Journeyman Lineman (IBEW) Line of Progression (Various Locations!!)
Requisition ID # 53345
Job Category : Maintenance / Construction / Operations
Job Level : Individual Contributor
Business Unit: Electric Operations
The men and women of Electric Transmission and Distribution ensure the delivery of safe and reliable electric service to our customers. Electric T&D is responsible for every aspect of PG&E's electric distribution and transmission operations, including planning, engineering, maintenance and construction, asset management, business planning, restoration and emergency response.
Our Maintenance Crew is tasked with the Maintenance and/or restoration of high voltage and electrical facilities within PG&E's system. They are our primary crews used for emergency restoration and are the first for call-outs.
Our General Construction (GC) Department is comprised of approximately 700 employees, tasked with the Construction and Maintenance of high voltage electrical facilities within PG&E's system. It is a mobile work force that may travel throughout PG&E’s service territory to perform its work.
All Journeyman Lineman classifications and the associated line of progression are represented by IBEW Local 1245.
This position is a DOT (Department of Transportation) covered classification and is subject to random drug and/or alcohol screening.
We are hiring qualified Journeyman Linemen to work throughout our service territory in Distribution and Transmission, Division and General Construction positions, as well as Compliance Inspectors. Open positions are predominantly in California’s Central Valley and Bay Area, however additional locations and classifications could become available at any time based on changing business needs. Please note that Transmission positions require a 5-year commitment to the Transmission Department per LOA 05-16.
This position may be subject to Joint Apprentice Training Committee (JATC) review and approval. Provisional hires will be required to participate in targeted training to achieve journey-level knowledge of Journeyman Lineman roles and responsibilites.
Journeyman Linemen are responsible for building and maintaining electric power systems and for restoring electric service to commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential customers. They are expected to test, frame and set poles; climb poles, work in confined spaces; splice and terminate cables. Our Lineman will have had successfully completed a federal or state sanctioned apprenticeship (with approved supporting documentation) and/or IBEW sponsored line worker apprenticeship. Work is predominantly outdoors and in all weather conditions. Linemen must be able to drive safely, work extended hours; travel/transfer to new headquarter upon request at any time (General Construction Positions), and wear company provided Personal Protective Equipment.
Compliance Inspectors conduct visual inspections of electric poles and enclosures by driving and or walking the electric distribution system to identify hazards that impact safety, company liability and / or asset life, pursuant to General Order 165. Various diagnostic tests are performed during detail inspections such and infrared imaging, pole shell testing and conductor height measurements. The individual will perform, repair work on poles and substructures as required.
- Travels to various job locations within geographical assigned region (for General Construction).
- Reviews job work requirements and provides input regarding work for the day.
- Loads and unloads tools, materials and supplies into and out of vehicles at crew headquarters and job site.
- Lifts, pulls and carries insulators, cross-arms, equipment, tools, grounds, dampers, and other materials to and from job sites.
- Loads and unloads tools, materials, and equipment off of hand lines while standing on elevated structures that include: Wood poles and insulated work platforms.
- Climb poles using boot hooks or aerial lift.
- Tests, frames; sets and/or anchors poles; strings electric power lines and install cross-arms.
- Performs substation switching; installs and replaces switches, circuit protection equipment, insulators, meters and streetlights.
- Hangs and energizes transformers.
- Take voltage readings.
- Troubleshoots problems and determines extent of repairs on primary and secondary overhead or underground dead legs.
- Work will include the use of hand and power tools; digging holes by hand for pole installation; climbing ladders, poles, embankments and towers; working at heights above 35’ on poles and in aerial lifts; setting grounds; working with live circuits; and working in trenches, manholes and confined spaces.
- Sets and installs underground structures, locates, pulls, removes, splices or terminates cables.
- Installs and replaces equipment, meters and streetlights.
- Operates hydraulic equipment including: drills, boom truck, digger, pole tamper, hydraulic jack and bucket truck once certified.
- Operates lift equipment such as aerial lifts and line truck booms.
- Operates forklift to load and unload work materials and supplies.
- Travels by vehicle, motor boat or off-road utility vehicle (OUV) to access job sites
- May drive a Class A vehicle (i.e. bucket truck and line truck) to and from the job site. May drive a company pickup truck or passenger vehicle to job sites and work locations, meetings and training and will may use vehicle to go to vendor locations and pick up or deliver supplies and materials.
- Conducts daily vehicle inspections.
- Journeyman Lineman may provide back-up relief in temporary absence of foreman; direct work to other crewmembers and act as a leader.
- Must attend all mandated OSHA and company training.
- Provides on-the-job training, orientation, demonstration and assistance to apprentice linemen.
- Receives and reviews work assignments and routes; plans routes, checks directions and locations; obtains vehicle safety inspection.
- Drives company vehicle on designated inspections route and /or to offsite training. Fuels vehicle at designated fueling stations as needed.
- Inspects the condition of overhead and underground distribution facilities which includes manholes and vaults which require ladder climbing and an environment with tight spaces.
- Walks, climbs, bend, kneel, crawls or squats to access structures and equipment.
- Lifts metal cabinet doors.
- Unlocks / re-locks gates, doors, enclosures and manholes, as needed.
- Uses hand and power tools to open access panels, lift manhole covers, remove or secure damaged equipment; remove broken parts or debris; make minor repairs to gain access.
- Uses metal detectors to locate buried facilities; infrared sensor to determine status of underground connections.
- Communicates in person, by phone and by radio with supervisors/public officials, customers and other departments regarding findings, identified problems, proposed solutions, and estimated time frames and to gain access, as needed.
- Perform detailed paper work, documenting work performed, to record site locations, findings, identified problems, proposed solutions, and estimated time frames.
- Keep records for equipment repairs and replacements.
- Uses log sheets to write up maintenance tags and describe findings in field for entry into database.
- Attends daily / regularly schedule tailboard meetings or communicates with supervisor to learn safety guidelines / potential hazards in compliance with Utility standard.
- Utilize hand held computers and Global positioning systems (GPS).
- Use digital cameras to document field conditions.
- Perform journey level line work and minor repairs that can be safely performed without help (e. g. remove low pole steps, repair broken ground moldings, repair high voltage signs and other PG&E identifiers on underground enclosures, remove / repair bolts on lids and locking devices on pad mounted equipment).
- Work as part of a construction crew, as needed.
- Completion of a federal or state sanctioned line worker apprenticeship with approved supporting documentation (e.g. IBEW Journeyman Lineman A Ticket) and/or union or union-affiliated sponsored line worker apprenticeship
- Must possessed a valid California Class A driving permit by first day of employment
- Must have passed a California DMV medical exam by first day of employment
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- High School diploma, GED or equivalent work experience
- Ability to wear company provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Ability to lift and carry up to 100 pounds
- Ability to work and drive in all types of weather and road conditions
- Capable to work extended hours, nights, weekends and holidays
- Ability to travel and transfer to a new headquarter upon request at any time; throughout the entire PG&E service territory
- If hired as Provisional, must complete the provisional training plan within one year from hire date
- Successful candidates must pass the following pre-employment requirements prior to beginning employment: drug screen, background check, Post Offer Physical (POPA)
- Experienced in rubber gloving and hot stick procedures
- Experience in transmission and distribution work, underground and numerous voltages
- Effective team player with strong communication skills
- Journeyman Assessment of Lineworker Progression (JALP)
- Journey Lineman Knowledge Assessment (JLKA)
- Post-Offer Physical Assessment Lineworkers (POPA)