This position performs journey-level skilled and semi-skilled work in the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical substations, circuit breakers and related facilities. The hourly rate for this position is $51.78. This opportunity will remain open until filled.
Please provide your resume, cover letter, and apprenticeship completion certificate/journeyman card (if applicable) at time of application.
The City of Loveland is looking for an experienced and motivated journey substation/relay technician to join our team. The emphasis of this position will be focused on the installation, testing, repair, maintenance and calibration of protective relays (electromechanical and electronic), SCADA, and metering related apparatus. Our ideal candidate for this position has completed a four year accredited apprenticeship program and has three years of progressive experience as a journey substation relay tech.
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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Maintains and operates substation equipment including 15-kV switchgear, associated relays, control devices, power transformers, load tap changers and regulators, station batteries, and chargers.
- Performs tests using hi-pot, vacuum, power factor, TTR, meggar, resistance, capacitance, current, relay, and communication test equipment and performs analyses of test results to determine status and condition of electrical equipment.
- Troubleshoots substation equipment and control systems.
- Performs switching on distribution and transmission system. Installs, tests, programs and maintains SCADA, RTU, master station and associated communication equipment at a journey-level.
- Performs substation testing and checkout for new substations and equipment additions that may include wiring relay panels, control panels, and other equipment as needed.
- Remove and replace main breakers, feeder breakers, and ground breakers.
- Provides safety watch for nonqualified workers/non-electrical workers accessing substation facilities.
- Performs bi-monthly substation checks, gathering information for electrical engineering.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:
Assists other electric crews with construction, operation and maintenance of high and low voltage electric distribution systems. Provides information to other departments concerning electric operations of the distribution system. Works with electrical engineering to assure compliance with FERC and other regulatory agencies associated with electrical substations. Helps prepare the division budget relating to substations. Works with electrical engineering to develop and maintain technical specifications. Assists in preparing/reviewing substation switching orders. Works closely with apprentice substation technician. Works closely with Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) personnel as assigned. Performs monthly checks on special field apparatus; regulators, reclosers, and capacitors.
The incumbent does not supervise the work of others, however, administrates apprentice training and oversees apprentice work when an apprentice is on staff.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Knowledge of principles of electricity, electronic circuitry and mathematics through trigonometry. Working knowledge of tools and equipment associated with the industry.
- Understands and practice safe electrical working procedures in order to aid other workers in emergency situations. Accurate record keeping skills, reliability, and dependability.
- Ability to follow directions and use prints and drawings. Demonstrated good electrical and electronic troubleshooting skills. Skilled in reading one-line, three-line, wiring and control schematic diagrams.
- Possess knowledge of SCADA and communication equipment. Skilled in panel wiring and installation of substation instrumentation. Knowledge of operation and maintenance of electromechanical and solid state relays. Ability to use laptop computer / PC with various office productivity and technical software applications and Intelligent Electronic Device (IED) interfaces.
- Knowledge of NESC safety policies and electric utility safety practices. Must be able to work unsupervised.
- Must successfully complete drug screen test.
- Must possess a valid driver license.
- Knowledge of battery testing and maintenance.
Education and/or formal training/Certifications:
- Completion of an approved substation apprentice program.
- Driver's License required
Three years of experience as a Journey Substation Technician preferred, one year of experience as a Journey Substation Technician required.
Accountability, Integrity, Transparency & Honoring the Public Trust, Collaboration, Innovation, Safety, Excellent Service with Courtesy and Kindness
Material and equipment directly used:
Laptop computer, telephone, printer, vehicle, calculator, voltmeter, 2-way radio, ohm meter, watt meter, meggar, Transformer Turns Ratio (TTR), hi-pot, oscilloscope, relay test equipment, power and hand tools, communication test equipment, various software interface programs, pickup, van, and bucket truck.
Working environment/physical activities:
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors under all weather conditions during day or night. Hazards include working around high voltage equipment and machinery with moving parts, excessive noise from machines or equipment. Moderate physical activity required by moving and positioning objects up to 350 pounds occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds frequently. Work may include pushing, pulling, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, climbing, and reaching to perform essential functions of the job. Working environment may include working in confined spaces, below ground installations, above ground ladders, aerial device or equipment at varying heights, working around energized equipment (110 volts to 230kV AC) and (130 volt DC). Must have good distance vision and be able to distinguish the basic colors of red, orange, yellow, brown, blue, green, and purple in order to distinguish color-coded computer screen images and control cable color-coding. Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with coworkers and the public. Work may involve long hours and overtime during holidays, emergencies, weekends, etc. Subject to call-back work and must be capable of responding to an emergency situation upon short notice at the sole discretion of the City.
This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.
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Apply today to join more than 800 employees who work to meet the core values of: Accountability & Integrity, Transparency & Honoring the Public Trust, Collaboration, Innovation, Safety, Excellent Service with Courtesy and Kindness. The City of Loveland is a diverse and welcoming community organization and our employees enjoy a competitive benefits program, various opportunities for growth and development, and an exceptional work-life balance.
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Benefit Eligible Benefits Package Includes:
- Two (2) medical plans, Dental, Vision (for self/ spouse/ children)
- Employee Health & Wellness Center (self/family)
- Paid vacation, holidays, and medical leave
- Flexible spending including Dependent Care
- Life Insurance, AD&D, Short-term and Long-term disability, and voluntary Critical Illness Coverage
- Retirement 401a, 457, Roth (pre-& post tax) and company match
- Comprehensive Employee Assistance Program
- Voluntary 529 College Invest program
- Personal and Professional Development opportunities
- Discounted recreation passes
- Employee recognition program
- Exceptional work-life balance
- Market based pay & regular performance reviews
- Local Government employment is eligible for Public Loan Forgiveness Program
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The City of Loveland provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.
A driving record and criminal history background check will be obtained pre-employment.