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Utility Pre-Planner | Hickory, NC

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Utility Pre-Planner | Hickory, NC

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ACRT, Inc. 


Performs tree assessments along utility lines and submits inspection results to clients with recommendations. Plans, directs, and coordinates the activities of assigned tree clearance crews. Discusses and negotiates line-clearance crew access issues, and serves as a liaison between clients, tree crews, and client customers.


Duties & Responsibilities


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Patrols distribution and/or transmission circuits and prescribes work to be performed by contract tree crews, determines when the next trim is required, notifies property owners of tree trimming and tree and brush removal work to be performed relating to client specifications, manages the issuance of work and tracks work progress, maps circuits using client continuity lists, performs outage investigations and, when necessary, obtains permits from public agencies.

  • Enters tree trimming and tree and brush removal prescription into hand-held computer or other similar systems, and uses computers and associated software to perform duties.

  • Complies with all regulatory requirements and client vegetation management standards.

  • May be required to participate in public presentations and meetings.

  • Attains certification as an Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture within 1 year or upon eligibility

  • As requested by the Senior Utility Pre-Inspector or Manager, performs all necessary duties for emergency response in accordance with all safety requirements, law and regulations, and applicable labor agreements.

  • Makes a positive personal impression on others. Adheres to attendance policies and faithful in coming when scheduled and conforms to work hour requirements.

  • Conducts work in a safety-conscious manner as not to endanger themselves or others. Keeps the work area [office and/or company vehicle] neat, orderly, and professional in appearance. If applicable, ensures maintenance on company vehicles is done in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Other duties as required.

Equipment, environmental and safety requirements:

  • Driving cars, trucks, and/or All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

  • Walking on uneven ground

  • Exposure to excessive noise

  • Exposure to extremes in temperature, humidity, or wetness

  • Operation of foot controls or repetitive foot movement

Exposure to dust, gas, fumes, chemicals

  • Various forestry-related equipment, including but not limited to clinometer, range finder, logger’s tape, DBH tape and various safety-related equipment such as hard hat, safety vest, safety glasses, ear plugs, etc.

- Valid Driver License and ability to drive and operate a 4x4 vehicle
- Basic use of Excel (sum, totals, simple formulas) and Outlook; proficient in Microsoft Word
- Ability to identify local trees and knowledge of growth rates.
- Ability to learn and use company- or job-specific software systems
- Ability to work in rugged terrain and inclement weather.
- Ability to read and follow maps.
- Accountability: accepts personal responsibility for quality and timeliness of work.
- Accuracy and work quality: performs work completely, correctly, and in a professional manner.
- Adaptability and flexibility: meets the changing conditions and situations in work responsibilities.
- Communications: possesses strong verbal and written communication skills and is able to present ideas in formal and informal
- Creativity: possesses ability to develop and present new ideas and better ways of doing things.
- Dependability: is reliable and has the ability to do required jobs.
Drive and achievement orientation: sets challenging goals for self and willingly puts in extra time and effort in crisis situations.
Independence: possesses the ability to work autonomously with little supervision
- Interpersonal skills: builds constructive and effective relationships.
- Positive attitude: displays optimism about the work to be done and demonstrates a positive attitude towards customers, peers, and the company.
- Quantity of work: generates adequate amounts of work based on the job requirements


- 80% or more outdoors in various climate conditions
-Kneeling, crawling - occasional: sitting, standing, bending [waist], squatting, climbing,
-Lifting and carrying – occasional: 0-25 lbs; never: 26-100 lbs.
-Carrying – frequent: 0-10 lbs; occasional: 0-25 lbs; never: 26-100 lbs
-Heaviest item carried: Hand held computer weighing 2.5 lbs and/or maps with a clip board. Distance to be carried: Items are carried the entire time employees are walking in the field

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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)
$18 to 22 an hour
Job Type
Full Time Entry Level
Hickory, North Carolina United States
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