Springfield Utility Board is recruiting for an Apprentice Line Technician:  This is an entry level position with progression to Journey-Level Line Technician.

 The Eugene/Springfield Utilities Joint Apprenticeship and Training Council (JATC) requires us to give priority to internal candidates. We will consider external candidates if a suitable internal candidate is not found.

Electric Service Center

Line Superintendent with crew leadership from the Line Crew Leader

IBEW Local 659

Non-Exempt / Union / Full-Time / 40 hours a week / M - F / 8:00 – 4:30 or 7:00 – 3:30

POSTING DATE: Friday, February 26, 2021

CLOSING DATE: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications must be received or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

Prior to applying, please read the entire Apprentice Line Technician job description. The job description lists the Major Responsibilities, Required Minimum Qualifications, and the Physical and Mental Requirements for the position.

 The Eugene/Springfield Utilities JATC Standards of Apprenticeship can be found at: Microsoft Word - 3007 0284.0 2017-10 (oregon.gov)


  • High School education or equivalent
  • One year of High School Algebra with a grade of “Pass” or “C” or better, or equivalent post High School course(s) or math placement test
  • Oregon Class A CDL is preferred
  • Prior experience working in an electric utility preferred


The following application materials are required:

  1. Completed SUB Application for Employment online here
  2. Apprentice Line Technician Application Questionnaire (please attach to this web portal when completed it)
  3. Equal Employment Opportunity Self Identification Form - This form will be separated from your application before your application is reviewed. The information will be used solely for EEO evaluation purposes. (please attach to this web portal when completed it)
  4. Cover letter
  5. Resume
  6. Documentation of proficiency in algebra is required with one of the following:
    ** A high school or college transcript indicating completion of an academic year of algebra with a grade of “C” or better; or
    ** Documentation of proficiency in algebra subjects on a math place placement test taken at an accredited college, university or vocational education program.

SUB encourages all qualified individuals to apply. The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeships shall be without discrimination because of sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or as otherwise specified by law. Springfield Utility Board shall take positive action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required by the rules of the Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council and Title 29, Part 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The successful candidate will serve the first six-months in the Ground Worker position. Upon a successful 6-month probation period, including at least 1,000 hours at the Ground Workers position, the candidate will be indentured into an Apprentice Line Technician position with the Eugene/Springfield JATC starting at Step one. Only hours worked at SUB will be counted toward the apprenticeship.

You may submit your application on line. You may also mail, deliver, fax or email your application packet to:  

Human Resources / P.O. Box 300 / 223 “A” Street, Suite H / Springfield, OR 97477
Office hours: Monday – Friday / 8:00am – 5:00pm
Phone: 541.726.2398
Fax: 541.744.3657


  • Journey-Level Line Technician:          $51.22/hr
  • 6th Step Apprentice Line Technician: $46.11/hr
  • 5th Step Apprentice Line Technician: $44.58/hr
  • 4th Step Apprentice Line Technician: $43.03/hr
  • 3rd Step Apprentice Line Technician: $40.98/hr
  • 2nd Step Apprentice Line Technician: $38.43/hr
  • 1st Step Apprentice Line Technician:  $37.40/hr
  • Thereafter Step Ground Worker:         $34.41/hr
  • Position will start at the Ground Worker Thereafter step at $34.41/hr.
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 11 Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) Plan
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Retirement Plan
  • Short- and Long-term Disability Insurance

Springfield Utility Board is an independently operated municipal electric and water utility governed by a locally-elected board.  Serving 25+ square miles in and around the City of Springfield, Oregon (pop. 55,000), the utility offers its customers some of the lowest water and electric rates in the Pacific Northwest.  SUB is a customer-owned community resource. Like other customer-owned utilities, SUB has a three-pronged mission: to provide excellent customer service, to keep rates low and affordable, and to support the community it serves. SUB achieves this because, unlike privately held utilities which look to provide profits to investors, SUB is owned by and responsible to the people it serves. And, because SUB is an independent agency, and not a department of the city, all of the rates paid go directly back into operating the utility.

SUB is a great place to work! Our employees are valued, respected and appreciated for their skills, knowledge and the diverse backgrounds that they bring to SUB. We’re proud of our talented employees and their accomplishments to make SUB the best and most cost-effective utility we can be!

Springfield is a family-friendly community located in the south Willamette Valley and nestled between the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers, both known for excellent fishing. The Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area is easily accessible by Interstate 5 and Oregon’s second largest airport.  The region is home to several colleges, including the University of Oregon, and provides activities for a wide variety of interests, including performing arts, sports, and outdoor recreation.

The Mission of the Springfield Utility Board is to provide safe, reliable, cost-effective utility related services to the citizens and businesses of the Springfield community.

In providing these services:

SUB’s five-member governing Board will require the principles of cost-effectiveness and continuous quality improvement to be applied to all programs, functions and projects conducted by SUB, in recognition of SUB’s long-term responsibility to deliver services.

In addition to providing the types of services that meet customers’ utility needs, SUB shall also strive to:

  1. Keep the costs of its services affordable;
  2. Provide for prudent financial reserves;
  3. Ensure that all services offered and provided by SUB meet or exceed the community’s standards for quality & safety;
  4. Continue to study opportunities and pursue options that provide value to SUB’s customers.

The Board believes that SUB’s mission is best accomplished through a strong team relationship between the Board and management. This partnership will provide consistency of purpose and direction to the organization and empowers employees to continue to build the kind of organization necessary to meet customers’ utility needs.

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