Field Engineer

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Salary: $65,549 - $96,139 

Status: Full Time 
Reports To: Chief Operating Officer 
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Union Status: Non-Union
Department: Operations

Closing: Friday, February 23, 2018

Purpose of Position

The field engineer schedules, designs and stakes overhead and underground electrical distribution and transmission line extensions in accordance with cooperative specifications. 

Core Competencies

1. Quality Work: Produce thorough, high quality work with minimal errors. Seek feedback, make corrections as needed. Identify problems and solve them. Strive to improve processes. Work collaboratively with all departments and co-workers to implement systematic changes.

2. Productivity: Complete assigned work in a timely fashion. Utilize slow periods productively. Produce amount and volume at expected speed.

3. Technical Skills/Job Knowledge: Demonstrate high level of understanding of technical skills in area of expertise, technology, products and/or processes involved. Duly perform assigned duties. Keep current on changes and be competent with all technology necessary to perform job.

4. Communication: Clearly convey oral and written communication. Keep others informed of activities and problems in timely manner. Listen well; respond appropriately and respectfully.

5. Teamwork/Ability to Work with Others: Demonstrate ability to work in a positive manner with co-workers and/or members with differing backgrounds, opinions, capabilities, etc. Willingly share skills, competencies, and knowledge with others. Establish and maintain strong, effective working relationships. Contribute effectively to group efforts. Promote harmony; agree to disagree without damaging relationships.

6. Accountability: Maintain excellent attendance and provide additional assistance after normal working hours when needed. Be reliable, prepared and accept responsibility for work and actions.

7. Integrity: Demonstrate honesty, high ethical standards, and respect for all co-workers, board of trustees and membership.

8. Professionalism: Address internal and external members with courtesy and respect. Dress in work attire appropriate to the position. Communicate business information in a timely fashion, using means of communication appropriate to the situation.

9. Support of Cooperative Goals: Support cooperative goals and adhere to all policies and procedures. Contribute effectively in support of the cooperative.

10. Problem-Solving: Use sound logic and methodology to solve problems. Explore multiple sources for answers, as required. Be able to identify hidden problems and propose solutions.

Job Responsibilities

1.    Schedule and meet with new and/or existing members in field to design overhead & underground line extensions and offer best solutions that meet member and cooperative needs.

2.    An active leader in promoting, designing and staking system improvements as directed by the COO and engineering manager in conjunction with annual cooperative work plans.

3.    Design line extensions in the field and office. Draw up staking sheets for estimates and construction. Quote costs for new line 
extensions.

4.    Design and stake developments as well as commercial and industrial projects.

5.    As directed by the COO, work to resolve disputes with members by designing options and offering best solutions that meet member and cooperative needs.

6.    Research property ownership.

7.    Prepares, secures necessary permits and easements. Notarizes easements.

8.    Maintain and improve the accuracy of Inland’s mapping system through as-built entry and correction of existing data.

9.    Discuss ditching, separation requirements and division of cooperative vs. member responsibilities.

10. Interpret and implement applicable NESC Codes and utility standards.

11. Look for maintenance and safety concerns while in the field

12. Assist operations in resolving line construction concerns as they are presented.

13. Periodically review construction units and standards to assure compliance with applicable codes and make appropriate recommendations to standards committee.

14. Look to serve on safety, standards or other committees.

15. Work with construction to help organize contractor crews during major storm outage situations either in office or field.

16. Other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications and Job Requirements

Education/Experience:

1. High school diploma or its equivalent is required. Completion of a minimum of twelve credit hours of technical training in the field of surveying/computer-aided drafting is also required. Two-year degree in engineering technology is preferred or completion of NWPPA Staking Certification class.

2. A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in REA/RUS staking procedures is preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

1. Knowledgeable of power line construction methods, materials and equipment. Experience with various types of surveying equipment.

2. Strong mechanical aptitude; strong math skills.

3. Strong computer and software skills.

4. Must possess exceptional decision-making skills; must be able to think through design and construction processes and be able to lay out workable designs with realistic time lines and construction sequences.

5. Must be able to calculate pole, pole top assembly, conductor, guy and anchor strengths and be able to assess NESC code requirements for utility installations.

6. Must possess and maintain a safe work record.

7. Excellent communication skills and professional appearance.

8. Must work well with other employees, members, and the business associates.

9. Must have a valid Washington driver’s license and acceptable driving record.

Mental Demands/Working Conditions:

1. Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and supervision.

2. Ability to manage diverse work functions while balancing and adjusting priorities in accordance with changing requirements.

3. Ability to respond quickly and effectively to a rapidly changing work environment.

4. Ability to understand personal and departmental role in the bigger organization picture, and to respond as an effective team member.

5. Ability to work under pressure.  Must be able to make decisions with minimal data.

6. Must be able to work in excess of 12 hours during extreme outage situations.  Must be available for unscheduled work as needed.

7. Must be able to travel independently throughout the service territory. Other travel outside the service area may be assigned.

8. Work is performed in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, including office, warehouse, yard and community settings with employees.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. 

2. The employee frequently is required to stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. 

3. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. 

4. Other specific abilities required are ability to talk using the telephone and hear within normal range.  

The field engineer shall have full authority to carry out these duties and responsibilities in conformity with established policies and procedures and shall utilize time in such a way as to fulfill the objectives of this position and the cooperative.

Application Process

If your credentials and interest match this job, please send your completed application, cover letter and resume to: hr@inlandpower.com or mail them to, Inland Power & Light Company, 10110 W. Hallett Rd., Spokane WA 99224-7435, Attn: Human Resources.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commitment

Inland Power and Light is committed to equal employment opportunity for all. Just as our commitment to quality motivates us to go the extra mile, we cooperate with the civil rights agencies in government in an effort to ensure equal opportunity in employment through an Affirmative Action Plan. To assure full implementation of this equal employment policy, we will take steps to assure that persons are recruited, hired, assigned and promoted without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, age, disability or any other classification protected by nondiscrimination law.

Reasonable Accommodation

Inland Power will make reasonable accommodation to assist a qualified person with a disability in the job application, interview process and to perform the essential functions of the job whenever possible. Please contact the HR department at Inland Power if you would like assistance.

Mail Applications to:
Inland Power & Light Company
10110 W Hallett Rd. Spokane, WA 99224-7435 Attn: Human Resources