This position is responsible for various activities associated with the construction of telephone Outside Plant facilities, completed in the safest and most efficient manner.




SENIOR CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIAN

COMPANY: Sierra Telephone
DEPARTMENT: Construction
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
REPORTS TO: Construction Supervisor
LOCATION: Oakhurst
DEADLINE Open until filled
HOURS: Full-time work schedule; “Construction Winter Schedule” (Pacific Standard Time) 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (eight hours), Monday through Friday, “Construction Summer Schedule” (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ten hours) Monday through Thursday.  This position may be required to work overtime including weekends and evenings as needed.
NUMBER OF  POSITIONS TO BE FILLED: One

GENERAL SUMMARY

This position is responsible for various activities associated with the construction of telephone Outside Plant facilities, completed in the safest and most efficient manner.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Drive different vehicles to many job locations.
  • Locate underground cable by working with USA North 811, customers, or other companies 48 hours before the start of a project. Contact PG&E to locate utilities and mark the project area with white paint to show the location of utilities.
  • Pothole existing underground utilities to confirm location of actual utility by hand-digging or using a pothole vacuum machine
  • Operate equipment and hand tools associated with construction work.
  • Operate a variety of construction heavy equipment, including trenchers, backhoes, bulldozers, and boring machines to place underground facilities as specified by engineering design.
  • Place pedestals, pull boxes, cables, and conduits in open trenches according to engineering drawings and Company procedures. Ensure that cable is the appropriate length inside the pedestal to allow for splicing.
  • Write sequential for length of cable; complete paperwork in a neat and organized manner.
  • Direct the work of construction technicians.
  • Occasionally strip cables, including de-sheathing cable and splicing wires and connecting wires; if cutting existing cable, ensure that customers in-service until a permanent repair is in place.
  • Tow equipment trailer safely to and from jobsite (Class A license required).
  • Install and remove fiber optic cable and aerial plant.
  • Lead and coordinate the work efforts of assigned crew.
  • Regular and predictable on-site attendance is an essential function of the job.

OTHER RELATED JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Perform minor/basic equipment maintenance normally performed by the shop; this maintenance may include tightening or changing the teeth on a trencher or back hoe.
  • Talk with customers and neighbors and give them information as able, or direct them on-site lead. Follow all CPNI procedures.
  • Assist with the installation and removal of fiber optic cable.
  • Perform other duties as needed. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and/or Experience

  • High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) desirable.
  • Five years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience, in Outside Plant and telephone-related activities.
  • Eight years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience, operating light and heavy construction equipment.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Must have a valid Class C California driver’s license with a minimum of three years of driving experience.
    • Driving experience must have occurred after having passed a traffic laws and signs test.
    • If relocating to California from another state or country, must have, at a minimum, a valid driver’s license issued by the home state equivalent to a California Class C. The employee will be required to obtain a California driver’s license within ten days.
    • Must be insurable via the Company’s standard auto insurance policy procedures.
  • Must have a valid Class A commercial California driver’s license with a Class A medical card valid for a minimum of two years.
  • Pole-climbing certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of
    • Outside Plant and records.
  • Skill to
    • Use standard software programs, including basic Internet operations.
    • Operate and care for light and heavy equipment in a safe and efficient manner; apply preventative maintenance principles and methods.
    • Perform basic math calculations.
    • Effectively communicate with customers and coworkers in English verbally and in writing.
    • Plan and organize multiple tasks under deadline pressure.
    • Analyze and solve problems related to specific job tasks.
    • Proficiently use various hand tools and digging equipment.
    • Excavate buried facilities using a shovel, pick, digging bar, pneumatic jackhammer, or other devices that might be required to complete the project.
    • Read cable schematics, splice diagrams, and construction and drawings staking sheets.
  • Ability to
    • Maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding customer and Company information.
    • Calmly and professionally work with a variety of people and personalities.
    • Project a professional image in conduct, attire, grooming, and manner of speech.
    • Learn additional Company software applications.
    • Work independently with minimal supervision, and use available information to make independent decisions related to specific job duties.
    • Maintain paperwork in a neat, organized manner.
    • Adapt to changes in procedures and responsibilities.
    • Follow instructions completely and accurately.
    • Meet deadlines and function under emergency repair conditions.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Seeing:  must be able to read a computer screen and paper documents. 75 – 100%
Hearing:  must be able to hear well enough to communicate in person and over the telephone with customers, coworkers, and industry contacts. 75 – 100%
Standing/Walking 50 – 74%
Climbing/Stooping/Kneeling 50 – 74%
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing 25 – 49%
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling:  must be able to write, type, and use phone system. 75 – 100%
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 75 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
  • The employee is occasionally required to work in areas of uneven ground.
  • The employee may be required to drive up to one hour to a job site.
  • The employee must be able to reach above and below shoulder-level.

SAFETY COMPLIANCE

Safety is an integral part of our business and the responsibility for safety extends to every employee.  Your responsibility toward safety at the workplace includes, but is not limited to:

  • Proactive involvement in the Company’s Safety Program, including compliance with all rules and regulations.
  • Use safe work practices while performing all duties.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The position regularly functions outdoors with exposure to inclement weather.
  • The employee may regularly be exposed to diesel and gasoline fumes, airborne particulates, toxic or caustic chemicals, and other hazardous substances.
  • The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to vibration.
  • The employee may be exposed to the risk of electrical shock.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Because of the use of heavy equipment, including layer tractors and trenchers, hearing protection is advisable, and may be required.
  • Safety glasses may be required. 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please submit a resume or application and cover letter to careers@sierratel.com. (Employment Application may be found on the Company website).  For faster response, please include the job title in the subject line of your email.  For additional information, call 559-642-0200.

This position is open until filled.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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