Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Line Superintendent - Franklin Rural Electric Cooperative, Hampton

Date Posted
November 17, 2022
Full Time

Job Details

POSITION TITLE: Line Superintendent                                               



In accordance with Franklin Rural Electric Cooperative's philosophy and goals, to ensure reliable service to the member in a safe, economical and efficient manner, see that construction of lines and maintenance programs are carried out safely and according to specifications in order to provide the best possible service to the members at the lowest possible cost.

Provide line repairs and system improvements on energized lines in a safe and orderly manner in order to maintain the best possible service continuity.

To assure that the personnel in the construction and maintenance department are performing at a consistently high level of skill and are trained and motivated to work safely with proper tools in order to provide for a productive and safe operation.

To be an effective line construction and maintenance representative for the Cooperative in local, regional and national utility and line department organizations for the purpose of gaining valuable insight that will directly benefit the Cooperative.



Planning and Controls:

  • Schedule and direct the day-to-day operation of the construction and maintenance crews according to RUS specifications and in accordance with safety regulations.
  • Help to develop annual work and reports on performance of system.
  • Develops a draft departmental budget and work plan, recommends to the General Manager for approval; reviews performance and expenditures compared to the work plan and budget to determine any corrective action required.
  • Plan maintenance programs and implement said programs.


  • Structure - Participates as a member of the General Manager's staff in developing the Cooperative's organizational structure.
  • Staffing - Interview and select personnel in his/her department subject to the approval of the General Manager.
  • Performance Appraisal - Appraises the performance of personnel reporting directly to him/her and counsels with them in areas where improvements are needed in the job performance.
  • Training - Sees that all department personnel are trained in accordance with the qualifications of their positions.  Develops an orientation, familiarization, and training program for department personnel.
  • Morale - Develops, generates, and maintains team spirit and enthusiasm throughout the department by appropriate delegations, recognitions of accomplishments, coaching and counseling, performance appraisals and by assignments according to merit, ability, and interest.


1. Direct Others:

  • Makes certain that all department personnel understand and accept the responsibilities and authorities and relationships of their position.
  • Delegates appropriate authority to department personnel while recognizing the retention of overall responsibility and accountability.
  • Such delegation of authority to department personnel means that they may perform on their own initiative and without prior approval for all the functions and activities so described in their position descriptions.

2. Performs Personally:

  • Supervises the activities of construction and maintenance crews.
  • Make field check of work for progress and planning.
  • Supervises the activities of contractors working on Cooperative's system.
  • Studies system maps, keeps informed of direction of line source, feeders and sectionalizing devices.
  • Patrols and checks lines for unsafe or hazardous conditions and make necessary corrections.
  • Supervises switching of loads during storms and other emergencies
  • Prepares daily time sheets and other reports as required.  Approves department personnel's time sheets, material tickets and completed staking sheets and work reports including; outage reports and job tickets.
  • Approves or disapproves sick leave, vacation, and other leave within his/her department
  • Recommend to the General Manager the purchase of equipment for the department.
  • Inspects and approves all work performed by contract crews.
  • Reviews trouble reports and implements corrective action when necessary.
  • Directs repairs and arranges for assistance in emergencies.
  • Assist the Cooperative’s Member Service & Marketing Director develop and implement the Cooperative’s Safety Program.



Study department and Cooperative memoranda, procedures, and policies to keep informed on the Cooperative records for which this position is responsible.  Remain knowledgeable and current about circuit connections, switching of lines and equipment and maintenance of equipment and apparatus for which he/she is responsible through in house memos, correspondence courses and industry schools.  Keep current with industry trends, developing products and services through industry journals and publications.  Maintain effective skills and broaden expertise in human relations.  Attend various meetings and conferences on subject matters related to this position and the industry.





  • Ability to do routine clerical work.
  • Ability to work with and understand computers and their applications.
  • Ability to accurately attend to detail.
  • Ability to set priorities.
  • Ability to work a forty (40) hour work week and overtime, when required.
  • Ability to ensure compliance with Cooperative policies, licensing, state and federal regulations and certifications affecting the operation of the Cooperative and the delivery of the service.
  • Ability and willingness to cooperate and work as part of a team.
  • Ability and willingness to cooperate and work efficiently with persons at all levels and in all departments.
  • Ability to efficiently perform duties while creating an atmosphere that reflects professionalism and is consistent with the objectives of the Cooperative.
  • Ability to communicate in a sensitive and professional manner, both verbally and in writing, with Cooperative employees and the general public.
  • Ability and willingness to commit to the Cooperative's philosophy and goals and communicate them to others.
  • Ability to keep informed about current industry methods, procedures and equipment and make recommendations to General Manager.
  • Ability to use own initiative and judgment in representing the Cooperative's best interest.
  • Ability to read and understand specification book for the construction of 15 kV lines.
  • Ability and willingness to perform other functions than those described above, as needed.



A. Experience: Must have a minimum of eight (8) years of progressive experience in construction and maintenance of overhead and underground operations of distribution lines including at least three (3) years of Journeyman Lineman.

B. Education: High school diploma required. And one (1) year additional specialized training in the electrical field preferred.

C. Machine Skills:    Ability to operate: pickup truck, forklift, 10-key calculator, mobile two-way radio, phone, cell phone, computer, tablet, and other electronic devices used by Cooperative.

D. Mental Demands: Must have the ability to work steadily for prolonged periods of time, working with several people, doing a variety of tasks, with many interruptions, deadlines, requiring a high degree of accuracy and under a heavy workload, if necessary.

E. Physical Demands: Some standing, reaching, bending, lifting, grasping, hearing, talking, walking, kneeling, crouching and fine motor skills required.  Occasional travel required.

F. Visual Acuity: Visual and depth perception are required for the job.  Some computer terminal work is involved.

G. Work Environment: The work may involve some outside environmental conditions, those being both extreme heat and extreme cold at times.  The work includes exposure to oils, chemicals, vibration, loud noise, and other hazards relative to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Cooperative lines.

H. License and Certification: Must have a valid Iowa CDL driver’s license (A or B classification).  Standard first aid and a CPR certification are required.

I. Residence:   Must reside within a fifteen (15) mile radius of the Cooperative's office/warehouse after a reasonable amount of time of accepting an offer. This will be covered in more detail upon the initial job offer.


Contact Information

Applications will be accepted through December 12, 2022

Garrett Thompson

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