and maintenance projects (i.e. structure change outs, pulling in or changing conductors, and pulling in or changing fiber optic cable). - (Transmission only) Constructs and maintains transmission equipment and structures with circuit voltages of 69kV, 138kV, and 345kV. - Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised: May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: - Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed. - Knowledge of AE, COA , and/or State of Texas requirements for vehicle inspections. - Knowledge of the electrical theory and principles related to electricity, magnetism, circuits, and electrical equipment. - Knowledge of the hazards involved in working on and around high-voltage energized lines and equipment. - Knowledge of various transformer connections and the procedures for proper transformer phasing. - Knowledge of installation, operation, and maintenance of electrical equipment, apparatus, and instruments. - Skill in planning and organizing personnel and work assignments. - Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations. - Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing. - Skill in operating computers and related software applications. - Skill in setting up and operating electric utility aerial equipment. - Skill in applying knowledge of AE safety rules, regulations, work practices, standards, and procedures associated with each craft when working on energized electrical systems. - Skill in using the necessary air monitoring equipment prior to entering enclosed or confined spaces. - Skill in properly using, inspecting, maintaining, and safely storing Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE ) and Personal Protective Devices ( PPD ). - Skill in performing installation, construction, maintenance, and repair of electrical systems and electrical/electronic instruments. - Skill in troubleshooting electrical systems using electronic test equipment (i.e. Multi-Range Voltage Detector [ MRVD ], phasing sticks, rotation meters, Digital Multi-Meters [ DMM ], and clamp-on amp meters). - Skill in working on and around high-voltage energized lines and equipment. - Skill in reading, preparing, interpreting, and modifying blueprints, diagrams, sketches, and drawings. - Skill in performing all phases of installing, framing, constructing, and maintaining AE’s electric system. - Ability to understand oral and written instructions. - Ability to climb poles and structures to various heights (Distribution and Network – up to 80 ft, Transmission – up to 250 ft), following AE guidelines for personal fall arrest systems. - Ability to climb ladders, work in enclosed spaces, and work as an enclosed space attendant (confined spaces for the Network craft). - Ability to apply knowledge and skills obtained from training in the classroom and on the job. - Ability to read and understand written instructions, technical manuals, blueprints, diagrams, sketches, and drawings. - Ability to meet and maintain driver eligibility standards in the COA Driver Safety Program. - Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and professional working relationships with City employees, customers, and the public. - Ability to organize, inspect, and safely use various hand and powered tools, equipment, materials, cables, and conductors. - Ability to properly interpret and follow manufacturers load charts when operating cranes, boom trucks, digger derricks, and bucket trucks. - Ability to lead and mentor less tenured DE’s. - Ability to perform strenuous work in all types of weather conditions. - Ability to work with frequent interruptions, changes in priorities, and rotating shifts as assigned. - Ability to properly lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.
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