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Powerline Lead Worker

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Powerline Lead Worker
Role Title: Trades Technician IV
Posting Number: SW0180242
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 30 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 30 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Electric Service Manager, the Powerline Lead Worker supervises, as well as maintains, installs, troubleshoots, and repairs both high and low voltage electric distribution systems as required.
The position will:
- Perform other activities including substation construction, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance, including; load tap changer maintenance, station breaker installation and maintenance, bus installation and maintenance, and transformer installation and maintenance.
- Perform transformer and main line fuse replacement as required.
- Utilize hot work equipment and tools.
- Operate excavator, back-hoe, trencher, line/service trucks, fork trucks, horizontal boring machine and other equipment for electrical system installation and maintenance.
- Supervise, install and maintain both underground and overhead electrical systems.
- Place and remove grounds on de-energized systems as required.
- Utilize test equipment including multi-meters, phase meter, high voltage sticks, and meggers.

Required Qualifications:

- Considerable previous electrical distribution experience.
- Knowledge and experience of primary and secondary power distribution equipment.
- Experience operating line/bucket trucks, tension rigs.
- Experience climbing poles using climbing equipment.
- Experience performing work on energized and de-energized single and three phase overhead and underground circuits.
- Knowledge and experience of transformer bank connections.
- Knowledge and experience using required personal protective equipment.
- Must have valid driver’s license with good driving record.
- Must have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B or higher.
- Must possess and maintain a DOT medical certification.
- Ability to safely and frequently move and handle heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more; climb and work from elevated work stations such as ladders, boom trucks, and scaffolds; work for long periods of time standing, sitting, walking, reaching, bending and pushing/pulling.
- Ability to work in all types of weather conditions, including extreme temperatures.
- This position is designated as “Emergency Personnel”. Must be available as situations warrant for response to after hours and weekend calls.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Successful completion of accredited journeyman program or similar experience.
- Significant years of overall electrical experience.
- Supervisory experience.
- Considerable experience in the operation and maintenance of distribution substations.
- Safety training including the following: aerial lift observation boom truck, aerial lift, chain saw safety, confined space awareness, confined space entry/attendant supervisor, electrical qualified person, excavation qualified person, fall hazard awareness, fall protection user, first aid/CPR/AED, hazcom RTK, hearing conservation, hot line hold tags, ladder safety, lockout/tag-out authorized person, mobile crane safety, personal protective equipment training, portable fire extinguisher training, powered industrial truck observation, powered industrial truck training, reverse signal operation safety, scaffold awareness, VDOT flagger training and certification, and VDOT work zone basic safety training.

Employment Conditions: Must have a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with any required endorsements, Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must possess and maintain a DOT medical certification, Candidates for employment are required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screening. Incumbents are subject to random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol screening, Must have a driver's license check, Emergency Personnel - health & safety related, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

- Normal work hours are Monday- Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- This position is designated as “Emergency Personnel”.
- Must be available as situations warrant for response to after hours and weekend calls.
- May be required to work additional hours or modified schedule to meet the needs of the department.
- Must pass drug testing (required for CDL license).
- As situation dictates must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- This position may be issued a mobile communication device (such as radio, cell-phone, I-pad, I-pod, pager, etc.). Devices issued are the responsibility of the employee and are to be returned in satisfactory condition upon separation of employment. Devices are to be used according to supervisor instruction and according to relevant policies.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

To apply, applicants must complete the online application at, posting #SW0180242. As an option a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references may be attached to the application. Review of applications will begin on April 25, 2018.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
If restricted or temporary, enter end date:
FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band: 4
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: FS - VTES - VA Tech Electric Svc
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm
Posting Date: 04/10/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/25/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a valid Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class B or higher?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a DOT Medical Certificate?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only).
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - online
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - print
    • Higher Ed Jobs (
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - HERC (
    • Diverse Jobs (
    • Insight Into Diversity (
    • Indeed (
    • Roanoke Times Online (
    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (
    • Virginia Tech job site (
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Job Fair (please describe below)
    • Journal (please describe below)
    • Listserv (please describe below)
    • Newspaper - print (please describe below)
    • Professional Conference (please describe below)
    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
    • Other Virginia Tech affiliated website (please describe below)
    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
    • Other - Not listed (please describe below)
  7. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Other Doc