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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Location:
Winchester, Kentucky
Country:
United States
Industry:
Technician
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Associate Degree
Reference Number
4575
ID
205867
Job Title:
Measurement& Control Technician
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Measurement& Control Technician

 

EKPC Company Information

 

East Kentucky Power Cooperative is an electric generation and transmission company headquartered in Winchester, KY, just 15 minutes east of Lexington.  We also have facilities across the state of Kentucky that generate electric power and service centers for local power lines and substations support.

EKPC offers a wage and benefits package that ranks among the best in the state. EKPC provides a 401(k) retirement plan; a medical and dental plan; competitive vacation package; and a professional work environment.

EKPC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer  Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veteran

 

Key Roles

 

This position is responsible for installing, testing, repairing, and maintaining system metering and metering components to ensure an accurate account of the Cooperative’s power transactions and unit generation.  In addition, this position is responsible for installing, testing, repairing, and maintaining supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) equipment to ensure accurate telemetry of EKPC’s transmission and generation assets.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

Measurement & Control Technician

 

  • Installs, tests, programs, monitors, troubleshoots, and repairs the following, in compliance with all applicable requirements:
    • metering throughout the EKPC system including generation, transmission, member cooperatives, load research, and customer sites;
    • remote terminal units (RTU) and any other intelligent electronic devices (IED) used for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) including the Energy Control System and member cooperative distribution SCADA systems;
    • all communication mediums between RTUs, IEDs, protective relays, DSUs, radios, DACS, cellular modems, and other network devices including wireless, fiber optic, and copper paths.
  • Prepares reports and keeps records using company provided applications.

 

Measurement & Control Technician Level 1

 

  • Successfully completes and passes the Level 1 skill based progression test.
  • Learns and performs programming and maintenance of RTUs as directed.
  • Builds meter and transducer panels as directed.
  • Performs accuracy tests on revenue and load research meters.
  • Maintains test records and updates the meter test database.
  • Installs wiring and cabling through conduit, cable trench, cable tray, etc. as required.
  • Assists contractor with installation of conduit or cable when necessary.
  • Becomes familiar with all EKPC substations and metering sites.
  • Sets up return authorizations with manufacturer to return defective equipment.
  • Installs meters and other metering devices.
  • Assists with RTU point-to-point checks.
  • Installs transducers and transducer circuits.
  • Assists with emergency outages.
  • Monitors RTUs, meters, and other devices remotely for problems.
  • Assists System Operators and Cooperatives with SCADA related issues as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Measurement & Control Technician Level 2

 

  • Successfully completes and passes Level 2 skill based progression test.
  • Coordinates with appropriate individuals to resolve communication problems.
  • Performs routine operational checks of field equipment.
  • Troubleshoots and corrects problems with SCADA system and intelligent electronic device (IED) communications.
  • Troubleshoots RTUs, meters, and other IEDs to identify and correct problems.
  • Configures RTUs, meters, and other IEDs.
  • Provides protocol-specific RTU point map to Control Center Applications and Technology (CCAT) staff.
  • Bypasses instrument transformers using hot sticks (high voltage).
  • Tests, installs, and maintains electricity meters, transducers, RTUs, and associated peripherals.
  • Monitors and prioritizes the equipment trouble databases and schedules repairs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Measurement & Control Technician Level 3

 

  • Successfully completes and passes Level 3 skill based progression test.
  • Installs, configures, and wires new communication channels to SCADA system front end processor.
  • Provides support for the Control Center mapboard including installation of new LED’s, BCD displays, controller modifications, and troubleshooting.
  • Monitors condition of repairs, and maintains primary and backup EMS uninterruptable power supply systems.
  • Develops RTU, metering, and IED configurations.
  • Troubleshoots RTUs using protocol analyzer.
  • Programs and installs communications devices as needed including cellular, fiber optic, or landlines.
  • Creates, updates, maintains, and verifies documentation, such as wiring diagrams and panel layouts.
  • Provides SCADA hardware and software support to Member Cooperatives as directed.
  • Maintains a good working knowledge of MV90xi meter translation system and any other related software.
  • Assists in the remote interrogation of meters, makes decisions on data quality, and how to retrieve data from meters that do not respond to remote interrogation.
  • Coordinates inter-tie testing schedules with interconnected neighboring utilities within their assigned territories.
  • Ensures equipment problems are addressed in a timely fashion and assists with repairs based on department priority, as directed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Key Requirements

 

Education and Certifications / Licenses:

 

  • Associate’s or technical degree in electrical or a related area. An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • Must become Kentucky PSC certified as Meter Tester within one (1) year.
  • Must complete metering and communications protocol courses within one (1) year. 

 

Experience:

 

  • A minimum of four (4) years in related area such as electrical utility related work, with regard to construction, maintenance, metering, supervisory, and data acquisition systems preferred.

 

Skills and Abilities:

 

  • Working knowledge of electricity metering, remote terminal units, and digital circuitry.
  • Working knowledge of Ethernet, TCP/IP, fiber, cellular, and radio communications.
  • Experience with meter test equipment and other test meters, such as volt-meters, ammeters, phase angle meters, and communications protocol test equipment.
  • Familiar with Kentucky Public Service Commission guidelines for electricity metering.
  • Familiar with EKPC policies and procedures.
  • Skilled in proper utilization of all associated tools.
  • Keeps accurate records of expense, work reports, and travel as required.
  • Ability to read and construct wiring diagrams and schematics.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and written.
  • Must be a self-starter and capable of working with minimal supervision while exercising good judgement regarding test procedure, equipment repair, and individual safety.

 

Competencies

 

  • Safety Awareness
  • Contributing to Team Success
  • Decision Making
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills
  • Building Customer Loyalty

 

Conditions of Employment

 

  • Regularly works outside normal work schedule and must travel throughout EKPC system with some overnight stay.
  • Subject to 24-hour call-out and must carry a company provided cell phone after hours, weekends, and holidays.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Often works alone and in all weather conditions.
  • Works in close proximity to high voltage conductors. 
  • Occasional lifting over 100 pounds.
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