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Electric Foreperson


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Position Summary
Under general supervision, is responsible for performing or directing the activities of two to six employees engaged in performing a wide variety of duties relevant to the of installing, repairing, upgrading, and maintaining the City of Acworth’s electrical power lines.

Position Description
Essential Job Duties

  • Performs or gives work direction and/or training to the City employees engaged in installing, repairing, maintaining, or upgrading power lines according to City specifications.
  • Operates trenching machine to dig power line ditches or hydraulic derrick to set and align poles. Operates backhoe and/or hoist or bucket. Makes up and install down guys.
  • Pulls conductor off reels’ ad places in ditches or installs to poles.  According to specified directions provides for proper conductor sag.
  • Frames and installs on the ground, on pads or on poles, various assemblies such as transformers, lightning arrestors, cut-off switches, etc.
  • Works on hot (energized) lines up to 13,000 volts. Places protective insulation on lines.  Wears and/or uses appropriate safety equipment (hotline tools, rubber gloves, mats, etc.) following established detailed safety procedures.
  • Monitors supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to properly operate system and to manage electrical load.
  • Must be knowledgeable of all types of single phase and three phase transformer installation.  Must be knowledgeable of all distribution switching, sectionalizing, and fusing.
  • Erects power lines consisting of supporting structures, conductors, insulators, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Replaces or installs poles, crossarms, insulators, line hardware, guys and anchors, overhead ground wires, braces, dampers, lightning arrestors, transformers, and other auxiliary equipment.
  • Strings conductors from structure to structure, clamping or tying insulators with or without armor rod, in such a manner as to maintain proper sag.
  • Installs electric services and meters, resags broken lines, and install security lights.  Splices wire or conductor when broken and reinstalls.
  • Investigates, as requested, transmission line equipment failures/interruptions, diagnoses problems, and determines remedies.
  • Periodically attend training sessions to stay proficient in subjects such as, but not limited to safety training, first aid, CPR, live line training, equipment training, etc.
  • Operates and maintains all department equipment and equipment common to the utility trade including, but not limited to, multiple drive vehicles, bull dozers, truck-mounted earth augers, compressors, winch trucks, bucket and/or crane or boom trucks, and truck/trailer combinations.
  • Responsible for tools and equipment assigned.  Ensures that all tools/equipment are properly maintained and that required repairs are properly reported.
  • Performs other duties as required in the daily work, which may include patrolling lines, digging pole and anchor holes, back filling, banking poles, and cutting brush, weeds, and trees.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge required by the position

  • Knowledge of the methods, practices, tools, materials, and equipment involved in the construction, maintenance, and repair of electrical infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of underground, overhead, and substation distribution design principles.
  • Knowledge of load management principles.
  • Knowledge of electrical metering.
  • Knowledge of city electrical specifications.
  • Knowledge of relevant state and federal regulations.
  • Knowledge of safe work practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of department policies and procedures.
  • Skill in utilizing specialized tools and equipment related to the construction, repair, and maintenance of electrical infrastructure.
  • Skill in the training and supervision of personnel.
  • Skill in the operation of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting technical papers, codes, and handbooks.
  • Skill in evaluating plans, policies, procedures, and products.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Knowledge of all safety guidelines as it relates to working with high voltage electrical lines.

Supervisory Controls
The Electric Supervisor assigns work in terms of division goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of division activities.

Guidelines include Electric Cities of Georgia specifications, the American Public Power Association Safety Manual, NESC code, and city and department policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.

Complexity/scope of work

  • The work consists of varied supervisory and technical duties. The variety of tasks to be supervised combined with the need to respond of unforeseen and changing conditions contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to supervise and perform installation, maintenance, and repair of the city’s electrical infrastructure. Successful performance helps ensure the efficient and effective delivery of electric services to customers.


  • Contacts are typically with coworkers, vendors, consultants, contractors, representatives of other agencies, safety inspectors, and the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, motivate, or influence persons, and negotiate or settle matters.

Physical demands/work environment

  • The work requires some physical exertions, such as walking across rugged terrain, climbing wooden poles, lifting crossarms, x-braces, and associated hardware with assistance of cranes, and the use of hand-held power tools.
  • The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.
  • The physical requirements of the job require the ability to lift 50 pounds and, on those occasions, where lifting requirements may be higher, employee is required to notify supervisor of the need for assistance.
  • Vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Normal working hours (7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday) are expected; however, employee may be subject to call-outs at all times to perform emergency work and is encouraged to establish permanent residence within the service area.

Supervisory and Management Responsibility
This position has direct supervision over assigned personnel.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with three to five years’ experience or service.
  • Completion of training and experience sufficient to be classified as a Journey Lineworker
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Commercial driver’s license (CDL) license and ITS certification required.

The qualifications listed above represent the credentials necessary to perform the essential functions of this position. To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Application Information
Applications must be submitted online at:


                       * * * * The City of Acworth is an Equal Opportunity Employer * * * *

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