Electrical Distribution Designer, Lead

Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Pedernales Electric Cooperative

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

$42.08 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 Summary

This position is responsible for leading and coordinating the daily activities of distribution designers in the design of residential, commercial, industrial, overhead and underground electric distribution facilities.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate, oversee, schedule processes and procedures for supplying electric power with key stakeholders including members, developers and contracted crews
  • Plan, assign, schedule, organize and monitor the work assigned to the electrical distribution design work group
  • Develop master system plans for future growth in large developments
  • Coordinate the right of way permitting process with outside entities desiring to encroach upon company easements
  • Obtain right of way permits
  • Implement and manage solutions from conceptualization through planning, construction, project completion
  • Negotiate with property owners and developers to acquire electric utility easements in support of distribution requirements
  • Create designs and materials lists for distribution facilities, including residential, commercial and subdivision new line extensions
  • Draw and edit new distribution facilities within the Global Information System to ensure accuracy and connectivity
  • Prepare cost estimates for new line extensions and relocations
  • Record survey instruments and descriptive data using notes, drawings, sketch and plats
  • Utilize surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, measuring equipment, chain saws and assorted hand tools
  • Meet with members to explain routing options, procedures, fees, services and company policies
  • Coordinate with project managers, department members, construction crews and department planners to determine right of way requirements
  • Coordinate pre-development and pre-construction meetings
  • Research property ownership, using various resources, including title companies, real estate office, county court clerk and appraisal offices
  • Obtain permission from property owners and regulatory authorities for access and permits
  • Prepare and review easements and exhibits, including property descriptions
  • Develop, enhance and maintain property ownership lists for special projects
  • Interpret, adhere to, and enforce the company safety policy, the Line Extension Policy and the National Electric Safety Code
  • Inspect the URD construction and maintenance of cooperative facilities
  • Serve as the primary contact for the customer during the construction process
  • Prepare large scale distribution design with minimal supervision
  • Provide proper and routine maintenance and care for assigned vehicle and associated hand tools
  • Assist and review the work of lesser experienced Electrical Distribution Designers
  • Ensure contractors and district construction crews have met all cooperative specifications and regulations
  • Inspect underground infrastructure installed by contractors to ensure they meet all cooperative specifications for installation
  • Notify supervisors and other appropriate personnel of problems encountered in the inspection process
  • Make recommendations for process improvements and solutions to problems
  • Mentor less experienced Electrical Distribution staff
  • Act as subject matter expert on electrical distribution design issues
  • Provide day to day technical direction
  • Perform Notary duties
  • Maintain the security of confidential information
  • Stay abreast of advances in technology
  • Demonstrate regular and prompt attendance
  • Perform other related duties as necessary or assigned


Supervisory and/or Leadership Responsibilities

Provide technical direction and day to day instruction to less experienced Electrical Distribution Designers, Inspectors and Right of Way Agents.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of using computer systems, which may include setting up and using hardware and software programs, entering data or processing mapping information
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service
  • Knowledge of Utility Center and Arc-Map
  • Knowledge of relevant inspection equipment, construction specifications, underground developer specifications, policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of general real estate laws and regulations property rights and easement acquisition
  • Knowledge of National Electric Code and National Electric Safety Code specifications
  • Knowledge of PEC Specification Manual and PEC Safety Manual
  • Skilled in time management
  • Skilled in prioritizing and managing changing priorities
  • Skilled in establishing and maintaining positive relationships with internal and external customers
  • Ability to read and understand survey plats, engineering drawings and land use requirements
  • Ability to read and understand legal essentials of easements and property deeds and State recording laws
  • Ability to comprehend and modify right of way documents, determine legal descriptions and title documents on property types
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, analyze and resolve conflict and problems
  • Ability to traverse all types of terrain
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions


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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to electric utility distribution power design AND
  • Three years of directly related experience AND
  • One year in a leadership or project lead capacity OR
  • Associate’s Degree in a field related to electric utility distribution power design AND
  • Five years of directly related experience AND
  • Two years in a leadership or project lead capacity OR
  • High School Diploma or equivalent AND
  • Seven years of directly related experience AND
  • Two years in a leadership or project lead capacity
  • Valid 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.