Electrical Distribution Designer, Senior

Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Other Engineering, Design, Operations
Cedar Park, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2023

$35.46 Minimum Starting Base Pay* + KPI Bonuses + Competitive Benefits

Qualifications may warrant greater starting base pay within the full pay range.  Individual base pay is determined by experience, job-related skills, and relevant education or training.


PHYSICAL OFFICE LOCATION: PEC Cedar Park District Office – 1949 West Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Position open until filled. 


Position Summary

DISTRIBUTION DESIGNER, SR: This position is responsible for advanced design of residential, commercial, industrial, overhead and underground electric distribution facilities. JOINT USE DESIGNER SR: This position requires advanced understanding and demonstrated ability to apply engineering fundamentals, utility policy and procedures to process requests for Joint Use of the Cooperative’s facilities. This position is responsible for ensuring safety and reliability for Joint Use entities.




Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide proper and routine maintenance and care for assigned vehicles and assorted hand tools
    • Perform cost estimates, plan material needs and follow up on progress on projects from inception to completion
    • Interface regularly with contractors, engineers, developers, customers and consultants
    • Provide mentoring, training and guidance to peers
    • Utilize surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, measuring equipment, chain saws and assorted hand tools
    • Interpret, adhere to and enforce the company safety policy, and the National Electric Safety Code and National Electric Code
    • Mediate and diffuse issues involving irate members
    • Edit within Global Information System to assure accuracy and connectivity
    • Maintain the security of confidential information
    • Stay abreast of advances in technology
    • Coordinate closely with key stakeholders including members, developers, consultants, contractors, and government entities to discuss the process and procedures for supplying electric power
    • Research, acquire, record and verify easement information
    • Implement and manage solution from conceptualization through planning and construction, to project completion and financial reconciliation
    • Develop overall master plan for major residential and commercial projects exceeding 7,000 lots total build out
    • Obtain right of way permits from various counties and state entities
    • Coordinate with Pole Contacts department for installation or removal of attachments
    • Coordinate with Vegetation Management department for ROW and easement clearing
    • Evaluate environmental constraints and identify project requirements, i.e., permits, easements, aesthetics, fees, etc.
    • Assess load requirements for each individual project and transformer based on members need.
    • Research new material specifications and resolve basic material issues
    • Knowledge of security, roadway, and other lighting design practices
    • Perform complex power system calculations: voltage drop, equipment sizing, etc.
    • Interpret survey data, plan, deed information and engineered construction drawings
    • Develop master system plans for future growth in large developments
    • Operate computer assisted engineering and design software
    • Edit within Global Information System to assure accuracy and connectivity
    • Prepare easements and exhibits, including property descriptions, record survey measurements and descriptive data using notes, drawings, sketches and plats
    • Confer with engineers, consultants, and others about CIP projects due to growth and overload along with road widening projects
    • Coordinate with right of way, construction crews, department planners and pole contacts departments
    • Coordinate pre-development and pre-construction meetings with all involved departments and personnel
    • Act as first contact between line construction crews and land owners regarding existing line and easements
    • Read and interpret blueprints, specifications, warning labels, etc.
    • Serve as the primary contact for the customer during the construction process
    • Generate sub-division design and system implementation
    • Make presentations to councils and neighborhood groups regarding overall plan and costs
    • Prepare large scale distribution design with minimal supervision
    • Conduct construction pre and post inspections
    • Process Pole Attachment Permits including field verification inspections for new attachments
    • Ensure telecommunication attachers are in compliance with National Electric Safety Code, state law, and Cooperative standards
    • Coordinate and monitor projects, working directly with other Cooperative departments/districts, attaching entities, and construction contractors
    • Perform pre and post inspections for joint use
    • Work with Engineering personnel on load calculations
    • Provide information to support staff for the preparation of “make ready” costs
    • Draw or provide input to support staff to draw construction jobs
    • Inspecting facilities for safety issues including compliance with NESC, condition of Cooperative facilities, contractor and telecommunication attacher working environment
    • Coordinate closely with key stakeholders including members, developers and contractors to discuss the process and procedures for telecommunications
    • Coordinate right of way, construction crews and department planners
    • Research and verify easement information
    • Familiar with the telecommunication agreements



• Maintain the security of confidential information

• Stay abreast of advances in technology

• Demonstrate regular and prompt attendance

• Performs other related duties as necessary or assigned.




Supervisory and/or Leadership Responsibilities

May provide technical direction to others




Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of business and management principles including strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership techniques and budgeting
  • Knowledge of using computer systems, which may include setting up and using hardware and software programs, entering data or processing information
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service
  • Knowledge of specification book
  • Knowledge of current Joint Use Agreements, Rates and Language
  • Knowledge with construction materials and warehousing methods
  • Knowledge of Pole Foreman
  • Knowledge of National Electric Code, National Electric Safety Code specifications, EPA, and OSHA codes
  • Knowledge of the Cooperative’s Specification and Safety Manuals
  • Knowledge of basic principles in property rights and easement acquisition
  • Knowledge of construction practices
  • Skilled in time management
  • Skilled in prioritizing and managing changing priorities
  • Skilled in anticipating, identifying, analyzing and resolving conflict and problems
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to create work orders and purchase orders in NiSC
  • Ability to draw and edit in GIS mapping
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to listen and understand information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, analyze and resolve conflict and problems




Minimum Qualifications - (Education, Experience, Certification, & Licensing)

  • Associate’s Degree in a field related to electric utility distribution power design AND
  • Five years of directly related experience
  • Directly related work experience may substitute for education
  • High School Diploma or equivalent AND
  • Seven years of directly related experience
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License




Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee may be required to stand; reach with hands and arms, stoop and kneel
  • The employee may be subject to rough terrain and inclement weather
  • The employee may be required to be trained in the proper use of chain saws and hand tools
  • The employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • The employee may be required to lift, carry, push, pull or move up to 50 pounds
  • The employee may be required to travel
  • The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions including wet and/or humid conditions
  • Exempt employees receive a fixed bi-weekly salary to compensate them for all hours worked during each pay period
  • This position may be required to work more than 40 hours per week



This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of essential duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties that may be assigned based on the needs of the Cooperative.






Pedernales Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.