Career Opportunities

Lea County Electric Cooperative, located in Lovington, New Mexico, serves portions of three counties in New Mexico and portions of three counties in Texas including three residential towns, and the oilfield and farm/ranch communities. The Cooperative has 4,275 miles of lines (338 miles of transmission) with 16,180 meters.

Lea County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LCEC) was incorporated in 1949. Headquartered in Lovington, New Mexico, the Cooperative energizes over 15,000 meters in areas of Southeastern New Mexico andWest Texas in portions of six (6) counties: Chaves, Eddy and Lea Counties in New Mexico and Cochran, Gaines and Yoakum counties in Texas. We have nine (9) dedicated trustees who along with management and employees have led LCEC through changes and growth. LCEC is a member of Western Farmer's Electric Cooperative, a generation and transmission cooperative, located in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Primary load is oilfield, commercial, irrigation and residential.

Working for Lea County Electric Cooperative is a great opportunity to serve your community and to develop a career.

We are a private utility owned by the members/consumers we serve. While deeply rooted in traditional values, the Cooperative is constantly striving to meet the growing needs of our members/consumers through innovative technology and a service-oriented staff. We have a special appreciation for people willing to commit to teamwork and quality service.

The Cooperative offers competitive pay, benefits and provides great educational development opportunities. As an equal opportunity employer, we aim to provide a work environment for employees that fosters fairness, equity, and respect for social and cultural diversity and that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment Click here to view our Statement of Nondiscrimination.

Jason Neff

 

The objective of this position is to function as a groundman in the construction, operation and maintenance of Cooperative’s electrical system including all lines and equipment used in the transmission and distribution systems.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES:

  1. To perform meter reading in conjunction with connects, disconnects as directed.

  2. Begin learning to interpret staking sheets assist with building construction jobs as directed.

  3. Communicate to System Operators system conditions and take appropriate directed actions during scheduled outages and emergencies.

  4. Knowledgeable in the safe operation of the system including patrolling lines, inspecting poles, switching, basic troubleshooting and correction of problems.

  5. To extend normal courtesies and present a good impression of the cooperative and its employees to the members and general public.

  6. Assist with the safe installation, change, transfer, move and removal of any and all forms of electrical equipment, material and accessories utilized in the construction, maintenance, and operation of all overhead and underground electric circuits and substations.

  7. Perform the duties of equipment operator when necessary and at the appropriate level.

  8. Must perform all work in a safe manner and comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations and procedures.

  9. Assist qualified personnel, from ground level, who are working on energized circuits and in substations of all voltages using appropriate protective equipment and devices.

  10. Responsible for all vehicles, tools and equipment assigned to the position.  Must have a CDL.

  11. Must be familiar with and capable of operating all types of equipment associated with the work being performed at the appropriate position level.

  12. Assist qualified personnel with tree trimming and removal of line detriments as necessary.

  13. Perform other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION:

High school or equivalent required.  Completion of courses in technical subjects relating to the position is required.

EXPERIENCE:

No previous experience is necessary for the entry level Groundman-C position although previous electrical systems knowledge or experience is desired.  Groundman positions B and A require each subsequent job description skills and abilities as the necessary experience.  A CDL must be obtained prior to admittance into the Merchants Program.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The majority of this position is performed outdoors, both day and night, in varying weather conditions.  The employee shall be subject to both scheduled and unscheduled, callout in the event of an outage or emergency.  Must be available for 20 minute response time or as designated reasonable by management.  Regular duties performed on energized high voltage electrical lines, in energized stations, or near energized equipment.  Exposure to hazardous or toxic material may occur.  (Protective equipment and appropriate training will be provided by the cooperative.)  Frequently work independently without direct supervision.  Occasional overnight travel may be required.  Employee must be able to perform the strenuous physical requirements of the positions and must work non-scheduled overtime during emergencies.  CDL required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Must pass all CDL written test and obtain driver’s permit.

The objective of this position is to function as a groundman in the construction, operation and maintenance of Cooperative’s electrical system including all lines and equipment used in the transmission and distribution systems.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES:

  1. To perform meter reading in conjunction with connects, disconnects as directed.

  2. Begin learning to interpret staking sheets assist with building construction jobs as directed.

  3. Communicate to System Operators system conditions and take appropriate directed actions during scheduled outages and emergencies.

  4. Knowledgeable in the safe operation of the system including patrolling lines, inspecting poles, switching, basic troubleshooting and correction of problems.

  5. To extend normal courtesies and present a good impression of the cooperative and its employees to the members and general public.

  6. Assist with the safe installation, change, transfer, move and removal of any and all forms of electrical equipment, material and accessories utilized in the construction, maintenance, and operation of all overhead and underground electric circuits and substations.

  7. Perform the duties of equipment operator when necessary and at the appropriate level.

  8. Must perform all work in a safe manner and comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations and procedures.

  9. Assist qualified personnel, from ground level, who are working on energized circuits and in substations of all voltages using appropriate protective equipment and devices.

  10. Responsible for all vehicles, tools and equipment assigned to the position.  Must have a CDL.

  11. Must be familiar with and capable of operating all types of equipment associated with the work being performed at the appropriate position level.

  12. Assist qualified personnel with tree trimming and removal of line detriments as necessary.

  13. Perform other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION:

High school or equivalent required.  Completion of courses in technical subjects relating to the position is required.

EXPERIENCE:

No previous experience is necessary for the entry level Groundman-C position although previous electrical systems knowledge or experience is desired.  Groundman positions B and A require each subsequent job description skills and abilities as the necessary experience.  A CDL must be obtained prior to admittance into the Merchants Program.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The majority of this position is performed outdoors, both day and night, in varying weather conditions.  The employee shall be subject to both scheduled and unscheduled, callout in the event of an outage or emergency.  Must be available for 20 minute response time or as designated reasonable by management.  Regular duties performed on energized high voltage electrical lines, in energized stations, or near energized equipment.  Exposure to hazardous or toxic material may occur.  (Protective equipment and appropriate training will be provided by the cooperative.)  Frequently work independently without direct supervision.  Occasional overnight travel may be required.  Employee must be able to perform the strenuous physical requirements of the positions and must work non-scheduled overtime during emergencies.  CDL required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Must pass all CDL written test and obtain driver’s permit.

 

LEA COUNTY ELECTRIC POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

Department:                Operations and Planning  

Section:                       System Operations

Reports to:                  Manager – Engineering and Operations

Supervises:                  None

FLSA status:               Exempt

NCS Code:                  54-2341

OBJECTIVE:

Applies engineering principles in development of coordination studies, load flow analysis, short circuit analysis, voltage studies, arc flash studies, etc. Assists in the development of long and short-range system planning, design, and inspection of distribution and other facilities. Ensures compliance with environmental and regulatory requirements. Gathering data needed to carry out job functions, design and assist in design of distribution facilities. Assists in preparation of contracts for bids, monitoring project costs, and assists in inspections of contractor engineering work to ensure compliance with specifications and safety requirements. Work with employees to ensure compliance with applicable environmental regulations.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES:

  1. Assists in the electrical modeling and analyzing of Lea County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) distribution system.
  2. Assists in the development of LCEC’s 4-year Work Plan to determine the system construction project necessary to maintain reliable and economic service to the LCEC system.
  3. Assists in the analysis of relaying schemes for LCEC’s distribution system.
  4. Assist in programming and diagnosing electronic utility devices (e.g., recloser, regulator, etc.).  Real Time Automation Controller (RTAC)
  5. Provides support as required to crews in the restoration of service (confirm ability to temporarily switch loads to other feeders, fusing, regulator sizing, etc.)
  6. Assist with the annual Engineering Department Business Plan to be synchronized with overall LCEC long range plans, technology implementations, and new processes.
  7. Develops reports determining the system upgrades associated with large loads and large motors.
  8. Ensures all environmental reports are prepared to be filed with appropriate governmental agencies.
  9. Oversees performance of LCEC’s outage management system and ensures any issues are identified and resolved.
  10. Performs limited software development to support SCADA and MILSOFT systems.
  11. Must develop and maintain professional knowledge of RUS and LCEC construction specifications.
  12. Must develop and maintain knowledge of NEC rules, as they apply to wiring specifications.
  13. Committee member on NERC team to maintain compliance with the applicable CIPs.
  14. Assist in development and monitoring of Engineering’s capital and expense budgets.
  15. Assist in the troubleshooting of power quality and Sub Station issues.
  16. Develop competences required to inspect new and existing joint use facilities as required to ensure that these facilities comply with all applicable laws, codes, regulations and contracts.
  17. Wears safety clothing and equipment such as a hardhat, safety glasses, etc. as appropriate. Becomes certified in CPR, first aid and use of fire extinguisher.
  18. Performs all duties in accordance with applicable safety, policy and procedure manuals, rules and regulations (LCEC, NESC, OSHA, DOL, etc.)
  19. Keep current with LCEC rate schedules and tariff.
  20. Must obtain a valid NM driver’s license.

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college or university.

EXPERIENCE:

A minimum of 1 year of engineering experience with an electric utility and P.E. preferred.

JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

The fully competent incumbent must possess the following knowledge:

  • Proficiency in the use of electronic spreadsheets, word processing programs, and database management tools required. (MS Excel and MS Word)
  • Knowledge and understanding of NERC and FERC is preferred.
  • Experience with SPP preferred.
  • Use and knowledge of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories products or similar, such as Real Time Automation Controllers (RTAC).
  • Ability to use trigonometry, calculus, algebra, and analytic geometry in the course of designing facilities and line extensions.
  • Knowledge of National Electric Code (NEC), National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), and Rural Utility Services (RUS) Distribution Specifications.
  • Become knowledgeable of environmental laws, regulations, and concepts as they relate to the electric utility industry.
  • Ability to keep abreast of current technologies and procedures.
  • Must be able to exhibit time management skills and be able to carry out a variety of activities that require a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Competent in coordinating projects with other employees and work effectively as a team member.
  • Ability to identify, analyze and solve problems, prioritize changing workloads, and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to tactfully and courteously communicate with the public and employees.
  • Good reasoning skills with ability to make effective decisions.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Works in climate-controlled office environment 70% of the time and outdoors 30% of the time. Job requires the ability to sit, stand, walk, climb, bend, reach and lift or carry objects weighing up to 40lbs. Requires the ability to perform close work, have good vision, hearing and use of hands and fingers. Possibility of obtaining minor cuts, bruises, sprains, insect bites/stings and unpredictable animals. Position requires driving a vehicle, navigational skills, traveling alone, and working extended hours. Position is considered safety sensitive. All employees must live within 30 minutes of their reporting site. Subject to random alcohol/drug testing.

 

LEA COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

POSITION DESCRIPTION

                            Manager of System Planning and Distribution Engineering

Department:                Engineering

Section:                       Engineering

Reports to:                  General Manager

Supervises:                  Director of System Planning & Engineering, System Planning Engineer, Supervisor of Staking

Directs:                       

FLSA status:               Exempt - Salaried

NCS Code:                 

OBJECTIVE:

Provide leadership and supervision of the daily operations of System Planning, System Protection, Power Quality, and Staking. Manage the resources including capital and operations/maintenance budgets, Key Accounts, Distributive Generation (DG), Load Forecast, System Reliability, Electric Vehicle program. 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES:

  1. Assist members in obtaining adequate, reliable, and safe electric service to new and existing Cooperative members at the most economical cost. 
  2. Provide engineering expertise and assistance for management, staff, employees, and members of the Cooperative as well as all others as directed by Management and Cooperative policy. 
  3. Perform System Coordination studies for all areas on the LCEC electrical system and determine proper application of protective equipment, preparing sectionalizing studies and the implementation of necessary construction. Make recommendations for protective equipment additions and adjustments.
  4. Research new protective equipment technologies and make recommendations to management    for equipment additions and upgrades.
  5. Perform fault studies and provide fault analysis reports to members at members’ request.
  6. Generate and supervise maintenance schedule for existing LCEC protective equipment.
  7. Assist in long- and short-range planning of the electric power distribution system by preparing long-range plans, work plans and load forecast. 
  8. Assist in safe and adequate design, selection of materials and equipment, construction, and inspection of overhead and underground distribution line facilities. 
  9. Perform routine and special power quality (PQ) studies and investigations including voltage levels, customer voltage and flicker complaints, phase balancing, capacitor and voltage regulator applications, economic sizing of conductors and transformers.
  10. Assist in the preparation and application of rate studies, load studies, line extension policies, power requirement studies, right-of-way and joint use practices, and other studies as required or assigned. 
  11. Assist with the selection of and application of materials consistent with RUS and the Cooperative's standards and practices, working with and coordinating the engineering phase of materials with manufacturers, representatives, and outside consultants as necessary.
  12. Assist with engineering cost estimating, budgeting and overall schedule coordinating of overhead and underground distribution construction required to implement work plans, protection studies, line maintenance and the extension of distribution lines required to serve existing and new Cooperative members. 
  13. Preparing departmental budgets and general schedules and periodically reviewing, applying, and modifying them as required.
  14. Provide engineering expertise and leadership in all areas of NERC.
  15. Recommend and implement new or improved engineering standards, practices, or methods.
  16. Assist in personnel functions for those reporting position including development or position descriptions, selection, training, coaching, performance appraisals, rewards, discipline, recommendation for promotions, pay adjustments, leadership, and motivation.
  17. Stay current with new or improved engineering and management techniques, standards, and practices.
  18. Assist members with distributive generation (DG) requests.
  19. Performs such other duties as may be requested or assigned by General Manager to fulfill the needs of the Cooperative in the interest of good management practices.

EDUCATION:

Incumbent must possess a four-year college degree in electrical engineering or a closely related engineering discipline. A Professional Engineer (P.E.) certification for the state of New Mexico is strongly preferred.

EXPERIENCE:

A minimum of ten (10) years of directly applicable, progressively responsible experience in addition to the degree requirement is required. Prior supervisory experience is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:

The fully competent incumbent must possess the following knowledge:

  • Cooperative principles
  • Substation design and operation
  • Transmission design and operation
  • Distribution design and operation
  • Ability to apply sound engineering principles
  • National Electrical Safety Code and National Electrical Code
  • RUS construction specifications and approved materials
  • LCEC rates and power contracts
  • Preparation of accurate engineering reports, studies, and investigations
  • Analyze complex, technical problems, exercise sound judgment
  • Environmental principles and procedures
  • Power forecasting principles
  • Provide clear direction of work responsibilities and cultivate a team atmosphere
  • Manage employees including leadership, planning, budgeting, project management and effective supervisory practices and scheduling
  • Work cooperatively across departments 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and other software programs
  • Southwest Power Pool knowledge is a plus

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Understand and be supportive of the ideals and objectives of the cooperative and the rural electrification and state and federal power programs.
  • Must be able to analyze trends in the operations of the cooperative and recommend any desirable amendments and improvements. 
  • Must have excellent skills in planning and project management and be able to apply the latest techniques in these areas, including the development of charts, graphs, reports, and projection of trends shown therein for information to the board and general manager.
  • Must have excellent skills in all relevant personnel management areas.  Must be able to work with Staking, Operations, and other departments.
  • Must have computer skills necessary to perform the requirements of the position, including spreadsheets, databases, word processing and engineering analysis. 
  • Must have the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with various customers, community, and affiliated organizations (i.e., key accounts, local governments, vendors, other utilities, etc.). 
  • Must have the ability to stay abreast of new developments in all the fields necessary to the effective functioning of the department and to provide leadership in ensuring that all those reporting to the position develop their skills.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Inside office work with some outside field work 
  • Occasional exposure to high voltage energized equipment 
  • Occasional overnight travel 
  • Subject of being on-call as well as to be available quickly in the event of emergency
  • Subject to drug/alcohol testing
  • Employees are required to live within 30 minutes travel time from their designated work location
  • Position is considered safety sensitive

Lea County Electric offers a competitive salary and benefits package. To apply, come by or call our main office in Lovington, NM, or one of our district offices in Tatum, NM, or Plains, TX.

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This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer