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Project Engineering Technician
Project Engineering Technician Kootenai Electric Cooperative is located in scenic northern Idaho, in the heart of abundant recreational opportunities. Set in a beautiful lakeside mountain setting, it is a favorite destination for tourists. Just outside our back door are national forests, lakes, rivers and trails with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, boating/water sports, fishing, hunting, hiking. golf, snow sports and much more. The four distinct seasons provide opportunities for year-round recreation. The Coeur d’Alene/Hayden metropolitan area also offers a variety of entertainment and shopping venues and is a 45 minute drive from Spokane, Washington and access to domestic and international air transportation. The objective of the Project Engineering Technician is to design and implement line extensions, line maintenance and repair projects, distribution and transmission lines and capital projects budgeted in accordance with KEC standards , guaranteeing their completion within acceptable deadlines. Essential Skills · Safety: Adhere to all laws, regulations, standards, rules and practices relating to workplace and trade safety. Use of personal protective equipment as needed. Assume individual responsibility for managing safety risks and reporting unsafe conditions or unsafe work practices. Respond positively to safety-focused comments. Contribute to a culture of safety. · Quality of Work: Produce thorough, high-quality work with minimal errors. Ask for feedback, make any necessary corrections. Identify problems and solve them. Strive to improve processes. Work collaboratively with team members to implement systemic changes. · Productivity: complete assigned work in a timely manner. Use slow times productively. Produce the expected quantity and volume, at the accepted speed. · Technical Skills/Professional Knowledge: Demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of technical skills in the area of expertise, technology, products and/or processes involved. Perform assigned tasks. Keep up to date with changes. Competent with all technologies and industry best practices necessary to perform the job. Maintains necessary certifications. · Communication: Oral and written communication conveys information clearly. Keep others informed of activities and issues in a timely manner. Listen carefully. Respond appropriately and respectfully. Teamwork/Ability to Work with Others: Demonstrate ability to work positively with colleagues and/or clients with backgrounds, opinions, abilities, etc. Establish and maintain strong and effective working relationships. Contribute effectively to group efforts. Promote harmony. Agree to disagree without hurting relationships. · Responsibility: Maintain excellent attendance and punctuality. Arrive on time and be ready to work. Accept responsibility for work and actions. Be trustworthy. · Integrity: Demonstrate honesty, high ethical standards and respect for all team members, colleagues and KEC members. · Professionalism: Always address internal and external customers with courtesy and respect. Dress in appropriate work clothes for the position. Communicate commercial information in a timely manner, using means of communication appropriate to the situation. · Support of Cooperative Goals, Policies and Procedures: Support the goals of the cooperative. Adhere to all co-op policies and procedures. Understand that caring for internal customers and external members is always the top priority. Contribute effectively in support of this priority. · Problem Solving: Use sound logic and methodology to solve problems. Explore several sources of answers, if necessary. Able to identify hidden issues. Propose solutions. Job Responsibilities/Essential Functions · Designs, studies and implements new member line extensions, maintenance requests and capital projects in accordance with KEC and NESC standards. · Performs power distribution system designs for subdivisions and establishes designs in design software (eg, AutoCAD). · Land ownership research. · Search for existing easements. · Prepares, secures and legalizes easements. · Searches for recorded and noted dishes. · Sizes transformers and conductors to meet members’ needs. · Meets with members or their representatives to assist in the design and planning phases of new line extensions. · Develops and quotes cost estimates. · Represents KEC on various utility coordination groups. · Works with state, county and city road relocations. · Makes recommendations for improvements. · Verifies the accuracy of invoices. · Ensures that KEC respects the prescribed budget. · Helps solve power quality problems. · Keeps others informed. Reports and written communications are clear, timely and relevant. Verbal communication is clear and correct. Listen and try to understand others. Communicates effectively with diverse groups or individuals. · Enthusiastic team worker, helps others, promotes harmony among co-workers, team members, supervisors and members. Responds well to suggestions and criticisms. Easily adapts to change. Responds well to additional or different missions. Performs actions consistent with the objectives and goals of the team and the cooperative. · Coordinates system improvements according to the work plan. · Evaluates joint use requests and produces design and cost estimates. · Can help train entry-level project engineering technicians. · Performs other duties as directed or required. Job Responsibilities/Essential Functions: · Education/Experience: o 2 year technical degree in Engineering, Applied Science or equivalent experience. o Knowledge of surveying. · Knowledge/Skills o Experience working with members/clients in a variety of situations. o Design of overhead and underground power lines. o Knowledge of NESC and NEC. o Knowledge of KEC internal processes, power line construction methods, materials and equipment. o Good understanding of agency processes (Idaho DOT, local municipalities, railroads, etc.) o Experience with various types of surveying equipment. o Effective written and verbal communications. o Strong math skills, especially trigonometry. o Strong mechanical aptitude. o Highly motivated. o Excellent interpersonal skills. o Attention to accuracy and detail. o Strong computer skills and ability to effectively use current KEC computer systems including AutoCAD. o Valid driver’s license. o Skilled Worker as defined by OSHA 1910.269. · Mental Requirements: o Ability to think through design and construction processes and able to present feasible designs with realistic timelines and construction sequences. o Ability to calculate strengths of poles, pole top assemblies, conductors, guy wires and anchors and able to assess NESC code requirements for utility installations. o Ability to compare, copy, calculate, compile, analyze, coordinate and synthesize. · Working Conditions/Hazards: o Extended road trips to member locations. The work is carried out in all weathers. o Must be available for unscheduled work. o Travel may be required for training or other purposes. Interested candidates should complete a KEC job application at www.kec.com. This position will remain open until November 13, 2022. Kootenai Electric Cooperative, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment regardless of disability or protected veteran status.