This position is responsible for providing maintenance and technical services in all areas of Platte River’s substation and transmission line systems. Individuals in this role work in a team environment and deliver daily and highly technical services in a variety of areas, including high voltage equipment testing and repair, relay and controls installation and wiring, transmission line inspection, battery bank maintenance and installation, construction inspection and aerial lift operation.
Individuals also perform basic and general work related to transmission maintenance in accordance with NERC Standard PRC 005 and vegetation management in accordance with NERC Standard FAC 003, as well oversee work performed by third-parties in specialized areas of maintenance.
The position will support specific projects, during new construction and improvements of transmission lines and substations by assisting engineering in ensuring quality control and properer functionality of transmission equipment and controls. This position must engage in perform high quality work under limited supervision.
This position may be subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations; this is a non-supervisory position that has no lead role responsibilities.
Essential duties and responsibilities
The individual in this role must possess the required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to perform the essential functions of this job, either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).
Reads and understands wiring diagrams and schematics
Understands and applies electrical theory
Reads, understands and applies information from equipment manuals to perform evaluations and repairs
Collaborates and coordinates with Platte River transmission operations and engineering departments to install, commission, and maintain high voltage equipment
Is qualified to work on voltages to 240V that understands and avoids AC and DC electrical hazards
Serves as a qualified switchman (230KV & 115KV) and worker to ensure equipment is cleared, tagged, and safe for work to be performed
Operates electrical test equipment and reads, interprets, and evaluates results
Troubleshoots and repairs various electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical problems
Responsible for recommending corrective action to management regarding equipment issues discovered during routine maintenance and inspections
Responsible for pulling, routing, and terminating the control, current, and voltage wiring to equipment and panel diagram specifications
Works on small parts in tight spaces such as breakers, operator cabinets and wiring panels
Formulates plans and methodologies to accomplish daily work and verifies that equipment is performing as designed
Works with or provides inspections for subcontractors during construction or maintenance activities as directed by supervisor
Complies with established safety and environmental procedures; works safely and demonstrates safe work practices
Completes training as required to stay abreast of new maintenance and testing methods and requirements
Assists in training apprentice level technicians
Maintains current first aid training
Maintains regular and reliable attendance
Participates in periodic call-outs in response to after hours incidents
Performs other duties as assigned
Knowledge, skills and abilities
Capable of working alone, in small teams and with larger groups to plan and carryout assigned tasks
Able to work cooperatively with other substation technicians, system dispatchers, engineers, and representatives from Platte River's owner communities to accomplish the tasks described above
Ability to work under pressure during emergency situations and outage time restraints
Ability to understand and adhere to the technician’s role and responsibilities related to compliance with NERC PRC 005 and FAC 003 compliance standards
Ability to work safely and in accordance with utility industry safe work practices for energized equipment and yards
Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively with others, both in written and verbal form
Skill in using a computer record and other systems (e-mail, time entry, work order system, spreadsheets)
Ability to operate and troubleshoot Doble, Megger, and Dilo software and test equipment
Strong working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of 115KV and 230KV breakers, circuit switchers, transformers, hand operated switches, relays and related sensing devices
Ability to interpret drawings and schematics from manufactures of high voltage equipment and components
Ability to skillfully plan and install control devices, wiring, equipment, and relays for new construction and equipment upgrades
Ability to plan and properly manage time to ensure work completion on schedule
Knowledge, familiarity, and ability to follow applicable state, federal, and local environmental, safety and electrical codes or regulations
Ability to work hours outside of normal work schedule due to emergency or as needed
Completion of an accredited apprenticeship program in a field related to transmission substation systems
Experience with high voltage (115kv or above) substation maintenance and testing practices
Current valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with tanker endorsement or ability to attain within one year of service
Ability to remain insurable under Platte River’s vehicle liability policy
One (1) year of experience as a journeyman substation technician or equivalent experience in a related power industry field
This job operates indoors and outside and the employee will operate equipment used in repairs and maintenance and will use related tools. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions, energized substation facilities, working from heights, hand tools use, vibration from power tools and moving equipment.
While performing the duties of the job, the employees is required to frequently stand and walk and lift, pull, push and/or move 40 pounds and occasionally lift, pull, push and/or move up to 80 pounds. The employee will be required to occasionally climb and/or reach into small spaces to perform electrical maintenance. The employee must safely use ladders to gain access to work areas and to work from. The following requirements are approximate in requirement and % of time:
Computer use: 10%
Lifting up to 80 lbs: 5%
This job operates indoors and outside; the individual will be required to operate equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, large trucks, trailers, pumps, switch levers, crank handles, power tools that include grinders, saws, impact wrenches and drills in addition to all hand tools required to pull, terminate and land wiring.
Regular exposure to heat and noise along with working outside in the elements
Regular exposure to areas with electrical fields and related hazards
Typical work schedule is four 10-hour days
Hourly pay range for this position: $ 43.46 - 49.68
About Platte River Power Authority
Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit utility that generates and delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. Platte River's generation portfolio includes thermal, hydro, wind and solar resources.