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Senior Distribution Technician

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Senior Distribution Technician


Spokane, WA


Full Time - Exempt


Up to 50%

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About us:

Join a motivated team where your technical, communication, leadership, and marketing skills converge to create an incredible career at a 100% employee-owned company. Commonwealth Associates, Inc., ranked among the 2017 Top 10 U.S. Design Firms by EC&M Magazine and a 2017 Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record, provides a full range of engineering and consulting services necessary to successfully plan and construct power generation and high voltage electric transmission line and substation projects throughout the United States.


This individual reports to the Section Manager for Overhead Lines, who evaluates work through on-site observations, reports, work orders and overall evaluation of results obtained.


Working Supervisor capable of training and managing other distribution designers while maintaining the ability to prepare work orders and apply standard design and construction standards for new customer line extensions, system maintenance projects and system relocations using established utility practices and procedures.


  • Develop training materials and ability to Train other distribution designers
  • Review and approve other distribution designer work to ensure that work meets or exceeds customer requirements
  • Ability to manage multiple projects; particularly to manage the work of other distribution designers
  • Apply standard engineering and construction methods to design electrical distribution system improvements, upgrades, modifications and new power line extensions
  • Operates CAD workstation and plotter with related software. Generates construction, detail and other related plant maps
  • Prepares cost estimates, stakes both overhead and underground distribution facilities prior to construction
  • Develops, documents, and enters staking sheets into the GIS or database system, including material and assembly callouts
  • Reviews as-built job drawings and material issues to ensure database integrity. Performs final job review prior to closing
  • Attends pre-construction coordination meetings as required
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
  • Monitors job construction and contract crews through on-site observations to insure compliance with project design, industry standards and specifications
  • Analyzes customer problems and recommends appropriate corrective action to ensure cost-effective solutions for both parties
  • Researches and analyzes right-of-way and property ownerships and obtains easements
  • Prepares and submits documents for required permits and submits traffic control plans for specific jobs per customer standards and requirements
  • Coordinates construction details and schedules with other utilities and public and private entities


High school diploma or G.E.D. Two (2) years of college or an Associate degree, or the equivalent, with emphasis in science, mathematics or drafting/surveying and coursework in electrical applications. Typically requires a minimum of fifteen (15) years of relevant experience with electric utility distribution systems and operations. Ability to use AutoCAD or GIS-based design programs a plus. Individual must have a valid driver's license. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 1) Working knowledge of basic CAD drafting and surveying techniques. 2) Ability to read and understand policy and procedure manuals and construction specification handbooks. 3) Knowledge of applicable industry standards and codes. 4) Ability to analyze complex system relocations and/or extensions based on on-site survey and topographical data. 5) Thorough understanding of safety regulations and emergency procedures. 6) Knowledge of and ability to perform limited research of right-of-way, property lines, easements and other legal boundary issues. 7) Knowledge of computer-aided design applications to effectively complete electrical design projects. 8) Knowledge of electrical transformers and distribution overhead and underground lines and the ability to determine pole/padmount equipment placements and reconductoring of power poles necessary to support the distribution system. 9) Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to understand and follow verbal and written instructions. 10) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, customers and the general public. 11) Ability to operate a computer, calculator and other office equipment used in data entry and engineering-related work. 12) Ability to work outdoors, occasionally encountering inclement weather conditions. WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is normally performed in an office setting. Some occasional air travel required in the continental US. However, field trips to the job sites will routinely be required where work may be performed under adverse weather situations. For customer service reasons or during system emergencies, this position may be required to work extended or non-standard hours. Position requires climbing stairs or ladders, hiking embankments, pushing and pulling. Some off-road driving will be required. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. An employee in this position may be exposed to potentially hazardous materials, gases and fumes. Operate computers, general office equipment, general field equipment, and company vehicles. Respond and communicate verbally and in writing with a variety of customers, customer contacts, contractors, public agencies and developers.

To apply:

Send your cover letter and resume to careers@cai-engr.com. Please include a reference to the specific job number of interest in your cover letter.

Date posted:

August 17, 2017

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Commonwealth Associates, Inc. is a leading consulting engineering company, employee-owned and specializing in design services for electrical utilities and industrial customers and offers competitive salaries and benefits. If you are interested in joining our team, Commonwealth would like to hear from you.

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For further information or to schedule a visit to one of our offices, please contact:

Michael O. Harris
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 1124
Jackson, MI 49204-1124
(517) 788-3000

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