This position is responsible to operate, maintain, repair, inspect, and test substation apparatus, including circuit breakers, power transformers, reactors, capacitors, voltage transformers and potential devices, current transformers, circuit switchers, switches, bus work, lightning arresters, etc., and associated alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) service systems, control systems, compressor systems, etc. This position is also responsible to complete the Transmission System Maintenance apprenticeship program to attain the qualifications of a substation electrician journeyman. This position is identified as a Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) related position, which may allow physical and/or logical access to Bulk Electric System (BES) cyber related assets or systems.
Qualifications: This position requires a knowledge of electrical theory and its application, electrical blueprint reading, and a mechanical aptitude at a level acquired through completion of a two-year degree in Electrical Technology, or related field; or a high school diploma or equivalent (GED or HSED) and four years of experience with an accredited Electrical Apprenticeship program, including a Journeyman status. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook is required. The incumbent must complete the apprentice training program within the first four years of employment to obtain the qualifications necessary to be a Substation Electrician Journeyman. The incumbent must have a valid driver’s license in the state of residence and must have or be willing to obtain within 90 days of hire a class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with air brakes and no CDL restrictions other than a medical variance (V), including the following endorsements; liquid or gaseous materials / tanker (N), hazardous materials (H) or combination tanker/hazmat (X). This is a Department of Transportation (DOT) (FMCSA) (CDL) qualified position. The incumbent may be required to have a National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operator (NCCO) designation, or willingness to obtain certification within one year from date of hire.
Typical Physical/Mental/Environmental Demands: This position requires continuous standing; frequent walking and climbing ladders; and occasional sitting, bending, climbing stairs, kneeling, reaching, crawling, turning valves, use of keyboard/computer, lifting up to 50 pounds, and pushing/pulling up to 100 pounds. Equipment operated and tools used include test equipment, reel stands, ladders, steel postdriver, electric ratchet wrenches, hammer drills, jigsaw, sawzall, circular saw, 10-pound mall, bucket trucks, small cranes, tractors, pickups, and hand tools. The incumbent works with large power circuit breakers (oil, gas, and air), power transformers, shunt reactors, circuit switchers, disconnect switches, potential and current transformers, and other low voltage (LV), high voltage (HV) and extra high voltage (EHV) substation equipment. Requires finger dexterity; good hearing and color vision; and ability to perform close work, speak, and analyze data and reports. Over 50% of the incumbent's day is spent outdoors. Frequently works in conditions of dirt and dust, extreme heat and cold, vibration, noise, electrical risks, and at heights up to 60 feet. Occasionally works around chemicals, poor ventilation, and in confined spaces. This position must be respirator qualified. Overnight travel is required from 15-50% of a given year and more can be expected for construction projects. May be called to work anytime during nights and weekends. The incumbent must remain fit for duty.