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Career Center 2018-05-14T15:23:38+00:00

Available Positions

Engineering and Operations Manager, Fort Payne Improvement Authority

The Fort Payne Improvement Authority is accepting applications for the position of Engineering and Operations Manager.  Fort Payne is located in the mountains of Northeast Alabama, and offers the benefits of small town living and the natural beauty of the surrounding area.


This Engineering and Operations Manager position was created to provide for specific operational responsibilities to be delegated to competent, well-trained persons whose knowledge of and ability in these positions will contribute to the attainment of the basic purpose of the Authority.

The specific objectives, responsibilities, duties and training requirements for this position include:

  • Responsibility for all engineering, design, construction, maintenance, and operation functions to ensure a safe and reliable electric system.
  • The coordination of activities relating to safety and job training and the monitoring of governmental safety and environmental requirements. This will include the development and execution of a safety program for all employees and oversight of the Apprentice Linemen Training program.
  • The supervision of the work of assigned personnel, assigning work to crews and individuals as determined by the work load, monitoring work activities for safe working practices and inspecting completed work for adherence to utility standards.
  • Responsible for the effective communication (oral and written) of department directives and instructions.
  • The provision of specialized technical skills and knowledge for the collection, manipulation, and analysis of data pertaining to the electric system. This will include the application and utilization of the latest technology supporting utility operation.
  • The coordination and maintenance of documentation and records necessary to support planning, design, and system operations.
  • The development and growth of the employees assigned to the position and the development of an overall positive organization culture and health.

This position includes but is not limited to the following tasks:

  • Provide for the application of the provisions of the American Public Power Association Safety Manual and the training necessary to ensure tasks are carried out in the safest possible manner.
  • Reinforce and demonstrate safe work practices, and promote a “zero” incident safety culture.
  • Coordinates with engineering consultants regarding system parameters and needs to support studies and analysis for future system upgrade/expansion.
  • Meets with customers, owners, developer, builder, electrician, or other person (s) to determine location and electrical load requirements of new service (s).
  • Stakes overhead and underground primary and secondary line extensions and services, system reconductoring, improvement and conversion jobs.
  • Secures easements for services and system planning.
  • Reports line maintenance needs observed in the field and prepares staking sheets or other reports to correct or improve conditions as necessary.
  • Maintains equipment information records for transformers, reclosers, regulators and other special equipment.
  • Maintains substation records and ensures testing and maintenance are conducted as needed.
  • Develops switching procedures and implements changes in system configuration to insure positive levels of performance.
  • Supervises the trouble-shooting and correction of system operation problems.
  • Supervises and inspects metering equipment installation for large power and other special loads.
  • Reviews performance of personnel reporting to his/her position.
  • Maintains system records of pole inspection and changes.
  • Secures and schedules personnel, equipment and materials to accomplish assigned work plan.
  • Insure proper investigation and resolution of customer complaints regarding electric service.
  • Maintains familiarity with utility construction practices and procedures.
  • Maintains familiarity with industry standards and specifications to ensure that utility’s electrical system is designed and constructed in accordance with those standards.
  • Maintains familiarity with the National Electric Safety Code specifications and the American Public Power Safety Manual.
  1. Authorities and Accountabilities:

The Engineering and Operations Manager shall have full authority to carry out these responsibilities in conformity with established policies and procedures.

He/She is encouraged to use initiative and judgment in making decisions, remembering that the System’s best interests can be affected by his/her actions. He/She should feel free to make suggestions for the improvement of operations and efficiency, remembering that the System’s employees make up a single team and each team member contributes toward making the organization better.

The Engineering and Operations Manager shall secure approval of the General Manager in making decisions when policies are not clear or adequate or require interpretation.

  1. Position Specifications

Education – Must have a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering or other engineering discipline with equivalent related experience in distribution system engineering and operations.  A Professional Engineering certification is desired.

Experience – A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively more responsible experience in work closely related to the work of this position is required. Must have supervisory experience and demonstrated leadership ability. Experience should include the handling of emergency operations and storm response.

Knowledge – Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of electrical and civil engineering as applied to the planning, development, and operation of electric distribution. Knowledge of computer applications and technology related to the operations of distribution systems.  Extensive knowledge of codes, regulations, and legal standards for construction and renovation of utility facilities.

Attitude – The employee must be able and willing to work as a team member. The employee must be willing to support the goals, plans and programs of the Authority. The employee must demonstrate a strong personal safety commitment.  The employee must possess personal characteristics which will make an employee a productive work team member, including the highest character and integrity, dependability, desire to improve, and care for fellow employees and the public. Should be friendly and able to meet people easily and adjust to different personalities. Should be able to gain and maintain the respect and trust of others, both inside and outside of the organization.

Interested applicants should forward a letter expressing their interest and qualifications for the position along with a copy of their resume to or to the following address:

Fort Payne Improvement Authority

PO Box 680617

Fort Payne, AL 35968

ATTN: Mike Shirey

Applications will be accepted through the end of June.

Journeyman Lineman, City of Elba

The City of Elba is now accepting applications for the position of Journeyman Lineman.  Opening Date:  Immediately.

JOB SUMMARY – Takes initiative in planning, organizing and directing the activities of all personnel engaged in the construction, repair, operations and maintenance of electrical distribution lines, auxiliary equipment, service connections and the preparation and delivery of electrical services.


  1. Thorough knowledge of a power distribution system.
  2. Ability to organize, direct and coordinate a wide variety of departmental activities.
  3. Minimum of five years of experience in administration and management with a public or private utility
  4. Must live with in twenty minutes of the city.
  5. Must have a valid Alabama Commercial Driver License with a clear MVR

Benefits – The City of Elba offers BC BS Health and Dental Insurance, State Retirement, paid vacation, sick time and holiday pay.

SalaryBased on experience and qualifications- $22.50 to $30.00 per hour.

Applications are available at City Hall, 200 Buford Street, Elba, AL.  All applications should be submitted to City Hall .   EOE

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