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54.57 - 54.57 Per Hour
Alameda, California
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Full Time
Experience level:
5+ years
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Substation Technician




All qualified individuals may apply.


$47.14-49.50-51.97-54.57 per hour.  Based on a 5-day, 40 hour work week, plus excellent benefits including a 9-80 work schedule.


July 6 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.


Candidates will be notified in writing.




Under direction performs journey level work in the testing, repair, and installation of electrical non-revenue metering and its component parts, electrical substation and distribution equipment; operates equipment in a safe and efficient manner in a variety of hazardous environments; and performs other related work as required.  This is a journey level classification in the substation technician series.  Employees perform difficult and responsible types of duties.  Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to substation work.  This class is distinguished from lower classifications by performance of the full range of duties within the series, the level of responsibility assumed and complexity of duties assigned, and judgment and initiative required; and from higher classifications which perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties including assigning work and providing lead direction.




  1. Installs, inspects, tests, and repairs current transformer (CT) and potential transformer (PT) circuits on low and high voltage substation switchgear.
  2. Documents equipment testing performed.
  3. Performs scheduled preventive maintenance; conducts routine inspections, inspects substation switchgear and other related equipment.
  4. Interprets blue prints and diagrams to determine the types of non-revenue meters and related materials necessary to accurately record electrical energy consumption.
  5. Installs, adjusts, tests, calibrates, troubleshoots, repairs and wires all types of non-revenue electric meters and metering equipment, including transformer rated non-revenue meters, pulse relays and recorders.
  6. Tests, cleans and repairs transformers, switches, circuit breakers, voltage regulators and reclosers.
  7. Installs, tests, and repairs circuit breakers, voltage regulators, reclosers, relays, substation wiring and equipment, and other substation apparatus.
  8. Makes special load checks and tests.
  9. Uses computer and other computer equipment running established programs.
  10. Perform NERC required inspections and documents in Sharepoint database.
  11. Trains Apprentice Substation Technicians.




Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination where a candidate’s performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the core competencies required of the job. To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Education/Experience & Other Requirements


  1. Graduation from high school, supplemented by courses in advanced electrical theory and mathematics involved in alternating current electrical theory and completion of an state or federal approved electric utility apprenticeship or equivalent program for Substation Technician.
  2. Five years of meter or substation related experience with an electric utility, two years of which shall have been at the journey level
  3. Possession of a valid Class C State of California Driver's License  and a satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.
  4. Willingness and/or ability to respond to after-hours emergency calls as required.  Must have good color vision.


KNOWLEDGE OF the principles and practices of journey level work in electrical non-revenue metering and electrical substation and distribution equipment; principles, methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the installation, testing, removal and maintenance of transformers, regulators, capacitors, switching and fusing equipment, circuit breakers, controls and instrumentation, relays, batteries and chargers, revenue meters and other associated equipment; electrical terminology, mathematics and mechanical theory, and safe work practices and procedures.  ABILITY TO operate electrical test equipment and tools; interpret schematic drawings and computerized data; operate computer equipment; interpret electrical codes and regulations; apply established AMP policies and procedures; work independently; use initiative and judgement seeking guidance for situations where standard procedures may not apply; establish and maintain accurate records; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public.


AGENCY SHOP: Employees in this classification, as a condition of employment, must agree to union membership or payment of an in-lieu service fee or equivalent contribution to a designated charity.




The examination process may include an application and supplemental questionnaire evaluation, a written exam, a performance exam, and/or an oral interview. The examination process may test for, but is not limited to, the essential knowledge and abilities listed in the job specification and announcement and will be designed to provide a comprehensive review of each candidate’s technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position.  Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of examinations approximately two weeks in advance.  If applicants have not received written notice at least one week prior to the tentative test date listed in the flyer, they should contact the City of Alameda Human Resources Department at (510) 747-4900.


Candidates passing all components of the examination process will be placed on an Eligible List.  A list of names is certified to the department(s) having vacancies based on the type of examination conducted pursuant to the provision of the City’s Civil Service Rules.  Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head subject to approval by the City Manager. The Department Head may utilize additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision.  Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate with the highest rating on the most heavily weighted portion of the exam or if weighted 100% on any given portion, based on the earliest application date and time.  Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted which may include a credit check and background.  The selection process may be evaluated and revised based on the number of qualified applicants. Federal law requires that prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, as required the U.S. Department of Justice.





  1. Apply ONLINE at or
  2. Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501.


Applications along with Supplemental Questionnaire must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application. 


VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.






City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


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