East Kentucky Power Cooperative logo
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:
High School or equivalent
Reference Number
4438
ID
196926
Job Title:
Relay Technician - Expires 7/19/18
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Relay Technician - Expires 7/19/18

 

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

 

Performs technical services in the operation, construction, and maintenance of relay and control protection systems in transmission facilities, distribution substations, generating plants, and any other facility associated with protection & control of equipment.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

  • Bypasses, isolates, and restores to service all substation equipment.
  • Performs electrical testing, calibration, and repairs many types of protection system equipment.
  • Troubleshoots and repairs wiring on all existing and new breaker stations and tests to ensure wiring is correct.
  • Installs, tests, calibrates, and troubleshoots protection systems which may include distribution SCADA and communication systems.
  • Programs relays for installation.
  • Maintains protection system component asset database.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Relay Technician Level 1

 

  • Visually inspects control wiring.
  • Checks grounding on fences, structures and equipment.
  • Installs or replaces control cables.
  • Installs new equipment wiring (inside control building).
  • Replaces secondary wiring (substation equipment).
  • Megger tests low voltage wires.
  • Read panel meters, relay targets, and annunciators.
  • Records counter data on reclosers, circuit breakers, and circuit switchers.
  • Operates local/supervisory and recloser cut-off switches to ensure they are operating properly.
  • Opens and closes bypass switches to ensure they are operating properly.
  • Wires CTs and PTs to protective cabinet.
  • Visually inspects relays and relay panels.
  • Closes out orders on CMMS.
  • Reads system 1-line diagrams.
  • Inspects rubber gloves.
  • Inspects vehicles prior to use.
  • Inspects personal safety equipment on truck.
  • Inspects, cleans, and tests hot sticks.
  • Checks substation lot to ensure that safety is maintained including presence of danger signs and absence of erosion.
  • Locates and references MSDS manual.
  • Communicates safety procedures.
  • Familiarizes crew with tools, equipment, procedures, hazards, and emergency information.
  • Identifies approach distances.
  • Tests secondary panel fuses.
  • Checks indicator lamps and replaces as necessary.
  • Installs/wires AC and DC Panel System.
  • Troubleshoots AC and DC service panels.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Relay Technician Level 2

 

  • Repair or replace low voltage energized wires.
  • Downloads event reports, SER data, and phase diagrams for system disturbances.
  • Installs and test capacitor bank controls.
  • Installs and test control switches.
  • Installs secondary connections to external current transformers.
  • Wires and tests relaying CTs and PTs.
  • Polarity tests CTs.
  • Tests sudden pressure relay circuit and pressure relief circuit.
  • Tests and calibrates single function overcurrent or voltage electromechanical relays with test set.
  • Tests and calibrates transducers.
  • Installs or replaces transducers.
  • Communicates with microprocessor relays and retrieves relay event records.
  • Completes function trip test documentation.
  • Tests and puts mobile substation in service.
  • Tests and calibrates all electromechanical relays with test set.
  • Tests and calibrates microprocessor relays with test set.
  • Troubleshoots and repairs transducer circuits.
  • Reads relaying 1-line diagrams.
  • Reads relaying 3-line diagrams.
  • Read 3-line diagrams for tying two circuits or substations together.
  • Interpret consultant and EKPC designed prints.
  • Interpret EKPC tripping/closing schemes.
  • Interpret current/potential schemes.
  • Interprets alarm and annunciator schemes.
  • Interprets breaker trip/close schemes.
  • Interprets supervisory control/RTU schemes.
  • Interprets breaker failure schemes.
  • Interprets relay carrier schemes.
  • Interprets primary/backup tripping schemes.
  • Interprets test on power line carrier (PLC) blocking schemes.
  • Interprets test on power line carrier (PLC) transfer trip schemes.
  • Interprets test on power line carrier (PLC) unblocking schemes.
  • Interprets test on microwave or fiber POTT schemes.
  • Interprets test on microwave or fiber transfer trip schemes.
  • Programs relays for installation.
  • Wires and performs functional and continuity tests on control cabinets, relay panels, and relays.
  • Installs and tests wire/fiber optic cable for SCADA.
  • De-energizes equipment.
  • Obtains hold card or line request and performs high voltage switching.
  • Verifies switching and electrical clearances.
  • Determines insulating voltage.
  • Uses hot sticks to isolate high voltage equipment.
  • Determines when conditions exist to shut down substation and notifies System Operator.
  • Test phasing with phase angle meter.
  • Schedule and maintain NERC protection and control assets.
  • Install and/or sets up modem or network associated with comm. processors or automation computers.
  • Maintain relay test records with relay asset software.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Relay Technician Level 3

 

  • Troubleshoots and repairs/replaces control wiring.
  • Troubleshoot and repair panel meters and annunciators.
  • Wires and performs functional and continuity tests on circuit breakers and circuit switchers.
  • Troubleshoots circuit breakers and circuit switchers.
  • Isolates CT and PT secondary energized or de-energized circuits.
  • Installs auxiliary CTs and PTs.
  • Troubleshoots and repairs relays.
  • Installs or replaces relays and associated wiring.
  • Perform functional trip testing on power plant generating equipment.
  • Perform functional trip testing on substation equipment schemes.
  • Interprets and coordinates event reports, SER data, and phase diagrams for system disturbances.
  • Perform functional trip testing breaker failure trip schemes.
  • Interprets differential operate, restraint, and phase compensation characteristics on bus and transformer microprofessor relays.
  • Redraws and updates secondary wiring.
  • Installs and programs control cabinets, relay panels, and relays.
  • Troubleshoots and repairs/replaces transmission SCADA.
  • Install or replace retrofitted controls on relay panels.
  • Validate and verify mapping to all IEDs and hard wired equipment through SCADA.
  • Troubleshoots transmission substations and notifies dispatch.
  • Troubleshoots distribution substations.
  • Returns distribution substation on-line.
  • Performs phase sequence checks.
  • Return transmission substation on-line.
  • Completes functional trip testing of protection schemes.
  • Tests and maintains current/potential schemes.
  • Tests and maintains alarm and annunciator schemes.
  • Tests and maintains supervisory control/RTU schemes.
  • Perform functional test on Power Line Carrier (PLC) blocking schemes.
  • Perform functional test on Power Line Carrier (PLC) transfer trip schemes.
  • Perform functional test on Power Line Carrier (PLC) unblocking schemes.
  • Perform functional test on Microwave or Fiber POTT schemes.
  • Perform functional test on Microwave or Fiber transfer trip schemes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Key Requirements

 

Education:

 

  • Associate's degree in a related area or equivalent formal electronics technical training required.

 

Experience:

 

  • Three (3) years experience with electronic components and electrical related applications.

 

Skills and Abilities:

 

  • Knowledge of system expansion process.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service skills.
  • Strong written & oral communication skills.
  • Familiarity with EKPC’s transmission system and work practices.
  • Demonstrated skills or aptitude for computer use.
  • Team skills & understanding of the team concept.
  • Knowledge of KY OSHA regulations and the ability to learn EKPC safety regulations.

 

Key Competencies

 

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

 

Working Conditions

 

  • Must live within thirty (30) minutes of assigned work location.
  • Must maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Regularly works outside with conditions including dust, fumes, noise, extreme heat & cold, slippery or unstable surfaces, uneven terrain, glare, and occasional heights.
  • Regular lifting up to 20 lbs. and occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Regular travel within the system and occasional travel out-of-state, which may be overnight.
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