Apprentice Lineworker

Columbia Power & Water Systems seeks an individual for a full-time, non-exempt, safety sensitive position to train to be a Lineworker to maintain and construct overhead and underground power distribution facilities.

Duties and responsibilities include the following: assist with the construction, installation, and maintenance of overhead and underground primary facilities per CPWS specifications and standards; assist with the construction, installation, and maintenance of overhead and underground secondary facilities and services per CPWS specifications and standards; climb poles to perform maintenance; assist with covering up high voltage; assist with performing cut-ins and cut-outs; assist with patrolling all power lines; assist with trimming trees and cutting rights-of-ways; assist in digging dirt or rock holes for poles and/or anchors; assist with working on substations and power transmission lines; assist in operating aerial devices or digger derrick units in a safe manner and in compliance with the manufacturer’s operation limits; drive company vehicles; assist in maintaining street and security lights; assemble materials and assist other employees; subject to stand-by, after-hours, and/or emergency call-out; and other duties as assigned.

Required skills and abilities include the following: regular attendance at work; acknowledge and adhere to all CPWS policies; perform duties safely without endangering self, others, and the public; ability to read and understand instructions and job-related materials (blueprints, drawings, orders, safety data sheets, distribution maps, manuals, etc.); ability to use mathematical skills to be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure; ability to work with the general public; ability to write; ability to follow instructions; ability to skillfully use tools or machines needed on the job; ability to learn and/or possess basic knowledge of linework and operation of power equipment; ability to work inside and outside and be exposed to noisy places, fumes, chemicals, toxic substances, and machinery; and the ability to be exposed to weather conditions that are cold, hot, rainy, and windy.

Physical requirements include the following: ability to climb poles up to 100 feet; ability to lift 0 – 100 pounds for 2 hours a day; ability to lift and/or carry objects weighing 0 – 25 pounds for 6 hours a day; ability to walk; ability to stand for 8 hours a day; ability to stoop, kneel, and crouch for long periods of time; and the ability to talk, see, hear, reach, handle, and feel.

Education, experience, and qualifications include the following: high school diploma or equivalent required; a valid State of Tennessee Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License required; obtain State of Tennessee Blaster License within one year from date of hire and maintain license; and complete CPWS’ and TVPPA’s Apprentice Lineman training programs.

Residency requirements include the following: must reside within a CPWS service territory or Maury County due to the position being subject to stand-by, after-hours, and/or emergency call-out.

To apply for the position, please visit our website at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary commensurate with experience and will only be discussed at interview. Excellent benefit package. Drug- Free Workplace. Drug testing is a condition of employment with CPWS. EOE.

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