Idaho Power Company Distribution Designer I, II, or Sr. in Boise, Idaho

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Application Deadline:

05/31/2018 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time

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Pay Range:

30.06 - 45.25 Hourly

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Job Description:

As a team member, meets with customers, including contractors and developers, to determine needs, negotiate conflicts or clarify issues, and communicate line extension options, rates, tariffs, and cost information.

Based on customer needs and company practices, designs line routes and schedules projects.

Prepares work orders, collects and processes fees.


Knowledge of:

  • Lines core processes of new business operations, emergency response, and unplanned maintenance

  • electrical distribution facilities, operating and protective systems, and line construction methods, materials, standards, and equipment

  • financial requirements including Rule H and related regulations and rules surveying procedures and practices, legal property descriptions, work order reconciliation, and applicable safety rules.

Skills in:

  • Professional interpersonal communication including telephone etiquette

  • negotiation and conflict resolution

  • personal computers including commonly used applications, web-based scheduling software, and AutoCAD/AUD

  • algebra and trigonometry

  • and organization and project management.

Ability to:

  • Read and understand construction drawings and diagrams, and plat, feeder, and work order maps

  • assist with land and construction surveying

  • prepare easements with appropriate legal descriptions

  • gather information, organize, schedule, and design distribution facilities

  • calculate voltage drop/flicker, fault current, clearance, conductor sag, and tension requirements

  • perform vehicle inspections

  • work overtime at supervisor's discretion

  • and work on various teams as needed.



  • High school diploma or GED.


  • Level I

  • Two years design experience in the utility or construction industry OR experience as a Journeyman Lineman OR completion of the Idaho Power Distribution Designer Development Program OR completion of Idaho Power Lineman Apprentice Program through Level 7.

  • Prefer:

  • Utility field experience.

  • Level II

  • Four years electric utility line design OR experience as a Journeyman Lineman with one year of design experience OR two years experience as an IPC Distribution Designer I with a successful promotional assessment OR is currently an IPC Journeyman Lineman.

  • Prefer:

  • Utility distribution construction experience

  • Senior Level

  • Successful completion of Distribution Designer I and II program requirements.

  • Prefer:

  • Utility distribution construction background.

Licenses & Certifications:

  • Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position.

  • Must obtain First Aid/CPR card within 90 days.

  • Prefer for Senior Level:

  • Notary Public


The distribution designer coordinates, plans, and designs line extensions and rebuilding of infrastructure for overhead and underground power lines. Hiking upon uneven and sometimes steep terrain of up to 1 mile is performed occasionally, including navigation over/around fences. Bending/stooping, kneeling, and crouching are required on an occasional basis. Lifting, pushing, and pulling of up to 50 lbs. and shoveling and trimming of vegetation is required occasionally to open manhole covers, McCarten vault lids, junction boxes, and pad mount transformers. The above is a summary of the primary essential functions of the position. This job may require the performance of additional tasks assigned by company leaders or management. Questions regarding job requirements or accommodation requests should be directed to Human Resources.


Progression to DD II or Sr is based on employee meeting all minimum qualifications and successful completion of independent assessment by DD Tech Advisor. Additional safety related training may be required.


Physical ability to work in the field up to 40 percent of the time on uneven terrain or within proximity of energized lines. Perform maintenance work by maneuvering hot sticks and fiberglass measuring sticks, which requires up to 50 pounds of exertional force above the shoulder. Open pad mounts on transformers, which requires up to 30-50 pounds of exertional force. Occasionally lift and carry office supplies and/or equipment such as boxes of copy paper weighing up to 50 pounds, and other awkward items that require special handling. Perform the essential functions of the position without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others, or property.


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Idaho Power Company

Recruiting Office

P.O. Box 70

Boise, ID 83707

Phone: 208-388-2965


Fax: 208-388-6695