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Electric Field Operations Manager

  • Full Time
  • Gig Harbor, Wash.
  • Salary: DOE
  • Posting End Date: October 24, 2021

Website Peninsula Light Company

Wage or Salary:
DOE

GENERAL FUNCTION

This position is a salaried exempt position that reports to the Chief Operating Officer. The incumbent is responsible for all day-to-day activities of the Operations Department, with focus on field line operations, substations/wireman activities. This position also supervises the Meter, Dispatch and Warehouse departments. It coordinates and schedules jobs, equipment, and personnel in a productive, positive, and efficient manner utilizing new technology as it becomes available. Actively leads in the development and implementation of PLC’s safety program. In the field, this position provides direction and guidance to the foremen. This position provides guidance to the Design/New Services Department for construction practices as well as contributes to the annual Capital Plan development led by System Engineering. This position will lead and facilitate foremen’s meetings and daily morning crew safety meetings. The Electric Field Operations Manager will also coordinate budget and tracking in the Line, Wire, Meter, Dispatch and Warehouse divisions. This position plays the lead role in storm response and serves as backup to the Water Manager as needed.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs and completes performance appraisals for Operations field and/or office personnel. Assists with annual performance appraisals for Water and/or administrative staff as needed.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Visits job sites to check job status, evaluate work in progress, advise and consult with Working Foreman on more complex projects and emergency repair situations. Inspects completed work as necessary.
  • Provides planning, scheduling, coordinating and communicating work projects for line crews and servicemen in construction, dispatch, wire shop, and contract crews. As a backup to other departments, may provide the day-to-day oversight of Water Department, meter shop or warehouse as requested.
  • Responds to outages, both minor or storms, and other field problems or emergencies.
  • Coordinates responses of Line, Wire, and Dispatch crews, and when needed assists Water
  • Manager in coordinating Water staff. Coordinates and directs Meter Shop and/or
  • Warehouse personnel as necessary during storm response. Responds as needed, including after hours, for injuries and/or emergency issues with the crews, including missed CRC after hours safety checks. Calls out personnel following updated call out list and procedures as needed for crew response.
  • Ensures negotiated contract requirements are followed for meals, pay and rest periods.
  • Approves timecards and other required reimbursement following the negotiated union contract.
  • Leads the PLC Apprenticeship Committee and the apprenticeship program with the State L&I Apprenticeship Program; has responsibility to stay up to date with State Apprenticeship legal and regulatory matters; and maintains apprenticeship program records.
  • Performs Supervisor on Call duties (SOC). This requires 365/24/7 coverage as coordinated amongst the Operational Leadership Team, and requires a company provided cell phone or cell phone reimbursement with a modern (no older than 2 years old) cellular phone on an approved cellular network.
  • Assists the Chief Operating Officer with developing Operations Department goals, objectives and budget statements. Provides input as requested to other department budgets as necessary for fleet recommendations, warehouse stocking levels based on historical or estimated requirements, IT or other supporting equipment from the various business departments budgets.
  • Develops and enforces safety policies and procedures.
  • Reports incidents, monitors and audits for required forms (ie tailgate forms, CDL forms, etc), and provides leadership to investigations or claims as needed.
  • Supports and communicates new technology initiatives and provides leadership and guidance to crew members regarding changes in field equipment, cellular or radio devices, software or business processes to support company wide and board driven goals and objectives.
  • Oversees and monitors dispatchers logs and ensures communication with Tacoma Power and BPA are completed and all necessary paperwork provided in a timely manner.
  • Position also supports other departments and external entities as a subject matter expert.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of all company, state and federal construction standards, practices and procedures, techniques and materials, labor contracts, safety rules and regulations and utility operations.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles as they apply to line construction, substations, and maintenance. Basic understanding of communications used for personnel or distribution equipment communications, and requirements as it pertains to line workers safety such as radio, cellular or networked equipment. Understanding of Arc Flash requirements for PLC infrastructure and equipment. Understanding of system automation schemes, SCADA, AMI and other technologies used by PLC for system operations.
  • Willingness to continue to learn, provide input to and collaborate using constructive, positive feedback towards constantly changing technology.
  • Ability to coordinate and schedule all construction and operations activities. Oversee and publish both day to day schedules, crew make-ups and overtime call out lists.
  • Knowledge of all hazards inherent to trenching and excavation, pole placements, heavy equipment operations, climbing, and other potentially hazardous situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to operate a computer, calculator, and other office equipment used in data entry and engineering related work.
  • Thorough knowledge of Washington State Electrical Safety Rules (WAC 296-45 and OSHA 1910.296).
  • Must be able to work as a productive member of the Operations Supervisory Team.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS / PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Work is performed in the field and office settings.  Field conditions include all weather conditions.  During system emergencies, this position is expected to work extended out of routine hours. An employee in this position may be exposed to hazardous materials, substances, or circumstances.

 

RECRUITING REQUIREMENTS

  • Two years Line Superintendent, or two years Operations Superintendent experience who has Journeyman lineman (or wire, meter) ticket with minimum of 4 years foreman experience, and  demonstrates excellent leadership and communication skills. Must demonstrate positive attitude with continuous process improvement orientation. Advanced technology acumen/computer skills are required or a combination of education and work experience as described below:
  • Journey lineman (or wire, meter) with minimum 10 years’ experience and extensive knowledge of PLC’s overhead; and experience with underground electrical system, training and experience in scheduling, budgeting and managing business resources such as materials, time, staffing, equipment and vehicles; experience working in a union environment promoting sound labor and management relations; Excellent computer skills OR:
  • Journey lineman (or wire, meter) with minimum 10 years’ experience and experience with underground electrical system, training and experience in scheduling, budgeting and managing business resources such as materials, time, staffing, equipment and vehicles; experience working in a union environment promoting sound labor and management relations; Excellent computer skills; OR:
  • 4-year degree in electrical engineering with four years of progressively responsible supervisory experience in an electrical utility; and knowledge and experience with underground electrical system experience working in a union environment promoting sound labor and management relations;
  • The individual hired must have a valid Washington State driver’s license, CPR and First Aid cards or be able to get them within 30 days of hire.

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