Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Lineman (Local 659) - Klamath Falls, Oregon - #112172

Date: Jul 10, 2024

Location: KLAMATH FALLS, OR, US, 97601

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


A Utility specialist is a qualified employee who shall perform work mutually agreed to by the Company and Union. Duties typically assigned to the Utility Specialist are Collections/Connects/Disconnects/Removal; Replacement or exchange of single-phase self-contained meters; locates; pole test and treat; Joint Use Coordination; Equipment Operation and others as agreed to by the Company and Union. The Utility Specialist may be required to hold a Commercial Driving license as dictated by the assigned duties and pass minimum qualification requirements as mutually agreed to by the Company and the Union. The Utility Specialist with proper training may be assigned to drive or operate equipment, as follows:


1. Pick-up, 6-person capacity;

2. Trucks, one and one-half (1 ½);

3. Line Trucks (Boom Trucks);

4. Trucks hauling poles, material or towing a trailer (except hot line tool trailer);

5. Trucks with hydraulic/electric personnel lift equipment;

6. Hole Digger;

7. Backhoe;

8. Track-type vehicles (snow-cats);

9. Truck or trailer mounted wire pullers;

10. Jackhammer.



The Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Lineman will perform physical 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. 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 Lineman.  PacifiCorp and IBEW Local 659 will administer the apprenticeship program.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED, or proof of equivalent.
  • Possess a current Driver's License with the ability to obtain a Class "A" Commercial Driver's License within six months of initial employment. Prior to the first day performing work as an Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Lineman, a CDL learners permit is required for the state the position is in. This can be obtained following a job offer during the pre-employment process.
  • Must have received a passing score of 5 or higher on the NJATC examination.
  • Must perform a mechanical skills evaluation (MSE). This evaluation is a variety of trade oriented tasks the applicant will be expected to perform routinely on the job. 
  • Individuals, who pass the aptitude test and MSE, 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 Utility Specialist/Pre-Apprentice Lineman 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.



Physical Demands


The job duties of Lineman 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 exertional force.  Job duties of the Lineman 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 the Lineman position 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.

Additional Information


Req Id: 112172 
Company Code: PacifiCorp 
Primary Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon    
Department: Power Delivery 
Schedule: Full-Time
Personnel Subarea: IBEW Local 659
Hiring Range: $35.37 per hour  

Benefits: Health care, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance, paid short-term and long-term disability, paid bereavement leave. For more information, please visit: https://careers.pacificorp.com/content/New-Benefits-Page/?locale=en_US 

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

At PacifiCorp, we celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion. PacifiCorp is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (except as required by law), gender (including gender identity and expression), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran or military status, familial or parental status, marital status or any other category protected by applicable local, state or U.S. federal law.

Unless otherwise required by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening including for marijuana. While marijuana is legal in several states, including Oregon, a positive test for positions in Oregon may disqualify a candidate. The company complies with the laws of Washington and California and only obtains and considers positive tests for marijuana in safety-sensitive positions or those covered by U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.

Nearest Major Market: Medford

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