Journeyman Linemen and Distribution Designer

Company Name: Idaho Power Company
Phone Number: (208) 388-2025
City: Boise
State/Provence: Idaho
Zip: 83702
Job Title: Journeyman Linemen and Distribution Designer
Number of Openings: 4
Position Type: Miscellaneous Positions
Posting Start Date: October 26, 2017
Salary: 29.18-43.94
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 5
Work Time Type: Days

Journeyman Lineman
3 Positions
Job Location Blackfoot, ID or American Falls, ID
Wage $35.15-43.94 ( Non-Exempt)
Application Deadline 11/8/2017


·         Idaho Power is seeking to fill three Journeyman Level Lineman positions at our Blackfoot Operations Center/Warehouse and our American Falls Operations Center.

·         Blackfoot and American Falls are nestled in the mountainous region of southeast Idaho. Located on the Snake River offering Jet and Drift boating, world class fly fishing, hunting, and within approximately 30 minutes of mountain bike trails, cross-country and downhill skiing.

As a member of the On-Demand Teams, performs new construction and maintenance work on overhead and underground distribution and transmission lines.  Idaho Power Company offers excellent medical and retirement benefits, work-life balance, career opportunities and above all else, a focus on safety.

Typical duties will include:

·         Builds and maintains distribution and/or transmissions facilities.

·         Drives and operates line vehicles, such as line trucks and bucket trucks, snow cats, snowmobiles, four-wheeler, and backhoes.

·         Works with “On-Demand” or “Project Teams” as required by management.

·         Works independently as part of the rotation on the assigned team, including emergency response.

·         Works with rubber goods and hot sticks on energized lines.

·         Assists in planning jobs to ensure compliance with safety and construction standards.

·         Teaches and mentors Apprentice Lineman.

·         Assists in stocking trucks with tools, parts, and equipment.

If the successful candidate is required to relocate more than 50 miles, a taxable sign-on bonus may be available.  The successful candidate will not be eligible for internal transfers into other Lineman positions for two years following start date in this position.


Knowledge of: ·         Line core process of new business operations, outage response, planned and unplanned maintenance; Line construction methods, materials, standards, and equipment; chemical safety and IPC safety program.
Skills in: ·         Use of personal computers utilizing Microsoft products and time-entry software.
Ability to: ·         Perform basic arithmetic calculations; identify purposes of commonly encountered materials, parts, and equipment used in Lines construction; maintain neat, accurate, and legible records; respond to outages outside of normal working hours and work overtime at the discretion of the supervisor; read and understand construction drawings and diagrams, plat maps, feeder maps, and work order maps; and work on-call rotation. Establish positive working relationships with all team members and leadership; may be required to rotate as a lead lineman on the crew.


Education: ·         High school diploma or GED.
Experience: ·         Certificate of completion of an Apprentice Lineman training program that is recognized by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT), including at least four years of relevant work experience, OR six years documented experience as a lineman in distribution and/or transmission, (two of which must be documented at a journeyman level), OR any Idaho Power Company (IPC) employee currently or previously employed as a Journeyman Lineman.
Licenses & Certifications ·         Valid Class A CDL drivers license with acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position, and valid DOT (Department of Transportation) Medical Card or ability to obtain prior to hire.

·         Must obtain First Aid/CPR card within 90 days.


The Lineman-Demand/Distribution position involves maintenance and repair of transformers at ground level and vault. This can require up to 150 lbs. push/pull activities, lifts up to 50 lbs., frequent kneeling, standing and crouching, as well as climbing into the vault. This job also involves climbing up to 50 ft. and occasionally up to 70-90 ft. utility poles to install/repair, while carrying 40 lbs. safety gear. Mechanical and hand tools are used to dig holes up to 14 feet in which poles are placed via team lift.  Cross arms, which require a team lift of 120 lbs., and other equipment will be installed/replaced on poles using a mag drill.  Other activities required are loading and unloading ATV’s using a ramp, attaching wire, hotstick/shotgun use, hiking/carrying tools up to several miles per day, occasional digging and frequent above shoulder work including the use of a manual trimmer.  Data entry is also required for up to 3 consecutive days to input all field work into record keeping software. Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of pre-employment physical evaluations, including a Post-Offer Employment Test (POET) and Department of Transportation (DOT) medical certificate exam. The above is a summary of the primary essential functions of the position. This job may require the performance of additional tasks assigned by company leaders or management. Questions regarding job requirements or accommodation requests should be directed to Human Resources.


·         Safety Focus, Collaborating, Communication, Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills, Work Standards, Adaptability and Decision Making.


·         Additional safety related training may be required.

·         Successful candidate must live or relocate within 20 minutes of the Blackfoot Operations Center/Warehouse or American Falls Operations Center depending on position location.

·         Must abide by Idaho Power Company’s Safety Rules and Regulations.

·         The successful candidate will be required to work non-traditional hours, including daytime or evenings, weekdays and/or weekends.

·         Occasional travel and overnight stays may be required.

·         To ensure the manufacturer’s rated capacity of climbing hooks are not exceeded, applicants body weight cannot exceed 300 lbs.



Distribution Designer I or II
Tracking Code 0077
Job Location Pocatello, ID
Wage $29.18-40.79 ( Non-Exempt)
(Potential Future Progression up to $45.60/hr. at Sr. Level)
Application Deadline 11/8/2017


If you have previously applied for this position your resume and application are still being considered. A new application is not needed at this time.

Idaho Power is seeking to fill a position for a Distribution Designer at our Pocatello Operations Center. Pocatello is nestled in the mountainous region of southeast Idaho with an elevation of 4,462 ft., home to Idaho State University and only minutes away from world class fly fishing, hunting, mountain bike trails, cross-country and downhill skiing.  Additionally, Pocatello has been ranked one of the top 10 small places to move and raise a family according to Primary Relocation and World ERC.  Visit for more information on living here.

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.

A taxable sign-on bonus to assist with moving expenses may be available.  The successful candidate will not be eligible for internal transfers into other Designer positions for two years following the start date in this position.


Knowledge of:

  • Lines core processes of new business operations, emergency response, and unplanned and emergency maintenance; O/H & U/G electrical distribution facilities, operating and protective systems; line construction methods, materials, standards, and equipment; construction financing, Rule H, P.U.C. regulations and rules; surveying procedures and practices, property descriptions, work order reconciliation, work order tracking and documentation 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, 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.



  • 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 OR completion of Idaho Power Lineman Apprentice Program through Level 7.
  • 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 IPC Distribution Designer I with a successful promotional assessment OR is currently or recently was a IPC Journeyman Lineman/Foreman.
  • Senior Level (Internal Only):Successful completion of the Idaho Power Distribution Designer Development Program and a successful promotional assessment into the Sr. level.  (Potential Future Progression up to $45.60/hr. at 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 pad mounted transformers and secters 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 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.
Experience Required:



How to Apply:

Instructions on How to Apply

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

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.

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Posting End Date: November 8, 2017