The Staking Engineer provides maximum service to the member-owners by providing prompt and efficient responses to requests for service or information. Oversee preparation of staking plans for the construction of commercial and residential electric services. Assist in marketing, public relations, member services and economic development functions in support of new and switchover of existing facilities, by being able to inform and advise the public about the rural electric program, efficient uses of electricity and the opportunities and benefits of receiving Cooperative services.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work Plan/New Construction oversight (project management) design, and field staking:
Ensure all projects are staked and scheduled.
Obtain permits and easements (contacting landowners and federal/state/county agencies).
Reviews all staking sheets and work with Line Superintendent to determine whether work is done by KPC crew or outside contractors.
Develop a material list in support of staking sheet requirements, including conductor and transformer requirements.
Schedules and keeps appointments with member-owners for new construction, upgrading or conversions of facilities, and relocation or removal of existing facilities.
Designs, stakes and inspects primary, secondary, and service installations for new services, system improvements, sectionalizing equipment and retirements of existing facilities. Prepares construction cost estimates as required by KPC, application of applicable rules and regulations, and NESC Code.
Complete member requested work including but not limited to developing cost estimates and coordinating the staking process.
Give courteous and accurate answers to member inquiries or requests. To explain at every opportunity the services offered, policies, rates, procedures and benefits to which a member of the Corporation is entitled and to stimulate pride of ownership among the members.
Introduce potential residential and commercial members to the opportunities and benefits of receiving Cooperative services.
Prepare staking sheets; add information to facility maps in As Built work orders, close out work order in coordination with the Plant Accountant.
Must be able to walk over uneven, steep or difficult terrain for distances of over a mile on a regular, recurring basis.
Investigates reliability complaints.
Advise member and public regarding engineering problems regarding electric service requested and/or required.
Operate and maintain transportation equipment, tools and working equipment in proper condition, and report deficiencies or repairs as needed.
Responsible for compliance with the Cooperative’s safety rules.
Personally agrees to adhere to and abide by the Cooperative’s safety rules, safety policies and safety procedures.
Acts in an exemplary manner in order to maintain and promote safe practices and procedures, and participates in scheduled safety meetings and first-aid classes.
Keeps the Engineering and Operations Manager in formed of important matters which must be handled at that level, with particular emphasis on critical incidents related to safety, or when schedules may be seriously affected.
Develops and maintains working knowledge in the staking process, underground cable locating.
Participated in various research projects which supplement basic engineering activities or apply on a broader base in the cooperative.
Maintain system maps including necessary drafting as required.
Inspects for tree trimming and/or removal requirements, facility damages, and to identify potentially hazardous situations.
Consults with developers to provide for mutually agreeable conditions for the installation of KPC facilities in areas to be developed. Coordinates the installation of facilities with other utilities.
Utilizes drafting and data processing equipment as needed to draft staking sheets and facility layouts and to produce material sheets for construction projects.
Maintains, corrects, and updates distribution system circuit diagram and consumer location maps as needed. Recommends redrafting and correction of maps when needed.
Maintains records necessary for work order accounting procedures and to support the formulation of work plans and reports.
Maintain accurate joint use pole attachment files with various telephone and CATV companies to insure proper billing of those accounts.
Working with the Engineering and Operations Manager to evaluate system loading, voltage levels, and sectionalizing equipment consistent with proper operational guidelines of a rural electric distribution system.
Assist the Engineering and Operations Manager with the development of 2-year construction work plans, long range work plans and sectionalizing studies.
Assumes responsibility for maintaining proper line inspections levels and keeping accurate records concerning inspection dates, locations and discrepancies found.
Assist the Engineering and Operations Manager in evaluation of feeder loading and system voltage levels as needed to ensure proper location of voltage regulators, system open points and voltage levels consistent with proper operational guidelines of a distribution system.
Establish and maintain contacts and relationships for the purpose of coordination and communication with all employees. To cooperate with all employees in maintaining a pleasant working relationship and improvements of morale; to exchange ideas, information and job experiences that will benefit the organization and insure the continued progress of the cooperative.
Assists as needed in public relations and information programs undertaken by the cooperative and completes career enhancement training programs as directed.
Shows initiative in gaining and maintaining the skills, abilities, and knowledge required to perform this position in at least a fully qualified and satisfactory manner. This includes ongoing training, seminars, coursework, etc.
Other duties as assigned by the Manager of Engineering and Operations or the CEO.
A successful candidate must believe in the values of the cooperative and be driven by the mission. The duties and responsibilities described above are the essential functions of the job. The qualifications below represent the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:
High school diploma or equivalent is required, additional education desired.
A minimum of 4+ years of work experience required, and at least 4+ years of electric utility experience in dealing with easements, new construction management and project management.Or 7 years of experience in operations within an electric utility.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
Excellent phone, computer, oral and written communications skills.
Prepare clear and concise staking sheets, plats, right-of-way easements and other support documents.
Understand the legal aspects of easements and permits.
Knowledge and proficiency using the Microsoft suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Other computer applications as required. NISC experience helpful.
Ability to effectively prioritize multiple projects by utilizing strong organizational and time management skills to complete work in an efficient manner.
Ability to build and maintain effective work relationships and establish credibility with fellow employees and external parties.
Ability to work in a well-organized, self-directed manner, and willingness to assist others when needed.
Ability to adapt to rapidly changing business circumstances; must be able to thrive in a constantly changing business environment.
Knowledge of and ability to use survey equipment, cable locator, field equipment, Trimble, etc.
Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license.
The majority of the work schedule will be performed traveling to and working at various field locations within the service territory with some office time each day. Must be willing to work in all weather conditions. Exposure to varying temperature conditions.
Occasional work outside of normal work hours will be required.
Indoor office work environment; sit for extended periods of time, walk and stand, vision abilities include close and distant focus, talk in person and by telephone.
Exposure to fumes, odors, gases, dust and dirt. Hazards include electrical and mechanical. Safety equipment required.
Occasional lifting and/or carrying, 50 lbs maximum. Reach with hands and arms. Requires repetitive motions with hands and fingers such as dialing and keyboarding. Must be able to use office equipment such as a copier, fax machine, computer and printer.
Staking Engineer is a full-time position.
About Kandiyohi Power Cooperative
Kandiyohi Power Cooperative is a member-owned electric cooperative located in beautiful west central Minnesota. Our mission is to safely provide our member-owners with reliable, sustainable and innovative energy solutions. Our team works together to provide our members with safe, reliable and affordable electrical service. KPC offers a comprehensive benefits package.
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