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Southern Company TRUCK OPERATOR in Forest Park, Georgia




Job Summary

Truck operator is an entry level position. You will be assisting in the construction of new and used transmission lines that will consist of wood, concrete, and steel structured lines spread statewide through Georgia. This position requires heavy manual labor and weekly travel. Travel expenses and hotel cost are the responsibility of the truck operator and a daily per diem (allowance) will be provided to help cover these costs. The current rate is $125 a day for those employees accruing overnight lodging and working 50 miles from home. This is an item covered by the Memorandum of Agreement between Georgia Power Company and the IBEW Local No. 84. This position is subject to call out, scheduled overtime, and storm restoration work.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Candidates who have earned the ELAC (Electrical Line Worker Apprentice Certification) through a technical college are highly desirable.

  • Experience working outdoors in a labor-intensive occupation

  • Background in commercial driving, equipment operations, or equipment rigging is desired

  • Class A unrestricted commercial driver’s license or permit prior to start of employment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of hand tools and equipment

  • Ability to read, understand, and follow all procedures, rules, and safety regulations

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Basic physical strength to perform daily work tasks

  • Demonstrate the ability to take instruction, directions and translate them into action

  • Minimum of 1 year of work experience in construction, heavy industrial maintenance, utility, military, and/or electrical experience is preferred

Other Requirements

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

  • Must currently have a Class A unrestricted commercial driver’s license or permit prior to start of employment

  • Must pass a pre- employment CAST test (basic mechanical aptitude) and Post Offer Employment Test.

  • A thorough background check, drug screen, DOT physical, and workers compensation questionnaire will be required prior to employment.

  • Candidates must be able to work in all weather conditions throughout the year that may include heat, rain, ice, and snow.

  • Display ethical behaviors and demonstrate our company’s values which are: Safety Excellence, Unquestionably Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment

  • Able to work assigned storm duties, which may include nighttime, weekend, holidays, and overnight travels

  • Because of the nature of the work and weight restrictions on our equipment, a candidate must currently weigh (and maintain their body weight) below 300lb. fully dressed including steel-toed boots and hard hat.

Training and development

Once a truck operator has completed all the proper requirements they will have the opportunity to bid into an apprentice lineman position. Once in this position he/she will undergo an extensive training program that will include a mixture of classroom and on the job training that will include climbing and working at heights up to but not limited to 200ft. This training program will last approximately 4 years. Upon success of the program, you will be able to bid on a Lineman position when available.

Additional Information

This position is covered under the Memorandum of Agreement between Georgia Power Company and the IBEW Local No. 84 which includes an increase every six month until you max out in your job classification and a cost of living increase annually. This position is subject to call-out overtime work, scheduled overtime work, and storm restoration response.

Pay: This is a position covered by the collective bargaining agreement between GPC and IBEW Local 84. Union membership is optional. Current starting pay for ALL NEW HIRES is $4,653.00 /month or approximately $25.64/hour. Truck Operators who receive job offers will be hired at this rate, regardless of experience/skills. This rate is non-negotiable.

Georgia Power is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves 2.25 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. The largest of four electric utilities that make up Southern Company, Georgia Power, has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century at rates well below the national average.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at .

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Job Field: Power Line Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Forest Park

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 75 % of the Time

Union Covered: Yes

Work Location(s):

GPC Transmission Construction – 205 Southfield Parkway (205Forest Park)


Southfield Parkway

Forest Park, 30297

Req ID: GPC2009159