Underground Power Foreman
Seeking certified and experienced Underground Power Foreman capable of day-to-day power grid installation, emergency power repairs, and maintenance of underground power lines. This is an exciting opportunity in Suwanee, GA.
The Underground Foreman will perform a variety of routine and complex repairs of either Primary or Secondary power. In addition to safety and quality standards required to restore or install power transformers and systems, the Underground Foreman is responsible to the safety and efficiency of the power installation crews, contract laborers, and inventory and maintenance of equipment and vehicles required. The Underground Foreman must uphold all regulations and requirements of Commercial Drivers as required by State and Federal laws.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
Planning route to insure most economical use of time and equipment
Walk out job site to plan construction path around utility locates.
Call in locates based on job blueprints and projected pathways
Coordinate work assignment preparation and completion with management and other workers.
Maintaining records and notifying Office Management of changes to crew schedules including meals breaks missed, scheduled an unscheduled absences and tardiness, and hours.
Obtaining road construction materials from storage yard and haul to job site.
Conduct inspections on equipment daily prior to starting job.
Maintain the “operator care” standards by ensuring that equipment and vehicles are cleaned and properly maintained.
All maintenance work performed must be documented on handwritten maintenance logs.
Installing and maintenance of traffic control devices.
Ensuring that incident reporting procedures are followed, bringing problems to the attention of the Operations Coordinator, General Manager, or Office Manager.
Controlling traffic at work sites by flagging to guide traffic through work areas, as required or assigned
Verify conformance of work to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as measuring wheels and attached markers.
Study machining instructions, job orders, or blueprints to determine dimensional or finish specifications, sequences of operations, setups, or tooling requirements.
Direct trenchless crews on location to install trenchless underground utilities.
Lift equipment onto trucks, trailer, and/or pallets either manually or with hoists or direct crane operators to lift and position work pieces.
Guarantee all company safety precautions and quality standards are met. Such as ensure that safety cones, lights, and appropriate vehicle flagging, and lane closure precautions are met.
Inform manager of any problems with the vehicles or machinery to ensure the safety of everyone at the job site.
Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections.
Open switches or attach grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs
Identify defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments (troubleshooting).
Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.
Dig holes, using augers, and set poles, using cranes and power equipment.
Place insulating or fireproofing materials over conductors and joints.
Install watt-hour meters and connect service drops between power lines and consumers' facilities.
Splice cables together to underground distribution lines, customer service lines, or street light lines, using hand tools, epoxies, or specialized equipment.
Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment to locate and identify problems, using reading and testing instruments.
Lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduit running through the trenches.
Maintaining a clean job site: picking up all tools and equipment and secure job site each day in order to eliminate potential hazards
Performing final safety inspection and verify completion of hook ups prior to switching on power
Working in both high and low voltage settings.
Maintaining and using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment including but not limited to safety vests, hard-hats, protective eyewear, low and high voltage rated gloves, ear plugs, and steel toed shoes.
Cleaning and maintaining the truck, including taking the truck to designated area for clean out, fresh water/soap/disinfectant and fuel for the next day
Performing minor repairs to the truck (e.g., tightening loose bolts/fittings, inspecting all moving parts, lubing zerk fittings, and replacing damaged parts)
Monitoring the need for major repairs, including engine tune-up, oil change, filter change, and tire replacements
Properly completing post-job Control Sheets for billing purposes
Counseling employees on proper PPE use as necessary.
Notifying GA 811, applicable utility providers, and management of damages as quickly and safely as possible
Performing other duties as assigned by manager
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Perform minor assembly, such as fastening parts with nuts, bolts, or screws, using power tools or hand tools.
Assist in loading and unloading of equipment and supplies needed to complete the job
Exposing underground utilities by hand (potholing: hand digging with shovels, post hole diggers, jackhammer, etc.) to ensure everyone on job site is kept safe and to prepare the bore path.
Assisting with preparing roads for surfacing; dig holes and trenches.
Operate other necessary equipment after being trained, evaluated and cleared by Operations Coordinator in order to maintain streets and utility system.
Cutting trees and brush, and removing trees and weeds as necessary.
Coordinate with Operations Management to ensure valid locates prior to digging
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
High School Diploma or GED preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to do the job
Must hold a valid Commercial Driver’s Class A License with tanker endorsement with up to date endorsements and medical standards
Ability to lift heavy objects, walk, and stand for long periods of time and perform strenuous physical labor under adverse field and weather conditions
Ability to supervise others and lead a crew to complete tasks safely and efficiently
Some knowledge of first aid and applicable safety precautions
Ability to use equipment and tools properly and safely
Ability to make independent judgments which have moderate impacts on the organization
Ability to write routine reports, complete Control Sheets for billing purposes, and correspondence
Ability to use data base user interface and software relating to primary and service power requests
Ability to use Google suite services including but not limited to Gmail, google sites, google forms, google sheets, google docs.
Ability to meet attendance schedule with dependability and consistency
Ensure adherence to all relevant Health Safety & Environmental policies, procedures and legislation
Minimum 5 years experience as Power Lineman
Compensation: Base salary commensurate with experience.
Underground Systems and E-verify:
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Job Type: Full-time