Distribution Designer I or II

Company Name: Idaho Power
Phone Number: (208) 388-2025
City: Boise
State/Provence: Idaho
Zip: 83702
Job Title: Distribution Designer I or II
Number of Openings: 2
Position Type: Power Supply
Posting Start Date: February 14, 2017
Salary: $29.18 - $40.79
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

Distribution Designer I or II

(2 Positions) Tracking Code 3321

Job Location: Pocatello, ID and Blackfoot, ID

Wage: $29.18 – $40.79 ( Non-Exempt)
(Potential Future Progression up to $45.60/hr. at Sr. Level)

Application Deadline:  2/27/2017

Idaho Power is seeking to fill 2 positions as Distribution Designers at the I or II levels for our Blackfoot and Pocatello Operations Centers.

As a member of a team the Distribution Designer meets with customers (including contractors, residential customers and developers) to determine needs, clarify issues and communicate line extension options, rates, tariffs, cost information and easements acquisition. Based on customer needs and company practices, designs line routes and schedules projects. Prepares work orders, collects and processes fees, and creates construction maps/drawings.

Experience Required:

Knowledge of:Lines core processes of new business operations, emergency response, and unplanned maintenance; electrical distribution facilities, operating and protective systems; line construction methods, materials, standards, and equipment; financial requirements including Rule H, regulations, and rules; surveying procedures and practices, property descriptions, work order reconciliation, and applicable safety rules.

Skills in:
Professional interpersonal communication including verbal, written and telephone etiquette; negotiation and conflict resolution; personal computers including commonly used applications, web-based scheduling software, and AutoCAD/AUD; algebra and trigonometry; and organization and project management.

Ability to:
Read and understand construction drawings and plat, feeder, and work order maps; assists with performing land and construction surveying and preparing easements with appropriate legal descriptions; gather information, organize, schedule, and design distribution facilities; calculate voltage drop/flicker, fault current, clearance, conductor sag, and tension requirements; perform vehicle inspections; and work overtime at supervisor’s discretion.


Education: High school diploma or GED


  • Level I: Two years design experience in the utility or construction industry OR experience as a Journeyman Lineman OR completion of the Idaho Power Pre-Distribution Designer Development Program.
  • Level II: Four years electric utility line design OR experience as a Journeyman Lineman with one year of design experience OR two years experience as an Idaho Power Distribution Designer I with a successful promotional assessment OR is currently an Idaho Power Journeyman Lineman.
  • Senior Level (Internal Only): Successful completion of the Idaho Power Distribution Designer Development Program and a successful promotional assessment into the Sr. level.

Licenses & Certifications

  • Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for position.
  • Must obtain First Aid/CPR card within 90 days.



Physical ability to work in the field 40% of the time. The field work requires driving a company vehicle, getting in and out of the vehicle, and ambulating on uneven terrain (including hills and canal banks) for distances up to one half mile. It also requires observation of construction sites and opening devices such as transformer pad mounts that require up to 50 pounds of exertional force. On average, this task occurs two to five times per week. The fieldwork also requires the use of a fiberglass measuring stick that weighs 15-20 pounds. The stick is frequently extended overhead and must be controlled in adverse weather conditions. Finally, the field work requires occasional overhead work and use of hand tools such as a hand held GPS unit, hammer, pliers, socket and wrench. The remaining FR work is completed in the office. The office work requires ambulating various distances, ascending and descending stairs, lifting office supplies weighing up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis, along with handling items such as maps, laptop computer, and other related items. Applicant must have the ability to perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat of harm to self or others.


Communication, Decision Making, Managing Work, Safety Focus, Building Customer Loyalty, and Work Standards.


  • Additional safety related training may be required.
How to Apply:

Instructions on How to Apply

Please review the attached job posting.  If you are interested in being considered for this position, please visit our website at www.idahopower.com/careers.  Please note that all applications must be received prior to 11:59 p.m. (MST) on the closing date of the position.

If you require accommodation or assistance in completing the application, please contact our recruiting team at 208-388-2965, or e-mail Jobs@IdahoPower.com.


Idaho Power is an Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, and any other status protected by applicable federal and state laws.

Posting End Date: February 27, 2017