Under minimal supervision, performs a wide variety of skilled work in the construction and maintenance of underground and overhead electrical distribution systems; respond to electrical system emergencies and customer trouble calls as necessary to maintain or restore electric utilities services; performs related duties as required. See Essential Functions below for further detail.
CLASS CHARACTERISTICS This is the advanced journey-level class with advanced knowledge, skills, and experience in the identification of problems with the electric distribution system and service to utility customers. Incumbents in this class will be assigned to perform stand by duties by the Assistant Director of Utilities – Electric Operations or designee.
The following functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Responds to emergency calls for restoration of interrupted electric service; evaluates emergency action required on site and act to restore service with minimal inconvenience to utilities customers.
Installs and maintains the overhead electrical distribution system; climbs and sets poles, installs cross arms, transformers, capacitors, street lights and other related equipment; strings, dead ends and energizes primary and secondary wires, including service conductors; trims trees.
Installs and maintains underground electrical distribution system; installs conduits, cables, pull boxes, vaults, pads, transformers, risers, and related equipment.
Conducts the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical substation equipment including Substation switching.
Installs single and polyphase meter system; operates equipment; boom trucks, bucket trucks, and other related vehicles and power tools.
Patrols overhead power lines to detect potential problem areas.
De-energizes and clears fallen live electric wires from the ground, while protecting property and people.
Disconnect and reconnect electric service. Confer with customers on service interruption and restoration and power quality issues.
Electric Troubleshooters participate in the training of Apprentices and other assigned personnel.
Performs related duties as required.
MARGINAL FUNCTIONS These are position functions which may be changed, deleted or reassigned to accommodate an individual with a disability.
Education and/or Experience Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for satisfactory job performance. Example combinations include: A minimum of two years of experience as a journey level Line Mechanic or two and one-half years' experience as an Apprentice Line Mechanic, that includes at least six months as a 'hot' apprentice with the City of Azusa Light & Water Department.
Knowledge and Skills Advanced knowledge of materials, methods, and equipment used in the construction, maintenance, and repair of overhead and underground distribution systems; tools, equipment, and methods employed in the construction and maintenance of electrical distribution lines; precautions necessary in working with high voltage lines; safety regulations and first aid; State of California Electrical Safety Orders and Public Utility Commission General Orders No. 95 & 128; principles of electrical theory as applied to circuits and wiring systems.
Ability to work with energized lines of 600 volts or less and eventually graduate to working with energized lines over 600 volts; climb poles and work at heights; understand and follow oral and written instructions/directions; observe proper safety precautions and procedures; perform heavy manual tasks under varied weather conditions; lift, hoist and move a variety of materials, equipment and supplies; care for tools and equipment; perform a variety of semiskilled and skilled tasks required in electrical construction and maintenance; prepare and maintain simple records; work at a considerable distance above the ground among high tension lines; work independently; perform complex electrical installation and repair work; identify system defects and recommend appropriate corrective action.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Possession of a current and valid Class A California driver's license with Air Brakes Endorsement and a satisfactory driving record. Possession of Rubber Gloving Certification must be obtained within six months of appointment.