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Reviewed Date: January 13, 2017

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Sep 26, 2002

Electric power
Electric systems

Engineering Assistant

Job description for the position of Engineering Assistant.

Knowledgebase-Engineering Assistant



Employees in this class are under the general supervision of the Operating Superintendent. Work is performed in reviewing engineering data to prepare and maintain master lists, catalogs, maps, and life support locations used for requisitioning and disbursement, inventory control, production planning, scheduling and other related utilities activities. Work is also performed contacting customers about and other related work as required.


Maintains electric system mapping;
Inspects work orders to ensure each job has proper material;
Collects and assembles data on electric equipment such as poles, transformers, breakers, re-closures and sectionalizers;
Coordinates PCB testing, disposal and record keeping;
Handles all transformer repairs and maintains appropriate records;
Takes customer calls regarding new or updated service, flood lights, complaints and problems and assigns account numbers;
Updates customer information in computer database system;
Creates and maintains computer programs, spreadsheets and databases associated with electric services;
Creates drawings of transformer enclosures, PCB containment buildings, etc...


Assist Operating Superintendent in electric department system studies and analysis to determine system problem areas and needs for the future and in line installations.
Assist line crew during emergencies.
Operates substation breakers, distribution breakers, reclosures and sectionalisms when needed.
Research and prepare easements.
Calls in all job locations to SLBT, gas, and water.


Knowledge of laws and ordinances related to electric system construction, operations, maintenance and distribution;
Knowledge of federal regulations regarding EPA rules on PCB;
Knowledge of surveying techniques;
Knowledge of drafting principles and techniques;
Ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems;
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral form;
Ability to compute discount, interest, profit and loss, commission, markup, and selling price; ration and proportions and percentages;
Ability to calculate surfaces, volumes, weights, and measures;
Ability to write reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar;
Ability to communicate effectively with customers and co-workers.

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:

Graduation from High School or GED;
Ten years working experience the electric utilities industry;
Two years experience in electric distribution.
Must possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license.
Applicants must be in such physical condition as not to impair their performance of the required duties of the class and may be required to take a physical examination given by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State and designated by the City.

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