To provide effective and efficient operation, testing, maintenance and construction activities on energized or de-energized substations, metering equipment, relays and all other related devices in a safe and workmanlike manner. To maintain and repair new and existing installations of electrical apparatus and CT metering; industrial, commercial, and residential. Investigate and troubleshoot power quality issues and make recommendations for correcting the problem. To prepare accurate reports on all equipment, devices and instruments maintained and repaired. * All references to perform “energized” work within this position description are 600 volts or less, unless qualified for high voltage work.
1. Possess a knowledge of electrical theory and work toward developing a thorough working knowledge of the operation, maintenance, repair, testing, calibration and installation of electrical equipment used in substations and on distribution and transmission lines.
2. Assist with reports in all matters relative to metering necessary for accurate billing of member accounts and for meter records.
3. Assess condition of electrical equipment both in-service and out-of-service for suitability for maintenance, repair or disposal with guidance from other engineering staff.
4. Perform maintenance on electrical equipment and make repairs where necessary as directed by the engineering manager.
5. Coordinates and cooperates with employees from engineering, operations, member services, members, electricians, city and state electrical inspectors, suppliers, and manufacturers to provide service and answer questions.
6. This position provides, but is not limited to, the following services:
Meter – design, testing, repair and installation of single and poly-phase meters.
Regulator, recloser, and sectionalizer – maintenance, testing and minor repairs.
Regulator controls – installation, testing and repair.
Circuit breakers – maintenance, minor and major repairs.
Protective relaying – installation, calibration and maintenance.
Wiring – assemble and wire low voltage communications, metering, relaying and SCADA equipment.
Test equipment – installation, maintenance, minor and major repairs.
Investigations – power theft, quality of service issues, failure analysis and other investigations as required.
Records – initiation and maintenance of pertinent equipment records.
Performs other comparable duties as required.
7. Responsible for reviewing proper settings in substation metering and protective equipment, programming the devices and performing substation testing and checkout for new substations and substation additions. This includes wiring relay panels, control panels and equipment, as necessary.
8. Performs minor mechanical/structural work.
9. Troubleshoot outages, power quality, or reliability issues and make recommendations for correcting the problem and performing necessary work.
10. Install new or replace existing devices and equipment as necessary in support of maintenance activities or substation improvement projects.
11. Be available to work with line crews during outages or other situations as requested.
12. Accountable for downloading event and load data from substation relays and recloser controls and maintaining substation load and device duty cycle databases.
13. Maintains comprehensive, accurate electronic and paper documentation of job reports, as well as, expense and time records.
14. Works in close proximity to or on energized equipment and connects circuits under load as required using specialized equipment and devices. Responsible for installing and maintaining substation communication and monitoring equipment.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Substation Maintenance and Metering Technician I
Journeyman lineman or electrician certification or sufficient training and/or experience in substation/metering/relay trade which can be evaluated as giving the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the position.
A journeyman meterman certification is required. Otherwise qualified candidates must obtain a journeyman meterman certification within two years of date of hire or will be deemed unqualified.
High school diploma or GED.
Requires a valid driver’s license.
Substation Maintenance and Metering Technician II (Mandatory - within two years of date of hire)
Meets requirements of substation maintenance and metering technician I and possesses a journeyman meterman certification or equivalent.
Substation Maintenance and Metering Technician III (Voluntary)
Meets requirements of substation maintenance and metering technician II and possesses a National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) substation technician journeyman certification or equivalent.
Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of National Electrical Safety Code, National Electrical Code, Washington State Electrical Safety Code for utilities, power line construction, methods, materials and equipment.
Knowledge of utility accounting systems.
Knowledge of Rural Utilities Service contracting requirements and construction standards along with OSHA standards.
Ability to read electrical blueprints, schematics and meter wiring diagrams or have the aptitude to quickly learn these skills.
Understanding of electricity substations, transmission and distribution systems.
Additional experience in electronics or as electrical wireman is desirable.
Must be proficient at the use of a personal computer and familiar with Microsoft Office Suite, i.e. Outlook, Excel, Word.
Other combinations education/experience may be considered.
Preferred Job Qualifications:
Journeyman lineman certification preferred.
A valid CDL driver’s license preferred.
Experience in work with BPA as a power supplier.
Understanding of relevant environmental concerns.
Backhoe operation experience preferred.
Mental Demands/Working Conditions:
Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and supervision.
Ability to manage diverse work functions while balancing and adjusting priorities in accordance with changing requirements.
Ability to respond quickly and effectively to a rapidly changing work environment.
Ability to understand personal and departmental role in the bigger organization picture, and to respond as an effective team member.
Ability to work under pressure. Must be able to make decisions with minimal data.
Must be able to work in excess of 12 hours during extreme outage situations. Must be available for unscheduled work as needed.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee frequently is required to stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
Other specific abilities required are ability to talk using the telephone and hear within normal range.
Internal Number: Substation Tech
About Inland Power & Light
About Inland Power & Light
Inland Power and Light is a nonprofit electric cooperative providing affordable, safe and reliable electricity to over 40,000 member-owners in 13 counties throughout eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Founded in 1937, Inland Power is the largest electric cooperative in Washington.