Meter Relay/Substation Technician

Company Name: Matanuska Electric Association
Phone Number: (907) 761-9348
City: PALMER
State/Provence: Alaska
Zip: 99645
Job Title: Meter Relay/Substation Technician
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Substation
Posting Start Date: February 9, 2017
Salary: Union Scale - $46.546
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

PURPOSE

This position will be an integral part of the ongoing substation maintenance program at the Association.  Successful candidates will utilize test instruments to perform condition assessments on power transformers, regulators, reclosers, breakers, and other ancillary devices.  Evaluations of the test results will be used to determine required maintenance and/or repair of the equipment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION

  1. Performs testing, evaluation, and repair of all substation equipment.
  2. Performs infrared scans to identify potential problems.
  3. Performs oil sampling and maintains records and test intervals on individual pieces of equipment.
  4. Establishes trends utilizing all available test records.
  5. Assists with various activities connected with the Association’s hazardous waste management program.
  6. May operate equipment in substations as required to accomplish maintenance and construction work on substation metering and relay equipment.
  7. Removes, installs, tests, calibrates, cleans, and repairs apparatus in field or in shop.
  8. Routinely inspects substations and battery installations and records observations and makes necessary repairs and corrections. Uses laptop for inspection purposes to track trends and document findings.
  9. Performs inspection, testing, maintenance and repair of substation relaying, controls, transformers, regulators, breakers, switches and other electrical apparatus.
  10. From time to time, may be required to do inventory work for the Association.
  11. Performs work with a high degree of accuracy and professionalism.
  12. Must have the ability to work as a member of a team.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

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 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:
  • Lift and move up to 50 pounds frequently from trucks, shelves and equipment.
  • Use a computer to input data and produce documents.
  • Communicate through speech and hear conversations with others by telephone, radio, and in person.
  • Visual acuity to discern writing on paper to include communication with others electronically, read and comprehends documents and reports via paper and computer format, and read numbers on parts and equipment.
  • Walk long distances over uneven ground under a wide variety of conditions.
  • Stand and bend on a frequent basis.
  • Frequently operate a vehicle.
  • Visit field worksites and travel to other Association offices and organizations to attend meetings, etc.

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 working outside in variable weather conditions.  The incumbent must be able to 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, etc.
  • This position is subject to bee stings and insect bites.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS

This position is classified as a nonexempt, 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 high school diploma, or equivalent, supplemented by formal post-secondary electronics training, civilian or military.
  • A general knowledge of power metering and relaying in a high voltage electrical system is desirable.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrable ability to perform the duties of the position may be considered in lieu of or equivalent to a portion of the education requirements.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates with ten or more years of electrical experience (12.4 kV to 230 kV) with an emphasis on the maintenance, commissioning and startup of substation equipment such as breakers, transformers and LTC’s including directly related experience in power metering and protective relay testing.
  • Candidates must provide verification of OSHA CFR269 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.
  • A valid first aid card is required.
  • A current Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) is required.
  • Candidates must have personal hand tools, to include screwdrivers, pliers, and cutters.

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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Must have a thorough knowledge of substation equipment and thorough knowledge of electrical and electronics theory, digital controls, relays, and communications equipment, with emphasis on serial communications and Ethernet.
  • Must have the ability to work from and develop schematics, wiring diagrams and specifications.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to communicate clear and concise instructions and information to coworkers, customers and others and the ability to work cross functionally across all levels of the organization.
  • Able to work efficiently in both a team environment and independently.
  • Establish and maintain all relationships necessary to perform assigned duties, with emphasis on good member relations.
  • Must have experience and knowledge of electrical testing software applications and MS Office applications.
  • Ability to operate mainframe and personal computers using Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Analyze processes for efficiency and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Self-motivated improvement based on successes and failures.
  • 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.
How to Apply:

NOTE:
MEA requires a post-offer substance abuse test. Any positive test result, or refusal to consent to these tests, will disqualify applicant from employment.

MEA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Individuals with disabilities who wish to apply and who require reasonable accommodations to participate in any portion of the application or interview process should advise MEA in advance.

PLEASE VISIT MEA’S WEBSITE AT www.mea.coop TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AN MEA EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Posting End Date: March 11, 2017