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Electric & Gas Utility Journey Relay Technician

City of Tallahassee
Location: Tallahassee, FL US
Position Type: Full Time
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Date Posted: August 14, 2020
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The City of Tallahassee – Your Own Utility has an immediate opening for an experienced Journey level Relay Technician in our System Operations System Protection Team.    This is a highly responsible technical position.


Tallahassee is a vibrant City that is home to Florida’s state government, two major universities – Florida State University and Florida A&M University, as well as one of the largest community colleges in the state – Tallahassee Community College.   Centrally located in the panhandle, Tallahassee is only hours away from white sandy Gulf beaches, Walt Disney World and the Atlantic Ocean.  Tallahassee has one of the top parks and recreation departments in the country and was recently named an All America City for the 2nd time.  Leon County Schools were recognized by the Florida State Board of Education as an Academically High Performing District for the second year in a row.

Tallahassee’s Electric Utility provides reliable electric service to over 123,000 customers in a 221 square mile service territory that includes both the City of Tallahassee and portions of the unincorporated areas of Leon County.  A full service vertical electric utility, Tallahassee has 700 MW of generation located at three sites, 60MW of solar under a Purchase Power Agreement, 224 miles of transmission (115kv & 230 kv), 28 substations with two more in engineering, and 3,631 miles of distribution.  The City’s Electric Utility is registered as a Balancing Authority, Transmission Owner/Operator, and Generation Owner/Operator under the NERC Reliability Standards.

Tallahassee Electric has been recognized nationally and regionally for its strong performance.  These recognitions have included the APPA E. F. Scattergood Award, two APPA DEED Energy Innovator Awards, FMEA Safety Award, six time APPA Reliable Public Power Provider at the Gold level, and Power Magazine naming the City’s Hopkins Generating Plant one of the Top Six Gas Fired Power Plants in the World.


As a journey level Relay Technician, the successful candidate is performing complex technical work installing, programming, testing, and documenting the results of and maintaining various electrical protection, control and communications equipment throughout the electric system.  This position provides training to Apprentice level Relay Technicians.   The work performed by the successful candidate must be done in compliance with the applicable NERC Reliability Standards and prudent utility practices.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Completed a Relay Apprenticeship program or five years of verifiable experience in electric system protection equipment relating to transmission and distribution of electrical power.
  • A team player with the ability to communicate at all levels of the organization
  • Honest with a high degree of integrity; assertive and decisive
  • Flexible, anticipating change and remaining open to new ideas

Individuals in this classification are:

  • Considered essential employees during emergency/storm events and must be able to work 16 hours per day for extended periods of time and may be required to be away from their family.
  • Must be available to serve on-call and are subject to having to work outside of their assigned shift/schedule to meet operational needs.
  • Employees in this classification that are required to have unescorted access to the Electric Control Center will be required to complete a personnel risk assessment consisting of an identity verification and seven-year criminal history screening (minimum) and maintain satisfactory clearance for continued employment.
  • Must be able to distinguish between red and green.


A completed City of Tallahassee employment application is required. A resume may be attached to the application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applicants must apply on-line via the internet.  If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at (850) 891-8214


The City of Tallahassee offers competitive salary and benefits. In addition to competitive salaries, the City offers a full slate of benefits for its employees including a defined benefit pension plan, City contribution to a 401K plan, cafeteria style benefit offerings including Flexbucks, 9 paid holidays, personal leave, sick leave, personal leave days, a floating holiday, and catastrophic leave.

The City of Tallahassee is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications without regard to race, sex, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, or national origin. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

If you have a disability requiring accommodation, please call (850) 891-8214 for assistance. Preference will be given to veterans and spouses of veterans in appointment to non-exempted vacant positions and retention in employment in accordance with Florida Statues 295.085.