Accepting Applications

for a

Journeyman Lineman


Location: Belleville Outpost, 2305 US Hwy 81, Belleville, KS 66935

Type of Position: Full-time, non-exempt

Will accept applications until position is filled. 



Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. (RHEC) is accepting applications for a journeyman lineman position. We are looking for an analytical, technical and precise individual who enjoys working in a stable industry that offers work-life balance.


Job Statement:

Under the direction of the Operations Manager, the Journeyman Lineman is responsible for building, maintaining, and repairing overhead and underground power distribution lines within the scope of their training and certification in a safe and efficient manner and within accepted operations standards in order to provide reliable service to the member in the operation and maintenance of the electrical system.


Essential Functions:

  1. Use journeyman-level knowledge of electrical line work to safely construct and maintain electric distribution lines. Climbs poles of all types and performs jobs required of linemen off the poles, including changing out of arms, transformers, conductors, etc.
  2. Must have a general and specific journeyman knowledge of equipment and operate equipment in order to construct and maintain electrical systems both cold and energized (hot) lines.
  3. Drives and operates bucket truck, digger, trencher, forklift, and skid loader to frame and set poles, lay wire, tie wire, connect and disconnect services, and tree trimming.
  4. Inspects existing power lines looking for problems, troubleshoots problems, and retires old power lines as required.
  5. Responds to power outages and customer problems and troubleshoots to restore power in a timely manner.
  6. Directs, guides, and trains personnel in lower-level apprenticeship programs or equivalent. All training shall contain an emphasis on safe work practices.
  7. Maintains current knowledge of equipment, RUS specifications, OSHA regulations, mapping system, and other operational and regulatory systems related to the responsibilities of the position.
  8. Ensures switching operations for maintenance and/or emergencies.
  9. Provides customer service as needed and appropriate; manages assigned key customer accounts through regular direct contact to ensure customer satisfaction and ongoing communication.
  10. Promotes electric use by taking every opportunity to acquaint the consumers with the productive uses of electricity, obtaining increased member and public understanding of the Cooperative’s objectives, plans, and programs and of rural electrification in general.


Other Information:

The Journeyman Lineman shall receive training in safe practices of performing all of the above duties and the handling of all tools and equipment which they use. In addition, they shall receive basic training in First Aid, including pole-top rescue, and CPR. Through their own work practices, they should set an example of safe practices for other linemen.

The Journeyman Lineman is responsible for ensuring the continuous performance and reliability of the Cooperative’s distribution lines. Within the parameters dictated by managers and foremen, Cooperative policy, and applicable RUS, OSHA, DOT, and other regulatory requirements, this position has limited autonomy and latitude to identify and solve problems and make decisions necessary to manage the operation of the electric distribution system dependent on training, experience, and certification.


Working Relationships:

The Journeyman Lineman reports to the Operations Manager. They have supervisory authority over the Apprentice Linemen and part-time seasonal operations employees. In addition to direct supervisory authority of this position, the Journeyman Lineman may retain functional authority over specific projects or areas of responsibility as specified in this position description or otherwise delegated by the Operations Manager. In addition, they coordinate and cooperate with all Cooperative personnel and persons outside the organization where the providing of information and assistance will benefit the member-owners of the Cooperative.


Authorities & Responsibilities:

The Journeyman Lineman shall have full authority to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position in conformity with established policies and procedures.

They should remember that they are accountable to their supervisor and the management of the Cooperative for the efficient performance of the responsibilities and that although some of the responsibilities may be delegated or assigned to another person, no portion of accountability for results may be delegated or relinquished.

They are encouraged to use initiative and judgment in making decisions, remembering that the Cooperative’s best interests can be affected by their actions. They should feel free to make suggestions for the improvement of operations and efficiency.

They shall secure the approval of their supervisor in making decisions when policies are not clear or adequate or require interpretation.


Minimum Job Specifications:

  1. High school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Completion of the Merchants Training Program or an approved apprenticeship lineman program required.
  3. Must have and maintain a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL-A) and an insurable driving record.


Job Knowledge:

This position requires thorough knowledge of and adherence to electric utility operations and safety practices, including but not limited to, RUS line specifications, National Electric Code, National Electric Safety Code, OSHA and DOT rules and regulations, State and Federal electrical codes, NRECA programs and Cooperative policies and procedures.


Physical Demands:

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

  1. Work will be varied and a person in this position has sufficient time to complete tasks without a feeling of pressure. There are frequent opportunities to relax from any physical exertion or to change position in work activities.
  2. Physical Effort and Dexterity
    • Frequent physical activity, including walking, stooping, bending, frequent lifting up to 50 pounds, occasional lifting in excess of 50 pounds, climbing, kneeling, reaching, crawling, pushing, and working in awkward positions and enclosed spaces is normal. Mechanical assistance is required and available for lifting in excess of 100 pounds.
    • The position is a LEVEL 4 as determined by the Physical Capacity Profile ® test.
  3. Visual Acuity, Hearing, and Speaking
    • Must be able to communicate clearly and accurately for work and safety compliance in a hot-line work environment.
    • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
    • Requires excellent hand-eye coordination and the ability to work with small components and delicate instruments.
  4. Office equipment used frequently includes personal computers and related software, copiers, printers, iPads, scanners, phones, etc.
  5. Environment/Working Conditions
    • Work is mostly outside in close proximity to hot-line construction and maintenance and energized conductors in varying weather conditions.
    • Exposed to the hazards of electrical shock, burns, and falls from heights.
    • Exposure to poison oak and ivy is likely.
    • Noise level is moderate.
    • Occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration.
    • Limited exposure to chemicals, oil, gasoline, and dirt as long as proper personal protective equipment is used and safety rules are followed.
    • Requires frequent travel by company vehicle throughout the service area and occasional travel outside the service territory, as directed.
    • The regular workweek shall be Monday through Friday. The regular workday shall be eight (8) hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a one-half (1/2) hour unpaid lunch period. During the time, however, that Daylight Savings Time is in effect, the hours for the regular workday may be varied. Position may require working outside normal business hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
    • Employee will participate in a 24/7 on-call rotation that will require the employee to be available any time of night or day for the purpose of providing immediate response to equipment failures.


Other Necessary Qualities:

  1. Perform the essential functions and elements of position competently following a trial period
  2. Use of defined methods and procedures combined with personal judgment and known facts to solve problems
  3. Work well on a team or individually
  4. Good personal habits and high integrity
  5. Punctual work attendance, adhering to regular schedule unless approved by supervisor
  6. Take direction on a variety of projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines
  7. Must maintain confidentiality



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned or added to this job description at any time with or without notice. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related responsibilities as requested by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” employment relationship.


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Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender expression), national origin, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.