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Working Lineman Foreman

Website City of Idaho Falls

Wage or Salary:
$57.49 per hour

Idaho Falls Power/Fiber is currently recruiting for the position of Working Lineman Foreman.  This position will perform field supervisory-level duties related to installation, maintenance, and repair of transmission and distribution power lines and associated utility equipment used for power delivery. Works collaboratively with other foreman and staff on the maintenance and repair of general utility assets including: fiber optic, substations, traffic control systems, street lighting and generation facilities.


Works under the general supervision of the Transmission & Distribution Superintendent.


Provides close to general supervision to Journey and Apprentice Power Linemen.

Essential Functions:

Receives work assignments from Superintendent; determines manpower, materials and equipment needs; completes material checkout per utility procedure; assigns crew members to specific tasks; assumes responsibility for safe working conditions and crew performance. Leads crew personnel in adherence to all utility policies, procedures, utility best practices and safety manual in the completion of work.

Collaborates and coordinates with Warehouse Manager and other associated support staff to ensure appropriate disposal of used oil and other associated returned materials to the warehouse.

Performs field design tasks as needed and coordinates with design team on such actions; assess material and equipment needs for project requirements; assists with the maintenance of system maps to ensure accuracy and coordinates with GIS staff to document changes in system features and GPS locations.

Directs crew in the installation, erection, and setting of streetlights, security lights, light poles, power poles, overhead and underground power lines; observes to ensure proper procedures, design best practices and specifications and safety rules are adhered to.

Assumes responsibility for accurate and efficient completion of assigned projects and jobs; responsible for crew personnel performance and safety practices; provides field instruction and training to apprentice linemen and other crew members as needed.

Comprehensive written documentation and evaluation of personnel performance at least annually; makes recommendations for personnel actions, such as advancement, promotion, retention, discipline, or discharge.

Evaluates and monitors condition of department equipment to ensure proper and timely maintenance, proper working order and safe operation; determines life of the equipment and makes recommendations for purchases and replacements.

Directs and works as a team after hours on both scheduled outages and required to respond to emergency outages/call out as requested/called in order to restore service as timely as possible to customers.

Helps maintain maps of overhead and underground additions to power system; informs GIS personnel of need to update maps; secures clearance and digging permits for “hot line” and trenching work.  Keeps records as required by Idaho Falls Power such as work order and jobs, keeps track of time and materials for all jobs.   Ensures crew time sheets are done timely by the crew and checked for accuracy prior to submittal for payroll processing.

Works closely with Dispatch to secure required line clearances and hot line permits; maintains project production and cost records; ensures proper billing of expenses; directs crew making repairs and modifications on distribution transformers, installing, terminating, repairing, and splicing underground distribution cables; connecting, disconnecting, and transporting portable sub-transformers and setting transformer pads and transformers.

Works collaboratively displaying a positive attitude with other team members to perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

1.         Education and Experience:

A.         Graduation from High School, plus, I.B.E.W Journeyman card;


B.         Six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of power transmission and distribution equipment;


C.         An equivalent combination of education and experience.

2.         Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of procedures for installation of high voltage power lines and equipment; hazards and safety precautions associated with high voltage; equipment and tools required to effectively perform duties; terminology and nomenclature of the electrical field as well as a line beds, bucket trucks, back hoes, etc.  Working knowledge of principles of supervision; interpersonal communication skills; GIS and mapping systems; work order system.

Journeyman skills in installation of high voltage lines, wire, and equipment.

Ability to work with and lead a crew performing related skilled tasks; ability to work independently in completing complex tasks; ability to make procedural decisions accurately where error could prove harmful to life and property; ability to work out-of-doors in all weather conditions; ability to communicate effectively deploying organizational leadership expectations verbally and in writing; ability to perform arduous physical labor; ability to develop effective working relationships with supervisors, subordinates, fellow foreman, and the public; ability to operate radio equipment and computer equipment.

3.         Special Qualifications:

Must possess a valid Idaho State Class A CDL License.
Must pass and maintain fit for duty physical assessment based upon job specific requirements.

Work Environment:
Incumbent of the position performs in both indoor and outdoor settings. Tasks may require periodically a variety of physical activities involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and lifting (50 lbs). Essential functions require talking, hearing and seeing. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity required. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel required in normal course of job performance and exposure to season weather extremes. Regular exposure to changing weather conditions and hazards common to high voltage electrical system.

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