The Electric Distribution Crew Leader supervises and coordinates the day-to-day and emergency activities of the electric distribution crew engaged in installation, expansion, relocation, repair, maintenance, and servicing of electric distribution (overhead and underground) systems, facilities, auxiliary equipment, and related activities. Position is that of a 'working' supervisor whereby incumbent also performs line work with supervised employees that includes: identifying and repairing defectives devices, conduits, cables, wires, transformers, capacitors, and switches; inspecting and testing power lines and auxiliary equipment; climbing poles; and operating truck-mounted buckets and power equipment. The Crew Leader also supports construction, operation, and maintenance of the water distribution system as needed.
Confer with Distribution Superintendent daily to receive work assignments, coordinate personnel, and equipment required for day-to-day operations as well as in the event of emergency, personnel shortage, major construction or maintenance activity, or as otherwise needed.
Provide instruction, direction, and guidance to Electric Lineworkers and Apprentice Lineworkers on technique, operation, safety, and procedure.
Supervise and coordinate activities of work crew assigned to tasks.
Report violations of rules, regulations, policies, practices, and procedures to Distribution Superintendent.
Display excellent customer service and respond to citizen inquiries regarding service and responsibility within the Village policies and framework and explain work situations.
Recommend maintenance or repair of vehicles, equipment, and tools.
Construct, install, maintain, and repair power cables, manholes, vaults, pipes, ductwork, transformers, switchgear, street lights and poles, auxiliary equipment, service drops, etc.
Attach crossarms, insulators, lightning arresters, switches, conductors, and auxiliary equipment to utility poles prior to setting in place; erect poles; install and adjust guy wires.
Direct and perform circuit switching; climb utility poles and operate truck-mounted lift bucket equipment to install or repair overhead power and auxiliary equipment.
Inspect distribution system to prevent or detect problems; locate and determine cause of interruption, trim trees and brush prior to new construction and during repair of damaged lines.
Open switches and attach grounding devices to de-energize lines or accessories to facilitate repairs and remove electrical hazards.
Cover energized lines with rubber protective equipment and use insulated poles (hot sticks) fitted with grasping or crimping tools and high voltage rubber gloves to facilitate safe handling of high-voltage lines without service interruption.
String overhead conductors between erected poles and adjust slack; secure new wires to crossarm insulators.
Test underground conductors to identify corresponding conductors and detect faulted circuits or incorrect connections.
Splice, terminate and insulate conductors and related cables and wiring to complete circuit and connect transformers and electrical accessories.
Test power lines and auxiliary equipment to identify defective transformers, switches, and related accessories causing line disturbances.
Re-insulate, upgrade, and replace worn cables and wires.
Connect service drops between the distribution system and customers.
Install, remove, and wire transformer banks, traffic signals, and street light poles..
Maintain and repair street lights and traffic signals, examine components for defects or excessive wear, and replace defective parts; clean and paint lamp components.
Demolish or trim vaults and manholes; install and build wooden forms, sheeting, shoring and bracing for excavation.
Erect steel reinforcing for concrete vaults and manholes; mix, pour and finish concrete and remove forms when concrete has set.
Install and repair underground conduit and cable systems; install brackets and braces and cut apertures required for duct and electric equipment installation.
Test for and clear obstructions in ducts and conduit; install metal conduit; pull cables through ducts and conduits, splice cable and insulate.
Install and repair transformers and other electric distribution equipment in vaults and manholes.
Support the construction, operation, and maintenance of the water distribution system as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
Eight (8) years minimum work experience in electric distribution, including successful completion of an Electric Lineworker Apprenticeship.
Valid Illinois Class "A" CDL driver's license with air brake endorsement.
Due to the "on-call" nature of the position, successful candidate will be expected to reside within 60 minutes in proximity to the Village of Winnetka within 90 days of employment.
The Village of Winnetka,Illinois is an established North Shore suburban community, located approximately 20 miles north of Chicago. Its Water & Electric Department, with 30 employees, is responsible for the water and electric plants (located on Tower Road adjacent to Lake Michigan) as well as both distribution systems. The peak electrical demand for the Village is 40 MW. This department works closely with a separate Public Works Department that provides other public services.