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Winchester, All
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
Entry Level
Education level:
High School or equivalent

Telecommunications Technician - Expires 8/30/18

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

Ensure the continuous and efficient operation of the telecommunication systems so as to provide for inter-utility communications, energy management system communications, and system-wide maintenance/outage activities support.  To provide for the proper and timely completion of all assigned telecommunication systems equipment installation, testing, preventative maintenance and repair.

Key Responsibilities

Three levels are open for consideration: Level 1, 2 and 3.  Please see below for description of all levels.

All Levels:

  • Installs, tests, monitors, troubleshoots, and repairs digital microwave, fiber optic communications, power line carrier, and protective relaying carrier systems.
  • Installs, tests, monitors, troubleshoots, and repairs SONET multiplex and digital access crossconnect system (DACS) equipment.
  • Installs, tests, monitors, troubleshoots, and repairs conventional and trunked two-way radio systems.
  • Installs, tests, monitors, troubleshoots, and repairs Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) radio, fiber, and leased landline communications systems.
  • Prepares reports and keeps records using Microsoft Office applications.

Level 1:

  • Learn and perform programming of and preventive maintenance of two-way radios.
  • Set up return authorizations with manufacturer for the return of any defective equipment returned from preventative maintenance field trips.
  • Install wiring or cabling through conduit, cable trench, cable tray, etc. as required.
  • Assist contractor with installation of conduit or cable when necessary.
  • Monitor operation of various SCADA communications systems for telecom problems.
  • Check various pieces of telecom equipment for power status, alarm status, and be able to cycle power to clear alarms.
  • Replace defective equipment as needed, if spare is on vehicle, and return defective part to manufacturer for repair, if cost effective.
  • Through shadowing, become familiar with all EKPC telecommunications sites.
  • Become familiar with the various test equipment used with different equipment and systems
  • Establish a training schedule for those areas of unfamiliarity.

Level 2:

  • Install battery systems with monitors and make operational.
  • Participate in factory school on specific microwave radios.
  • Install multiplex (channel bank) equipment, configure, test, and make operational.
  • Monitor and test microwave system operations in field to ensure links meet design specifications.
  • Repair minor problems if equipped, if not, perform at later date when properly equipped or assisted.
  • After replacing defective equipment, get cost estimate for repair from manufacturer, to decide if repairing is cost effective or if equipment should be destroyed.
  • Install, program, and test trunked and conventional base station radios.
  • Program and test trunked mobile radios.
  • Monitor the two-way radio alarm system for proper operation.
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and replace when necessary, communications consoles, base station radios, mobile radios, portable radios, and pagers.
  • Install, program, test, troubleshoot, and repair power line carrier systems for voice, data, and protective relaying.
  • Coordinate the installation, testing, troubleshooting, and repair of voice, dialup, and leased SCADA circuits with the telephone companies.
  • Assist field personnel in the installation of SCADA radio and antenna systems and their eventual operational verification.

Level 3: 

  • Install analog/digital factory-built equipment and make operational.
  • Install and make operational microwave radios and supporting equipment, including amplifiers, combines, and alarm remotes.
  • Coordinate contractor installation of antennae, RF lines, and shelters.
  • Troubleshoot equipment in communications office and off-site.
  • Repair or replace defective modules and retune/readjust to restore service as soon as possible.
  • Test defective module and repair it.
  • Troubleshoot system after alarm to determine if a major or minor alarm.
  • If major alarm, repair immediately.
  • If system has a critical problem, repair immediately.
  • Coordinate with contractors on antenna and line installation.
  • Repair defective equipment.
  • Install and test Two-way base stations.
  • Troubleshoot SCADA equipment.
  • Install powerline carrier equipment in field, including transmitters, receivers, amplifiers, and sub-system supports.
  • Coordinate installation of equipment with other EKPC processes, including line crews and substation crew.
  • Perform preventive maintenance by monitoring for loss of signal via EMS alarm system and performing daily check of alarm system.
  • In field, troubleshoot powerline carrier system to identify source of problem and who should repair (e.g., coordinate line repairs with line process).
  • Correct problem in either line tuning equipment or terminal equipment by replacing defective equipment and testing for proper operation.
  • Troubleshoot and repair phone equipment and wiring.
  • Install and make master station radio operational.
  • Coordinate installation and connection of remote radios.
  • Report problem on a leased line (data circuit/voice line) to telephone companies.
  • Lead special projects such as battery replacement, new generator installation, etc.
  • Coordinate installation and operation of leased services (telecom lines) with phone companies.

Key Requirements

Education and Certifications/Licenses:

  • Associate’s degree in related area.  Any equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.


  • Level 1: 0-2 years of related experience
  • Level 2: 2-4 years of related experience
  • Level 3: 4 or more years of related experience.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have an understanding of microwave radio theory, transmitters and antennas.
  • Must have a sound knowledge of Ethernet, DS0, DS1, DS3, OC3, fiber and radio interfaces.
  • Must have knowledge and experience with DC power and alarm systems for telecommunication systems.
  • Must possess troubleshooting skills.
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to use test equipment including T1 test set, fiber test set, frequency counter, power meter, and spectrum analyzer.
  • Must be a self-starter and capable of working with minimal supervision while exercising good judgment regarding test procedure, equipment repair and individual safety.
  • Must have the ability to learn FCC and FAA regulations and maintain records required by regulatory agencies.

Key Competencies

  • Contributing to Team Success
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge & Skills
  • Building Customer Loyalty
  • Managing Work
  • Work Standards
  • Safety Awareness

Working Conditions

  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • This is an on call position; telephone is required.
  • Must live within one (1) hour of Headquarters located in Winchester, KY.
  • Scheduled and non-scheduled overtime may be required.
  • Occasional lifting up to 20 lbs. and working outside in inclement weather.  Regular work inside plant locations with usual plant conditions.

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