Substation Foreman
Avon, MN 
Posted 23 days ago
Job Description

At Blattner, we are powered by our people and driven by our values. We build more than just renewable energy projects. We build great careers! If you want a career that always changes, challenges and rewards, you belong at Blattner.

Electrical Foreman

Reports to: Electrical Superintendent

Benefit Classification: Hourly

Education Requirements: Educational level typically acquired through completion of high school, a valid Journeyman electrician's license from any state/jurisdiction is preferred.

Experience: 4 years of related construction industry experience, Substation experience required.

Position Summary: Performs electrical work as required by law, and performs the full range of technical aspects of electrical work. Also functions as a crew leader, overseeing the work of lower-level licensed Electricians and Trade Helpers. The employee uses considerable independent judgment in making decisions without the availability of supervision.

Essential Job Functions

Regularly inspects and evaluates electrical and electronic equipment to ensure that it operates efficiently and safely, follows recommended maintenance schedule for cleaning and lubricating equipment, and maintains records on equipment status and maintenance. Studies blueprints and schematics and determines methods, materials, and equipment needed to complete the assignment. Connects wires to plugs, switches, controls, light fixtures, traffic controls, appliances, motors, breaker panels, and switchboards. Splices wires by stripping insulation from wire leads, twisting, clamping, and/or soldering leads together and applying insulating terminal caps using a variety of hand tools; makes underground waterproof splices. Assembles, repairs, and reassembles or replaces defective electrical equipment in power and control circuits. This can include but not limited to equipment such as plugs, switches, outlets, controls, ballasts, motors and appliances using hand tools, test equipment, and service manuals. Tests installations to check and insure continuity of the circuit, and the compatibility and safety of all components using test equipment such as an ohmmeter, amp meter, voltmeter, oscilloscope, or battery buzzer. Measures, cuts, bends, threads, assembles, and installs electrical conduit, junction, switch, outlet boxes, and switch boards using hand tools and such special equipment as mechanical drills, cutters, benders, and threaders. Inspects and evaluates electrical equipment to ensure that it operates efficiently and safely; determines whether equipment and new installations meet requirement of the National Electrical Code. Pulls wire through conduit. Develops front line employees through onboarding, training, and mentoring. Assigns work to lower-level licensed Electricians, apprentice Electricians, and Trades Helpers. Reviews job performance by observing and critiquing work techniques and completed assignments. Produce highly productive cycle times for labor, equipment and materials, and identify and evaluate job cost reduction strategies. Identify and monitor critical items that reduce productivity or complicate scheduling. Communicate to Trade Superintendent any ideas or suggestions to improve processes and productivity. Develops plans and estimates for electrical projects; includes determining time, equipment, and human and material resources needed to complete the work. Prepares written reports on ongoing projects and on the condition of machinery. Serves as a licensed electrician on-site at the construction project when qualified.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and knowledge of OSHA's safe energized working clearances. Advanced understanding of safety construction, commissioning, and testing electrical systems. Knowledge of the potential occupational hazards connected with electrical work and the safety standards and practices, which should be applied.
  • Combination of electrical training and electrical construction field experience, as well as the ability to perform administrative tasks.
  • Possess a solid understanding of tracking job progress, costing and formal reporting.
  • Possess a thorough knowledge of materials used in line work.
  • A good understanding and working knowledge of substations.
  • Ability to connect conductors and other wires within substations.
  • Must have a valid driver license and an acceptable motor vehicle driving record (MVR).
  • Ability to manage, train, and instruct others.
  • Good communication skills to deal with owners, subcontractors, and employees.
  • Able to lift in excess of 50 lbs., and perform rigorous physical labor.
  • Forklift experience preferred.
  • Must be able to work outside, frequently in inclement weather.
  • Capable of working at heights and/or confined spaces.
  • Self-motivated, and team & customer oriented
  • Must be able to follow Company safety rules and all other Company policies.
  • Extensive travel is required throughout the United States with extended periods of time spent at jobsite locations (i.e. weeks or months at a time).

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 job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires frequent standing, walking, lifting/carrying (up to 50 pounds frequently, up to 100 pounds occasionally) pushing, reaching, handling, use of fine dexterity, kneeling, crouching, bending, twisting, and climbing. Occasional balancing and rarely requires sitting; continuous balancing required climbing poles, towers, ladders and in other aspects of the job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to high, precarious places and extreme cold and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
4+ years
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