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Design Tech Lead

Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Tampa, Florida, US, 33567

Company: TECO

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




The Lead Distribution Design Technician (DDT) supports Tampa Electric Company’s (TEC) distribution system construction and maintenance projects. The Lead DDT serves as an essential point of contact to customers, external contractors, and all governmental agencies. The Lead DDT is responsible for Work Request review and approval for accuracy and completeness for internal DDT’s and external contractors. The Lead DDT serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on power quality issues in relation to the Distribution Design function.


1. Meet with customers to conduct needs and feasibility assessments on new construction projects and load additions, and to determine the schedule and required completion dates of different construction phases.

  • Meet with the DOT, county, municipalities, and other utilities and contactors to preplan construction and determine impacts to existing roads and utilities.
  • Represent customers in weekly POW meetings with involved TEC departments.
  • Manage communication to all entities involved in construction activities, documenting updates through memos and emails, as necessary.
  • Provide project management of large projects that potentially have a need for coordination over many years, including large retail stores, schools, or residential communities.

2. Create and/or process Work Requests (WR) in the Work Management System (WMS). Divide jobs into phases and crews, establishing different WR’s for each crew involved, including overhead line crews, underground line crews, service crews, and grounding contractors. Enter and continually update targeted schedule dates, work status, and other project details in WMS for all associated WR’s.

3. Assist the service area DDT’s with determining the most economical and reliable solution for the customer and TEC’s distribution system. Assist DDT’s in load analysis using appropriate software and determine the optimal equipment and material necessary, ensuring compliance with all TEC Distribution Engineering Standards and respective regulatory requirements.

4. Using TEC’s GIS system, assist DDT’s in entering WR’s, establishing proper connectivity, and inputting all compatible units (CU’s) for materials and labor. Assist the DDT’s in resolving identified errors in GIS and that all WR’s upload properly into WMS. Review GIS prints of DDT’s for accuracy and clarity. Serves as the SME resource for the service area DDT’s on TEC’s GIS system.

5. Oversee the production of construction prints and right-of-way permit drawings for Field Construction, Operations, and contractors. Verify locations of TEC’s existing and proposed equipment and any other non-TEC owned assets such as water, sewer, storm, gas, and telephone liens are adequately identified on the construction prints and equipment

specifications are captured.

6. Verify WR activities are correctly coded and charged to the appropriate accounts for Capital and O&M projects. Assist DDT’s in producing cost estimates (including labor, materials, and vehicles) and determining CIAC charges as necessary.

7. Using visual and physical inspections, examine the integrity of the TEC distribution facilities to determine the need for maintenance replacements or upgrades.

8. Serves as SME on power quality issues and may be required to interface with large industrial customers along with the service area Operations Engineer. May be required to investigate and respond to, or assist the Operations Engineer in responding to Public Service Commission inquiries and complaints.

9. Serve as the service area project lead for Osmose pole inspections and replacements. Keep track of completed and in-process WR’s associated with the TEC storm hardening plan.

10. Work closely with the service area Operations Engineer in customer relations, power quality investigations, and informal and formal PSC complaints.



Direct Supervision: May have full supervisory responsibility for administrative staff (Service Area Technical Aide and SSAR), including performance review, coaching and counseling duties.

Indirect Supervision: Acts as team lead providing guidance, mentoring, and work approval to service area DDTs. Assumes supervisory duties and responsibilities for DDTs in absence of the DDT Supervisor.



Key Internal: Includes: Distribution Operations, Planning & Scheduling, Standards and Distribution Engineering, Meter Ops, Real Estate, Transmission Engineering and Operations, System Service, Mapping Services, Line Clearance, Field Construction, Lighting, Construction services, Telecom, One Source, New Construction, Community Relations and Customer Service, Substation Engineering and Operations, Regulatory, Corporate Communications, and Environmental.

Key External: Includes: Residential and Commercial Customers, Architectural and Engineering Firms, Electricians, Developers, General Contractors and Subcontractors; County and City Officials and Staff, FDOT, CSX, EPA, and various Homeowners Associations.





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

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. FDOT Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) certification. Power Pros Distribution Design Certificate from Skills Training Center.



Required: Minimum of 2 years of direct work experience at the Senior DDT level performing the Duties & Responsibilities of this position is required.

Preferred: Experience managing large Capital projects in excess of $1 million. Direct experience in Service Area with knowledge of local system and critical customers.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (KSA)


Required: Sustained above expected performance as a Senior DDT; Demonstrated effective leadership and team skills; Able to plan and perform work independently, while adapting work according to changing priorities; advanced technical skill and knowledge of functional area of work with the ability to effectively adapt standard techniques, processes, and procedures as needed; apply strong judgment and demonstrate initiative in developing solutions to complex or recurring issues. Strong computer application skills including: WorkPro, GIS, PoleForeman, CIS, DOD, DE Toolkit, Voltage monitoring software, and Microsoft Office.



An above average level of knowledge regarding power quality issues, including:

  1.  Protection Coordination
  2.  Voltage effects on electrical appliance and electronic devices
  3.  Causes of Voltage drop and flicker and the most cost-effective solutions
  4.  Reasons for voltage reduction and resulting effect on power quality
  5.  Radio and TV interference causes and fixes
  6.  Load transfer recommendations



The Lead DDT can expect to work an 8-hour day, Monday through Friday, with occasional overtime to meet Customer deadlines and storm response. Working conditions are both indoors and outdoors in varying weather conditions. The level of stress varies depending on work load and customer deadlines.



The Lead DDT may be required to work in field conditions near energized electrical equipment, walk in rough terrain, and lift objects up to 50 lbs., while wearing Fire Resistant clothing and Personal Protective Equipment as required per the Safe Work Practices Manual.



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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