Vermont Electric Coop
August 3, 2021
Johnson, Vermont
Job Type


Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is seeking a Utility Designer, Level 2 to join our Engineering team. This individual plays a vital role in our ability to provide reliable electric service to VEC members.

We are looking for an individual who will play a vital role in the organization’s success by designing safe and reliable power delivery services to our member-owners. Utility Designers work collaboratively to create, support, and execute projects and/or services with members, co-workers, contractors, and other external entities. They plan their own work schedule and perform all work with minimal supervision. It is essential that they provide service that is responsive, innovative and knowledgeable while maintaining good and effective working relationships.

Our Engineering team is a dedicated group of technicians and professionals who provide extraordinary technical expertise and service. The team values innovation and performance excellence; they are loyal to one another, committed to serving our membership, and are fun to work with.

A detailed job description including position qualifications can be found below. Qualified candidates interested in applying should submit a cover letter, resume, and application.

VEC is a member-owned electric distribution utility that serves over 32,000 members in Northern Vermont. As a member-owned electric cooperative, VEC works directly for those it serves and is not designed to make a profit. We believe in providing safe, affordable, and reliable energy services to our members and adapting to changes that will shape our energy future. It takes many people with different skills to deliver energy services in all the ways our members are counting on us to deliver it. Perhaps your skills, passion, and experience will support our mission. We offer competitive salaries, generous benefits including medical, dental, vision, comprehensive retirement plans, plenty of paid leave time, an award-winning wellness program and much more! We are an organization that is intentional about building a culture of people inspired to do their best work every day.

Utility Designer, Level 2

Engineering – Johnson, Vermont

Position Purpose:
As a Utility Designer, Level 2 you play a vital role in the organization’s success by designing safe and reliable power delivery services to our member-owners. You will perform field and office work including line staking for new member services and system improvements.
It is essential that you provide service that is responsive, innovative and knowledgeable. Utility Designers work collaboratively to create, support, and execute projects and/or services with members, co-workers, contractors, and other external entities. You will plan your own work schedule and performs all work with minimal supervision.
You are expected to lead in a manner that demonstrates commitment to VEC’s member service philosophy and create a positives image for VEC. You are committed to VEC’s mission of providing safe, affordable, and reliable energy services and understand the impact you have to the 32,000 members we serve across Northern Vermont.

What You Do / Will Do:

Member Service (50% of time)
• Work with current and prospective members to design and stake line extensions, line changes, and increases in capacity.
• Answer members’ questions and recommend solutions to member problems accurately and in a timely manner.
• Establish and maintain a good and effective working relationship with town and state entities such as Road Commissioner/Foreman, Agency of Transportation, or Agency of Natural Resources.
• Establish and maintain a good and effective working relationship with local electricians and other applicable contractors.
• Perform associated inspections for both contractor and customer installed line construction to determine compliance with VEC standards.
• Will review net metering applications and new electric vehicles to ensure system reliability remains intact.
• Work with current and prospective members to expand VEC’s Tier 3 CAP program.

System Improvements (30% of time)
• Collaborate with Operations and Engineering to design and stake pole and anchor replacements, line relocations, reconductoring projects, and tie lines.
• Review maintenance plan findings as required and design associated replacements.
• Collaborate with the Operations Supervisor and Environmental and ROW Associate to acquire easements for system improvements.

Utility Partner Requests (10% of time)
• Establish and maintain a good and effective working relationship with telephone, cable TV, and any other attaching entity company personnel.
• Work with communications providers to perform make ready surveys and design electrical facilities replacements as required.
• Work with town Road Commissioner/Foreman and the Agency of Transportation to relocate electrical facilities as required.

General Duties and Responsibilities (10% of time)
• Participates in the 7:00 a.m. Engineering and Operations conference call each workday.
• Collaborate with co-workers and others appropriately and effectively to meet project performance expectations.
• Maintain VEC engineering records such as staking sheets, project plans and estimates, service orders, work orders, and project correspondence.
• Utilize applicable software available (e.g., spreadsheets, online forms, electronic staking, NISC CIS/ABS, etc.).
• Be observant in the field for hazardous conditions or situations that warrant engineering or maintenance attention and follow up with appropriate next steps or hand off information, as soon as warranted.
• Be familiar with VEC’s service territory and applicable national, state, and local regulations as they relate to electric power lines, RUS construction standards, and safe work practices.
• Constantly evaluate and suggest changes to VEC's tariffs, line extension policies, and VEC practices.
• Develops and manages budgets, maintains document management systems, and attends to administrative duties, as required.
• Provides technical support for, and communications with, operations, metering, and other departments.
• Recommends and participates in decisions related to technologies that relate to engineering area objectives.
• Attends trainings for professional development, safety, and changes in technology.
• Demonstrates support of VEC’s high performance culture that emphasizes trust, empowerment, quality, productivity and on-going development of a superior workforce.
• Demonstrates safe work practices.
• Supports a strong cyber security culture. This includes, but is not limited to, cyber security awareness, training, and testing. Employee will support cyber security efforts and demonstrate cyber security best practices as outlined by management.
• Assists in emergency restoration efforts in varying capacities including Wire Guard, Damage Assessor, Call Center and/or Crew Guide, depending on level of training attained and specific restoration needs.
• If the employee has an appropriate First Class Lineworker certification with up-to-date qualifications and at the discretion of the Manager of Engineering and reporting district Operations Supervisor, the employee may work during emergencies as a second qualified Lineworker with another qualified Lineworker.
• Facilitates and participates in meetings necessary to accomplish project execution and completion.
• Works continually toward self-development and attends educational seminars, safety workshops to benchmark state of the art practices.

Experience and Skills Needed:
• A high school diploma or equivalent
• Must possess a working knowledge of VEC construction standards and the National Electrical Safely Code (NESC).
• Effective verbal and written communication skills
• Must have the ability to build rapport and deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.
• Must be able to functionally use current technologies as they pertain to the essential job functions and communication expectations.
• Expected to set priorities and meet deadlines.
• Must have the ability to interpret, interact and communicate the requirements of contracts, statutes, state regulations, electrical standards and VEC policy.
• You can work flexibly in various locations that include the ability to tune out office buzz and hone in on tasks at hand.
• You are capable of sitting and using the computer for long periods of time (reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions).
• You have a First aid and CPR certification.

Experience and Skills Preferred:
• You have a minimum of 1 years experience with line design, construction, operations, and VEC’s service territory.
• You are familiar with NISC’s software (CIS, ABS, Mapping)

The Utility Designer position has a competency-based advancement structure. Advancement upward through the levels may occur with the demonstration of knowledge and abilities for the current level. Employee must understand and perform all aspects of job before consideration of advancement to Utility Designer level 1.

The details of this competency structure is included with this job description.

Position Details:

Reports To: Manager of Engineering


Salary Grade: Per Contract

Hours of Work: Usual regular hours: Monday through Friday, eight hours per day

Approved Date: June 2021

VEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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