City of Ashland Line Installer

City of Ashland Line Installer

  • Full Time
Wage or Salary:
$102,577 per year

JOIN OUR TEAM!  The City of Ashland is hiring a Line Installer for its Electric Utility.  Our Utility focuses on providing power in a safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible manner.  This position is represented in the local Union No. 659 IBEW, the current contract can be viewed here.  For more information on the history and future of our Electric Utility please visit our city website.

The successful candidate will install, maintain and repair overhead and underground electric facilities and equipment including towers, poles, distribution lines, conduit, ground wires, insulators, transformers, meters, highway lighting (traffic signals and lights) and sub-stations.  Perform related duties including tree trimming, stringing of lights, banner installations, etc.

Please note: 1.5% COLA wage increase for this position will take place on January 1, 2021.

Additional Information:


The duties listed below are only intended as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related and/or a logical assignment to the classification.

Follows all safety rules and procedures established for work areas.
Installs, maintains and repairs new and existing overhead and underground electric facilities.
Ability to use power and hand equipment, dig holes for poles, towers and other equipment to hold overhead electrical wiring.  Transports pole or tower to site, remove old or damaged pole.  Inspects, maintains and repairs overhead distribution lines using bucket truck or by climbing the poles.  Installs grounds and insulating devices.
Performs installation and maintenance on all types of conductors.  Installs and maintains insulators, remove defective insulators, wash or clean existing insulators.  Operates a variety of small hand tools, climbing tools, power assisted tools and meters.  Operates moderate to heavy equipment such as line trucks with diggers, derricks, bucket trucks and backhoes.
Delivers excellent customer service to citizens in the community; conducts all city related functions in a professional and respectful manner.  Responds to customer inquiries and concerns with a positive demeanor.
Works with other City departments on projects and tasks in a cooperative and positive manner.
Performs holiday light decorating and banner installations, as required.
Responds to on-call assignments as outlined and directed.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.

Establishes and maintains cooperation with coworkers, customers and managers. Demonstrates willingness to collaborate with other departments. Is tolerant of others and reconciles differences of opinions in a calm manner.
Maintains work areas in clean and orderly manner.

Education:  Completion of high school education or equivalent.  Completion of Line Apprenticeship.

License:  Completion of State Certified/State Approved Line Apprenticeship program and the ability to pass a journeyman lineman's test administered by IBEW, possession of valid Oregon Commercial Class A Driver's License (or ability to obtain) and acceptable driving record.
Certificates in Flagging, Forklift Operation, Competent Person and First Aid/CPR or ability to obtain within three months.
Possession of working knowledge of OSHA Reg. CFR 1910.269.
Must reside within response time requirements.

Demonstrate proficiency in the use of "hot stick" live line tools or be willing to attend training.

Knowledge of:
Methods, means and materials used to perform work in the assigned position.
Use and basic maintenance of light and heavy vehicles.
The operation and maintenance of a variety of hand and power tools and power equipment.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
Basic office administration and equipment, including computers and calculators.
Knowledge of standard practices, processes, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance, repair, alteration, and improvement of electrical equipment and systems.
Knowledge of electric construction standards, practices, and procedures for electric metering and relay power systems.
Knowledge of electrical distribution systems and principles.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions associated with the position.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety rules, regulations, and practices required in electrical trades.

Ability to:
Follow written and oral instructions.
Implement City and department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
Perform a wide range of construction and maintenance activities, using standard methods and equipment.
Organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines.
Operate a personal computer and other electronic equipment, including field entry devices and cellular phones.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to read electrical one line drawings and protection and control schematics.
Assist and support team performance and work cooperatively with other team members.
Provide positive support to internal and external customers.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to drive, climb, bend, lift, stand, sit, read, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools and controls.  The position requires mobility.  Most duties are physically demanding requiring the movement of materials weighing up to 60 pounds.  Movement of materials weighing 25 pounds may consume up to 80% of the work period.  Duties require operation of motorized vehicles, use of heavy, moderate and light equipment and tools.  Activity and types of duties performed require moderate to heavy exertion, manual coordination and physical dexterity.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The majority of duties take place outside with exposure to all types of weather conditions and terrains.   Additional exposures include contact with energized conductors, dirt, dust, fumes, traffic, exhaust, noise, chemicals.

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A completed City application must be filed online with the Personnel Office before the deadline shown above and may be supplemented with a resume of work experience. Resumes are NOT accepted in lieu of a completed City application. Resumes received without a completed City application will not receive a response from the Personnel Department.
Following a review of the applications, a limited number of the most highly qualified applicants may be invited via email to proceed further in the selection process. Those not selected for interview will be notified in email (no phone calls please). The applicant selected must provide, at the time of employment, appropriate documentation of citizenship, as required by the immigration and Naturalization Act of 1986.

To learn more about our hiring and interview process click here.

A thorough background investigation will be completed on the candidate selected for hire.

The City of Ashland will make reasonable accommodations for the disabled.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation in the application or testing process MUST inform the Personnel Office of the City of Ashland, in writing, no later than the final filing date as stated on the job bulletin.  Applicants needing such accommodations should document the request, including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process.

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