The founding fathers of the electric cooperative movement had strong ties to Indiana. One of the first electric cooperatives to serve a rural area in America is located right here in our state. In the 1930s, investor-owned utilities were not interested in serving rural areas, feeling it would not be profitable. But the leaders of the agricultural communities of rural America knew that electricity was vital to the progress of our country, and with federal funding available through the newly created Rural Electrification Administration (REA), cooperatives began springing up across America.
Founded in 1935, JCREMC began operations with 1,129 members. Today we serve over 27,000 members with over 1,800 miles of distribution line. Our mission has remained the same. In all areas of our operations, JCREMC is committed to safely and efficiently providing reliable electric services for our community.
Our values include safety, integrity, efficiency, community-oriented, consumer-focused, innovation, and transparency.
Within the limits of established policies, assume responsibilities as delegated by management to maintain a working knowledge of all the following departmental functions to perform them independently and competently:
- Safely construct and maintain electric distribution lines. Climb poles of all types and perform jobs including but not limited to changing transformers, conductors, wire, capacitors, regulators, etc.
- Patrols the Cooperative’s existing power lines for problems or unsafe conditions. Reports these conditions to the Management.
- Read and interpret electronic system maps, work orders and staking sheets. Be familiar with REA specifications, the National Electrical Safety Code and OSHA regarding utility distribution line construction and service.
- Keep the Management informed as to the status of jobs and estimated timeline for completion.
- Promptly report all safety issues including hazard reports, accident reports and near misses. Fully participate in any ensuing investigation.
- Be on time and ready to work at the start of each standard shift.
- Complete tailgate meetings and job briefings at each job site to review expectations, procedures, and safety factors.
- Accurately complete all required job paperwork including time tickets, job briefings, work order packets, etc.
- Work as necessary on the underground construction, overhead construction, or service crews.
- Perform meter readings and disconnect/reconnects as necessary to support the Electric Meter Technicians.
- Drive and operate a bucket truck, line truck, digger, trencher, forklift, and other equipment as necessary to set poles, lay wire, connect, and disconnect services, etc.
- Maintain all assigned company equipment, tools and vehicles in good working and visual condition. Inform the Cooperative mechanic of issues with the vehicles and Management of equipment needs.
- Observe the performance of any assigned crew members ensuring they are following an effective work procedure and observing company safety rules. Report any deficiencies or issues to Management.
- Direct, guide, and train apprentice lineman.
- Attend and participate in job safety programs, other relevant training, and company meetings.
- Ensure that job locations are left in a neat and safe condition following the completion of work.
- Participate in service watch duty which requires the individual to be on-call at locations where they may be quickly and conveniently reached by telephone in an outage or emergency situation. Promptly respond to all service calls.
- Be available for unscheduled overtime during consumer outages or emergencies as required by the company.
- Operate truck radio as required and according to company and FCC procedures.
- Comply, while operating any vehicle assigned to this position, all traffic laws, safety rules and regulations and safe practices.
Do you have what we are looking for?
- High school diploma, or equivalent.
- Valid Indiana Class A Commercial Driver’s License (Class A CDL)
- Completion of an approved line apprenticeship program with on-the-job training hours.
- Minimum of three years as a Journeyman Lineman in electric utility distribution operations, including distribution system construction and maintenance.
Preferred candidates will have the following:
- Associates degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school
- Completion of the HEATS apprenticeship program
What’s In it for you!
- This position is a bargaining unit classification and pay is based on the collective bargaining agreement.
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance
- Health Savings Account
- Life Insurance
- 401(k) and company match with Traditional and Roth options
- Pension plan
- Paid time off including vacation, sick, holidays, and personal days
- National Discount program
- Tuition reimbursement