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Field Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Grangeville, Idaho
  • $70,000 to $95,000 per year, DOQ
  • Posting End Date: February 28, 2023

Website Idaho County Light & Power

Wage or Salary:
$70,000 to $95,000 per year, DOQ

Idaho County Light & Power

Grangeville, Idaho


Field Engineer

EDUCATION: A minimum of a two-year degree in engineering or a related technical field is desired.  The right combination of education, field experience, and technical skills may be substituted for educational requirements.  Electric utility field experience is a plus.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Prefer a general knowledge of utility operations, construction of distribution facilities, and a working knowledge of the National Electric Safety Code.

ABILITIES AND SKILLS: Must have the ability to accurately assess the organization’s needs as they relate to engineering issues and work with the Operations Manager to develop and implement strategies to address those needs.  The individual must possess exceptional communication skills in dealing with people and be able to express the organization’s views in a positive manner.  Must be proficient in the use of computers.  Additionally, knowledge of NISC staking and mapping, electric utility materials, Windows, Microsoft Office, and GIS is preferred.  Must be able to communicate in a positive manner with internal and external contacts.

WORKING CONDITIONS: General office environment; primarily outside work in various weather conditions; on occasion, requires work in excess of normal hours and during emergency power outage situations, as required.

WORK REQUIREMENTS: Must have a valid State of Idaho driver’s license and be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and physical examination.  Must reside within a 30-minute commute to the Cooperative headquarters in Grangeville, Idaho.

Additional Information:


A.         The position of Field Engineer was created to help support the mission and core values of ICL&P, which are:

ICL&P is a member owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative that is dedicated to safely providing quality electric energy and services to members at a competitive cost.  We value integrity, accountability, innovation, and commitment to community above all else.

B.         Specific objectives for this position include:

1.         To maintain a friendly, cooperative relationship within the department and with all other elements of the organization.  Also, to maintain frequent, friendly contacts with the members, public, community, and industry to provide maximum service and promote an understanding and acceptance of the Cooperative’s ideas, objectives, and programs.

2.         To take a proactive role in developing and improving processes, practices, and solutions to ensure maximum member satisfaction.


A.         Reports to:  Operations Manager


A.         To be responsible for, but not limited to, the following activities within the limits of approved Board policies, operating guides, and procedures:

1.         Prepares work orders, staking sheets, construction drawings, and similar type work consistent with RUS and the Cooperative’s standard guidelines, practices, and policies and in accordance with the current National Electrical Safety Code.

2.         Performs fieldwork required for staking and marking system lines and rights-of-way, audits and/or inspect facilities.

3.         Calculates material breakdown on overhead and underground distribution and maintenance job orders and orders material as needed.

4.         Assigns proper account numbers, map numbers, and line section numbers to new accounts.

5.         Ensures receipt of necessary right-of-way easements and files proper documentation.

6.         Performs service cost estimates, load and voltage drop calculations, and transformer recommendations.

7.         Assists in preparing and maintaining system maps and databases.

8.         Conducts field inspections of construction projects.

9.         Designs, stakes, and draws new subdivisions, and cable relocation projects.

10.       Evaluate and determine the appropriate metering for new service applications.

11.       Determines appropriate rate for services to assure accurate billing of accounts.

12.       Maintains a current knowledge and understanding of RUS, NESC, and other applicable standards and regulations.

13.       Assists in the field inventory process of auditing and reviewing outside contractors’ data and jobs from the 4-year work plan.

14.       Assists in the development, maintenance, and updating of the geographic mapping system when required.

15.       Patrol lines when required.

16.       Obtains easements and resolves right-of-way issues as required.

17.       Performs duties associated with obtaining and the marking of all foreign utilities and to evaluate the costs related to this service.

18.       Understands and practices safety rules of ICL&P.  Familiar with and can perform First Aid and CPR.  Sees that proper first-aid supplies and equipment are maintained, properly stored, or cared for on Cooperative vehicles.

19.       Performs any and all other duties as assigned.


A.         Internal

1.         Operations Manager – To consult with and accept direction from; obtain necessary approvals, exchange information, and obtain guidance.

2.         With Other Department Managers/Supervisors – To share information on individual member load characteristics, to coordinate efforts on servicing new and existing members, to coordinate efforts on the resolution of member inquiries relating to metering, power quality, service reliability, to coordinate efforts on connects/disconnects and all other situations that may involve other departments.

3.         With Other Cooperative Personnel – Exchange information necessary to provide quality member service and to achieve the goals of the Cooperative as a whole.  Shall seek advice, assistance, and information from time to time as required by conditions or to obtain approval or guidance.  Help foster a positive work environment through teamwork, respect, and courtesy.

B.         External

1.         With Consulting Engineers – Consults with, advises, and participates in long and short-range work plans, provides information on potential load growth areas, sectionalizing studies, location of oil circuit reclosers, voltage regulators, and related equipment.  Also coordinates inspections of construction work for compliance with all appropriate standards, etc.

2.         With Contractors – Consult with the operations manager to oversee their activities in the field, take corrective action when necessary, evaluate, and report their performance as needed.

3.         With Other Utilities – Cooperate with all entities to maintain good working relationships and to avoid damage to facilities.

4.         With Community Groups – To see that a positive image of the Cooperative as a good corporate citizen is achieved.

5.         With Members-Owners – Provide complete and accurate information on a wide range of issues related to the Cooperative in a professional, prompt, and courteous manner.

6.         With the General Public – Respond to casual and occasional contacts promptly and effectively, and to project a favorable image of the Cooperative.

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