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Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Estimator - Albany, Oregon (Local 659) - 104463

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Location: Albany, OR, US, 97321

Company: PacifiCorp

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PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion. 

General Purpose

 

The Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Estimator is a position designed to complete various non-journeyman tasks while preparing the applicant for a two-year Estimator apprenticeship and, ultimately, into a position as a Journeyman Estimator.  Duties typically assigned to the Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Estimator may include meter reading, customer collection related activities (notifications, service connects and disconnects); replacement, removal, or exchange of single-phase self-contained meters; underground utility line locates; pole inspection and maintenance (test and treat); foreign utility (joint use) clearance evaluation; operate as a Groundman on line crews; and other duties as assigned. The Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Estimator will hold the position for an indefinite period of time until offered an Estimator apprenticeship at a location to be selected by PacifiCorp (the Company).  Please note that candidates will be required to accept an Estimator apprenticeship when and where it is offered. Relocation will be available under the current bargaining agreement for appropriate union local.

 

The Estimator apprentice program is designed to teach a candidate aspects of an Estimators work. As a Journeyman Estimator you will prepare cost estimates using engineered standards, right-of-way permits, and other job-related paper work pertaining to distribution construction and maintenance. The Estimator will prepare expenditure requisitions, OMS Maps, contracts for line extension, right-of-way permits, FPI paperwork, joint use coordination, meet with external customers on construction sites to design distribution line extensions, work with area engineer to design Capital improvement work for distribution system. Please note that upon completion of the Estimator apprenticeship, candidates will be required to bid on open Journeyman Estimator positions throughout the Pacific Power service territory. Relocation will be available under the current bargaining agreement for appropriate local.

Responsibilities

 

The Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Estimator will perform labor necessary to assist with the installing, maintaining, repairing and/or operating Company equipment and facilities. Performance of duties may include: meter reading, collections, meter replacement/removal/exchange, pole test and treat, joint use coordination, equipment operation, clean-up work, debris removal, loading and unloading materials, storage of items, digging, grounds maintenance, fueling vehicles, cleaning and painting equipment and performing work using various hand-held tools. You may be required to drive a Company vehicle to transport personnel and equipment to and from work sites and run errands as assigned. As part of preparation for the Estimator Apprenticeship, the Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Estimator may assist with estimating department functions such as meeting with new customers, documenting correspondence and work assignments, preparing documents, assisting with field surveys, and other administrative duties as assigned. Curriculum may include classroom work, on-the-job training, and completion of a skills check-off list to be jointly completed by a qualified employee and the Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Estimator.  PacifiCorp and IBEW Local 659 will administer the apprenticeship program.

Requirements

 

Physical Demands of the Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Estimator:

The job duties of Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Estimator require lifting in excess of 75 lbs from floor to waist and waist to overhead, carrying in excess of 75 lbs with both hands, and pushing and pulling in excess of 100 lbs of exertion force. Job duties of the Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Estimator require sustained, awkward positions/postures including bending and twisting at the waist and neck; reaching forward, to the side, across the body and overhead. Additional requirements of positions include forceful grip and pinch; manipulation of small objects; balancing on one or both legs during dynamic activities; manipulation of large objects during activities requiring balance and sustained awkward postures.

 

Requirements of this position include:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • A high school diploma, GED or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Possess a current Driver's License.
  • Must have received a passing score of 6 or higher on the NJATC examination.
  • Must perform a skills evaluation, consisting of both computer and written assessments, to be administered by PacifiCorp.
  • Individuals who pass the skills evaluation must also successfully pass the interview and rating phase.  An interview panel will meet with each qualifying applicant and at the completion of the interview, determine a numerically rated score.
  • Once selected for the candidate list, applicants must pass a company-paid physical, drug screen and background check, which is processed after a job offer is extended and accepted.
  • This position requires a post-offer, pre-placement physical capacity screening, conducted by a licensed physical therapist, to assure the candidate meets the physical demands of the job. The screening will assess only the identified physical demands of the job being applied for.
Preferences

 

  • Prior Estimating and/or Customer Service experience.
  • Basic knowledge of electrical theory and practical and detailed knowledge of construction specifications, electrical codes, rates, and service policies.
Additional Information

 

Req ID: 104463 
Company Code: PacifiCorp
Primary Location: Albany 
Department: Pacific Power 
Schedule: No Selection 
Personnel Subarea: IBEW 659 
Hiring Range: $31.28 

 

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.


At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential.  


It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.


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