Overview: The Groundman position is your first step to a rewarding career in the construction and maintenance of our nation’s Power Grid. You will assist your team in building, repairing, and maintaining overhead electrical distribution systems.
As a Groundman you will support your team by:
Securing the safety of yourself and others
Assisting fellow line-workers in meeting project objectives
Readily joining storm restoration efforts in times of need
Operating vehicles and equipment in a professional manner
Continuing training to improve technical and leadership skills
Customer Service Focused
Ethical and Honest
Dutifully follows established Safety Rules and Company Policy
The physical demands described here are typical of those that must be met by a team-member to successfully perform the essential functions of their job in powerline construction.
While performing the duties of this job, team-members are regularly required to talk or hear. The team-member is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, and feel; and reach with hands and arms.
The team-member is frequently required to perform rigorous physical labor; sit; climb different types of structures (wood, steel, etc.); or balance; and stoop, kneel crouch or crawl. Team-members frequently lift or move up to or in-excess of 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, team-members may frequently be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. Team-members are occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions at construction job sites. The noise level in the work environment can be loud. Powerline construction work is performed outside and is subject to diverse weather conditions.
Able to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License permit within 60 days of employment.
Able to read/write and communicate effectively.
Able to travel long distances on short notice, when required.
Able to work for extended periods in various locations, when required.
Able to lift in-excess of 50 lbs.
Willing to work over-time when requested.
Functions to be Expected in Overhead Powerline Construction:
Works safely while performing new construction, maintenance, or repair work of energized and de-energized overhead work
Properly inspects rubber goods and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Understands when to wear personal protective equipment
Strings overhead wire
Sets poles and anchors
Assists with installing transformers, lightening arrestors, cutouts, cross-arms, insulators, switches and switchgear
Assists in replacing fuses in transformers and clears faulted circuits and systems
Frequently works with energized high voltage systems requiring skill and care to protect the lives of themselves and others
Maintains company vehicles, equipment and tools in good working order
Able to perform rigorous physical labor
Understands proper use of company radio
Understand basic rigging, hand lines, and lineman knot tying
Understand the proper use and maintenance of hand tools
Capable of receiving and following directions
Possess a basic knowledge of materials used in line work
Able to identify primary and secondary voltage on a circuit
Must be familiar with induced voltage
Capable of assisting with the installation and hook up of a single-phase transformer
Capable of performing basic bucket rescue/escape
Understands the basic concepts of equipment set up and grounding
Capable of working at heights and/or confined spaces
Understands minimum approach distance
Understands excavation and shoring requirements
Capable of checking voltage on transformers
Capable of installing and removing a service
Must be able to climb different types of structures (wood, steel, etc.) and possess the necessary tools to do so
Understands how and when to use Kellum grips
Able to identify different types of materials used in line work
Must be able to work outside, frequently in inclement weather
Does all other related work as required to complete the job