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Substation Technician

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado US
Position Type: Full Time
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Rqd Experience: Less than 2 years
Date Posted: January 11, 2023
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Platte River is seeking a journeyman level substation technician who is experienced in high voltage substation maintenance and technical services. Work is performed in a variety of areas including high voltage equipment testing and repair, relay and controls installation and wiring, transmission line inspection, battery bank maintenance and installation, construction inspection and aerial lift operation. This position is also responsible for performing general work related to transmission maintenance in accordance with NERC Standards (PRC 005, FAC 003) and oversees work performed by third parties in specialized areas of maintenance. This position offers scheduling that supports work-life balance with four 10-hour days (Monday - Thursday); substation crew members start and end the day at Platte River's headquarters in Fort Collins. The individual placed into this role is required to have a current Class A CDL (or able to obtain one); this position is subject to regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). We are looking for one individual to join our substations crew with this posting. Our ideal candidate is a proactive team player who enjoys working with others in a highly collaborative environment and models our organizational values (safety, integrity, service, respect, operational excellence, sustainability and innovation).


Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Models the mission, vision, values, and culture of the organization
  • Supports specific projects, during new construction and improvements of transmission lines and substations by assisting engineering in ensuring quality control and proper functionality of transmission equipment and controls
  • Reads and understands wiring diagrams and schematics
  • Understands and applies electrical theory
  • Reads, understands, and applies information from equipment manuals to perform evaluations and repairs
  • Collaborates and coordinates with Transmission Operations and Engineering departments to install, commission, and maintain high voltage equipment
  • Qualified worker for voltages to 240V that understands and avoids AC and DC electrical hazards
  • Serves as a qualified switchman (230KV & 115KV) and worker to ensure equipment is cleared, tagged, and safe for work to be performed
  • Operates electrical test equipment and reads, interprets, and evaluates results
  • Troubleshoots and repairs various electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical problems
  • Responsible for recommending corrective action to management regarding equipment issues discovered during routine maintenance and inspections
  • Responsible for pulling, routing, and terminating the control, current, and voltage wiring to equipment and panel diagram specifications
  • Works on small parts in tight spaces such as breakers, operator cabinets and wiring panels
  • Formulates plans and methodologies to accomplish daily work and verifies that equipment is performing as designed
  • Works with or provides inspections for subcontractors during construction or maintenance activities as directed by supervisor
  • Complies with established safety and environmental procedures; works safely and demonstrates safe work practices
  • Completes training as required to stay abreast of new maintenance and testing methods and requirements
  • Assists in training apprentice level technicians
  • Maintains current first aid training
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance
  • Participates in periodic call outs in response to after-hours incidents
  • Delivers daily and highly technical services in a variety of areas, including high voltage equipment testing and repair, relay and controls installation and wiring, transmission line inspection, battery bank maintenance and installation, construction inspection, and aerial lift operation.
  • Performs basic and general work related to transmission maintenance in accordance with NERC Standard PRC 005 and vegetation management in accordance with NERC Standard FAC 003, as well as oversees work performed by third parties in specialized areas of maintenance
  • Supports specific projects, during new construction and improvements of transmission lines and substations by assisting engineering in ensuring quality control and proper functionality of transmission equipment and controls

Other duties

  • Ability to work hours outside of normal work schedule due to emergency or as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Capable of working alone, in small teams and with larger groups to plan and carryout assigned tasks
  • Able to work cooperatively with other substation technicians, system dispatchers, engineers, and representatives from the four-member owner communities to accomplish the tasks described above
  • Ability to work under pressure during emergency situations and outage time restraints
  • Ability to understand and adhere to the technician’s role and responsibilities related to compliance with NERC PRC 005 and FAC 003 compliance standards
  • Ability to work safely and in accordance with utility industry safe work practices for energized equipment and yards
  • Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively (written and verbal) with others
  • Skill in using a computer record and other systems (e-mail, time entry, work order system, spreadsheets)
  • Ability to operate and troubleshoot Doble, Megger, and Dilo software and test equipment
  • Strong working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of 115KV and 230KV Breakers, Circuit Switchers, Transformers, Hand Operated Switches, Relays, and related sensing devices
  • Ability to interpret drawings and schematics from manufactures of high voltage equipment and components
  • Ability to skillfully plan and install control devices, wiring, equipment, and relays for new construction and equipment upgrades
  • Ability to plan and properly manage time to ensure work completion on schedule
  • Knowledge, familiarity, and ability to follow applicable state, federal, and local environmental, safety, and electrical codes or regulations

Qualifications
Education and licenses

  • Completion of an accredited apprenticeship program in a field related to transmission substation systems
  • Current valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with tanker endorsement or ability to attain within one year of service; and ability to remain insurable under a vehicle liability policy
  • This position may be subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations

Required work experience

  • One year of experience as a journeyman substation technician or equivalent experience in a related power industry field
  • Experience with high voltage (115kv or above) substation maintenance and testing practices

Physical demands

  • Moderate to considerable physical effort that includes working from ladders in awkward positions. Frequent use of light or medium weight objects (e.g., 25-50 lbs) and use of medium weight tools.

Hazards

  • Marginal to moderate exposure to conditions that are unpredictable and may lead to injury

Work environment

  • Potentially exposed to hazardous conditions that my lead to workplace injury such as working in heights, exposure to fly ash or energized electrical equipment


Hourly pay range for position: $48.36 - $55.29 (placement DOQ)

(range if annualized: $100,589 - $115,003)