POSITION:                             Groundworker

DEPARTMENT:                    Construction

REPORTS TO:                       Line Crew Leader

EFFECTIVE DATE:              04-19-23

DIRECTS:                               None

LEVEL:                                    Non-Exempt


To receive on-the-job training and mandatory structured training courses and experience for performing line service maintenance and construction functions.


The following requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.


Requires High School Diploma/Equivalent. Experience in the electrical utility industry preferred.

Prefers Enrollment/Completion of Electrical Lineworker Certificate Program/Equivalent.


Requires basic knowledge of electricity; ability to acquire a working knowledge of company tools and equipment. Requires the ability to acquire knowledge of the principles and practices in line construction service and operations and maintenance requirements in an electric distribution system; ability to become knowledgeable of Hart Electric Membership Corporation’s policies and procedures.¬† Requires excellent verbal and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with members; flexibility to work varied hours.

DRIVER’S LICENSE, EMPLOYMENT ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, DRUG SCREEN, RESIDENCY:¬† Requires the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Georgia Driver‚Äôs License, a Georgia Commercial Driver’s License, and a DOT Medical Card. Prefers a valid Class A Georgia Commercial Driver‚Äôs License. Requires the ability to successfully pass Hart EMC’s employment entrance examination and drug screen. Requires residency within Hart EMC’s service area.


Field work with exposure to adverse elements of weather; strenuous physical work, including heavy lifting; requires flexibility to work overtime on short notice; requires flexibility to work during emergency situations. Requires physical ability in climbing, balancing, stooping, pushing, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, defined heavy work.

Visual acuity required as machine operator (b) and as mobile equipment operators (c). Adverse weather conditions include defined (d), (e), (f), and (h).


Internal:  Two-way communication with the immediate supervisor on work related plans and approvals; with crew and operations personnel.

External:  Demonstrates an awareness that the job exists to effectively serve each and every member, and at every opportunity, to achieve increased member and public understanding for support of the Cooperative.




The following are the essential duties and performance standards of this position. The essential duties do not include marginal functions that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. The scope and duties of a given position may change or be temporarily altered based on the business needs of Hart Electric Membership Corporation. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.


The Groundworker:

  1. Assists higher classified line employees in the installation, removal, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair of electric lines, substations and equipment by effectively performing any manual work on the ground.
  1. Complies with all traffic laws while operating a vehicle.
  1. Safely operates Cooperative equipment, as directed; participates in Cooperative safety meetings.
  1. Effectively learns through on-the-job training and experience:

A.  All types of single and polyphase transformer installations.

B.  Installing, moving, and removing of transformers, secondaries, service drops, oil circuit breakers, poles, conductors, capacitors, regulators or any other line   equipment.

C.  Installing or removing instrument transformers, recording or indicating meters of all types. Patrolling distribution lines.

D.  Ensuring that assigned trucks, tractors, or other power operated equipment tools and working equipment are properly used and kept in good working               condition and that any required repairs are promptly reported to the immediate supervisor or designated personnel.

E.  The submission of time, mileage, gas tickets, material charge-outs and credit-ins; other required forms and procedures.

F.  Reading and interpreting staking sheets, all RUS specifications and line construction assemblies, the NESC.

G. Properly operating radio equipment.

H.  Performing first aid and CPR and pole resuscitation.

I.¬† The Cooperative’s electrical and mechanical tagging and other numbering systems; the location of electrical distribution lines; reads Hart Electric Membership Corporation’s distribution maps, as directed.

J.  Being subject to availability for emergency work, as assigned.


In addition to performing the essential duties of the position, the Groundworker:

Interpersonal Skills 

A.  Demonstrates effective employee relations skills when interacting with other personnel without regard to race, sex, disability, national origin, color, religion, age, or veteran status.

B.  Maintains a professional and courteous manner.

C. Supports participation, teamwork, and an open and cohesive work environment.

Attendance and Promptness 

A.  Reports to work at designated time and has regular acceptable attendance.

B.  Provides availability for extra duty as required.

C.  Volunteers for overtime when needed.

Work Quality

A.  Accurately and thoroughly performs job duties.

B.  Completes work with a minimum or no errors.

C.  Evaluates and considers results of job responsibilities.

Business Appearance

A.  Dresses appropriately for the position based on Cooperative standards.

Safety Awareness

A.  Establishes and maintains acceptable safety standards.

B.¬† Maintains current knowledge of Cooperative’s safety regulations and evaluation of personal¬†compliance.

C.  Performs in accordance with established safe working environment.

D.  Actively participates in department safety meetings.

Job Effectiveness

A.  Demonstrates self-motivation.

B.  Demonstrates effective planning and organizing skills.

C.  Effectively sets priorities and performs in an efficient manner.

D.  Completes primary job functions without duplication of efforts.

E.  Demonstrates self-discipline without supervision.

Self-Development/Technical Knowledge and Skills

A.  Demonstrates current technical job knowledge and skills for effective performance of position duties.

B.  Progresses in previously communicated performance improvement.

C.  Demonstrates initiative to acquire additional knowledge for effective job performance.

Effective Communication

A.  Demonstrates proficient oral and written communication skills.

B.  Demonstrates effective listening skills prior to taking action.

C.  Communicates to supervisor in all matters which affect their duties.

D.¬† Effectively learns and accepts the Cooperative’s practices, concepts, policies, and procedures.

Decision Making

A.  Analyzes all factors and alternatives prior to reaching conclusions.

B.  Performs in a timely manner for effective results.

C.  Demonstrates accountability for difficult decision-making.

D.  Demonstrates excellent stress and pressure skills if confronted with temporary setbacks.


Job Details

Job ID
April 19, 2023
May 03, 2023