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About the job
Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
What you'll do
- Cut and peel lead sheathing and insulation from defective or newly installed cables and conduits prior to splicing.
- Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment to locate and identify problems, using reading and testing instruments.
- Clean, tin, and splice corresponding conductors by twisting ends together or by joining ends with metal clamps and soldering connections.
- Attach cross-arms, insulators, and auxiliary equipment to poles prior to installing them.
- Coordinate work assignment preparation and completion with other workers.
- Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.
- Replace or straighten damaged poles.
- Lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduit running through the trenches.
- Trim trees that could be hazardous to the functioning of cables or wires.
- Cut trenches for laying underground cables, using trenchers and cable plows.
Things you need to know
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Abilities you'll need to have
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.