General Position Summary:
Installs, operates, tests, repairs and maintains high voltage electrical equipment in and around substations and generating stations. Makes regular visits to substations to perform inspections and monitor security. Ensures that equipment is operating properly, responds to alarms, looks for potential problems, takes readings, creates switching orders and performs switching in substations and hydro generation stations.
Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:
It is essential for all employees to adhere to Northern Wasco County PUD policies, procedures, and workplace behavior expectations.
- Installs, operates, constructs, maintains and inspects of substation equipment such as: vacuum and SF6 circuit breakers, power station class transformers, steel structures, bus, insulators, lightning arrestors, conduit, substation and inline voltage regulators, load tap changes, battery banks, battery chargers, relays, meters, programmable controllers, and hydro generating station equipment. Reports and/or repairs any abnormal conditions.
- Calibrates regulators and load tap changers for proper operation. Changes nitrogen tanks as needed. Checks site security while making visits to substations, performs monthly fence inspections, records power circuit breaker operations and resets targets. Uses proper rigging techniques for station class transformers and heavy station equipment, operates power tools and power equipment.
- Utilizes test equipment and test electrical equipment and systems to determine suitability for service. Records data into spreadsheets, interfaces with electronic and other devices to repair, adjust or recalibrate equipment, or report condition or status as appropriate. Reads and checks electrical blueprints, schematics and logic diagrams in substations and hydroelectric generating stations. Performs transmission and distribution switching in substations. Documents work procedures as required.
- Makes suggestions to Electric Operations and Engineering personnel in design processes. Assists Engineering in preparing cost estimates for future jobs. Participates in discussions on transmission and distribution switching orders with the Operation crew and/or Engineers. Participates in the crew tailboard discussions and assists in planning each job or days’ work.
- Places and monitors material orders in coordination with appropriate personnel, schedules pool equipment and job assignments. Coordinates with contractors and works directly with Engineering and other staff as needed.
- Troubleshoots control logic and the circuits that implement substation and hydro generating station controls and determines and executes safe corrective actions by installing, repairing or replacing electrical equipment during unscheduled outages and emergency situations at all hours of the day and night and under adverse weather conditions.
- Continuously improves skills and becomes familiar with new technology. Learns principles, circuits, systems, and equipment. Teaches and explains principles, circuit, systems, and equipment. Assists in developing predictive and preventive maintenance procedures and maintenance intervals for equipment and systems.
- Performs various tests on hydroelectric generators. Responds to, contains, and cleans up oil spills that may occur at substations or other facilities. Performs as safety watcher in substations when unqualified personnel or contractors need access. Coordinates and administers programs and contracts for maintaining and testing station equipment as required.
- Cleans the control houses, removes trash, and keep substation grounds clean and orderly.
- Complete all required documentation on paper and/or electronically.
- Assists Operations crew during emergency situations.
- Take on-call rotations
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. A job description is a summary of the essential and anticipated additional functions of a job and does not represent an all-inclusive list of tasks or procedures.
This position frequently reports and/or carries out a prescribed action in relation to information.
Lead Substation, Hydro Generator and Controls Maintenance, Construction and Emergency Operations Personnel as assigned.
This position involves talking with and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information, including giving assignments and or directions. It requires establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external customers and coworkers.
Specific Job Skills:
- Knowledge of work practices, installation methods and procedures, test procedures and equipment, materials, tools and equipment used in the installation, operation and maintenance of electrical equipment and power systems in substations and generating stations.
- Principles of electricity, basic math, wiring and connections and the ability to apply and teach this knowledge.
- Ability to operate electronic station controls and maintain cybersecurity. Software and hardware protocols for programmable logic controllers (PLCs), meters and relays. Can perform basic computer functions, including data entry into a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
- Utility work rules, laws and regulations including NESC, OSHA 1910.269, Oregon OSHA and other codes concerning utility and construction operation, as well as the utility and division goals, policies and objectives.
- Must have and demonstrate electrical and mechanical aptitude. These skills must include: wiring methods, termination, identification, junction box and cable tray management, testing, relay/meter/controller programming and operation, lighting installation, conductor selection, and fiber optic circuit knowledge.
- Demonstrates cultural competency through respectful, inclusive work habits and through the valuing and welcoming of cultural differences in all position responsibilities.
- Communicate clearly, concisely, effectively and respectfully, both orally and in writing.
- Work independently, as a team member, or Crew Lead with diverse staff throughout the organization.
Education and/or Experience:
- A minimum of five years as a Substation Operator, Substation Technician, Relay Technician, Power Station Wire Journeyman Technician. Electric Utility experience preferred.
- High School Diploma, Vocational School Graduation, or General Education Diploma (GED)
- Class A CDL or ability to obtain with tank and air brakes endorsement within 12 months. Class A CDL driving permit must be obtained within three months. Driving record must be acceptable and insurable by NWCPUD insurance carrier at standard group rates. An annual consent for a release of one’s driving record is also required.
- Successful completion of a three-year approved apprentice course in station, meter, relay or related discipline. Demonstration of continuing education preferred.
Other combinations of education and/or experience demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work will also be considered.
No effective protection from weather. Must be able to work in variable weather conditions including but not limited to rain, high winds, temperatures in excess of 80 degrees (Fahrenheit) or below -10 degrees (Fahrenheit), large amounts of snow (using snow shoes), long periods of darkness, etc. Subject to snake bites, bee stings, insect bites and poison oak. Must be able to work long hours in stressful conditions when restoring power during storms or other outages. Commonly exposed to situations, which, if handled improperly, have the potential for bodily injury or death. Exposed to oils, paints and solvents.
- Requires exerting up to 100 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly; occasionally pull, lift, carry, and/or move up to 100 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying/moving up to 50 pounds.
- Requires bending, squatting, pushing, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing ladders, crawling in confined or enclosed vaults and on roofs, reaching, handling, fingering, feeling, and talking.
- Requires walking and carrying/moving equipment and materials over uneven ground and obstacles in right-of-ways under a wide variety of conditions.
- Must be able to sit from 30 to 60 minutes, stand in one place for brief periods of time, walk up to 4 to 6 hours a day. This position exercises considerable judgment in selecting, using, and adjusting for correct body position, tools, or work aids to work, move, guide or place objects or materials.
Must be able to hear malfunctioning equipment, radios, etc., and see and recognize problems with equipment, construction/maintenance, etc.
All hourly employees are expected to work widely-varying amounts of unscheduled overtime during power restoration activities or scheduled overtime required to accomplish special projects. Such overtime could range from working a normal 8 hour work day to 24 to 36 hours of continuous work during storm outages. Employees will be compensated at appropriate rates for such position and time worked as specified in the collective bargaining agreement with local 125 IBEW.
All PUD employees are expected to work outside of normal business hours when required during emergency restoration activities and to accomplish other special projects.
Northern Wasco County PUD reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contact of employment.
Note: the Substation-Wireman Technician job title is used only in the generic sense and is meant to include both males and females.