To specify, install, program, calibrate, maintain, test and commission micro-processor based, solid-state, and electromechanical protective relays, controls, and metering using both manual and computer- based test equipment in order to ensure accurate and reliable
To install, program, test, maintain, and repair Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) equipment such as Remote Telemetry Units (RTU’s), Communications Processors and Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED’s) to enable dependable SCADA
To maintain accurate and professional drawings, schematics and test reports for all relay, control and SCADA installations and testing to provide records of such and future reference for Cooperative personnel, consultants and
To specify, design, install, maintain, and upgrade relay panels.
II. REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
Reports to: Supervisor of System Engineering
Advises: Supervisor of Substation Maintenance
Directs: Substation Technicians and Line Personnel in relay and control operations, programming and/or testing as needed.
III. RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES
Works with the Cooperative’s engineers and engineering consultants to install, program, troubleshoot, and maintain the substation relaying and control equipment and the associated circuits and
Performs function testing of substation circuit switchers, circuit breakers and electronic
Performs resistance testing (Megger), transformer turns ratio (TTR) testing and power factor (Doble) testing for substation power transformers; directs others as needed in the performance of this
Performs preventative maintenance and makes repairs or changes as needed in regard to the processors, transceivers, fiber optic cabling and wiring that is associated with relay, control and SCADA functions in substations and on the distribution
Analyzes test result data and interprets control wiring diagrams to troubleshoot issues associated with relay, control and SCADA
Develops written procedures, standards, test reports and associated documentation related to the installation, commissioning, calibrating, testing and maintenance of all relay, control and SCADA
Installs, terminates, and maintains fiber optic and Category 5 cables to meet communication and control requirements within the Cooperative’s substations and at remote locations along the Cooperative’s distribution
Responsible for, installs, tests, maintains, and creates working diagrams of substation security systems and its integration with SCADA.
Remains proficient in the use of test equipment for use in maintaining protection and communication systems including but not limited to; recloser test equipment, power factor test equipment, resistance testing equipment, digital voltmeters, serial data trackers, and mobile computers with communications and manufacturer specific software.
Responsible for communication network design and configuration within the Cooperative’s
Designs, develops, implements, and commissions substation and down-line automation
Keeps abreast of developments in the utility industry relating to relay, control and communications equipment through attendance and participation in training sessions, schools, and
Reads and interprets technical manuals, blueprints, diagrams and electronic schematics associated with protection and communication schemes; directs others as needed in the use of these
Creates working diagrams of the BEC communications and protection infrastructure; such as, mapping communications layout, fiber optic connectivity layout, equipment data bases and spread
Requisitions equipment and material as needed in the construction and maintenance of the Cooperative’s electrical substations, electrical distribution special equipment and apparatus.
Maintains a valid Commercial Driver’s License (Class A CDL) and drives/operates the company’s tractor, line trucks, and bucket trucks as needed to perform duties. Maintains OSHA certified forklift training, First Aid/CPR training, and Bucket Rescue training.
Coordinates maintenance schedules closely with the Supervisor of Substation Maintenance and Substation
Provides guidance and expertise to Substation Technicians and Line Personnel in regards to relay and control operations.
Performs other duties as assigned
IV. EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
Members – To courteously answer member inquiries and if unable to do so, to direct them to the appropriate person, to make every effort to gain their increased understanding and acceptance of the Cooperative’s plans, programs and
Other Utilities – To maintain the good working relationship the department has with similar departments in its organization; to exchange information, advice, and/or advise on the utilization, testing, maintenance and repair of equipment; to coordinate the borrowing and loaning of test equipment.
Consulting Engineers – To consult with and furnish information to, as needed in the planning and design of the Cooperative’s electrical substations, distribution system and automated systems.
Computer and Software Vendors – To correspond with as need to resolve problems and coordinate upgrades relating to the Cooperative’s SCADA, OMS, IVR, AMI and engineering and planning hardware and software packages.
Suppliers, Manufacturers, and their Technical Representatives – To exchange information on product application, availability, delivery, cost, installation, maintenance, and
Maintenance and Repair Shops – To get cost estimates on and coordinate the sending and returning of equipment for
Telephone Companies – To develop good working relationships with other interconnecting
Federal Communications Commission – To maintain qualifications and certifications as required by federal regulations to perform transmitter installation, operation, maintenance and repair
EDUCATION: An Associate’s Degree in Electrical, Electronics, or Automation Technology is required. Additional industry training in electrical circuits, electronics, electrical apparatus, metering, relaying, and/or controls, is required. Prior experience as a Substation Technician, Relay Technician or similar position may be considered in lieu of the additional industry training.
EXPERIENCE: A minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience in the operation, installation, maintenance, testing and repair of electrical equipment, apparatus, metering, relays and/or controls is required. A minimum of three (3) years in this position is required to become proficient.
JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Cooperative’s electrical substations and the associated electrical equipment, apparatus, communications equipment, relaying, controls and metering. Proficiency in relaying and control equipment, wiring and schemes is required. An effective working knowledge of the Cooperative’s policies is required. An effective working knowledge of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), the National Electrical Code (NEC), and applicable Rural Utilities Service (RUS) specifications and bulletins as they relate to the job responsibilities is required.
ABILITIES &SKILLS: Must have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. Must be proficient in mathematics, with an emphasis in trigonometry. Must be able to use a variety of testing equipment. Must be proficient with computers and software used to program and test processors, RTU’s, IED’s, relays and controls. Must be able to produce and interpret one-line diagrams, schematics and drawings for relay and control wiring. Must be able to lead others in the installation, testing and commissioning of relay and control equipment. Must be able to handle stressful situations such as substation outages and handle trouble shooting under pressure. Must possess a valid South Carolina Driver’s License.
WORKINGCONDITIONS: Inside and outside work in varying weather conditions. Some overtime may be required. Irregular hours during emergencies may be required. Some lifting of heavy objects weighing 100 lbs. may be required. Work near voltages as high as 115 KV is required. Some overnight travel involved.
Additional Salary Information: Current Salary Range