This position will participate with the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of overhead and underground fiber optics and communications equipment and have knowledge and experience of these tasks on overhead and underground powerlines and powerline equipment.
A Broadband Plant Technician will also participate in trimming, clearing, chipping, and/or chemically treating trees and/or brush along the right-of-ways, ensuring accurate completion of required forms, reports and other documentation.
Essential Functions of Position:
Principally works outdoors in all weather conditions.
Must possess and maintain the ability to:
Respond in a positive manner to supervision.
Work as a cooperative member of a
Interact in a professional and courteous manner with co-workers and customers/subscribers.
Successfully work within deadlines and time
With regard to all aspects of the position, including safety, must receive and follow all instructions given by Broadband Plant Foreman, Broadband Plant Supervisor, Chief Broadband Officer, or designee.
Communicates properly using two-way
Correctly operates a laptop computer and the programs/systems
Observes safety rules and practices when encountering possible hazardous situations, such as falls, electric shock, automobile traffic, and falling objects, etc., and recommends to fellow workers the use and practice of the same.
Assists in sizing, installing and/or retiring single phase and three-phase transformers and services, self-contained meter loops, and instrument metering.
Keeps informed of changes in the electrical system, including but not limited to direction of line feeds, location, reclosing, and switching devices.
Climbs energized poles to install, retire, or maintain transformers, services and other miscellaneous equipment outside of the OSHA minimum approach distances outlined in the APPA safety manual.
Performs routine and non-routine energized work from an aerial platform (bucket truck) on energized lines including pole change-outs and conversions.
Possesses knowledge of ratings, settings and troubleshooting any line equipment, including transformers, capacitors, regulators, and meters.
Possesses knowledge of survey and staking procedures for overhead and underground power lines, taking into account voltage drops, electric and strain loading, clearances, easements, impact on property owners, economic viability, and reliability.
Is responsible for the accounting of materials used for a job.
Familia with RUS specifications as to framing, pole hole depths, anchor settings, tamping, and pole alignment. Is also familiar with specifications as to stringing, sagging and tying-in wire. Performs these duties in accordance with specifications with minimal supervision.
To the extent possible, ensures that the contracting companies use correct notification, clearance, material, and installation procedures. Ensures that maximum safety, economic benefit and public satisfaction are
Possesses working knowledge of Ohms Law and is able to accurately apply it to work performed.
Accurately recognizes the source or direction of feed and load on the line being worked.
Assists in patrolling BEC distribution and fiber facilities checking for defective materials, defective equipment and/or unsafe conditions and notifies the Broadband Plant Foreman of problem areas.
Inspects completed work to ensure it has been done to specification, in compliance with all safety policies/procedures/codes. Ensures substandard construction or defects on the system are found, repaired and documented to minimize exposure, maximize safety and limit legal
Ensures maintenance needs on the system are found, repaired and documented to minimize complaints, maximize safety and limit legal
Monitors and documents restoration of service delivery as a result of power outages and resolves service complaints using procedures which ensure maximum safety, economy, restoration, and customer
Complies with all Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc. policies and procedures, safety rules, RUS specifications, NEC, NESC, federal, state, and local regulations and
Investigates customer service complaints and takes necessary measures to correct whatever trouble exists.
Makes every effort to serve all customers/subscribers courteously, efficiently and fairly and to satisfy their complaints or inquiries, if possible. If unable to do so, refers them to the proper persons.
Responsible for overseeing assigned vehicles, tools and equipment and to ensure that such tools, equipment and vehicles are inspected, operated and maintained in proper working order. Also ensures that such use, inspections, operation, and maintenance complies with all BEC policies and procedures and recommends to Broadband Plant Foreman and/or Broadband Plant Supervisor any major mechanical repairs which may be necessary.
Understands and complies with all Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations, including Drug and Alcohol
Acquires, maintains and returns material, equipment and tools in accordance with Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc. policies and procedures, as well as inventory control
Accurately and legibly completes all documentation (computerized timecards, hand- written reports, etc.) in accordance with Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc. policies and procedures and submits such documentation to the proper individuals for recordkeeping
Accurately reads and interprets maps, circuit diagrams, map scales, and map legends under any conditions.
Assists assigned personnel in the completion of necessary documentation checking for accuracy before submitting to proper individuals for recordkeeping
Operates all coop equipment in accordance with BEC policies and procedures, safety rules, manufacturer guidelines, and regulations and/or codes and seeks input from Broadband Plant Foreman and/or Broadband Plant Supervisor when information is unclear, inadequate or requires interpretation. This includes driving forward and backing vehicles in excess of 25,000 pounds and pulling trailers appropriate for these vehicles, as well as observing all applicable safe-driving laws.
Maintains proper amount of equipment, tools and incidentals on vehicles necessary for the planned job and sees that tools are maintained in good working order.
Loads materials, weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance and in excess of 50 pounds with assistance, for the planned job.
Cleans up each job site so that it is in an appropriate condition for public safety and customer satisfaction.
Must possess knowledge of, or demonstrate the ability to learn, various computer applications, including BEC Communications’ design software and customer/subscriber information and work order system. This includes Microsoft Office spreadsheets and word
Works on call duty after normal working hours, including evenings, late nights, weekends, and holidays, as needed. Must be able to report for duty within thirty (30) minutes of notification when on
Organizational vehicles, two-way radios, digger trucks, aerial platforms (bucket trucks), fiber optic test gear, fiber splicer, chainsaws, forklifts, front-end loaders, hammers, channel locks, high-leverage wire cutters, tamps, shovels, pliers, screwdrivers, fall arrest systems, and any other fiber optic construction or maintenance-related equipment, as well as computer, printer, copier, fax machine, multi- functional phone system, shredder.
Other Important Duties:
Maintains good working relations with co-workers, Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc. and BEC Communications, LLC customers/subscribers and the general public.
Represents Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc. and BEC Communications, LLC by attending schools/seminars/meetings for improvement of job knowledge and skills, when requested.
Continually explores new ideas to enhance job performance, efficiency, productivity, and work relations. Communicates these ideas to the Broadband Plant Supervisor and/or Manager of Communications Services.
Performs other duties as may be assigned by Broadband Plant Foreman and/or Broadband Plant Supervisor or
Experience, Training, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must maintain professional knowledge of all issues relating to fiber optic
Must maintain knowledge of Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc. policies related to duties of the
Participates in Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc. Safety
Must successfully perform annual Bucket Truck Rescue
Must maintain knowledge of CPR, AED and First Aid in order to use it, when
Ability to travel intra/inter-state, as necessary, for training purposes, meetings, or to provide assistance to other electric cooperatives, as
Must pass a Department of Transportation or general physical, as
Must pass required and random OSHA/DOT drug
Ability to move about and within an office building and on various
Ability to lift and/or move equipment and tools weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance and in excess of 50 pounds with
Ability required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Ability to frequently stand and/or walk, either on the ground, while working at elevated heights or sitting for extended periods of
Ability to perform manual and detailed hand work using both hands, sometimes repetitively, climb and balance, squat, stoop, crouch or kneel, push, and
Ability to bend at neck, waist, legs, and arms, reach above shoulder-level, twist body, and change positions at
Ability to speak and hear clearly to communicate over loud background
Ability to function successfully on little or no sleep for extended periods of time in extreme circumstances such as large power outages caused by storms,
Vision ability that meets the minimum requirements to acquire and maintain a Texas CDL Driver’s license, with or without corrective
Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently, both orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people and personalities. Requires a high degree of interpersonal
Ability to be tactful and get along with diverse groups of people and personalities. Capable of conveying a positive and professional
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, even simultaneously, as well as coordinate projects with other employees working to consistently meet deadlines and budgets.
Ability to listen to and read instructions and other
Ability to use judgment and reasoning skills to perform the Essential Functions of the Position.
Ability to motivate, direct, supervise, train, and coach
Valid minimum Driver’s License and an acceptable driving history.
Must be eligible to be and remain insured as a driver by the Organization’s group liability policy for the automotive
American Red Cross or equivalent Certificate of Standard First Aid, CPR and AED utilization.
This Position Description is intended to identify the essential functions of a position and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. The employee may be required to perform or assume additional position-related responsibilities other than those stated in this description.
Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc. reserves the right to revise or change the position responsibilities as the need arises. This Position Description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. The time frames mentioned for successful accomplishment of training phases are for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as an implied contract of employment for any amount of time.