Southside Electric Cooperative
  • Altavista, VA, USA
  • 20.00-42.00 per hour Pay rate is based upon experience. The pay range for a fully qualified journeyman begins at $34 per hour.
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Employer paid health, dental, vision, life insurance, & LTD; employer funded pension, 401k, HSA, & HRA; tuition reimbursement; vacation, sick leave, and more.


Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) is seeking to fill an immediate opening for the position of Apprentice Line Technician or Journeyman Line Technician at our Western District Office in Altavista, Virginia. Candidates who already meet the training requirements and/or experience will be considered for the position at the appropriate level, up to and including Journeyman Line Technician.


SEC qualified Line Technicians perform in all areas and aspects of utility line work including, but not limited to overhead distribution, transmission, underground, and communication circuits. They know substation procedures and can isolate and troubleshoot line apparatus as needed. They know and understand the Cooperative's electrical system and make decisions to maximize the efficiency of operations.


If hired, apprentice level candidates will become familiar with the National Electric Safety Code (NESC) and National Electric Code (NEC) requirements. You will become familiar with and understand the purposes and use of all protective equipment and demonstrate the ability to use such equipment properly. Apprentices will learn and understand Rural Utilities Service (RUS) specifications and acquire the ability to read blueprint (CAD) drawings, as well as the ability to navigate using the Cooperative's mapping system.


Qualified applicants are willing to complete or have completed a four-year Lineworker Certification Program, which is a combination of eight steps of independent study, eight 32 hour workshops, and on-the-job training. Time allotted for this program is 48 months (4 years) at a step progression of six months per step. Successful completion of all eight steps meets the qualifications for line technician status. A basic knowledge of the Cooperative system's geography is a plus.


High school diploma or GED required. Must have a valid Class A Virginia Commercial Driver's License or acquire one within three months from date of hire. Must be able to meet the physical demands of the position.


At Southside Electric Cooperative, our Member-Owners are our first priority. Therefore, we are first responders when the lights go out. As a Line Technician with Southside Electric Cooperative, you are supported by a team that is ready to serve you. We are not intimidated by adverse situations we know that extra hours will be necessary during emergencies. Like you, we are always ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work when the workload demands.

SEC offers an excellent compensation and benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance, HSA, 401(k), retirement plan, and tuition reimbursement in a work environment that encourages you to be your very best.

Ideal applicants for this position currently live within 45 minutes legal drive time of our Western District Office located in Altavista, VA or are willing to locate to this area at their own expense within 90 days of hire.

All completed SEC applications for employment must be received by 12:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, August 19, 2022.

Documents to establish identity and employment eligibility are required. Offers of employment are conditional upon a negative alcohol and controlled substance test. All SEC employees are subject to random drug tests throughout the year.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

SEC IS PROUD TO BE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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