Electric Working Foreman – POSITION FILLED

Canby Utility, a municipal electric and water utility nestled in the northern Willamette Valley, just 30 minutes south of Portland, Oregon, is looking to hire a Working Foreman to join our team. Canby Utility has one electric crew that serves a population of approximately 17,000 with 7,400 electric meters. Canby’s electric system is approximately 75-80% underground, has two substations, and is a full requirements customer of the Bonneville Power Administration.

This position directs and performs assigned work related to the construction, maintenance, and repair of the overhead and underground electric distribution system and related equipment. This position is classified as a full-time, non-exempt, and safety sensitive position.


  • Minimum of five years of experience as a Journeyman Lineman. Must present a Journeyman Lineman card with documented completion of an accredited lineman program.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Hot Stick training and experience
  • Knowledge of substations and protective systems
  • Proficiency in operating line equipment and tools used in construction, maintenance, and repair of overhead and underground power lines.
  • Ability to read and interpret system maps, work sketches, diagrams, and be able to efficiently use electronic equipment such as laptop computers and iPads.
  • Ability to meet the physical demands typical for the position, with or without accommodation.
  • Post-offer, pre-employment physical capacity screening by a licensed medical professional or physical therapist, pass a drug test, criminal background check, and acceptable driving history verified through Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Must have a valid Class A Commercial driver’s license with airbrake endorsement.
  • Knowledge and understanding of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 safety rules and regulations

Canby Utility offers an excellent benefit package, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, Oregon PERS/Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP), $125 monthly contribution to the employee’s VEBA account and an option to invest into the 401(k) and 457 plans. Canby Utility pays 95% of the employee and family medical, dental, and vision premium costs, and the employee’s contribution portion of PERS.

Applications accepted until filled.

Purpose of Position

Under direction of the Operations Field Supervisor, directs and performs assigned work related to the construction, maintenance, and repair of the overhead and underground electric distribution system and related equipment. This position is classified as a full-time, non-exempt, and safety sensitive position.

Essential Job Functions

Receive and communicate assignments in the form of oral instructions, work orders, service request, established maintenance schedules, rough notes or sketches. Reads and interprets site plans, construction drawings, and scopes of work.

Directs and performs work required of a Journeyman Lineman, which includes climbing poles and working in confined/enclosed spaces, such as vaults and ditches.

Directs and performs the proper assembly and installation of overhead and underground line construction, such as framing and erection of poles and fixtures, conduit, vaults, enclosures, and transformers. Performs the proper assembly or installation of all types of related equipment and apparatus on the distribution systems. Performs work on energized conductors with live line tools.

Directly responsible for maintaining the integrity of equipment and vehicles related to power line maintenance, operations, and construction when under his/her control. Operates equipment when required.

Is directly responsible for personal and crew safety. Ensures job task tailboards are completed and documented. Assures that safe work practices and safety rules are followed and in compliance with OSHA and company policies. Personally inspects all safety and protective equipment, tools, materials etc., to confirm that are in operational condition and property maintained. Ensures that all work is performed safely and efficiently and in compliance with applicable codes, as well as company standards and specifications. Attend regular monthly safety meetings. Reports safety concerns, problems, and violations to management.

Performs duties before/after normal working hours, on weekends and/or holidays for service outages or other emergencies or assigned for call-out.

Assists with troubleshooting of substation and other system device issues.

Accurately and legibly completes timesheets, reports, material records, logs, field as-built drawings and similar required work following prescribed formats.

Performs warehouse and inventory duties as needed, must be fork lift certified. Maintains regular and reliable attendance.

Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Must be presently qualified to be a Journeyman Lineman with documented completion of an accredited Journeyman Lineman program.

Have a solid fundamental knowledge of electricity required in line construction and maintenance and properly apply the tools and equipment of the trade.

Knowledge of substations, protective systems, and distribution systems for residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Knowledge of practices, methods, tools, materials, and equipment used in the electrical trade (including overhead and underground systems).

Ability to read and interpret system maps, work sketches and diagrams.

Knowledge and ability to utilize electronic equipment (laptop computers, iPad, cell phone, etc.) for communications, mapping and other functions as needed.

The ability to courteously and effectively deal with customers and the general public for service questions or problems is necessary.

Job Qualification Requirements

Mandatory Requirements: High school diploma or G.E.D; Successful completion of an accredited Journeyman Lineman apprenticeship program; A minimum of five (5) years of experience actively working as a Journeyman Lineman; Directly related knowledge of NESC and NEC principles and standards as applied to the design and staking of electrical distribution systems; Direct knowledge of OSHA 1910.269; Must possess a valid Oregon Class-A commercial driver’s license, CPR certification, flagging, fork lift certification and first aid cards. Must be willing to participate in the standby rotation and be available and responsive to emergency call-outs; Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to maintain interpersonal skills including tact, patience and courtesy with fellow employees and the public.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands of the Position

Individual assigned to this position will work in field conditions under potentially adverse weather situations. Must have the ability to climb poles, including and demonstrate the ability to perform pole top rescue as required. During system emergencies, individual is expected to work extended out-of-routine hours. Position requires being able to lift up to 80 pounds on occasion, climbing, pushing, and pulling. An employee in this position may be exposed to hazardous materials, substances or circumstances. Individuals with restrictions in physical mobility including walking, bending, lifting, climbing, etc. may be unable to perform the essential functions of this job.

Job Details

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August 21, 2019
September 29, 2020