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Midwest Energy Association Manager Substation Construction & Maintenance in Mason City, Iowa

Manager Substation Construction & MaintenanceAlliant Energy

Job Start Date:12/16/2019Type of Position:Regular

Number of Openings:1

Job Location & Contact:

1035 43rd Street SW

Mason City,IA50401



Job Description:

Alliant Energy is currently looking for a Manager Substation Construction & Maintenance to be located in either Mason City, Decorah, or Dubuque, IA.

This position manages and provides leadership for basic to complex construction, operation, and maintenance of electric substations. It is responsible for ensuring permits, labor, equipment, and materials are available to support construction, testing, and commissioning of substations and executes planned and corrective substation maintenance.

This position supervises the work of professional, non-exempt, and bargaining unit employees engaged in substation construction, operations, and maintenance activities and may supervise the work of external contractors.

Due to the after hours support and essential service we provide to our communities, primary residence must be within a reasonable distance of the designated headquarters and within 40 minutes of an operating center in the zone for which you are responsible.

Job Responsibilities :

These accountabilities are not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities and does not limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees assigned to this job.

Responsible for the planning, coordination, and management of substation operations and maintenance activities. Assists in the planning and coordination of labor, equipment, and materials for substation construction.

Assists in identifying system reliability gaps and correcting them.

Responsible for construction and maintenance of electric distribution substations, as well as electric transmission substations under contract with the company.

Manages the construction phase of substation projects. This includes managing crew productivity, ensuring the efficient execution of the construction process, identifying equipment requirements, removing barriers for construction crew, making arrangements for staging area, and other activities associated with cost effective execution of the work.

Responsible for ensuring project as-built information is provided back to engineering departments and providing documentation to update equipment property records and databases.

Applies project management concepts to the management of construction to facilitate the timely completion of work and prudent cost control.

Leads the field engineering process in the design and implementation of construction and maintenance work in assigned areas.

Assists in evaluating and developing standards for tools, equipment, vehicles, materials, and construction techniques.

Demonstrates leadership in the area of safety. This requires observing and enforcing safety rules and operating practices, encouraging safe work behaviors and promptly correcting conditions and unsafe work behaviors which may lead to accidents. With the assistance of the safety department, investigates accidents and safety incidents. Responsible for communicating safety investigation information to management. Responsible for administering and monitoring safety programs and performing safety assessments.

Responsible for the safe operation of assigned utility systems. Acts as the ultimate decision-maker during life-threatening emergency situations involving facilities, people and property.

Responsible for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency response back-up in assigned process (i.e. widespread electrical outages or gas emergencies). This may include assessing risks and costs, determining labor resources, assisting with resource deployment, assisting in managing callout procedures and monitoring performance measures for employees or contractors involved with emergency response. Demonstrates ability to handle emergency response.

Responsible for being a contact to emergency government personnel.

Interacts with customers and ensures all customer interactions with others are handled promptly and efficiently including resolving customer concerns and complaints.

Understands, interprets, and manages contracts with contract service providers. Maintains excellent relationship with contractors and effectively utilizes contractor crews.

Projects a strong, positive leadership role within the company. Participates on policy making teams, committees, and cross-functional teams.

Possesses in-depth knowledge of company labor agreements to ensure proper negotiation and implementation of work rules. In-depth knowledge of business projects detail is essential to facilitate the union management relationship across the company. Within this area is the need to be able to maintain a solid working relationship with union leadership while making strategic recommendations to increase productivity, quality and customer service levels.

Enforces rules set by regulatory bodies (i.e. DOT, OSHA, DNR, etc.).

Demonstrates cross functional knowledge and skill of all company processes and is capable of providing leadership role on both a short team and long term basis.

Responsible for managing local environmental issues. Acts as primary contact and interfaces with environmental staff on environmental issues directly related to the manager’s assigned geographic area. Ensures that no Notice of Violation’s are issued against the company in the assigned geographical area assigned.

Performs all management duties including, but not limited to, budgeting, hiring, performance reviews, coordinating and scheduling work, salary recommendations, discipline, ensure employees report to work fit for duty, leadership, grievance resolution, coaching & counseling, models Alliant Energy’s Core Values at all times.

Job Qualifications :

Education and Experience:

This position requires a four year degree from an accredited college or university, with preferred emphasis in business administration, engineering or related area.

A minimum of 5 years experience in engineering, large electric construction, electric transmission/distribution operations, operation and maintenance of electric substations, project management, or related work.

In the absence of a degree, nine years of related experience is required.

A minimum of three years supervisory experience or equivalent.

Other Requirements:

Must possess a valid driver’s license.

This job is covered by the Department of Transportation regulations on drug and alcohol testing (CFR 49, Parts 40 and 199), and is subject to drug testing according to said regulations.

Primary residence must be within a reasonable distance of designated headquarters and within 40 minutes of an operating center in the zone(s) for which employee is responsible.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Promotes and supports diversity initiatives and equal employment opportunity.

Demonstrated effective leadership skills.

Strong working knowledge of electric, gas or steam operating practices, construction standards, work methods, equipment, maintenance practices, regulatory compliance and materials preferred.

Demonstrated experience working with labor union management preferred.

Knowledge of safety rules and applicable electric codes and DOT/PHMSA regulations preferred.

Demonstrated ability to read and understand utility maps, plan and profiles, and drawings preferred.

Demonstrated financial skills such as budgeting and basic accounting.

Demonstrated effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

Demonstrated understanding of information technology applications. Demonstrated ability to use computer software programs (e.g., e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, and project management).

Ability to work in a diverse work environment.

*Note: This job is covered by the Department of Transportation regulations on drug and alcohol testing

(CFR 49, Parts 40 and 199), and is subject to drug testing according to said regulations.

We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all and are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran.

Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Experience Required:

5-10 years

How to Apply:

To apply for this challenging opportunity, please complete our online application at

Application Deadline:

Nov 26, 2019