Meter Relay Technician

Company Name: Matanuska Electric Association
Phone Number: (907) 761-9348
City: PALMER
State/Provence: Alaska
Zip: 99645
Job Title: Meter Relay Technician
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Metermen
Posting Start Date: August 16, 2017
Salary: $46.54
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

PURPOSE

This position will install, replace, repair and maintain all relay and metering devices and accessories, maintain all substation relays, meters and controls, repair and maintain all special instruments and repair and maintain such other devices as may be designated by the Association to measure or regulate power use.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION

  1. Testing, repairing, and rebuilding of transformers, oil circuit reclosures, sectionalizers, voltage regulators, and other electrical apparatus.
  2. Regularly scheduled maintenance in the field, such as load tap changers, may be performed.
  3. Assists in the repair and installation of all substation equipment.
  4. Inspects all substation equipment for possible problems and reports findings accordingly.
  5. Assists in other related work such as monthly substation reads and SCADA work.
  6. Assists with various activities connected with the Association’s hazardous waste management program.
  7. Performs snow removal functions as required.
  8. May operate equipment in substations as required to accomplish maintenance and construction work on substation metering and relay equipment.
  9. Removes, installs, tests, calibrates, cleans, and repairs protective relays and metering equipment in field or in shop.
  10. May be assigned to do inventory work for the Association.
  11. Promotes a safety culture in which safety is a value. This culture is based on joint and individual engagement, ownership, and accountability regarding job safety and responsibility to perform work safely and adhere to safe work practices.
  12. Performs the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner.

 

The above items are not intended to be all inclusive of the essential functions or requirements of this type of work as they are subject to change based on operating necessity.  The employee will also perform other related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Must have journeyman level knowledge of substation equipment and thorough knowledge of electrical and electronics theory, digital controls, SCADA, protective relays, and communications equipment, with emphasis on serial communications and Ethernet.
  • Higher consideration will be given to those individuals that possess a Journeyman or Masters Electrician certification, and are licensed as such in any state of the U.S.
  • Handle details well and represent the Association satisfactorily while dealing with its members.
    • Work independently and efficiently.
    • Establish and maintain all relationships necessary to perform assigned duties, with emphasis on good member and intercompany relations.
    • Must be knowledgeable on the NEC and NESC and demonstrate proficiency applying these codes within the duties of this position.
    • Skilled in effective, professional verbal and written communication with the ability to work functionally across all levels of the organization.
    • Self-motivated improvement based on successes and failures.
    • Analyze processes for efficiency and make recommendations for improvements.
    • Embrace and embody the Association’s Core Values through decisions, actions, attitude and behavior to directly contribute to the success of the organization.
    • Supports a culture of safety excellence through active involvement in safety improvement and promotes a sense of shared responsibility for safety.

     

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    • The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • While performing the duties of this position, the employee will be required to:
    • Balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, handle, grasp, walk, and climb on a frequent basis while working with metering and relay equipment.
    • Lift 100 pounds maximum weight with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
    • Exert 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or exert a force of 10 to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects.
    • Communicate through speech and hear conversations with others by telephone, two-way radio, and in person.
    • Ability to hear malfunctioning equipment, radios, etc.
    • Carry materials over uneven ground under a wide variety of conditions.
    • Visual acuity to discern writing on paper to include communication with others electronically, read and comprehends documents via paper and computer format, and read numbers on parts and equipment.
    • Drive to various worksite locations.

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

    • The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • This position works in both an office setting and requires frequent fieldwork. At times, this position will require work in variable weather conditions, including but not limited to, rain, high winds, temperatures in excess of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, large amounts of snow, possibly over long periods of time and in darkness.
    • This position is subject to bee stings and insect bites.
    • Incumbent must be able to work long hours in stressful conditions when restoring power during storms outages, or other emergency conditions.

     

    EMPLOYMENT STATUS

    • This position is classified as a non-exempt, represented position and is eligible for overtime compensation based on both Federal and State of Alaska laws. All Association employees are expected to work widely varying amounts of either (1) unscheduled overtime such as during power restoration activities; or, (2) scheduled overtime required to accomplish special projects.
Experience Required:

ESSENTIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Qualified candidates are required to have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology.
  • Requirements also include three or more years’ experience directly related to power metering repair or testing, or two years of relay experience with emphasis on substation over current and fault current relays of 138 kV to 12.4 kV.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed some coursework in the following areas:
  • relaying
  • switching
  • power metering
  • substation operation
  • digital communications
  • electrical distribution and transmission
  • Preference will also be given to those candidates with experience in the construction and maintenance of RUS-related distribution systems.
  • Candidates must provide verification of OSHA CFR 1910.269 training within the past year (if the selected applicant does not have this training, or cannot provide this documentation, the Association may make training materials available to the selected applicant).
  • Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska driver’s license (or ability to obtain as required under State of Alaska regulations) and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by the Association and the Association’s insurance carrier at standard group rates.
  • The successful candidate must possess (or be able to obtain within 60 days) a valid first aid card and a valid CPR card.

 

NOTE:  Complete achievement of certain of the above specifications may not be required if, in the opinion of the Association hiring supervisor, a particular candidate possesses significant offsetting characteristics, such as past accomplishments, experience, education, or estimate of future potential.  Should an applicant be deficient in certain educational achievements, offsetting experience may be substituted or vice versa.

How to Apply:

Please apply online at www.mea.coop

Posting End Date: October 16, 2017