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Electric Distribution Mechanic - 3879

Organization : City of Los Angeles / Human Relations Commission
Location: United States, California, Los Angeles
End of contest: June 30, 2014
Type (Full time / Part time):
Description
An entry-level Electric Distribution Mechanic works as a trainee under close supervision of journey-level workers.

  • Trainees receive extensive classroom training as well as on the job training as a cable splicer or as a line mechanic.
  • Line mechanic trainees assist in the construction, maintenance and repair of overhead electric power sub-transmission and distribution lines and equipment; constructs high-voltage distribution pole lines; makes construction changes to existing lines and equipment; repairs power lines and line equipment; repairs and reroutes services; sets poles; installs transformer racks; hangs and installs transformers and switches of various types and sizes; installs overhead street lights and guy wires; makes repairs to energized lines; performs limited line clearance tree trimming; installs watt-hour meters; uses appropriate live line tools to install and remove approved protective covering on energized distribution and sub-transmission circuits of 7.5kV and above; and climbs poles.
  • Cable splicer trainees assist in the construction, maintenance, and repair of underground electric power, transmission, sub-transmission, and distribution cable work. Performs work activities in connection with underground cable installation and removal; pulls cables and service lines through sub-structures, vaults, duct lines, up poles and walls, over roofs of buildings and to customers' service panels; performs rigging operations of cable pulling equipment; installs and removes transformers and related equipment in vaults and sub-structures; splices energized and de-energized low-voltage cables, splices high voltage de-energized cables; maintains gas and oil filled cable and equipment; installs watt hour meters; and climbs poles as related to underground work.
  • A journey-level Electrical Distribution Mechanic performs skilled mechanical and electrical work in connection with the construction, maintenance, and repair of energized and/or de-energized overhead and underground electric transmission, subtransmission, distribution, communication, and utilitarian street light lines, cables, and equipment; and may work as lead over a group of skilled craft workers.
Requirements
  1. A pole climbing proficiency certificate issued by an accredited lineman's college or by the Department of Water and Power, Power System Safety and Training; and 
    • a. Six months of full-time paid experience assisting or working on an overhead and/or underground Electrical Distribution or Transmission construction, Maintenance, or Electric Trouble crew and assisting with and/or performing high-voltage line work in and on high-voltage power poles, transmission towers, and underground electric substructures. Six months experience must be specific to assisting with and/or performing work at voltages of 4.16-kV and above; or
    • b. Eighteen months of full-time paid experience performing line clearance tree trimming; or
    • c. Eighteen months of full-time paid training and experience chipping around energized 4.8-kV and 34.5-kV electrical conduit systems: or
  2. Completion of an apprenticeship program sanctioned by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) national organization in conjunction with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and possession of a valid journey-level line worker card issued by IBEW.
  3. A valid California driver's license is required. Applicants will be disqualified and not eligible for hire if within the past 36 months they were convicted of a major moving violation, such as driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and may be disqualified if there are three or more moving violations or at-fault accidents within the past 36 months.

NOTES:

  1. Candidates must achieve a passing score on the qualifying written in order to be called for subsequent portions of the examination.
  2. All entry-level positions in this class are temporary training positions as defined in Civil Service Commission Rule 5.30. An Electric Distribution Mechanic must successfully complete an extensive on-the-job and classroom training program within four years in order to receive an appointment to a regular Electric Distribution Mechanic position.
  3. Candidates filing under Requirement #1 will have 7 calendar days from the on-line submission date to submit a copy of the pole climbing proficiency certificate. Candidates who fail to submit this document within the time required will not be considered further in this examination and their applications will not be processed. A copy of the certificate may be attached to the on-line application at the time of filing or delivered to the Personnel Department at 700 East Temple Street, Room 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
  4. Candidates filing under Requirement #2 will have 7 calendar days from the on-line submission date to submit a copy of their journey-level line worker card. Candidates who fail to submit this document within the time required will not be considered further in this examination and their applications will not be processed. A copy of the journey-level line worker card may be attached to the on-line application at the time of filing or delivered to the Personnel Department at 700 East Temple Street, Room 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
  5. Candidates filing under Requirement #2 may be considered for direct appointment to a regular (journey-level) Electric Distribution Mechanic position. Although completion of DWP's in-house training program may not be required of these candidates, they will still be required to successfully pass the written and performance exams.
  6. Trainees receive extensive classroom training as well as on the job training as a cable splicer or as a line mechanic.
  7. A cable splicer is required to utilize various tools and equipment while working in the confined area of an underground vault.
  8. Cable splicers and line mechanics are required to climb power poles and utilize various tools and equipment at the top of a pole.
  9. A valid California Class A driver's license with a current medical certificate is required upon completion of the temporary training period and prior to appointment to a journey-level position. All Electric Distribution Mechanics are required to drive commercial vehicles.
  10. Applicants residing outside the State of California may apply with a non-California issued driver's license, however they cannot be appointed until a valid California driver's license is obtained.

WHERE TO APPLY & APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Applications will only be accepted online. When you are viewing the online job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the 'Apply' icon. Online job bulletins are also available at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/lacity/default.cfm for Open Competitive Examinations and at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/lacity/default.cfm?promotionaljobs=1 for Promotional Examinations.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

This examination may close without prior notice at any time after a sufficient number of applications have been received. For administrative purposes, filing may close periodically and reopen the following day.

Examination Weight: Written Test: Qualifying - Performance Test: 100%

Only those candidates receiving a passing score on the qualifying written test will be scheduled for the performance test.

Salary & Benefits

The annual salary for trainee positions is $73,205 to $94,127. For journey-level positions, the salary is $104,587; $109,703; $114,819; and $120,707 (flat-rated).

Contact

Organization:
City of Los Angeles / Human Relations Commission
Address:
200 N. Spring Street, City Hall, Room 2111
Los Angeles
California United States
www.lacity.org


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