Senior Electric Crew Foreperson

  • City of Santa Clara, CA
  • Santa Clara, California
  • Jan 13, 2022
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $163,538.28 - $208,845.12 Annually USD

Job Description


The Department:
Since 1896, Silicon Valley Power (SVP) has provided electricity for residents and businesses in Santa Clara. The Electric Department has a budgeted staff of 198 employees who provide such diverse services as operating, maintaining and dispatching electric service, engineering, system planning, administrative and financial management, marketing, customer services, power trading, outdoor Wi-Fi services and dark fiber leasing services, all of which work together to make SVP successful for the City and its residents.

The Position:
The Senior Electric Crew Foreperson is an advanced supervisory level classification in the series responsible for directing and monitoring the work of contractors and may supervise multiple crews within a work group. This classification reports to the Electric Division Manager. Incumbents in this classification are assigned to supervise the most complex tasks which require considerable discretion and independent judgment. This classification requires the ability to hold a Safety Clearance and direct work under this clearance. This classification differs from the lower level Electric Crew Foreperson classification in that it has a larger scope of supervisory responsibility, including the supervision of Electric Crew Forepersons and contractors. This classification differs from the higher-level Electric Division Manager in that the latter has the responsibility of managing and setting the overall strategic direction for a division.

An incumbent in this position demonstrates strong ethical, professional, and service-oriented leadership and interpersonal skills, sets a good example, and correctly applies the tenets of the City's Code of Ethics and Values.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Typical Duties

Typical Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Supervises crews in the operation, maintenance, and construction of overhead and underground distribution and transmission lines;
  • Directs, monitors, and audits the work of contractors, including scheduling and coordinating workflows, ensuring appropriate practices and standards are upheld, inspecting contractor work, and providing feedback to correct issues;
  • Assists in the coordination and planning of power shutdowns;
  • Supervises and assists crews in the construction of electrical distribution and transmission systems consisting of poles, duct work, cables, cable splices and terminators, wires, transformers, switches and other auxiliary equipment;
  • Supervises and may assist in the setting of power poles, manholes and vaults, changing of circuits, transferring of services, installation of transformers, vacuum and oil switches, capacitors and other control devices, and the repair and removal of defective wires, cables, cable splices and terminations, poles, cross-arms and related equipment;
  • Climbs poles as required;
  • In coordination with the Electric Division Manager, provides oversight to and assists in planning the on-the-job training of Journey Lineworkers, Journey Lineworker Apprentices and any other classifications who are assigned to his/her crew in the approved methods and practices of electrical overhead and underground work;
  • Inspects for unsafe working conditions and take steps to correct/remedy them and report them to higher authority;
  • Assists in setting day to day priorities and provides direction to subordinate supervisors, work crews and contractors regarding projected work schedules, necessary materials and crew requirements in terms of equipment and man hours;
  • Prepares and may review time, materials, and job reports;
  • Assists in planning and leading various training programs for staff in the division;
  • Evaluates the performance of personnel under his/her supervision including contractors;
  • May assist the Electric Division Manager in setting the strategic direction for the division; As assigned, may act as a manager in the absence of the Electric Division Manager; and
  • Perform other related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from high school or possession of a G.E.D. AND
  • Eight (8) years of experience as a Journey-Level Lineworker of which three (3) years have been in a lead or supervisory capacity over an electric crew.

  • Possession of a valid Class C license at the time of appointment.
  • Required to be rubber glove certified as a condition of holding the classification of Senior Electric Crew Foreperson at time of appointment.

  • Possession of a valid Class A license is desirable.

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance into the examination process. Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited to test. Candidates must attain a passing score on each phase of the examination process to qualify for the Eligible List. A department interview will be required prior to appointment.

Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of Santa Clara will not sponsor, represent, or sign documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of electrical utility planning, including construction, operational methods, and maintenance of high and low voltage lines, and the tools and materials commonly used in overhead and underground work;
  • Principles of electrical theory and the methods, equipment and materials used in constructing and connecting residential, commercial and industrial circuits, and substation equipment;
  • Principles of supervision and training; Necessary safety requirements and precautions used in working on high voltage overhead and underground electric circuits;
  • Applicable laws, codes and safety orders covering electrical utility work;
  • Pertinent first-aid principles and techniques including resuscitation methods;
  • General Order #95, "Rules for Overhead Line Constructing" and General Order #128, "Rules for Construction of Underground Electric Systems" issued by California Public Utilities Commission.
Ability to:
  • Climb poles and perform difficult electrical work under hazardous conditions;
  • Effectively manage and maintain cooperative relationships with contractors, stakeholders, and the general public;
  • Set priorities and train staff in electrical work;
  • Coordinate and schedule work, tracking and input of job status information;
  • Keep time and materials records;
  • Provide, follow, and understand oral and written instructions;
  • Walk or stand for extended periods of time and bend, stoop, reach, carry, crawl, climb, and lift as necessary to perform assigned duties;
  • Effectively handle and supervise multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet strict deadlines;
  • Ability to supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff;
  • Work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals.

Works under general supervision of the Assistant Director, Electric Division Manager or other responsible supervisor as assigned.

Has immediate charge of a line or construction crews, supervising Electric Crew Forepersons, Journey Lineworkers, Journey Lineworker Apprentices, Electric Utility Equipment Operators, Electric Helper/Drivers, Electric Utility Helpers and other assigned personnel.

  • Incumbents of this classification may be required to work outside their regularly scheduled hours, and to be available for emergency and/or pre-arranged work whenever called upon.
  • Incumbents of this classification may be subject to drug and/or alcohol testing as mandated by federal regulations.
  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment.

Additional Information:
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. Applications must be filled out completely (i.e. do not write "see resume or personnel file."). To receive consideration for the screening process, candidates must submit a 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Journey-Level Lineworker Certification, 4) Rubber Glove Certification, and
5) Completion of a Certified Apprentice Lineman Certificate.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application packets may be submitted online through the "Apply Now" feature on the job announcement at Applications must be submitted by the filing deadline of Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 4:00 PM.

The City of Santa Clara is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for all job openings will be considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful under any federal, state or local laws. The City of Santa Clara is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at (408) 615-2080 or

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