Position Summary: The primary function of this position is to perform testing, diagnostics, and routine maintenance of Transmission and Distribution metering and instrumentation assets to maintain personnel and public safety, service continuity, electrical system integrity, and NERC (PRC, CIP, etc.) compliance.
Reporting Relationships:Reports to - Manager of System Engineering Directs - None
Responsibilities and Authorities: Essential Functions of the Job – Substations: A) Equipment - Perform scheduled maintenance and calibration as well as emergency repairs to ensure satisfactory performance of metering and instrumentation equipment including but not limited to: breakers, reclosers, regulators, power transformers, LTC’s, CT’s, PT’s, CCVT’s, BCT’s, sensors, meters, AMI equipment, and weather stations. Assist in troubleshooting AMI system as needed in cooperation with the Utility Services Technicians. B) Drawings and Plans - Work from, review, and update any all drawings describing metering including but not limited to one-line diagrams, AC/DC schematics, and wiring diagrams. Downline Equipment: A) Perform scheduled maintenance and calibration as well as emergency repairs to ensure satisfactory performance of downline metering and instrumentation equipment including but not limited to: reclosers, regulators, and meters. B) Install, read, and analyze power quality monitors and results and recommend corrective action as needed in conjunction with the Power Distribution Engineer. C) Install, read, and analyze stray voltage monitors and results and recommend corrective action as needed in conjunction with the Power Distribution Engineer. D) Assist Utility Services Technicians in complex revenue metering applications. Perform monthly substation inspections as assigned. Assist the Manager of System Engineering in developing and maintaining Cooperative’s metering standards, practices, and equipment specifications. Maintain accurate and complete records of all inventory associated metering and manage the quantities on hand based on usage and quantities installed in field. Develop switching procedures as needed in cooperation with Manager of System Operations. Perform switching as needed. Perform work on energized and de-energized lines and equipment. Perform work in cooperation with the Protection and Control Technicians, Substation and Equipment Technicians, Engineering Technicians, Utility Services Technicians, Communications Technicians, and District Personnel as appropriate. Maintain familiarity with various software related to meters (programming, communications and load profile), meter testing, AMI (including Command Center and MV90), reclosers, regulators, power quality equipment, relays, and infrared/thermal imagining. Maintain familiarity with various test equipment related to meters, reclosers, regulators, relays, batteries, etc. Write/create programs and program single and polyphase meters for revenue billing in conjunction with the Utility Services technicians. Verify accuracy of data retrieved by MV90. Assist in special projects as necessary.
Training and Experience - Previous utility experience preferred. Previous metering experience preferred. NETA Level III/IV Certification or equivalent preferred. Experience with relay test sets and other electrical quantity measuring and testing devices preferred.
Knowledge - A thorough knowledge of rural electrification and Cooperative principles.
Abilities and Skills - Must be able to maintain professionalism and control under all circumstances. Has and maintains valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record and be able to operate SVEC vehicles. Must become and remain certified in CPR and first aid. Must also be skilled in the use of all safety equipment. Must pass physical exam, drug & alcohol testing initially; drug/alcohol test randomly. Strong verbal, written, analytical and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated problem-solving skills. Ability to perform job responsibilities in a timely manner within established guidelines under minimal supervision. Ability to stay current on changes to all areas for which this position has responsibility. Ability to dissect and resolve complex problems systematically. Strong background in utilization of personal computers. Proficient in Microsoft Office products including Excel and Word. Must be able to communicate both orally, and in writing, with all levels of SVEC staff and the general public. Must possess effective techniques to research and access all sources necessary to fulfill position responsibilities.
Must have access to reliable transportation to and from work.
Educational Requirements: Associate Degree preferred or 5 years related experience and/or training equivalent.