Field Engineering Tech III

Company Name: Consumers Power, Inc.
Phone Number: (541) 929-8502
City: Philomath
State/Provence: Oregon
Zip: 97370
Job Title: Field Engineering Tech III
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: April 3, 2018
Salary: $41.88
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: Mon-Thurs 4x10
Work Time Type: Days

Job Summary:

Working independently and collaboratively with others, this position plays an integral role in executing CPI’s mission, philosophy, and commitment to providing safe, reliable electricity to our members and exceptional service to our internal and external customers.  All employees are also expected to maintain a high level of trust, integrity and ethical standards.

This is a Union position (IBEW 659).  The Engineering Tech III designs and stakes new and revised electrical services for members, designs and stakes revisions and replacements of electrical facilities as part of CPI’s ongoing system maintenance, and inspects electrical facilities to ensure compliance with relevant standards and codes. The Engineering Tech III reviews the work of other Engineering Technicians and provides professional mentoring and technical guidance.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions of this position require prioritizing and completing all assigned tasks in a timely and efficient manner, adjusting for changing priorities and availability of resources, and demonstrating initiative in identifying additional job-related tasks to be completed when time permits.

  • Design and stake system improvements, upgrades, modifications, new power line extensions and revisions, and pole replacements.
  • Prepare and review cost estimates for distribution, single and three phase, overhead and underground construction, maintenance and system improvement projects.
  • Serve as the Lead Engineering Technician for the design and staking of capital system improvement and upgrade projects.
  • Mentor and provide technical review of the work completed by FET I(s), FET II(s) and trainees.
  • Inspect overhead, underground and member facilities as necessary to ensure compliance with NESC, joint use agreements, and CPI maintenance and construction standards.
  • Make and maintain contact with members, licensees and property owners in the field and in the office as necessary to develop solutions that meet cooperative needs while providing exceptional customer service and support.
  • Visit work sites to inspect trenches and ensure completion of work necessary for construction of electrical facilities.
  • Work with relevant parties to ensure necessary permit and easement acquisition.
  • Schedule and direct pre-construction meetings with members, contractors, and other staff.
  • Maintain and improve the accuracy of Graphical Information System (GIS) mapping and facilities records through as-built entry and correction of existing data, using computerized staking, mapping and database applications.
  • Confer with members of the engineering team, line crews and other personnel to resolve line construction challenges and ensure successful and timely completion of projects.
  • Communicate in a professional, respectful and courteous manner with all employees, the Board of Directors, members and others with whom we may work. Contributes to a successful work group through positive interactions, active listening, meaningful collaborations, and the constructive exchange of ideas designed to meet or exceed the organization’s strategic goals. 
  • Complete special projects and other duties as assigned to meet team, department and organizational goals while actively demonstrating accountability and responsibility for achieving desired outcomes and measurable results.
Experience Required:

Position Requirements:

Qualified candidates for this position will have relevant education and experience necessary to perform the essential functions and meet the minimum performance expectations for this position.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Minimum high school diploma or GED and vocational or technical training in surveying, CAD or GIS or related field; or any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Minimum eight years’ work experience as Field Engineering Technician II or six years’ experience as a journeyman lineman.
  • BS in Electrical, Civil or Mechanical Engineering or any combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Valid driver’s license. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills necessary to communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external customers, vendors, contractors, and other diverse audiences while providing outstanding customer service.
  • Strong technical, trouble-shooting, problem solving, research, organizational and analytical skills, combined with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet established deadlines.  Ability to multitask is also essential while remaining flexible with changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Well-reasoned decision making with a high attention to detail regarding organization, planning, work flow, and project prioritization to ensure tasks are completed efficiently and accurately.
  • Highly ethical, self-motivated individual with ability to work independently and/or with limited direction, as well as cooperatively in a team environment, while consistently demonstrating collaborative, respectful and productive work habits.
  • Advanced knowledge of electric theory and practice and of RUS and CPI construction specifications, the National Electric Safety Code, and state and local codes with the ability to calculate pole, pole top assembly, conductor, guy and anchor strengths.
  • Strong computer skills and the understanding of basic surveying equipment, including GPS and transit.

Availability and Accessibility:

Due to the nature and scope of the essential functions, the importance of personal interactions with coworkers and members of the public, and the availability of job-related tools, equipment and resources at work, performance of the essential functions requires regular, consistent availability, accessibility, and presence on-site.

Approximately 40 hours / week may be required to efficiently perform the job duties of this position, including presence at designated internal and external meetings. This position may also require availability and accessibility to respond to and address emergencies and critical situations outside of normal business operating hours in the evenings and/or during weekends.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Receive, understand, evaluate and appropriately respond to communications from employees, the Board of Directors, and members of the public using available technology, in person and in a public setting when necessary.
  • Maintain professional and respectful communication style to ensure reactions and responses to both emergency and non-emergency situations serve as an example to others of appropriate workplace communications.
  • Provide intellectually sound and well-reasoned answers, recommendations and solutions to identified business problems, issues and/or questions.  Efficiently and quickly analyze, process, manipulate, and accurately record extensive amounts of data (some of which is technical in nature) and other information that serves as the basis for this position.
  • Move to, from and within our building and across utility-related property site locations, possibly during inclement weather.
  • Work for extended periods of time in a stationary position operating computer equipment while consistently grasping, moving and manipulating documents, office supplies, and other business materials.
  • Use a personal computer or other technology devices frequently and consistently for the purpose of reviewing, analyzing, creating, transmitting, and presenting documents, data and other business-related information.
  • Lift, transport and/or move up to approximately 30 lbs. each day in the performance of regular duties.  Occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing and descending a stepladder may be required.
  • Drive on behalf of CPI and/or report for work in all types of weather.

Environmental Conditions:

The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  This position works in a temperature controlled office environment and in the field in a variety of weather conditions.  Our office spaces include traditional office lighting and office furniture, as well as consistent and frequent noise, interruptions and other similar distractions.


This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  It is intended as a general guide of the job duties and tasks the person in this position may be asked to perform as part of our CPI team.  It is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the job duties or responsibilities that may be assigned to this position. Position descriptions may occasionally be updated, as necessary, to reflect evolving business needs, and such changes may not be reflected immediately in written form.

Refusal or unwillingness to perform duties and tasks assigned in a positive, professional and productive manner, even if seeming to fall outside of this description, may be considered insubordination and a violation of CPI policies and expectations.

How to Apply:

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Posting End Date: May 2, 2018