Line Superintendent

Company Name: Matanuska Electric Association
Phone Number: (907) 761-9300
City: Palmer
State/Provence: Alaska
Zip: 99645
Job Title: Line Superintendent
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Linecrew
Posting Start Date: April 1, 2016
Salary: DOE
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours


The Line Superintendent is a supervisory position responsible for oversight of the construction and maintenance of the Association’s transmission, substation, and distribution facilities.  Incumbent must be capable of exercising considerable independence of judgment with respect to maintaining reliability of the MEA power system.



  1. Supervises the daily activities of the Big Lake, Eagle River, and Palmer district line crews including: planning scheduling and assigning work, determining techniques to be used, and equipment needs.
  2. Manages the development and work of the line personnel and communicates management directives and goals to employees. Strives to develop a high standard of morale and positive behavior among supervised employees.  Evaluates, encourages, and coaches directly reporting employees.  Develops and maintains an open line of communication with supervised employees which encourages suggestions, keeps employees informed regarding matters of the Cooperative and holds frequent meetings with Foremen and Subforemen.
  3. Handles complaints and recommends/implements disciplinary action for positions supervised within these sections as outlined in MEA policies and collective bargaining agreements.
  4. Makes frequent field checks on work in progress to assure adherence to established standards, codes, practices, and safety requirements.
  5. Reviews and approves the line crew time sheets.
  6. Participates in the interview and selection of job applicants for all positions supervised.
  7. Applies and follows the terms of applicable collective bargaining agreements.
  8. Oversees crews in restoring electrical service following service interruption as rapidly as possible. May replace units or components of plant without prior approval when necessary to restore service or when it poses an immediate threat to service continuity.
  9. Provides technical expertise to Senior Staff on complex jobs.
  10. Estimates jobs in regards to cost and material.
  11. Investigates customer complaints and accidents.
  12. Works with the Director of Operations and the Director of Engineering to develop and maintain a line maintenance program.
  13. Coordinates with management personnel in regards to critical operational problems, including major outages.
  14. Implements company policies and directs company and contractor personnel to properly represent management and its policies in in-house, customer/member, and other public relationships.
  15. Assists the Director of Operations in preparing reports.
  16. Works with all departments in MEA, keeping the objectives of the Association in mind.
  17. Participates in short and long-range planning.
  18. Recommends and participates in the development of training needs for employees under direct supervision.
  19. Assists in development of the annual budget.
  20. Contacts are made both within and outside the Association, to include other firms, organizations, members of the Association and groups as deemed necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the position. This position requires that the incumbent have a positive and professional working relationship with all departments within the Cooperative and all external entities with which interaction occurs. Actions demonstrate commitment to the MEA Core Values.
  21. Provides, maintains, and is accountable for a safe work environment for staff. Ensures compliance with Association work rules and safety policy.  Performs the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner
  22. Integral member of MEA’s Emergency Response Team. Responsible for duties as outlined in MEA’s Emergency Response Plan.


The above items are not intended to be all inclusive of the essential functions or requirements of this type of work as they are subject to change based on operating necessity.  The employee will also perform other related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel.


  • Ability to perform most duties required of a journeyman lineman.
  • Meet and deal effectively and calmly with a wide variety of people; possess emotional stability in emergency situations.
  • Provide clear and explicit directions, instructions and information using telephones, two-way radios, brief notes, reports, or in person.
  • Administer company policies and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Assume responsibility for protecting life and property under normal and emergency conditions.
  • Maintain complete confidentiality of classified/confidential information.
  • Motivate subordinates to take initiative and proactively seek out work during slow work periods.
  • Enforce that the essential functions of MEA positions be performed in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with the Association’s work rules and safety policy.
  • Direct, instruct, and supervise multiple work crews.
  • Compose procedures, letters, memorandums and reports.
  • Think clearly; identify and solve problems in a thorough and logical manner.
  • Work independently and efficiently.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions.
  • Exemplary relationship building skills.
  • Able to effectively delegate and collaborate with others to accomplish assignments.
  • Exhibit strong commitment to safety performance including active safety leadership and advocacy.
  • Innovative, creative and agile in developing solutions to assignments.
  • Lead the corrective action and continuous improvement processes within area of responsibility.
  • Drive problem-solving, decision-making and accountability within team.
  • Possess excellent collaborative leadership and organizational skills; develop a strong work ethic within the groups supervised.
  • Communicate clearly, persuasively, concisely, courteously and professionally both to individuals and to large groups.
  • Possess thorough knowledge of construction, operations, and maintenance of both overhead and underground electrical transmission and distribution systems.
  • Possess a solid math background in the areas of basic statistics, percentages, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, with the ability to utilize these functions on a daily basis.
  • Possess thorough knowledge of OSHA and NESC safety and code requirements and up-to-date techniques and procedures for this type of work as well as the procedures for handling hazardous material encountered by the Association.
  • Ability to operate PC using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point and Access).
  • Skilled in effective, professional verbal and written communication with the ability to work functionally across all levels of the organization.
  • Self-motivated improvement based on successes and failures.
  • Contribute to a positive and constructive work environment.
  • Embrace and embody MEA’s Core Values through decisions, actions, attitude and behavior to directly and positively contribute to the success of the organization.



  • The physical demands described here 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.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee will be required to:
  • Carry out strenuous physical activities common to this position and those positions supervised.
  • Work both independently and with other employees as a team. This requires direct communication; talking directly with employees is required to communicate with team members.  The Line Superintendent will speak with employees while coordinating work activities with other team members as needed.  This includes communications with dispatch over two-way radio.
  • Hearing is required in order to receive instructions and direction from other persons. Hearing instructions over two-way radio from dispatch is also required on a frequent basis throughout the workday.  In addition, talking and hearing while operating and working around potentially dangerous tools and equipment is necessary as a safety protocol for the employee and other team members.
  • Vision, which allows the ability to read specifications, diagrams, map books for work locations, and numbers on parts and equipment. Good eyesight and ability to identify colors, particularly red, white and blue, are used to identify appropriate parts and equipment.  Color coding is used on energized cables of the electrical system to identify phases.  Depth perception is also used by the worker to recognize distances from conductors and is required on a continuous basis to maintain safety for the employee.
  • Visit field worksites and travel to other Association offices and organizations to attend meetings, seminars, etc.
  • Frequently operates a vehicle.
  • Frequently walks over uneven terrain under a wide variety of conditions and bends, walks and stands to a significant degree.
  • Lift ten (10) pounds frequently, and occasionally lift and/or carry materials weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.



  • The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The position works in both an office setting and outside with no effective protection from weather.
  • The incumbent must be able to work in variable weather conditions (including but not limited to rain, high winds, temperatures in excess of 80 degrees Fahrenheit or below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, large amounts of snow and long periods of darkness).
  • This position is subject to bee stings and insect bites.
  • The incumbent must be able to work long hours in stressful conditions when restoring power during severe storms or other emergency conditions.



This position is classified as an exempt, nonrepresented position; and therefore is not eligible for overtime compensation.  All MEA employees are expected to work widely varying amounts of time outside the normal shifts to assist in power restoration or other needs of the Association.


NOTE: MEA requires a post-offer substance abuse test.  Any positive test result, or refusal to consent to these tests, will disqualify
applicant from employment.
MEA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Individuals with disabilities who wish to apply and who require reasonable accommodations to participate in any portion of the application or interview process should advise MEA in advance.




Experience Required:


Qualified candidates are required to have the equivalent of four years of college work and six years of progressively responsible supervisory experience in electrical utility construction, operations, and maintenance. Additional directly related electrical utility supervisory experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year for year basis.
Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska driver’s license (or ability to obtain as required under State of Alaska regulations), with a current Class A CDL with air brake endorsement (preference will be given to applicants with hazardous waste endorsement), a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by MEA’s insurance carrier at standard group rates. An annual consent for release of one’s driving records is also required.
This position also requires:
Valid State of Alaska Certificate of Fitness card (Journeyman Lineman), or ability to acquire within 60 days.

– Valid First Aid certification
– Valid CPR certification
• Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in directing, developing, and administering work programs and procedures; preparing management reports and measuring results; current 24-hour hazardous materials training; and who possess both a valid first aid card and a valid CPR card.

NOTE: Complete achievement of certain of the above specifications may not be required if, in the opinion of the MEA hiring supervisor, a particular candidate possesses significant offsetting characteristics, such as past accomplishments, experience, education, or estimate of future potential. Should an applicant be deficient in certain educational achievements, offsetting experience may be substituted or vice versa.

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Posting End Date: April 15, 2016