Title: Sub-Foreman Journeyman Red Seal Powerline Technician (PLT)
Job Classification: Sub-Foreman Journeyman Red Seal Powerline Technician (PLT)
Start Date: Immediately
Allteck is looking for Sub-Foreman Powerline Technician (PLT)’s experienced in the energized replacement of wood and steel transmission structures with voltages ranging from 60kV to 230kV for multiple projects ongoing in Saskatchewan. The responsibilities of a Sub-Foreman Powerline Technician (PLT) are the same as those of a Journeyman but with the added charge of not more than four other tradesmen (whether Journeymen, Driver/ Helpers or Apprentices), or not more than twelve Driver/ Helpers. It shall be the duty of the Foreman or Sub-Foreman to supervise the work of the employees under their charge in such a manner that the work is carried out safely, efficiently and expeditiously.
The typical responsibilities are various and depend specifically on level of responsibility assigned by Allteck. The overall baseline duties are listed below under General Lineman responsibilities. Higher degrees of responsibility correlate directly with a PLT experience and demonstrated capability to supervise a crew.
- The PLT’s will construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems.
- The PLT must erect and maintain steel, wood or concrete poles, towers and guy wires.
- The PLT shall install, maintain and repair overhead and underground power lines and cables, and other associated equipment such as insulators, conductors, lightning arrestors, switches, transformers and lighting systems.
- The PLT shall splice and terminate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution and transmission networks.
- Powerline technicians may also be called upon to perform stringing operations for both distribution and transmission circuits.
- The PLT must work mostly outdoors in all weathers.
- The work always involves travel to and from the work site, which is often in remote areas necessitating the use of a variety of access equipment such as all-terrain vehicles, helicopters, aircraft, and watercraft.
- The PLT is required to climb and maintain their balance while working overhead on poles and towers.
- They must also work in confined spaces such as trenches, vaults, and tunnels.
- The work requires considerable standing, bending, crawling, crouching, stooping, lifting heavy objects, climbing, pulling cables, and reaching.
- These tasks may be conducted in cramped, confined spaces or on poles and towers at great heights.
- A PLT requires the coordination of the arms and legs, especially when climbing poles using climbing gear.
- They require good vision and hearing to recognize hazards, communicate, and conduct the work safely.
- The PLT may work a 40-hour week; however, emergencies may require long hours in inclement weather.
- Due to demands from many clients, PLT’s usually work a 50-60 hour week.
- PLT’s are required to have good mechanical aptitude, a thorough knowledge of the principles of electricity, power transmission and distribution systems, and communication systems, and familiarity with the materials and techniques of construction.
- The PLT will use a variety of vehicles and equipment such as articulated bucket trucks, digger derricks, mobile cranes, and trenchers as well as a variety of hand, power, electrical testing, and “hot line” tools and equipment.
- They may work alone with minimal supervision, and they may supervise others and authorized by Allteck management.
- The PLT must refer to notes, drawings and forms in order to understand how materials must be assembled or how to use materials appropriately.
- They must be able to read a wide range of code books, standards of practice, standard work methods, safe work methods, and regulations in order to ensure that the work is completed in compliance with the industry standards.
- The PLT will regularly consult standards and regulations involving safe work practices overhead distribution standards, high voltage and low voltage applications, stringing procedures, line clearing and underground cable installations.
- Needs to be willing and able to travel and work in various locations.
Education & Experience:
- Qualified Red Seal Journeyman Powerline Technician Trade Certification
- Minimum Class 3 Drivers License with Air Brakes and a clean Abstract
- Previous experience running crews as a Sub-Foreman or Foreman PLT
- Experience working energized 25kV to 230kV voltages