Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Powerline Instructor - Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon

Date Posted
January 30, 2020
Full Time

Job Details


DIVISION: Applied Technology

BASIC FUNCTION: Full-time nine-month teaching position with summer term supplemental contract. The position includes, but is not limited to, classroom theory, laboratory instruction using equipment and materials, maintenance of equipment, and curriculum development.

SUPERVISOR: Dean of Applied Technology


  1. Conduct effective instruction in all assigned areas, using approved course outlines.
  2. Develop and maintain current course syllabi/outlines for assigned courses.
  3. Notify the Division Dean, Vice President of Instruction and Learning Services, designee, or individual in charge as early as possible of inability to meet a class.
  4. Measure and evaluate student progress and maintain accurate grade computations. Submit grade reports to Student Services according to designated timelines.
  5. Attend all faculty and division meetings and serve on college committees as appropriate.
  6. Schedule and meet with program advisory committee a minimum of once per year.
  7. Recommends additional media center instructional materials.
  8. Assist in the budgeting process by identifying instructional materials and equipment.
  9. Counsel, advise, and/or refer students as appropriate.
  10. Maintains evidence of competency achievement (knowledge and application of knowledge) and demonstrate continuous professional development as outlined in Quality Faculty Plan.
  11. Assist in promotion and recruitment of the instructor’s respective program(s).
  12. Submit requisitions for needed supplies to immediate supervisor.
  13. Serve as a resource person for students and graduates regarding job opportunities.
  14. Enforce all Northwest Iowa Community College student policies.
  15. Participate in professional development activities.
  16. Provide students written course expectations, including course objectives, attendance policy, methods of evaluation, and grading practices.
  17. Instruct students in pole climbing through physical demonstration. Instructor climbing requirements are equal to the student pole climbing requirements for the program.
  18. Demonstrate proper operation of both overhead and underground equipment such as, but not limited to, digger truck, basket truck, trenching equipment, etc.
  19. Conducts business or industry training as needed.
  20. Other duties as assigned.





Required –

Diploma/Associate of Applied Science Degree from accredited Powerline Program or completion of a formal Journeyman Lineman Program.
Five years related work experience in all phases of utility work, including overhead and underground construction and related activities.
Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in electrical theory, transformers, safety, utility equipment operation, underground/overhead high voltage electrical systems, and line maintenance.
Holds valid CDL license or the ability to obtain within 90 days of employment.
Basic computer skills.

Preferred –

Five years recent work/industry experience in electrical field including job supervision or management.
Skills in job supervision.
Bilingual in English and Spanish languages.
Copies of all academic transcripts are required. Unofficial copies are acceptable at the time of application. Upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment, a complete set of original transcripts will be required.



N = Not Applicable O = Occasional (10-33%) C = Constant (67-100%)
S = Seldom (1-9%) F = Frequent (34-66%)

F - Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
S - Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee and hands.
S - Crouching: Bending body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
S - Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
C - Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
C - Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
O - Sitting: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
C - Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish task, particularly for longer distances.
O - Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust
forward, downward, or outward.
O - Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul, or tug objects in a
sustained motion.
S - Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from
position to position. (40 lb. boxes)
O - Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
C - Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word either on the telephone
or in person.
C - Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds.
F - Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, etc.
S - Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, or crouching
on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces, such as roofs, catwalks, etc.
S - Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
S - Visual Acuity: View computer and/or close visual work less than 18” of distance.
S - Travel: By means of transportation to on- and off-campus facilities, agencies, businesses, etc. (Both own transportation is needed or NCC provides transportation.)



  • Extreme cold – temperatures below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour.
  • Extreme heat – temperatures above 90 degrees for periods of more than one hour.
  • Subject to noise – causes workers to shout in order to be heard.
  • Subject to vibration – oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body.
  • Subject to hazards such as moving mechanical parts and electrical current.
  • Subject to working on scaffolding and high places.
  • Exposure to blood or body fluids.
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals.
  • Subject to atmospheric conditions that may affect the respiratory system or the skin – fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.
  • Subject to oils – air and/or skin exposure to oils and cutting fluids.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

Contact Information

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Applications accepted until the position is filled; review of applications to begin immediately.


APPLICATION PROCESS: If submitting by mail, allow sufficient time so that it is received by the closing date. Application screening and interviewing will not be done until after the closing date unless noted otherwise.

A Northwest Iowa Community College application form must be completed and submitted by the specified time. A resume may be included, but will not take the place of a fully completed application form. Do not state "See Resume" in place of completing the respective information requested on the application form. Please remember to sign your application. When indicated, copies of all academic transcripts must be included.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed by the appointed selection committee. Only applicants with completed materials will be considered. Appointments will be scheduled with those applicants selected for interviewing. Interview travel costs are at the applicant's expense unless stated otherwise. All applicants will be notified in writing once the position is filled.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Human Resources Office, Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 West Park Street, Sheldon, Iowa 51201; 712-324-5061, ext. 113, or 1-800-352-4907; or e-mail:

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