Lea County Electric Cooperative, located in Lovington, New Mexico, serves portions of three counties in New Mexico and portions of three counties in Texas including three residential towns, and the oilfield and farm/ranch communities. The Cooperative has 4,275 miles of lines (338 miles of transmission) with 16,180 meters.
Lea County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LCEC) was incorporated in 1949. Headquartered in Lovington, New Mexico, the Cooperative energizes over 15,000 meters in areas of Southeastern New Mexico andWest Texas in portions of six (6) counties: Chaves, Eddy and Lea Counties in New Mexico and Cochran, Gaines and Yoakum counties in Texas. We have nine (9) dedicated trustees who along with management and employees have led LCEC through changes and growth. LCEC is a member of Western Farmer's Electric Cooperative, a generation and transmission cooperative, located in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Primary load is oilfield, commercial, irrigation and residential.
Working for Lea County Electric Cooperative is a great opportunity to serve your community and to develop a career.
We are a private utility owned by the members/consumers we serve. While deeply rooted in traditional values, the Cooperative is constantly striving to meet the growing needs of our members/consumers through innovative technology and a service-oriented staff. We have a special appreciation for people willing to commit to teamwork and quality service.
The Cooperative offers competitive pay, benefits and provides great educational development opportunities. As an equal opportunity employer, we aim to provide a work environment for employees that fosters fairness, equity, and respect for social and cultural diversity and that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment Click here to view our Statement of Nondiscrimination.
The objective of this position is to function as a groundman in the construction, operation and maintenance of Cooperative’s electrical system including all lines and equipment used in the transmission and distribution systems.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES:
- To perform meter reading in conjunction with connects, disconnects as directed.
- Begin learning to interpret staking sheets assist with building construction jobs as directed.
- Communicate to System Operators system conditions and take appropriate directed actions during scheduled outages and emergencies.
- Knowledgeable in the safe operation of the system including patrolling lines, inspecting poles, switching, basic troubleshooting and correction of problems.
- To extend normal courtesies and present a good impression of the cooperative and its employees to the members and general public.
- Assist with the safe installation, change, transfer, move and removal of any and all forms of electrical equipment, material and accessories utilized in the construction, maintenance, and operation of all overhead and underground electric circuits and substations.
- Perform the duties of equipment operator when necessary and at the appropriate level.
- Must perform all work in a safe manner and comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations and procedures.
- Assist qualified personnel, from ground level, who are working on energized circuits and in substations of all voltages using appropriate protective equipment and devices.
- Responsible for all vehicles, tools and equipment assigned to the position. Must have a CDL.
- Must be familiar with and capable of operating all types of equipment associated with the work being performed at the appropriate position level.
- Assist qualified personnel with tree trimming and removal of line detriments as necessary.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
High school or equivalent required. Completion of courses in technical subjects relating to the position is required.
No previous experience is necessary for the entry level Groundman-C position although previous electrical systems knowledge or experience is desired. Groundman positions B and A require each subsequent job description skills and abilities as the necessary experience. A CDL must be obtained prior to admittance into the Merchants Program.
The majority of this position is performed outdoors, both day and night, in varying weather conditions. The employee shall be subject to both scheduled and unscheduled, callout in the event of an outage or emergency. Must be available for 20 minute response time or as designated reasonable by management. Regular duties performed on energized high voltage electrical lines, in energized stations, or near energized equipment. Exposure to hazardous or toxic material may occur. (Protective equipment and appropriate training will be provided by the cooperative.) Frequently work independently without direct supervision. Occasional overnight travel may be required. Employee must be able to perform the strenuous physical requirements of the positions and must work non-scheduled overtime during emergencies. CDL required.
JOB KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Must pass all CDL written test and obtain driver’s permit.
Lea County Electric offers a competitive salary and benefits package. To apply, simply come by or call our main office in Lovington, NM or one of our district offices in Tatum, NM or Plains, TX.
This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer