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20 Nov 2023

Full-Time CHELCO seeks three Apprentice Line Technicians

Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) – Posted by Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) DeFuniak Springs, Florida, United States

Job Description

CHELCO Seeks Apprentice Line Technicians (3 openings)

Are you interested in a fun, rewarding career? Are you safety-oriented? Do you enjoy working outdoors? Are you willing to work in elevated areas? Do you have a talent for teamwork?

This Position

We’re looking for three Apprentice Line Technicians to complete a four-year, 8000-hour training program, which teaches you how to build and maintain high-quality, well-integrated, reliable overhead and underground distribution power lines.

If selected, you would complete CHELCO’s state-registered apprenticeship program. The program includes a four-year-on-the-job training and educational program through the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association. You would develop skills to safely climb distribution poles and perform the work of the trade. Later in the program, you would work on de-energized and grounded distribution circuits, progressing to energized “hot” circuits under direct supervision. You would also be required to obtain and maintain a Florida CDL driver’s license.

CHELCO is located in Northwest Florida. CHELCO serves 62,000 accounts, primarily serving two counties from the Alabama state line to the Gulf of Mexico’s Emerald Coast beaches in Florida’s panhandle. CHELCO strives to continuously promote the quality of life for our members, employees, and communities. We are a company dedicated to ensuring member satisfaction, safety, and reliability while controlling our members’ costs. The area offers outstanding recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities.

Minimum Requirements: High School diploma or equivalent is required. Must be at least age 18 or older. Basic computer skills preferred. Must have, or be able to obtain, a Florida Class-A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Must be physically capable of performing the work of the trade. Must be able to learn to operate various mobile aerial lift equipment, climb poles, and analyze work orders. Selected candidates will complete a four-year on-the-job training and educational program that includes an intense academic and practical hands-on skills training course at the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association. Will work irregular hours, overtime, callout, weekends, and holidays, in all weather conditions. Must be able to obtain access to Eglin AFB and service areas covered by Eglin Utilization Privatization contract.

Must reside within CHELCO’s service territory or in areas directly abutting that service territory, to include all of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, eastern areas of Santa Rosa County, western sections of Holmes, and southern sections of Covington and Geneva counties in Alabama to ensure system reliability and maintain quick response times. Must be available to perform duties for emergency response and storm restoration and be available for after-hours work and the on-call program.

Why Should You Apply? This career will give you the opportunity to . . .

  • Work for a progressive, community-focused company
  • Work with a strong, goal-oriented, experienced team
  • Contribute to the quality of life of our members, community, and employees

CHELCO proudly offers its employees medical, dental, vision, flexible savings or health savings account, NRECA pension plan, 401k with company match, life insurance, short-term disability, education/professional development, wellness and safety program incentives, generous paid time off, volunteer time off, and ten paid holidays a year.

Applications accepted until 8:00 am on 12/29/2023. Applications must be completed online at https://www.chelco.com/careers. Resumes only with a completed application. Questions? Contact Human Resources, 850-307-1127. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified. Drug-Free Workplace. Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Disability/Veteran.

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: apprenticeship, Entry Level, and Outdoors. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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