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Duquesne Light Company Distribution Technician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Duquesne Light Company, headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, is a leader in providing electric energy and has been in the forefront of the electric energy market, with a history rooted in technological innovation and superior customer service. Today, the company continues its role as a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy, providing a secure supply of reliable power to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Duquesne Light Company is committed to creating a culture of inclusion. We value and respect the unique differences and experiences of our employees. We believe that our differences lead to better collaboration, innovation and outcomes. We want you to join our team!

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Department: Engineering

Starting rate: $5,809 monthly

On the job sites.


Under general supervision, performs design and field work on projects related to providing service to customers from the distribution system, the development, rehabilitation, or alteration of the distribution system (including overhead and underground facilities), third party attachments including DLC owned telecom outside of substation fence, the rehabilitation of the subtransmission system (including overhead and underground facilities) and, when assigned, providing service to customers from the subtransmission system.

Distribution Technician (Step 7) Duties:

  1. Perform design and field work in the development, rehabilitation, or alteration of all overhead and simple underground distribution facilities, primarily associated with alteration to existing circuits, including circuit extensions to provide service to new customers. Overhead jobs will typically be limited to 5 poles. Duties typically include:

  2. Adding OH transformer, split secondary bank

  3. Designing new OH distribution/service

  4. Simple service, OH or UG from pole in OH area

  5. Upgrading OH transformers

  6. Completing cover up jobs

  7. Replacing like for like Overhead equipment. i.e. Intellirupter replacement work.

  8. Installing new manually operated, non-automated switches*

  9. Terminal pole to three-phase* and single-phase pad mounted transformer installations

  10. Underground Residential Developments (URDs) with five (5) sites or less*

*This duty will be added after one (1) year completed at step 7

**This duty will be added after two (2) years completed at step 7

  1. Prepare drawings, specifications, calculations, estimates, construction authorities, permit requests and similar items associated with the assigned projects while creating or modifying records and submitting information in the designated document management system (DMS), Maximo, NJUNS and/or Joint Use/TPA application.

  2. Use desktop and mobile computers with designated software to prepare design and construction drawings of overhead and underground distribution and subtransmission facilities, and third party attachments. Uses GIS/GPS portal and other technology to create or modify Company assets and attachments, including DLC owned Telecom outside of substation fence, as well as third party attachments. Submits map changes and data layers to reflect additions, retirements, replacements and other changes affecting the physical property of the Company, DLC Telecom outside of substation fence, and third party attachments.

  3. Make field trips, as required, to inspect the overhead and simple underground facilities, taking into account physical surroundings for the purpose of determining the project design. Also, obtains any necessary information and measurements necessary to ensure the design meets all applicable codes and standards.

  4. Coordinates projects to ensure timely completion of the design phase. Provides customers with one point of contact and meets with customers, including customer representatives, municipal representatives and utility representatives, as required, to field jobs, provide customers with service locations, quote flat rate fee costs, quote post-design system generated costs for Step 7 related work (presently Maximo), and collect fees. Inspect customer work to ensure compliance with Company specifications.

  5. Perform field inspections of third party attachments, pre and post construction, of Company facilities, adhering to pre-defined schedules required by regulatory authorities.

  6. Review applications for joint use attachment to Company assets, compare information with existing records and identifies any irregularities; assign a work order to all qualified and recommended third party attachment applications.

  7. Provide assistance to GIS Technicians involved in digital data collection of corporate inspections, distribution design and maintenance, as needed.

  8. Must organize, schedule and maintain records on work assignments with the ability to adapt to change and have keep attention to detail and customer responsiveness.

  9. As required, inspect customer’s work to ensure compliance with Company specifications, all applicable codes and laws, including the NESC and NEC.

Education / Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology, up to 1 year of related work experience preferred; or Associates degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology (with an electrical theory or equivalent class) (ABET accreditation will no longer be required)

NOTE: In lieu of the above degree requirements and based on the needs of the Engineering department, the Company, will permit employees who have a minimum of seven (7) years of Journey Lineworker (Overhead or Underground) level field experience to qualify for a Distribution Technician position, without a degree as noted above.

A minimum of three (3) years’ experience as a step 7 Technician to advance to a Step 10 Technician.

Must pass the company administered standardized test (TECH)

Must demonstrate a working knowledge of the Duquesne Light Company Safety Handbook.

Demonstrated working knowledge of the distribution and subtransmission systems (overhead, underground, Third Party Attachments and DLC owned Telecom outside of substation fence) and associated construction practices, equipment, and materials.

Demonstrated working knowledge of codes, standards, safety regulations, and Company practices applicable to the duties of the job.

Demonstrated proficiency in making mathematical and electrical computations related to the duties of the job.

Proven ability to work with customers, utility representatives, governmental representatives, and the public and must possess good organizational skills.

Experience using Microsoft Office Suite.

Demonstrated knowledge of National Electric Code and the National Electric Safety Code.

Working knowledge of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD) and GIS systems.

Must have and maintain a State Driver’s License.


Duquesne Light Holdings is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of the employment relationship, without discrimination because of race, age, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran or any other unlawful basis, as defined by applicable law, and fostering a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and retaliation. This policy affects decisions including, but not limited to, hiring, compensation, benefits, terms and conditions of employment, opportunities for promotion, transfer, layoffs, return from a layoff, training and development, and other privileges of employment. An integral part of Duquesne Light Holdings' commitment is to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws concerning equal employment and affirmative action.

Duquesne Light Holdings is committed to offering an inclusive and accessible experience for all job seekers, including individuals with disabilities. Our goal is to foster an inclusive and accessible workplace where everyone has the opportunity to be successful.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to search for a job opening, apply for a position, or participate in the interview process, connect with us at HR@duqlight.com and describe the specific accommodation requested for a disability-related limitation.