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McKenzie Electric Cooperative is hiring!

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Contract Manager safely and cost-effectively supervises the maintenance, system improvements, and new construction of McKenzie’s distribution systems to meet system reliability, service standards, and member needs. This includes overseeing all related construction, maintenance and operations activities, including troubleshooting distribution issues, warehouse operations, facilities, and fleet maintenance to successfully achieve desired goals and objectives in terms of safety, quality, resource optimization, and efficiency of the distribution system.

Responsibilities and Key Duties: The following responsibilities and key duty statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified. The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: High school diploma; five-plus years of utility line person experience and four-plus years of experience working in electric utility operations and three years plus supervisor/management experience in a utility service operation; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certifications/Licenses: A valid ND Class A driver’s license.

Knowledge:
▪ Must have an understanding of budgeting methods, including managing and tracking activities and costs within target budget levels.
▪ Basic understanding of how PC based Window’s software operates.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of an organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. May works outside with great physical exertion requiring upper body strength and stamina. The employee may be required to climb poles and may be exposed to the risk of high precarious places up to 55 feet or more, installing line materials and equipment and may occasionally work in awkward positions requiring lower body strength. The employee may lift and/or move a maximum of 50 pounds, occasionally heavy work requiring exertion of up to 100 pounds. Will occasionally work with or near energized lines and with equipment requiring safe work habits and performed in accordance with established work procedures and specifications to avoid electric shock and injury. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. Emergency work and irregular work hours are conditions of this position. Must be available for scheduled after-hour call-outs. This position is subject to work in adverse weather elements/hazards conditions such as high temperatures, ice storms, outages, etc. and is subject to work-related hazards while performing the job. Subject to random drug and alcohol testing consistent with Department of Transportation regulations.

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

MEC Facilities
• Manages MEC’s facilities, buildings and grounds ensuring positive public image and compliance with applicable laws and MEC policy
• Manages contracts and contractors related to MEC facilities, i.e. ongoing service contracts, cleaning crews, electricians, plumbers, etc.
• Preventative maintenance for MECs buildings, mechanical and electrical systems and maintenance equipment
• Orders items for MEC related to cleaning and upkeep up facilities
• Manage Material Safety Data Sheets and provide them to Safety Manager
• Plans and develops special projects involving building and grounds
• Operates, programs, keys and maintains all lock and security systems (manages MEC’s keys)
• Establishes an annual facility calendar to ensure all required activities are complete, annual plan should also sync up with MEC events
• Responsible for establishing and adhering to annual facilities/grounds maintenance budget.

Warehouse and Facility Functions:
▪ Supervises warehouse including working collaboratively with necessary stakeholders to determine and maintain the most economical and adequate levels of materials and equipment to assure an uninterrupted flow of materials for daily work by cooperative employees, outside contractors and for use in emergency situations.
▪ Directly responsible for warehouse personnel.
▪ Responsible for material purchases in order to maintain adequate working stock levels. Communicates warehouse stocking plan, provides updates on overall status of warehouse to management.
▪ Assists with budgeting and forecasting of material supply. Responsible for annual inventory update and inventory budgeting. Communicates any major changes to normal stocking levels.
▪ Coordinates with Engineering and Construction to ensure adequate material is available to support MEC projects. 
▪ Ensures that material issues and returns are documented and recorded in the inventory system necessary for work order accounting.
▪ Responsible for continually improving warehousing, this includes warehouse and yard organization, labeling, barcoding, use of technology, ensuring material and name plate data are accurately captured/logged in system, and staging kitting.
▪ Responsible for continuing programs of analysis for new materials, supplies, and equipment and processes to achieve the best possible quality, reliability, price, continuity, and delivery.
▪ MEC point of contact for vendors and suppliers, works to resolve warehousing material concerns, leads and/or assists with bidding of material, assesses supplier performance to maintain member focus.
▪ Reviews and reconciles completed work orders with special attention paid to units affecting the Continuing Property Record (CPR). Prepares material sheets to reflect inventory items used on each project.

Fleet Maintenance Function:
▪ Direct oversight of MEC Mechanic
▪ Assists with coordinating outside fleet support/contractors, assesses level of service and ensures MEC is receiving adequate value
▪ Responsible for overall fleet maintenance program
▪ Responsible for maintaining current condition of MEC fleet, responsible for maintaining long range vehicle and mobile equipment plan, assists with annual budgeting for fleet and fleet maintenance,
▪ Works closely with Operations Manager to maintain a high availability of MEC fleet
▪ Supervises the maintenance of all Cooperative vehicles and construction equipment and supervises and directs all functions of the automotive service shop.
▪ Oversees and reviews vehicle maintenance and expense records. Maintains familiarity with computer procedures and instructions regarding assigned applications.
▪ Recommends maintenance schedules and the replacement of cooperative vehicles and construction equipment to ensure effective and efficient operations.

Construction, Maintenance, and Operations Functions:
▪ May provide assistance to the Operations Manager during absences.
▪ Assist with storm recovery and supports as necessary other outage restoration activities.
▪ Works closely with Operations department to ensure all aspects to ensure material supply and fleet availability.
▪ Completes operations projects as they are assigned.
▪ May conduct field observations.
▪ Review construction, work orders and work plans and make recommendations concerning inventory levels and other factors affecting the Cooperative’s ability to provide timely and cost-effective service to the members.
▪ Researches and recommends changes to improve overall operations.
▪ Assists the Operations Manager in developing, communicating, adopting and establishing relevant and effective work rules in compliance with union contract.’
▪ Assists in the preparation of an annual operating budget for all aspects of construction, operations, maintenance, warehouse operations, fleet maintenance and facilities.
▪ Keeps informed of and abides by all cooperative policies, procedures, programs and safety rules. Participates in educational training and conferences as needed to maintain progressiveness and knowledge in job related areas. Participates in scheduled safety meetings and first-aid classes and maintains CPR and first-aid certificates.
▪ Works collaboratively with the Operations Manager, Contract Management and Safety Manager and staff to determine priorities and to discuss work status, related problems and solutions of issues and problems at staff meetings and on a one to one basis.
▪ As required, responds to member inquiries and maintains good positive working relationship with members by providing prompt, courteous and reliable service.
▪ Consistent with McKenzie’s Safety Management Programs, develops and encourages safe behaviors, work practices and conditions for all Cooperative employees. Assists Cooperative Safety Coordinator with investigations of employee accidents and prepares reports of personnel injuries, accidents and possible property damage claims. Studies and reviews accident reports and determines remedial or preventative actions.
▪ Promotes, develops and maintains good morale and team spirit by appropriate delegation, coaching and counseling, performance appraisals and recognition of achievements and safety meetings.
▪ Maintains the confidentiality of any information he/she encounters.
▪ In support of the vision and direction of the General Manager/CEO, develops and maintains a positive, constructive and supporting working relationship with employees.

Competencies:
▪ Strong leadership aptitude
▪ Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
▪ Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
▪ Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
▪ Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
▪ Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
▪ Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
▪ Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
▪ Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
▪ Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
▪ Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
▪ Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
▪ Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
▪ Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
▪ Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
▪ Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
▪ Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
▪ Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
▪ Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the System Planning and Reliability Manager, responsible for maintaining and improving the reliability and integrity of the electrical, transmission, substation, and distribution system, within the scope of his/her training and certification in a safe and efficient manner within accepted McKenzie Electric Cooperative (MEC) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) operations standards.

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified.  The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by the General Manager/CEO or Direct Supervisor.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering desired; Bachelor Degree in some Engineering Discipline required; 5+ years’ experience in a highly responsible engineering capacity responsible for the improvements of electrical transmission, substation and distribution facilities, desired.

Knowledge:

  • Ability to maintain a strong sense of propriety concerning confidential matters.
  • Ability to maintain a good working relationships with members, director, managers, supervisors, fellow employees, representatives of other utilities, outside consultants and the public.
  • Knowledge of RUS construction specifications, National Electrical Safety Code, OSHA regulations and National Electric Code
  • Proficient in the use of WindMil Engineering Analysis, Excel, Microsoft Word and AutoCAD
  • Ability to make decisions within established precedent and with limited supervision
  • Personal characteristics shall include integrity, motivations, positive professional image, courtesy and good attendance.

Abilities & Skills:  Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and written, with the capability to effectively teach, mentor, and coach personnel to achieve desired performance.  Must relate well with all types of people and have the ability to listen, as well as to present and explain circumstances and results.  Must be able to handle confidential information and gain the respect of others.  Must be able to positively represent the Cooperative and effectively communicate with and to the general public.  Must have the technical aptitude to logically and objectively evaluate obstructions and impediments to plans and programs, make rational independent decision, and develop reasonable solutions to problems.  Must have, or be able to acquire, sufficient technical knowledge to understand and relate government regulations and safety issues to achieve the requirements of the position.  Must have a general understanding of utility applied technology to proficiently utilize technology applications in support of the department’s and Cooperative’s objectives and requirements.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of an organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands:

Subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions and temperature changes. Some overnight travel to industry trade shows and training conferences is required.

Frequent physical activity to include walking, bending, lifting up to 25 pounds, occasional lifting in excess of 25 pounds, climbing, crouching, kneeling, reaching, crawling, pushing, and pulling. May spend long periods of time driving and/or riding in company vehicles to reach remote areas of the service territory.

Must be able to communicate clearly for work and safety compliance. The noise level in the work environment may range for moderate to loud.

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

  • Develops short and long range load projections and plans as required to maintain/improve the reliability and integrity of the electrical, transmission, substation and distributions system.
  • Determines fuse coordination and CT/PT data for engineering and operation personnel and assist in resolving problems related to these areas.
  • Works with consultants to design transmission and substation facilities.
  • Works with engineering and operations staff to design electrical distribution facilities as required to provide service to all MEC members.
  • Directly responsible for the MEC Outage Management System. 
  • Analyzes and reviews system operational data, provides periodic updates on system performance, provides direction on areas of improvement to sustain high reliability.
  • Addresses membership service concerns.
  • Develops and provides budget information for recommended electrical system improvements and modifications.
  • Acts as a resource and provides technical expertise for/to other departments to resolve electrical system problems and recommends corrective action.
  • Acts as a liaison between Power Suppliers, Large Power Members, Agencies and MEC concerning system growth and reliability.
  • Prepares 1,3,or 5 year construction work plans.
  • Performs annual transmission, substation and distribution system studies/analysis (voltage drops, coordination studies, capacitor placements, Arc Flash Hazard Analysis, etc.).
  • Assists the System Planning and Reliability Manager in supervision of  mapping system to ensure MEC’s mapping is kept up to date for engineering, operations and the management team for planning and responding to member requests and concerns.
  • Responsible to establish weekly meeting to keep all departments up to date on system planning and reliability issues.
  • Works as part of a team for the development, preparation and maintenance of MEC’s Mapping System, related database file and software.
  • Establish a work order data base to assist staking engineers with work order history for more efficient future design.
  • Develops engineering information for lean applications.
  • Calculates cost of service, large power minimums and contractual requirements.
  • Investigates and recommends standards for construction and application of electrical equipment and recommends new products material and equipment.
  • In conjunction with the Operations Manager, Manager of Engineering Services and the Chief Operating Officer, provides leadership support in responding to emergency restoration and storm damage.
  • Owner of MEC SCADA system.  Responsible for the operations of and maintenance on the MEC SCADA system. 
  • Performs all responsibilities in accordance with MEC’s Policies and Operating Procedures, National Electric Safety Code, National Electrical Code, RUS Standards and OSHA Regulations.
  • Other Duties as assigned by the System Planning and Reliability Manager.

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Manager of Engineering Services, responsible for and/or participates in power system design and maintenance activities including project design and management, transmission and distribution system planning, developing equipment specifications and budgeting. Collaborates with other members of the engineering department to ensure that the systems used to serve the membership of McKenzie Electric are safe, efficient and reliable.

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified. The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by the CEO or the Manager of Engineering Services.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution desired; Bachelor’s degree in an accredited Engineering Discipline required; five years’ experience with a transmission/distribution utility in an engineering capacity desired.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of RUS construction specifications, National Electrical Safety Code, OSHA regulations and National Electric Code
  • Proficient or the ability to become proficient in the use of WindMil Engineering Analysis, ASPEN Modeling, Microsoft Project, Excel, Microsoft Word and AutoCAD
  • Basic electrical engineering theory knowledge and a general understanding of its application.

Abilities & Skills: Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and written, with the capability to effectively teach, mentor, and coach personnel to achieve desired performance. Must relate well with all types of people and have the ability to listen, as well as to present and explain circumstances and results. Must be able to handle confidential information and gain the respect of others. Must be able to positively represent the Cooperative and effectively communicate with and to the general public. Must have the technical aptitude to logically and objectively evaluate obstructions and impediments to plans and programs, make rational independent decision, and develop reasonable solutions to problems. Must have, or be able to acquire, sufficient technical knowledge to understand and relate government regulations and safety issues to achieve the requirements of the position. Must have a general understanding of utility applied technology to proficiently utilize technology applications in support of the department’s and Cooperative’s objectives and requirements. Personal characteristics shall include integrity, motivations, positive professional image, courtesy and good attendance.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands:
Subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions and temperature changes. Some overnight travel to industry trade shows and training conferences is required.
Frequent physical activity to include walking, bending, lifting up to 25 pounds, occasional lifting in excess of 25 pounds, climbing, crouching, kneeling, reaching, crawling, pushing, and pulling. May spend long periods of time driving and/or riding in company vehicles to reach remote areas of the service territory.
Must be able to communicate clearly for work and safety compliance. The noise level in the work environment may range from moderate to loud.

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

  • Maintains MEC’s short and long-range load projections and plans as required to maintain/improve the reliability and integrity of the electrical, transmission, substation and distributions system.
  • Assists in overseeing overall planning of facilities including load growth and overall system design
  • Aides in the Maintenance of the SCADA and communication systems and works with other members of the engineering department to make improvements and updates to those systems.
  • Oversees the review and planning and modeling of transmission projects.
  • Oversees substation engineering projects and MEC’s project management
  • Establishes regeneration specifications, considerations and requirements and communicates these plans as needed.
  • With assistance from outside consultants as necessary, makes updates to the long-range plan.
  • Manages the asset management system.
  • Assists with distribution modeling.
  • Oversees substation record drawing updates.
  • Manages the transmission and substation design guide and completes periodic reviews and updates as necessary.
  • Assists in providing training to personnel to ensure that applications and installations are understood.
  • Develops and provides budget information for recommended electrical system improvements and modifications
  • Acts as a resource and provides technical expertise for/to other departments to resolve electrical system problems and recommends corrective action.
  • Assists in performing annual transmission, substation and distribution system studies/analysis (voltage drops, coordination studies, capacitor placements, Arc Flash Hazard Analysis, etc.)
  • Works as part of a team for the development, preparation and maintenance of MEC’s transmission, substation and distribution systems.
  • Investigates and recommends standards for construction and application of electrical equipment and recommends new products including material and equipment.
  • Is available to support emergency electricity restoration and storm damage repairs.
  • Performs all responsibilities in accordance with MEC’s Policies and Operating Procedures, National Electric Safety Code, National Electrical Code, RUS Standards and OSHA Regulations.

Competencies:

  • Ability to maintain a strong sense of propriety concerning confidential matters.
  • Ability to maintain a good working relationship with members, director, managers, supervisors, fellow employees, representatives of other utilities, outside consultants and the public.
  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.
  • Ability to make decisions within established precedent and with limited supervision

Position Summary: Under the Substation and Metering Manager, performs and oversees the installation, testing, maintenance and operation of substation equipment, control devices, regulators and other protective equipment and apparatus devices to ensure safe, reliable, quality of distribution power for McKenzie Electric Cooperative (MEC) members. Performs work according to established maintenance, operation and environmental plans to meet system integrity standards and environmental compliance.

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified. The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education/Experience: Participation in a qualified substation maintenance course equal to an associate degree; proven ability to apply electrical theory. Eight years’ experience in electrical construction and maintenance preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Certifications/Licenses: An ideal candidate may preferably hold a journeyman electrician’s license and/or completed a approved Lineman apprenticeship program. A valid ND Class A commercial driver’s license is required.

Knowledge:

  • Understanding of National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code and OSHA regulations.
  • Skills and knowledge to test and calibrate single and three phase meters.
  • Familiar with relaying, oil analysis, RUS specifications and materials. System knowledge and interconnection agreements.
  • Must be proficient in the use of various electrical and electrical testing equipment.
  • Proficient with substation maintenance and operations, safe operation of transmission and distribution system.
  • Ability to utilize a variety of technical based software.
  • Must have ability to diagnose and proceed with necessary repairs and maintain varied and complex electric equipment.
  • Completion of Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) switching procedures.
  • Basic understanding of how PC based Window’s software operates.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as schematic diagrams, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee will routinely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

  • Primary responsibility is to perform the maintenance and operation of substation and switching stations on MEC’s system; this includes installing, calibrating, testing, inspecting, troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining substation equipment and line devices including but not limited to: electronic reclosers, oil circuit reclosers (OCR), capacitors, regulators, any and all control devices. Maintains and repairs OCRs, regulators and other such devices by performing tests and repairs as directed or required.
  • Responsible for performing the operations for installing, relocating, repairing or removing distribution protective equipment and associated devices, capacitors and related equipment and supports.
  • As required, handles the arrangements preliminary to the execution of field work, such as reviewing work order specifications, planning execution of work, coordinating with crews, seeing that materials are requisitioned and transported to project sites, arranging for clearances, de-energizing lines, operating switches or disconnects, grounding lines or equipment and observing that protective devices are used.
  • Establishes maintenance, operations and environmental plans to maintain, test and replace substation and sectionalizing equipment and other electrical apparatus devices on the electrical system.
  • Documents, organizes and maintains related maintenance records as required, including maintaining a complete electronic record system of all work performed and all adjustments, tests, repairs, changes and additions made.
  • Assists, directs and/or performs new construction on existing and new substations on MEC’s system, coordinating work with Engineering Services and Operations Departments as assigned.
  • Assists and performs switching functions along with another qualified representative on transmission and distribution apparatus as directed in compliance with the safe work practices handbook.
  • Assists in the resolution of member usage complaints and power quality issues by conducting energy usage and power quality audits as requested.
  • Collects metering data and performs voltage surveys per defined plans and data requirements for system monitoring and planning.
  • Performs, oversees, directs, trains and/or instructs assigned employees to check or test completed work and to prepare and check prescribed records and reports. To verify that completed work meets company standards and to perform other related work as directed.
  • Assists in developing and updating related environmental plans, including periodically reviewing SPCC plans for existing substation and developing new spill plans for new stations.
  • Monitors PCB’s oil-based enclosures, if any, within the system. Tests and document oil spills on Cooperative property.
  • Supports Cooperative program for disposal of contaminated items as directed and per established environmental requirements.
  • Offers recommendations to be used in the planning and development of annual and long term work plans.
  • Prepares field reports on pertinent tasks performed. Completes all required change management and other documentation for such activities as compliance and regulatory requirements.
  • Participates in the Cooperative’s budgeting process by submitting budget requests and adhering to the budgeting process throughout the year.
  • Identifies, recommends and with supervisor approval initiates ordering of required materials, tools and equipment needed to perform duties and responsibilities.
  • Upholds inventory management program including maintaining acceptable levels of necessary inventory components, works with supervisor on identifying critical sparing and any other modifications to the inventory.
  • Responsible for assigned vehicle, tools and/or test equipment to be kept clean and in good working condition; also responsible for inspections and mileage reports.
  • Assures work equipment and areas are in a clean, orderly condition; checks condition of safety equipment; attends scheduled safety meetings; participates in artificial respiration practice, as required; studies construction standards and guides; becomes familiar with safety manuals, rules, policies and special procedures prescribed by MEC; and, to the degree within his/her control, is responsible for the continuous observation and compliance with MEC safety rules, policies and practices.
  • As directed, participates in meetings and offers input and ideas to improve safety, work efficiencies and overall improvements to the distribution system.
  • Attends and participates in training programs for improvement of job knowledge, skill and safety.
  • Responsible for maintaining an organized work schedule to ensure member and cooperative needs are addressed, this includes communicating progress on tasks, coordinating work, and availability to ensure all requirements are complete (i.e. training, outages, projects, etc…).

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Ability to work with technical programs and software.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

Position Summary: Under direction of the Accounting Manager, responsible for all related activities regarding the accurate recording, posting and accounting of work order charges and property records to plant accounts, as well as providing general support for miscellaneous accounting, member services accounts and administration activities. 

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified.  The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: Minimum requirement of an Associate’s degree (A.A.) in accounting or business from a college or university; Bachelor’s degree (B.A) in accounting or business from a four-year college or university preferred; three plus years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certifications/Licenses: A valid ND Class D driver’s license is required. 

Knowledge

  • Basic knowledge of work order accounting, materials and general accounting for electric cooperatives.
  • Within reasonable time, must gain an understanding of McKenzie Electric Cooperative’s rates, billing and collection regulations and other service policies and procedures affecting members.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee will routinely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. 

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

  • Facilitates and processes the closing of work orders. This includes the accurate posting of labor, material and overhead charges; researching and reconciling discrepancies of work order charges; reviewing account numbers, work order numbers and activity codes entered in accounting system; and transferring the work order charges to property records. 
  • Regularly reviews recording of material, overhead charges and other costs charged to construction and retirement work orders. 
  • On a timely basis, coordinates and processes on-going work order and property record activities within the business/accounting information system, including reconciling construction work in progress and depreciable plant subsidiary ledgers to applicable control accounts.
  • Provides administrative support for major infrastructure development of the MEC electrical system.
  • Reviews and completes tasks in the service order workflow.
  • In collaboration with Engineering, prepares reports related to construction and retirements of work order activities, including outstanding open work orders, closed work order charges by accounts, charges of work orders in progress by accounts and lists of completed work orders for inspection and loan requisitions.
  • Maintains the ledger of units of property in plant accounts.
  • As directed, assists in the month-end closeout process, including general ledger reconciliation and various account analyses and reports. 
  • Prepares and sends bills for labor and material charges; codes monthly bills.
  • As directed, provides general support to accounting function, including coordinating and maintaining accounts receivable ledger as it relates to plant and operations, miscellaneous accounts payable ledger and any related supporting schedules.
  • Assists with deposit management and reconciliation of bank accounts.
  • Assists with tracking property insurance claims and properly applying payments.
  • Assists with maintaining files and tracking property tax assessments on the Cooperative’s property asset records.
  • Assists in the recording of materials issued to work order and maintenance jobs within the business/accounting information system.
  • Assists with material inventory administration including receiving and tracking of packing slips for material purchased, coding of material invoices and preparing reports for the analysis of physical inventory.
  • Prepare and distribute monthly inventory reports and assist with researching and resolving any material discrepancies.
  • As needed answers phone calls and transmits and receives information over the dispatch radio system.
  • Assists with the coordination of the vehicle analysis program.
  • As directed, prepares various monthly and yearly reports. 
  • Attends and participates in training programs for improvement of job knowledge, skill and safety.

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

Position Summary: This position assists with planning, developing, implementing and administering all personnel programs. This includes recruiting and retention, compensation and benefits, employee relations, equal employment opportunity, labor relations, payroll administration, worker's compensation, and employee training and benefits education programs. This position will report to the Human Resources Manager, and will act in a confidential capacity to other management personnel. The position uses independent judgement to suggest changes to ensure compliance with established laws, policies, plans, collective bargaining agreements, and organizational objectives.

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified.  The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned.

 

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned:

  • Provides administrative assistance to the HR Manager.
  • The Human Resources Assistant shall carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position in conformity with established policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for following MEC’s document retention policy and organizing and maintaining hard and electronic confidential files.
  • This person is encouraged to use initiative and judgment in making decisions, remembering that the Cooperative’s best interests can be affected by his/her actions. She/he should feel free to make suggestions for the improvement of operations and efficiency.
  • This position shall secure the approval of the Human Resources Manager in making decisions when policies are not clear or adequate, or require interpretation.
  • Assists in administering the wage and salary plan for all employees, assists the HR Manager with the annual performance appraisal process.
  • Monitors developments in privacy law and ensures the cooperative’s ongoing compliance. This includes conducting periodic audits, as assigned by the HR Manager, to ensure the cooperative is complying with the law.
  • Attends supervisor and management meetings to contribute to management discussion and insight.
  • Completes annual, quarterly and monthly reports for the Cooperative.
  • Assists the HR Manager with benefits administration
  • Assists the HR Manager with devising and editing job descriptions, recruitment and onboarding of new employees.
  • Audits timesheets and overtime; ensures employees and managers are following policies, practices, and the collective bargaining agreements related to timekeeping.
  • Maintains confidential files and remains objective and respectful of MEC’s duty to its membership.
  • Assists with the development and management of MEC’s training program.  Maintains records of employee training and manages applicable database. 
  • Assists with administering the worker’s compensation program.
  • Assists in researching, developing, and maintaining human resource related policies and procedures as needed.
  • Work with Safety Coordinator in conjunction with OSHA requirements compliance.
  • Assists in planning employee events and activities around the office intended to create a culture where employees are valued and appreciated while encouraged to maintain open communication, professionalism and strive to serve the membership.
  • Work directly with staff, when directed by the HR Manager, to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities on personnel matters.
  • Works directly with the Human Resources Manager and other management personnel regarding bargaining strategy for union negotiations.
  • Assists in coordinating employee communications and training programs.
  • Ensures complaints, disputes and grievances are reported to the HR Manager; maintains confidentiality with said items.
  • May assist in conducting stay and exit interviews and analyzing data to make recommendations to the HR Manager.
  • Assists with receiving and submitting invoices for the HR department.

Qualifications: Candidate should demonstrate initiative, self-motivation, high level of integrity, ability to work in a confidential capacity regarding employee information and labor relations, and favorable attitude and be capable of communicating with the public and employees. Must be able to maintain good employee and member relations by promoting harmony and the Cooperative’s ideals. Must relate well to all kinds of people, both inside and outside the organization, use diplomacy and tact. Ability to work with sensitive information and document management.  Has functional and technical knowledge and skill to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Education/Experience: Associates Degree is preferred. High school diploma or equivalent is required. Experience in a human resources support role and/or experience of increasing secretarial or office administration responsibility is preferred. Must be proficient in computer application software programs, including but not limited to MS Office, Excel, Power Point. Must obtain valid North Dakota driver’s license and maintain good driving record. Will be required to maintain the highest level of confidentiality of information.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, policy and procedure manuals, and collective bargaining agreements. Ability to write  reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands: Must be able to thrive in typical office environment, when the majority of the time is spent in a sitting position. Must be physically and mentally able to safely function in all aspects of this position and be of the highest integrity, with personal habits above reproach.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Design Services Supervisor, designs, stakes, maps and inspects primary, secondary and service installations for new services, system improvements, sectionalizing equipment and retirements of existing facilities in a manner that provides safe, prompt, efficient and reliable electric service to McKenzie Electric Cooperative’s (MEC) consumer-members. Provides quality service to member-consumers to ensure member-consumer needs are met within compliance of MEC’s standards and by providing timely and accurate responses to request for service or information.

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified. The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in an engineering related field from a four-year college or university; four plus years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certifications/Licenses: A valid ND Class D driver’s license is required. A valid ND Class A driver’s license is preferred.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. Works outside with great physical exertion requiring upper body strength and stamina. The employee will routinely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds, occasionally heavy work requiring exertion of up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. Emergency work and irregular work hours are conditions of this position. Must be available for scheduled after hour call outs.  This position is subject to work in adverse weather elements/hazards conditions such as high temperatures, ice storms, outages, etc and is subject to work-related hazards while performing the job. Subject to random drug and alcohol testing consistent with Department of Transportation regulations.

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

  • Responds to member requests by designing, routing and staking all new extensions, conversions, additions or upgrades to electric distribution facilities.
  • Schedules and keeps appointments with member-consumers for new construction, upgrading or conversions of facilities and relocation or removal of existing facilities. Interacts and interviews members to identify the optimal design, location, routing and cost estimate of new extensions or upgrades that mutually meets the needs of members and MEC’s standards in terms of cost, construction, maintenance and overall reliability.
  • Effectively communicates with member-consumers terms and conditions of service, rates, standards, and company policies.
  • Consistent with MEC’s line extension policy and according to Rural Utility Service (RUS) and MEC’s unit design standards, prepares itemized construction costs estimates for new or upgraded service and system improvements work.
  • Designs, stakes and inspects all new, upgraded or retired distribution lines according to RUS, National Electric Safety Code specifications and approved construction practices with the goal of enhancing the reliability of the distribution system. This includes accurately preparing staking sheets (both manually and electronically) that meets expectations of MEC’s standards in terms of quality, completeness and timeliness for construction operations.
  • Consistent with standard design units, prepares itemized list of required materials required for construction. Ensures material list identified for design jobs is complete, accurate and provided in a timely manner. Coordinates with Operations and Warehouse to ensure material availability for the timely construction of work jobs.
  • Regularly collaborates with Operations and Line Crews to improve design-construction processes to cost effectively meet member and cooperative needs for quality, effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Assists in the coordination, planning and designing of work plans for system improvements to electric transmission and distribution facilities, including the preparation and filing of appropriate documents.
  • Acquires easements for right-of-way and processes and records easements at government offices as required.
  • Maintains, corrects and updates distribution system circuit diagram and system maps within geographic information system (GIS) or system mapping platform. Reviews standard maps of cities, subdivision plots, railroads, highway and other utilities in connection with the preparation of new system maps for locating distribution lines.
  • Maintains records necessary for work order accounting procedures and to support the formulation of work plans and reports required by the RUS and all other regulatory agencies.
  • Identifies and reports any unsafe or unsatisfactory conditions on the distribution system and reports these conditions for corrective actions.
  • Identifies and recommends improvements to work practices, design standards and business processes that strengthen service, enhance safety, reduce cost and improve reliability.
  • Utilizes company equipment, knowledge and systems for peak efficiency and presents a positive image for MEC.
  • Assists and coordinates with transition and interface of GIS or system mapping to future technologies.
  • Maintains a certification of first aid, CPR and other life saving techniques and performs these techniques as necessary to ensure that prompt attention is given to coworkers during emergencies.
  • Attends and participates in training programs for improvement of job knowledge, skill and safety.

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely  manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member  needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge  of  RUS  construction  specifications,  National  Electrical  Safety  Code,  OSHA regulations and National Electric Code
  • Must be knowledgeable of RUS approved list of materials.
  • Possess understanding of applicable RUS Bulletins and regulations, Cooperative policies, terms and conditions of service, rates, regulations and approved practices, particularly as it pertains to line operations activities.
  • Working understanding of electricity, electronics, surveying and/or computerized drafting.
  • Familiar with system geography.
  • Demonstrates a general understanding of the cost to do business and views self as a resource in controlling business costs.
  • Basic understanding of how PC based Window’s software operates.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Operations Supervisor or designee, responsible for building, maintaining, repairing and restoring overhead and underground power distribution and transmission lines within the scope of his/her training and certification in a safe and efficient manner within accepted McKenzie Electric Cooperative (MEC) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) operations standards.

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified.  The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: High School diploma or equivalent; or four years of increasing responsible experience in all phases of distribution, line construction and maintenance of electric distribution utility or related industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certifications/Licenses: Completion of an approved apprenticeship program. Completion of Electrical Line worker program preferred. A valid ND Class A driver’s license is required.

Knowledge:                                             

  • Knowledge of RUS construction specifications, National Electrical Safety Code, OSHA regulations and National Electric Code
  • Possess understanding of applicable RUS Bulletins and regulations, Cooperative policies, terms and conditions of service, rates, regulations and approved practices, particularly as it pertains to line operations activities.
  • Basic understanding of how PC based Window’s software operates.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

  • Within the skills and ability of journeyman-level knowledge of electrical line work, safely participates in the construction and maintenance of electric distribution lines and services.  Performs all necessary activities of journeyman lineworker, including all aspects of underground; climbing of all types and overhead work including changing out of arms, transformers, conductors, etc. 
  • Reviews assigned construction or maintenance projects and recommends to the Foreman or Operations Supervisor, the required personnel, materials and equipment needed to assure a timely and safe completion of the project.
  • Performs maintenance activities on energized or de-energized lines to keep the system in a safe and operable condition.
  • Assists in analyzing and evaluating operation and maintenance activities relative to the distribution system facilities and assists in the investigation and resolution of service problems to assure that installations are made in compliance with required specifications and to maintain member confidence and satisfaction with MEC electric service delivery.
  • As assigned, investigates and remedies service interruptions and assists in evaluating the cause of the interruption to assure prompt restoration of service to members and continued service reliability. 
  • Conducts line patrol activities and takes corrective actions as deemed necessary to assure safe and reliable service to MEC members. 
  • Performs switching procedures when deemed necessary or as directed to facilitate operations. 
  • Installs sectionalizing equipment and assists with maintenance to provide continued reliable service within the required specifications. 
  • Hooks up single-phase and multi-phase transformer connections using the correct configuration to assure the end user of proper voltage levels. 
  • Disconnects, installs and removes meters to assure timely compliance with member requests and/or Cooperative policy. 
  • Reads meters and performs disconnections to assist Billing Department in keeping accounts current and accurate. 
  • Makes frequent checks of tools and protective equipment and submits recommendations for replacing defective materials to assure that they are safe and operable. 
  • Ensures the maintenance of assigned vehicles and equipment to assure that they are clean, safe and operable and that the required documentation is completed. 
  • Maintains truck stock of material inventories and completes required documentation for assigned vehicle and projects to assure proper material records are kept.
  • Documents the materials used for construction and maintenance jobs (both planned and unplanned work) and coordinates with Foreman regarding any material changes used for jobs.
  • Maintains a certification of first aid, CPR and other life saving techniques and performs these techniques as necessary to ensure that prompt attention is given during emergencies.
  • Maintains compliance with all other required certifications and qualifications associated with the job.
  • Responds to outages, position is subject to non-routine hours and is required to be placed on the on call rotation. 
  • Attends and participates in training programs for improvement of job knowledge, skill and safety.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. Works outside with great physical exertion requiring upper body strength and stamina. The employee will frequently climb poles and is exposed to the risk of high precarious places up to 55 feet or more, installing line materials and equipment and often works in awkward positions requiring lower body strength. The employee will routinely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds, occasionally heavy work requiring exertion of up to 100 pounds. Will frequently work with or near energized lines and with equipment requiring safe work habits and performed in accordance with established work procedures and specifications to avoid electric shock and injury. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. Emergency work and irregular work hours are conditions of this position.  Must be available for scheduled after hour call outs.  This position is subject to work in adverse weather elements/hazards conditions such as high temperatures, ice storms, outages, etc and is subject to work-related hazards while performing the job. Subject to random drug and alcohol testing consistent with Department of Transportation regulations.

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Operations Supervisor or designee, responsible for building, maintaining, repairing and restoring overhead and underground power distribution and transmission lines within the scope of his/her training and certification in a safe and efficient manner within accepted McKenzie Electric Cooperative (MEC) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) operations standards.

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified. The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: High School diploma or equivalent and enrollment resulting in completion of an apprenticeship lineworker program required. With completion of an Electrical Line worker program, apprentice may start with responsibilities detailed in the of 2nd, twelve month period section.

Certifications/Licenses: A valid ND Class A driver’s license is required.

Knowledge: Basic understanding of how PC based Window’s software operates.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. Works outside with great physical exertion requiring upper body strength and stamina. The employee will frequently climb poles and is exposed to the risk of high precarious places up to 55 feet or more, installing line materials and equipment and often works in awkward positions requiring lower body strength. The employee will routinely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds, occasionally heavy work requiring exertion of up to 100 pounds. Will frequently work with or near energized lines and with equipment requiring safe work habits and performed in accordance with established work procedures and specifications to avoid electric shock and injury. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. Emergency work and irregular work hours are conditions of this position.  Must be available for scheduled after hour call outs.  This position is subject to work in adverse weather elements/hazards conditions such as high temperatures, ice storms, outages, etc and is subject to work-related hazards while performing the job. Subject to random drug and alcohol testing consistent with Department of Transportation regulations.

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

This position may receive direction from journey level or lead line level positions.  This position must work closely with journey level positions in acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge.  Successful completion of all corresponding course work and testing is the responsibility of the apprentice and is necessary for advancement in steps. 

By the end of the first, twelve month period, the employee must have demonstrated the abilities to work effectively and have practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Performs construction and maintenance when poles are completely de-energized and grounded. Remains out of contact distance of an energized conductor on a pole.
  • Identifies and properly handles material, tools and equipment.
  • Frames and climbs poles.
  • Disconnects, installs and removes meters to assure timely compliance with member requests and/or Cooperative policy. 
  • Reads meters and performs disconnections to assist Billing Department in keeping accounts current and accurate. 
  • Ensures the maintenance of assigned vehicles and equipment to assure that they are clean, safe and operable and that the required documentation is completed. 
  • Makes frequent checks of tools and protective equipment and submits recommendations for replacing defective materials to assure that they are safe and operable. 
  • Maintains truck stock of material inventories and completes required documentation for assigned vehicle and projects to assure proper material records are kept.
  • Comprehends RUS (Rural Utility Services) construction specifications and basic construction units.
  • Possess understanding of applicable RUS Bulletins and regulations, Cooperative policies, terms and conditions of service, rates, regulations and approved practices, particularly as it pertains to line operations activities.
  • Operates radio to communicate with fellow employees and Supervisor.
  • Maintains a certification of first aid, CPR and other life saving techniques and performs these techniques as necessary to ensure that prompt attention is given during emergencies.
  • Attends and participates in training programs for improvement of job knowledge, skill and safety.

By the end of the second, twelve month period, the employee must have demonstrated the abilities to work effectively and have practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Performs the duties and responsibilities of a first-year lineworker apprentice.
  • Completes construction and maintenance on energized poles under the supervision of a Journeyman Lineworker with voltages not to exceed 600 volts.
  • Installs distribution transformers, security lights, service drops, secondaries and conductors.
  • Hooks up single-phase transformer connections using the correct configuration to assure the end user of proper voltage levels.
  • Understands procedures for forms, records and reporting and ensures accurate completion of each.
  • Operates aerial devices, cranes, trenches, backhoes and diggers.
  • Receives and passes training on pole-top and bucket truck rescue.
  • Becomes familiar with hot sticking procedures under direct supervision of Journeyman Lineworker.
  • Performs voltage checks.

By the end of the third, twelve month period, the employee must have demonstrated the abilities to work effectively and have practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Performs the duties and responsibilities of a second-year Apprentice Lineworker.
  • Completes construction and maintenance on energized poles under the supervision of a Journeyman Lineworker with voltages up to 15,000 volts phase to ground.
  • Interprets staking sheet information to complete assigned jobs.
  • Completes polyphase transformer connections.
  • Installs and repairs transformers, Oil Circuit Reclosers (OCR) and sectionalizing equipment.
  • Installs regulators and capacitors.
  • Performs hot-line work under direct supervision of Journeyman Lineworker.

By the end of the fourth, twelve month period, the employee must have demonstrated the abilities to work effectively and have practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Performs the duties and responsibilities of a third-year apprentice lineworker.
  • Completes construction and maintenance on energized poles under the supervision of a Journeyman Lineworker.
  • Conducts line patrol activities and takes corrective actions as deemed necessary to assure safe and reliable service to MEC members.
  • Understands specifications and procedures for underground construction and maintenance.
  • Completes substation inspections and performs maintenance as needed.
  • Completes all types of metering connections.
  • Installs instrument transformers and meters.
  • As assigned, investigates and remedies service interruptions and assists in evaluating the cause of the interruption to assure prompt restoration of service to members and continued service reliability. 
  • Performs switching procedures when deemed necessary or as directed to facilitate operations. 
  • Assists with maintenance on sectionalizing equipment to provide continued reliable service within the required specifications. 
  • Performs maintenance and operation of regulators, capacitors and OCRs.
  • Reviews assigned construction or maintenance projects and recommends to the Foreman or Operations Supervisor, the required personnel, materials and equipment needed to assure a timely and safe completion of the project.
  • Assists in analyzing and evaluating operation and maintenance activities relative to the distribution system facilities and assists in the investigation and resolution of service problems to assure that installations are made in compliance with required specifications and to maintain member confidence and satisfaction with MEC electric service delivery.

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.
  • Exhibits strong organizational and accountability skills to ensure all aspects of apprenticeship are accurate and in accordance with the Department of Labor requirements.

Position Summary: Under the direction and accountability to the Business Manager and general supervision by the Lead Accountant, provides a variety of secretarial support activities, receptionist duties and general office administration activities in support of the General Manager and Department Managers’, providing these services in a timely, accurate and quality manner while maintaining a good working relationship with others within the office environment.

Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified.  The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by the General Manager/CEO or Direct Supervisor.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: High school diploma or equivalent; Previous customer service representative or public contact position preferred. Some general office and department administration experience desirable.

Certifications/Licenses: A valid ND Class D driver’s license is required.

Knowledge: Basic understanding of how PC based Window’s software operates.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.

  • Provides a variety of secretarial and administrative activities for the General Manager and Department Managers including the preparation of correspondence and reports; maintaining the organization files and records; maintaining appointment schedules; coordinating and scheduling of meetings; data entry of operational activities and other related duties as directed. 
  • As directed, coordinates and makes travel arrangements for the Board of Directors, General Manager, Department Managers and other employee personnel.
  • Maintains a schedule of employees who are out of the office due to vacations, sick leave and business trips.
  • Takes notes and prepares summaries of meeting outcomes as requested.
  • Renders prompt, efficient and courteous telephone answering service of incoming calls, answering questions, taking messages, directing calls to proper personnel and assisting with taking outages calls as required to restore electric and related services promptly.
  • Organizes and maintains central files for the Cooperative.
  • Assists with telephone and communication equipment troubleshooting and coordinates the repairs and maintenance to these systems.
  • Greets visitors and walk-in members and directs them to appropriate personnel.
  • Assists with service activities, including answering simple member inquiries, calling members as directed and researching and responding to member questions. 
  • Handles and distributes incoming mail and answering correspondence as needed. 
  • Takes dictation, types correspondence and performs other related secretarial duties.
  • Assists with the preparation of various monthly and year-end reports.
  • Maintains and orders office supplies as required.
  • Organizes, maintains and makes available key policy documents, job descriptions and other critical internal documents.  Maintains and keeps a current database of employee personnel contact information.
  • As directed, assists with the dissemination of cooperative information to employees, including the posting of required employee information on bulletin boards.
  • Maintains logs for required employee certifications, including first-aid training and other certification training.
  • Assists all departments as needed related to administration activities and data entry.
  • Assists with organizing and coordinating cooperative sponsored social activities, as well as Board of Director meeting meals and activities.
  • Performs timely check reconciliation processes for Cooperative bank accounts.
  • Attends and participates in training programs for improvement of job knowledge, skill and safety.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee will routinely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. 

Competencies:

  • Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
  • Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
  • Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
  • Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
  • Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, public assistance status, status with respect to marriage, or off-duty participation in lawful activity in compliance with applicable law, or any other form of discrimination prohibited by applicable laws.  All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire in compliance with federal law.

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Interested candidates may contact
Carissa Suter, HR Manager, at 701-444-6735
or email csuter@mckenzieelectric.com
with any questions or to apply.