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 https://cpws.com/employment. 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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