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Design Tech I-II

Date: Jun 29, 2020

Title: Design Tech I-II 
Company: Tampa Electric Company 
State and City: Florida - Tampa
Shift: 8 Hr. X 5 Days


This position's pay is based on skills, experience and education of the successful candidate.



Distribution Design Technician I or II
Various locations 


The Distribution Design Technician progression supports Tampa Electric Company’s (TEC) distribution system construction and maintenance projects. The DDT create and/or process work requests in the work management system (WMS), determine customer requirements, prepare designs and estimates, obtain necessary work permits and coordinate activities with all involved TEC departments to ensure successful scheduling, completion of projects and customer satisfaction.


•    Meet with customers and/or their agents (“customers”) to conduct needs and feasibility assessments on new construction projects and load additions, and to determine the schedule and required completion dates (“targeted schedule dates”) of different construction phases.

  • Represent customers in weekly Pre-POW meetings with involved TEC departments.  
  • Manage communication to all involved entities concerning any updates in the construction schedule or other changes with potential impact, documenting updates through letters and e-mails, as necessary. 
  • Coordinate the construction activities between TEC Planning & Scheduling, Field Construction, Operations and any other ED Departments.

•    Create and/or process work requests (WR) in the WMS.  Divide jobs into work phases/crews, establishing an associated WR for each of the different TEC construction phases/crews involved: including overhead line crews, underground line crews, service crews, grounding contractors, project conduits and crossing conduits.  Enter and continually update targeted schedule dates, work status and other project details in WMS for all associated WRs.
•    Perform analysis to determine the most economical and reliable solutions for customers and the TEC distribution system.  Estimate the electrical loads for customers with <50 kW demand (obtain from TEC New Construction for customers with >50 kW demand), and determine actual or proposed field measurements (such as span distances, conductor height/sizes, etc.). Model these conditions in the appropriate software applications (PoleForeman, etc.) to determine optimal equipment/material, strength and/or spatial specifications to meet customer needs while ensuring all results are in compliance with respective regulatory requirements.
•    Using TEC’s geographical information system (GIS), draw the proposed and existing electrical features (company assets).  Establish all specifications in GIS, such as the correct electrical connectivity, proper supporting structures, and all compatible units (CUs) for materials and labor at the correct type and/or amount for each feature.   Resolve any identified errors in GIS, ensure all GIS task types are linked to the WMS work requests and upload GIS data to WMS.
•    Produce and/or oversee the production of construction prints and right-of-way permit drawings for Field Construction, Operations and/or contractors: 

  • Verify that locations of TEC’s existing and proposed equipment and any third parties’ infrastructures (water, sewer, storm, gas, telephone, and cable lines) are adequately identified on the construction prints, and equipment specifications are captured. 
  • Based on the scope of construction and company safety standards, determine necessity and scale of the Maintenance-of-Traffic (MOT) plan that Field Construction, Operations, and/or contractors would need for completing work in the right-of-way.

•    Produce construction cost estimates (including labor, materials, and vehicle) and obtain/calculate projected four-year revenue as needed.  Determine and communicate the need for Contribution-In-Aid-of-Construction (CIAC) charges to customers based on TEC revenue shortage/excess costs in the following situations:

  • Estimated TEC construction costs exceed the projected four-year TEC revenue for the project.
  • For customer-requested underground installations, underground construction costs exceed the costs of the standard overhead installation. 

•    In support of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, review financial data in WMS related to Engineering, Field Construction and Operations construction and maintenance activities.  Verify activities are coded to the correct classification and charged to the appropriate accounts (Capital vs. O&M).
•    Using visual and physical procedures, investigate, examine and test the integrity of company equipment to determine the need for replacement or upgrade.  Upon successful completion of proper training, will access and inspect energized equipment and install current/voltage recording devices (RVM) for trouble shooting.

Builds Strong Collaborative Relationships
Cultivates Innovation and Embraces Change
Develops People and teams
Drives Operational Excellence for Customers
Speaks up on Safety, Health, and the Environment
Takes Ownership and Acts with Integrity
Thinks Strategically and Exercises Sound Judgment

The DDT work hours consist of a minimum of 8-hours per day Monday through Friday. Some overtime is required to meet Customer deadlines and storm response. Working conditions are both indoors and outdoors in varying weather conditions. The level of stress is moderate to heavy depending upon the level of interaction with customers and governmental agencies.

The DDT physical demands require working in field conditions, energized areas, walking in rough terrain, lifting objects up to 50 lbs., and wearing Fire Resistant (FR) clothing during and Personal Protective Equipment in an 8-hour day.

Advancement to a higher level is based on value added to the company through increased duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments.  Advancement is not automatic, i.e., based solely on time in the job, but will be based on the employee’s performance, qualifications, and the technical needs of the Department.


JOB LEVEL: Distribution Design Technician I 
Under direct supervision works on routine assignments with projects of smaller scope and minimal complexity, following established policies, methods and standard working procedures. 


Required:  Minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent certificate. 

Will be required to successfully complete TEC Safety Training within reasonable time upon being hired.

Preferred:  College Degree or technical certification may substitute for a portion of the minimum experience requirement.

Required:  Valid Florida State driver’s license and safe driving record.


Minimum of four years of related work experience.  
Related work experience includes: work order management, CAD drafting and GIS 
mapping required; or direct work experience installing and maintaining distribution 
overhead and underground facilities as a lineworker or electrician. 

College Degree or technical certification may substitute for a portion of the minimum experience requirement.

Experience as a TEC Senior Service Area Representative (SSAR), Distribution Design 
Support Technician (DDST), GIS Technician, and/or lineworker.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: (KSA)

Meet with customers and/or their agents (“customers”) to conduct needs and feasibility 
assessments on new construction projects and load additions, and to determine the 
schedule and required completion dates (“targeted schedule dates”) of different 
construction phases.

•    Using TEC’s geographical information system (GIS), draw the proposed and existing electrical features (company assets).  
•    Establish all specifications in GIS, such as the correct electrical connectivity, proper supporting structures, and all compatible units (CUs) for materials and labor at the correct type and/or amount for each feature.   
•    Resolve any identified errors in GIS, ensure all GIS task types are linked to the WMS work requests and upload GIS data to WMS.



JOB LEVEL: Distribution Design Technician II
Works under general supervision on somewhat varied duties requiring judgment or simple analysis to determine course of action with limited latitude. 



  • Troubleshoot customer voltage complaints using various instruments; such as recording ammeters and voltmeters. Install, program, and download voltage monitoring devices, analyze results, and utilize engineering skills and practices to resolve customer voltage complaint.
  • Meet with DOT, county, municipalities, other utilities and contractors to preplan the construction and modification of roads and distribution systems.
  • Review (GIS) construction prints from TEC Mapping Services for accuracy and clarity.
  • Interpret plans for large government projects of relative complexity, such as road widening, intersection improvements, and the installations or relocations of public infrastructures, and identify TEC facilities and/or potential issues; 
  • Analyze road construction design prints and identify/indicate any physical and economic impacts to Tampa Electric distribution facilities or assets:

                 –    Determine any violation to past land use agreements; 
                 –    Engineer associated relocations of Tampa Electric facilities and indicate proposed relocation on road design drawings; Create work requests for construction efforts; 
                 –    Estimate the economic impact to the company and/or the agency.



Must have a valid Florida State drivers’ license and safe driving record. 
MOT certification required.


Minimum one year experience as a TEC Distribution Design Technician I
two years of directly equivalent distribution design experience with another utility
two years combined internal DDT/external equivalent experience required. 

Must have the experience in safely accessing and inspecting energized equipment and 
installing current/voltage recording devices (RVM) for trouble shooting. 

The attainment of a related Associates or Bachelor’s Degree or technical certification may substitute for a portion of the minimum experience requirement.


Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (KSA)
•    Must have demonstrated and sustained above expected performance as a Distribution Design Technician I with the ability and potential for assuming greater responsibility.
•    Must have the ability to effectively assist customers in making technical decisions that pertain to the project; 
•    Must have knowledge and understanding of past land use agreements. 
•    Must have the technical knowledge and analytical skills needed to interpret site development plans for residential, commercial and government projects and identify impacts to TEC.  
•    Must be familiar with and possess knowledge of voltage monitoring/recording devices.
•    Must have previous knowledge and/or proficiency with utility industry software including, but not limited to: work management system (such as WorkPro), GIS, PoleForeman, Customer Information System, Distribution Outage Program, Distribution Engineering Toolkit, Voltage monitoring software.

TECO offers a competitive Benefits package!!

Competitive Salary *401k Savings plan w/ company matching * Pension plan * Paid time off* Paid Holiday time * Medical, Prescription Drug, & Dental Coverage  *Tuition Assistance Program * Employee Assistance Program * Wellness Programs * On-site Fitness Centers * Bonus Plan and more!


STORM DUTY REQUIREMENTS....Please make sure to read below!!!  Responding to storms will be considered a condition of employment.

TECO Energy and its companies serve a role in providing critical services to our community during an emergency. Team members are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters to maintain service to our TECO Energy customers. Team members are required to work in their normal job duties or other assigned activities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with the company's rules and procedures.


TECO Energy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TECO Energy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement and the individual is unable to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals, employment decisions at TECO Energy will be based on skills, knowledge, qualifications and abilities.

Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Statement
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

ADA policy
It is the policy of TECO Energy to provide reasonable accommodation for all qualified disabled individuals who are employees and applicants for employment, unless it would cause undue hardship. The corporation will adhere to applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, including, but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1970s.


Application accommodations
Applicants may request reasonable accommodation in the application process five business days prior to the time accommodation is needed.


Pre-employment physical exams may be required for positions with bona fide job-related physical requirements regardless of disability. 



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