Thank you for your interest in a career with Forked Deer Electric Cooperative.

A list of all current available positions is below. Feel free to apply by downloading a copy of our application and submitting it to our offices in person. Forked Deer Electric Cooperative is a drug-free workplace. Regular random drug tests will be required of all employees.

If there are no open positions, we will retain your information for future openings for a period of one (1) year.

Forked Deer Electric Cooperative is looking for a self-motivated individual who is capable of building and maintaining both overhead and underground fiber optic network projects in the position of Fiber Broadband Technician. Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2019. 
Under general direction, a Fiber Broadband Technician is responsible for the installation, repair, and maintenance of fiber optic connections and equipment for the delivery of broadband. The technician will connect customer equipment and networks to FDC services and may be required to perform a variety of other duties as assigned in addition to those listed below.
• Installs fiber optic cable and equipment for the delivery of services from the network access point to homes and/or businesses, including wiring homes/buildings and/or connecting homes/businesses to the systems.
• Operate mini-excavator, cable plow, directional boring equipment, trencher, and bucket truck.
• Place conduit and/or cables in trenches, splice conduit, pedestals, vaults, etc.
• Responsible for the installation and interfacing of customer networks to FDC services.
• Performs fiber tests with an OTDR, power meter, fiber inspection probe, and visual fault locater.
• Detects malfunctions in equipment, makes all possible repairs and adjustments, and reports all problems to proper departments.
• Troubleshoots wiring and equipment; replaces or repairs damaged equipment.
• Completes paperwork properly and in a timely manner.
• Disconnects service for non-payment; retrieves equipment upon request; reconnects as requested following payment.
• Provides accurate equipment location, splicing and terminating records for the fiber database.
• Assists with installation of lines and poles, bonding/grounding poles, splicing in equipment, switching from old to new equipment, etc.; removes old lines and poles.
• Performs fiber/cable service calls.
• Performs on-call duties as scheduled.
• Assists other Divisions as requested.
• May be asked to help answer tech-support calls.
• Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.
• Capable of working in all temperature environments.
• Perform other tasks
The duties listed above are intended only as general illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. Specific statements of duties not included does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Job descriptions are subject to change by the Management as the needs of the Utility and requirements of this job change.
*2 years of Telecommunications technical experience preferred
*Proficiency with computers, wireless routers, diagnostic equipment, and complex machines
*Experience with the following equipment: fusion splicer, cleavers, fiber optic strippers, fiber inspection probe, buffer tube splitter, OTDR, power meters, traffic identifiers, VFL, rodders, ladders, and bucket trucks.
*Ability to use basic cable installation tools and hand tools
*Perform jobs from high positions (poles/roofs), climb poles with proper equipment (safety belt, strap, climbers,) appropriately and safely use ladders and bucket trucks (18 to 20 feet,) as determined by the system's requirements.
*Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with all audiences including customers, co-workers, and other community members.
*Previous experience working in a customer service environment, and a professional work appearance.
*Basic knowledge and familiarity with consumer home electronics such as Smart TVs, HDTVs, Blue Ray players, and home theater systems.
*Must also have map reading skills, basic math, and reasoning skills as well as the ability to communicate via email, and telephone.
*Team player with the ability to also work independently.
*Ability to lift items weighing up to 80 lbs.
Graduation from high school or equivalent is required, further education may be advantageous.
Must possess and maintain a valid Tennessee driver's license and safe driving record.
The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to work in high, precarious places, outdoor weather conditions, risk of electrical shock, moving traffic, and may occasionally be exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, fumes, airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is typically moderate.
Must be able to respond to calls in emergency situations within thirty minutes of emergency call. At all hours in all weather conditions.
All Forked Deer Electric workers are subject to Random Drug and Alcohol Testing.
To efficiently receive and distribute materials from inventory and assist with inventory control. 
Within the limits of operating guides and procedures assumes responsibility and has commensurate authority for the following activities:
- Distributes materials as defined on work orders, job orders, maintenance, sales, transfers and truck restocking to the area crew members and others for electric services to provide crews and customers with material needed to perform their tasks.
- Completes paper work and computer entries documenting receipts and distribution of material to properly account for material transactions.
- Receives, records, unloads and stores material items in support of Cooperative operations.  Advises the Warehouse Manager of discrepancies between the purchase order and material received and of any damages to assure proper receipt.
- Performs periodic and annual material inventory counts to assist with inventory control.
- Provides maintenance and proper storage for oil-filled transformers and other line equipment, including oil test sampling, to insure availability of functional and well maintained equipment and compliance with applicable environmental regulations.
- Provides custodial services and grounds work for the warehouse (excluding the office area) and storage yards to provide a safe and orderly warehouse.
- Prepares packages for shipping to assist in timely delivery and receipt of needed items.
- Assists operations department with line work as needed to restore power to customers as quickly as possible. 
- In addition to these responsibilities, may be assigned by the Manager of Purchasing to perform other duties from time to time.
- The duties listed above are intended only as general illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  Specific statements of duties not included does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.  Job descriptions are subject to change by the Management as the needs of the utility and requirements of the job change. 
High school diploma or equivalent required.  Graduation from vocational/technical school or university in business administration, business management or a similar field is desired.  
Two years of experience in material management is desired.  
Knowledge of material management procedures required. General knowledge of electric utility operations is beneficial, but not necessary. High level of general math skills desired.  Must have sound knowledge of the proper and safe use of the tools and equipment used in warehouse operations. Must have a thorough knowledge of first aid and CPR or be able to be certified within 90 days of employment. Should be willing to attend courses relating to his/her area of work. 
Ability to operate a forklift highly desirable.  Ability to operate a personal computer using Microsoft applications highly desirable.  Mechanical skills desirable. Must have a Commercial Driver's license or be able to obtain one within 90 days of employment.
Inside and outside work in all kinds of weather.  Some heavy lifting required. Lifting and reaching above shoulders required.  Considerable time spent working while standing on concrete floors. Overtime required.  Must be available for work after normal office hours.  
Heavy work requiring exertion of up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Lifting and carrying of 10 to 50 pounds occasionally.  Reaching and lifting overhead is required. Job requires standing, climbing, bending, pulling and reaching majority of the time.  Inside and outside work. Exposure to varying temperature conditions including cold below 32 degrees and heat above 100 degrees. Minimal exposure to mechanical hazards and operation machinery.  Safety equipment required.  Must be able to communicate with individuals. Driver’s license required.  Must be able to read, write and do arithmetic. Must be able to weigh and measure materials. 
The duties listed above are intended only as general illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. Specific statements of duties not included does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Job descriptions are subject to change by Management as the needs of the Utility and requirements