Blue Ridge Energy
  • 18-Mar-2019 to 03-May-2019 (EST)
  • Operations - All Districts
  • Lenoir, NC, USA
  • Hourly
  • Intern

One summer internship is available in district locations from June-August for individuals interested in the Electric Line Technician profession.  Available locations are as follows:  Caldwell (Lenoir, NC) Ashe (West Jefferson, NC) Alleghany (Sparta, NC) and Watauga, (Boone, NC)

This position is a learning job only, enabling the individual to determine if he/she wants to enter training in line work and enabling the Cooperative to determine whether the individual has the basic skills, interests, and abilities for Line Technician training.

The Operations intern shall be introduced to the Distribution Specifications Manual and will be expected to work with all basic materials and equipment used in line construction overhead (OH) and underground (URD).  The intern will be responsible for learning the proper care of all equipment used by assigned crew(s).  He will learn to:

1. Frame poles properly on the ground

2. Install poles, anchors, and guy wires

3. Cut and clear right-of-way properly, using power equipment as necessary, assist on the URD installations (dead) as directed

4. Assist other crew members, as requested and directed.


The intern works only on the ground and is not expected to participate in any type of construction or maintenance activity on the poles; however, during the training period, he/she is expected to gain experience on practice poles.


The intern will receive training in safe practices of performing all the above duties and of handling all tools and equipment which are used.  In addition, he/she will receive basic training in first aid, including CPR.  Under no conditions will the intern have a work assignment which will place him/her within the minimum distance of a hot line.


The intern will begin learning basic electrical theory, learn the voltages of lines worked on, and should begin to develop an understanding of the distribution system layout.


The intern will learn basic work order procedures and will gain an understanding of the Cooperative's basic residential and commercial rates.

The intern will work under the general supervision of the Operations Manager and the direction of an assigned Line tech or crew leader.


Candidate must have a positive attitude toward the delivery of the highest level of service possible to Blue Ridge members.

Must be a high school or community college student and be 18 years of age or older.

Must reside within 30 minutes of the district office he/she is applying to work.

Must have a current, valid driver's license and a safe driving record.

Must be able to work overtime as needed.

Physical Activity Requirements (Type): A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R

Physical Demands Requirements (Degree): E

Visual Acuity Requirements: C

Working Condition Requirements: C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J

ADA Reference Codes Listed Above

Other: The intern will be employed by and paid by a temporary employment agency; therefore, candidates must meet the requirements of Blue Ridge Energy and the hiring agency. The individual should have a valid US driver's license, good driving record, and pass a pre-employment screening that includes a background check and drug screen. Minimal, but some travel, within our service area, during and after hours, may be required. Preferred candidate would reside within Blue Ridge Energy's service area and within 30 minutes of the office he/she is apply to work.

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