Power System Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician

Columbia Power & Water Systems seeks an individual for a full-time, non-exempt position to assist in designing, planning, updating, and specifying mapping system datasets for recording Columbia Power System facilities including transmission lines, substations, distribution lines, and services.

Duties and responsibilities include the following: assist the Power Engineering Department in providing quality control and assurance of mapping systems to ensure data is highly accurate to current conditions in the field; maintain and update the Power mapping systems and related datasets of the mapping systems; generate thematic maps as assigned for Columbia Power System use, analysis, meetings, and presentations; assist the Power Engineering Department in preparing presentations and meetings to discuss the thematic map results in a clear manner; perform spatial analyses for current mapping system datasets and generate recommendations for all cross-departmental new and/or existing projects or areas of growth; assist the Power Engineering Department in coordinating and conducting the development of computer engineering studies such as system protection, short circuit, load flow, arc flash, voltage drop, power factor correction, and power quality using the GIS mapping and related systems; assist the Power Engineering Manager in installing, operating, and maintaining system distribution computer model programs; enter databases for computer analysis; assist the Water and Broadband Engineering departments with mapping systems and related datasets of their mapping systems; 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 write; ability to follow instructions; ability to use mathematical skills to easily and effectively work with exponents, linear equations; quadratic equations, and analytical geometry; ability to work inside and outside; and the ability to be exposed to weather conditions that are cold, hot, rainy, and windy.

Physical requirements include the following: ability to sit at a desk or table for up to 8 hours per day; ability to lift 0 – 50 pounds for 1⁄2 hour a day; ability to lift and/or carry objects weighing 0 – 25 pounds for 2 hours a day; ability to walk and stand for 4 hours a day; ability to stoop, kneel, and crouch; ability to talk, see, hear, reach, handle, and feel; and the ability to easily walk across undeveloped areas that can be hilly, overgrown, and rocky.

Education, experience, and qualifications include the following: high school diploma or equivalent required; valid State of Tennessee driver’s license required; Associate of

Science degree in Geography with an emphasis in GIS preferred, 5 years of experience with GIS mapping systems preferred; and 1 year experience in power utility services mapping required.

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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