Journey Line Technician #55-6433; 49008

San Miguel Power   Telluride, CO   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
Posted on September 30, 2021
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POSITION: Journey Line Technician

REPORTS TO: Journey Line Technician Operations Manager

DEPARTMENT: Operations

ASSISTS IN DIRECTING: Apprentice Line Technician


JOB CODE: 55-6433; 49008

LOCATION: Nucla/Ridgway/Telluride/Silverton


JOB SUMMARY: This position • Performs distribution and transmission line construction and maintenance activities in a safe and professional manner. • Constructs distribution and transmission facilities both overhead and underground. • Must be thoroughly capable in distribution and transmission line construction techniques both from aerial lift and from the pole. • Must be able to operate heavy utility trucks and equipment in variety of weather and terrain conditions. • Maintains a safe and positive work culture and professional environment.

MINIMUM JOB SPECIFICATIONS: This job requires • A High School diploma or equivalent. • A completed valid four-year Apprenticeship Program recognized by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Labor. • An employee to read, write and evaluate situations. • Working knowledge in distribution, transmission, and substation, underground and overhead installations, methods, and procedures. San Miguel Power Association, Inc.

Position Description Operations - Journey Line Technician Last Revised: May 21 Page 2 of 3 • Working knowledge of all regulatory compliance, DOT, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure, OSHA and SMPA safety procedures. • To be certified and have thorough knowledge of first aid and CPR and use of AED. • An employee to represent the co-op in a progressive, positive, and professional manner in all relationships, both internal and external. • Strong computer skills in relation to the position. • A valid Class A, Commercial Colorado driver’s license.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: San Miguel Power Association reserves the right to change or modify the duties and job functions of this position at any time. The Journey Line Technician • Constructs, maintains, and retains a working knowledge of SMPA’s transmission and distribution electrical system. • Effectively participates in tail-board discussion and carries out tasks assigned to area line crew. • Performs standby as scheduled to answer trouble calls. • Troubleshoots outages. • Follows all work processes from start to completion. Safely operates, inspects, and maintains company vehicles, tools, and equipment as outlined in SMPA’s policies, procedures, and Safety Manual. • Maintains a safe work site and ensures that safe work practices are being followed. • Completes all necessary reports relating to job briefings, truck maintenance, daily time and mileage reports, staking sheets, oil samples, switching orders, transformer changes, OCR & sectionalizer changes, pole and underground maintenance reports, outage reports, etc. as required to maintain proper communication, files, and documentation. • Works to resolve issues in the field or as they arise in a positive and professional manner. • Assists in the training/mentoring of Apprentice Line Technicians. • Practices good housekeeping in all aspects of work. • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: The Journey Line Technician • Requires knowledge of principles and practices in line construction service and operations and maintenance requirements in an electric distribution system. • Ability to read and interpret staking sheets, all RUS specifications and line construction assemblies, the NEC and National Electric Safety Code. • Requires the ability to interpret the Cooperative’s layout of electrical substation, transmission and distribution lines. • Demonstrates a working knowledge of the policies and procedures of San Miguel Power Association. • Requires the ability to complete certification courses offered through SMPA that are relevant to position. • Applies excellent verbal and interpersonal skills. • Understands and applies the concept of providing quality electric service to SMPA consumers and agrees to maintain a continuing commitment to superior people to people service.


The Journey Line Technician • Employee should be aware that this type of work exposes the employee to adverse elements of weather, electric shock and magnetic fields. • Requires strenuous physical labor, including heavy lifting over 50 lbs., climbing, balancing, bending, reaching, standing, sitting, walking, pulling, hearing, talking (must speak English clearly), seeing, smelling, crawling, and grasping. • Requires attention to detail on a daily basis. • Requires ability to work overtime on short notice and flexibility to work during emergency situations. • Work is primarily in the field. • Frequent travel by company vehicle throughout SMPA’s service territory is required. • Occasional travel by commercial means may be required.

OTHER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this job. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. An employee will also perform other business duties as assigned by immediate supervisor or other management as required. This position may work overtime as required or assigned. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract. 

SMPA is an Equal Opportunity Provider & Employer.