• San Marcos, TX
  • San Marcos, Texas
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $67,558.40 - $81,078.40 Annually USD

Job Description


Position is open until filled - Applications will be reviewed weekly.

Installs, repairs, and maintains line equipment on behalf of the San Marcos Electric Utility Department; connects commercial and residential electrical services; maintains and/or installs electric meters and street lights; performs tree trimming; repairs and maintains rights-of-way; responds to power outages and/or other emergencies; operates and maintains various types of work equipment and tools; and performs other related duties. Rotates crews regularly, directs work of apprentices and helpers and works under the general direction of multiple Electric Distribution Supervisors.

The Lineworker works on all primary and secondary voltages.

Performs all duties assigned to a Lineworker Helper and Apprentice I, II, III and IV plus the following functions.


  1. Provide hands on training, to Helpers and Apprentices, in safe and proficient work practices for climbing poles, framing and line building techniques, and transformer hook up processes.
  2. Installs, removes, inspects, repairs, and maintains overhead/underground electrical lines and related equipment;
  3. Locates and marks underground lines.
  4. Performs switching of primary feeders.
  5. Identifies and troubleshoots line issues.
  6. Changes out faulty transformers.
  7. Connects residential and commercial electrical services.
  8. Performs a variety of duties associated with the restoration of electric services:
    • Troubleshoots and assists in resolving unplanned power outages.
    • Participates in restoring power services in a safe and timely manner.
    • Communicates with utility customers regarding electrical complaints, planned outages, and potential electric hazards.
  9. Installs substation breakers and connections.
  10. Operates various types of equipment including line trucks, aerial lift trucks, chipper trucks, digger trucks, and pulling equipment; cleans and maintains assigned vehicles; performs minor repairs and vehicle servicing.
  11. Generates power transformer and substation switching orders.
  12. Leads substation switching
  13. Oversees supplemental contract labor and contract labor construction teams
  14. Is required to be "on call" on a rotating basis or as needed to meet business needs.
  15. Performs other duties as required.

  1. This position works under direct and general supervision of Senior Lineworkers, Electric Distribution Supervisors and the Department Manager.
  2. This position directs work of lineworker helpers and apprentices as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Salary is dependent upon qualifications)

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
  2. Must have completed the SMEU Apprentice program, or equivalent
  3. Must possess a valid Texas Class (A) Commercial Driver's License or obtain within 90 days of employment.
  4. Must maintain a valid Texas Class (A) Commercial Driver's License with an acceptable driving record.
  5. Basic computer skills to check emails and enter time worked are required.
  6. Must be able to lawfully report to duty within one hour for emergency calls.
  7. Must reply to calls for assistance with power outages on nights and weekends within one hour.


Successfully complete the following to be eligible for the next level.
  1. Four years at SMEU in this position.
  2. Successful completion of recommended continuing education classes in leadership, supervisory, or technical related fields.


Core Competencies
  • Must be able to read/comprehend electrical drawings, blueprints, specifications, maps and job order documentation.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills are required; must be able to maintain positive working relationships with City departments and personnel, outside agencies, electrical contractors, utility customers, and the general public.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

Physical requirements include lifting up to 100 pounds occasionally. Subject to standing, walking, lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling, reaching, handling, climbing, balancing, vision and hearing frequently; sitting, fine dexterity, bending, twisting, talking and foot controls occasionally.

Working conditions involves exposure to variable and/or extreme weather conditions, heavy equipment and high voltage electrical currents, working at heights, hazardous chemicals materials, infectious diseases, wild life, and stray/vicious animals.

FLSA Status

Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

San Marcos, Texas United States View Map