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Protection and Control Foreman

  • Full Time
  • Chehalis, Wash.
  • Salary: $130,291.20 per year
  • Posting End Date: October 1, 2021

Website Lewis PUD

Wage or Salary:
$130,291.20 per year

About the PUD
Public Utility District No. 1 of Lewis County (“Lewis County PUD”) is a community-owned, locally governed utility providing power services and telecommunications infrastructure to approximately 33,000 customers throughout most of Lewis County and adjacent communities. Our mission is to provide a bright and connected community with safe, reliable, sustainably sourced utilities for current and future generations. Through leadership, teamwork, respect, communication, and accountability, we focus on success to create a vibrant company culture where ideas blossom, people thrive, and success flourishes.

About the Position
The Protection and Control Foreman’s primary function is to assign daily tasks and oversight of the protection and control employees.  Other duties may include performing all phases of electrical substation construction and various equipment maintenance, specializing in relay testing.  The Protection and Control Foreman must be well versed in District, State and Federal safety rules as well as a technical expert in their field.

Additional Information:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned.

-Oversees protection and control department employees work practices and ensures they are in accordance with safety rules.  Also, the scheduling and assigning daily work.
-Participates in and works independently of other positions as needed.
-Perform all phases of substation construction and maintenance including fencing, grounding, foundations, bus work, and structures.
-At time works in close proximity of high voltage lines.
-Install and verify operation of electromechanical and microprocessor relays.
-Install, test, maintain, diagnose, and repair relay panels, panel wiring, SCADA equipment, transformers, breakers, regulators, reclosers, sectionalizers, and all associated equipment, including oil handling and processing, electronic communications systems.
-Review switch orders as necessary, perform field checks, verify drawing accuracy, and suggest changes.
-Verify equipment operation and proper installation of control and other circuits in substations and system protection during construction.
-Perform final in-service tests after energization and be responsible for proper operation and confirmation of system integrity.
-Perform a wide variety of precision tests using specialized hand tools and electrical and electronic test equipment.
-Works in conjunction with other District departments on activities that may include testing, setup, programing, installation, wiring and other related tasks.
-Assist in the development of procedures for the successful testing and maintenance of all types of electrical equipment associated with the complete electrical system.
-Maintain quality control by performing wire checking.   Check drawings and schematics for accuracy and make electrical field drawing corrections to reflect “as-built”.
-Perform substation switching, if qualified.
-Substation inspections, and hazardous waste cleanup, as needed.
-Conduct job site inspection to ensure safe working conditions and practices.
-Understands work in accordance with District and State of Washington Electrical Workers Safety Rules and Federal practices.
-Ensure that equipment, materials, and tools are used properly and are in good working order.
-Train other less experienced employees.
-Order and maintain proper levels of appropriate inventory.
-Assist the Safety and Technical Service Superintendent in the preparation of the annual protection and control department budget.
-Performs the duties of the other positions within the protection and control department.

-Ability to work after-hours in scheduled and unscheduled conditions.
-Perform other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  
This position has no supervisory responsibilities. This position is a lead position, non-supervisory in nature, and will provide mentoring, training, and guidance to others; this position is not responsible for hiring, terminating, or disciplinary action.

Education and/or Experience:
High school diploma or equivalent.  Must be a Journeyman Wireman having completed a recognized apprenticeship or the equivalent in another comparable electrical craft.  Prior wireman, substation and construction experience preferred. Minimum two (2) years of protection and control experience or an equivalent amount of related knowledge and experience. Prior lead or foreman experience preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations:
Must have or ability to obtain a valid Driver’s License. Must have or the ability to obtain a valid First Aid Card with CPR.    Must have and maintain Journeyman Wireman or equivalent status.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient in MS Outlook, Excel, and Word.

Must have positive interpersonal and customer service skills to courteously deal with and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other District employees, outside vendors and District customers.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently required to walk, maintain balance, climb inclines/stairs/ladders, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, push, pull, twist, uses hands to finger, grip, handle, or feel, and sit or stand for extended periods of time.  Required to lift and carry up to 100 pounds.  Must have correctable, color vision, and correctable hearing.  Occasionally required to hoist material unassisted by hand-line to an elevated position and look up for extended periods of time. Required to speak and hear clearly when communicating over the telephone and in person.  Wears personal protective equipment as required.  Mechanical ability to operate the tools of the trade. Must be able to pass a physical examination appropriate to the position.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to indoor and outdoor environments.  Outdoor settings include all types of property and site conditions including open spaces, timberlands, urban developments, flat and hilly terrain, building construction sites, and road rights-of-way.  Indoor settings include commercial and industrial sites that can involve cramped spaces, moving machinery, etc.  Individuals may be exposed to hazardous conditions, including but not limited to obstacles, heights, open trenches, highway traffic, electric lines, all types of vegetation, fiberglass insulation, paint fumes, wood preservatives, solvents, oils, and cleaning compounds.   The noise level in the work environment may range up to 85 decibels.

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