Position Summary: Under the Substation and Metering Manager, performs and oversees the installation, testing, maintenance and operation of substation equipment, control devices, regulators and other protective equipment and apparatus devices to ensure safe, reliable, quality of distribution power for McKenzie Electric Cooperative (MEC) members. Performs work according to established maintenance, operation and environmental plans to meet system integrity standards and environmental compliance.
Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified. The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned.
Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.
Primary responsibility is to perform the maintenance and operation of substation and switching stations on MEC’s system; this includes installing, calibrating, testing, inspecting, troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining substation equipment and line devices including but not limited to: electronic reclosers, oil circuit reclosers (OCR), capacitors, regulators, any and all control devices. Maintains and repairs OCRs, regulators and other such devices by performing tests and repairs as directed or required.
Responsible for performing the operations for installing, relocating, repairing or removing distribution protective equipment and associated devices, capacitors and related equipment and supports.
As required, handles the arrangements preliminary to the execution of field work, such as reviewing work order specifications, planning execution of work, coordinating with crews, seeing that materials are requisitioned and transported to project sites, arranging for clearances, de-energizing lines, operating switches or disconnects, grounding lines or equipment and observing that protective devices are used.
Establishes maintenance, operations and environmental plans to maintain, test and replace substation and sectionalizing equipment and other electrical apparatus devices on the electrical system.
Documents, organizes and maintains related maintenance records as required, including maintaining a complete electronic record system of all work performed and all adjustments, tests, repairs, changes and additions made.
Assists, directs and/or performs new construction on existing and new substations on MEC’s system, coordinating work with Engineering Services and Operations Departments as assigned.
Assists and performs switching functions along with another qualified representative on transmission and distribution apparatus as directed in compliance with the safe work practices handbook.
Assists in the resolution of member usage complaints and power quality issues by conducting energy usage and power quality audits as requested.
Collects metering data and performs voltage surveys per defined plans and data requirements for system monitoring and planning.
Performs, oversees, directs, trains and/or instructs assigned employees to check or test completed work and to prepare and check prescribed records and reports. To verify that completed work meets company standards and to perform other related work as directed.
Assists in developing and updating related environmental plans, including periodically reviewing SPCC plans for existing substation and developing new spill plans for new stations. Monitors PCB’s oil-based enclosures, if any, within the system. Tests and document oil spills on Cooperative property.
Supports Cooperative program for disposal of contaminated items as directed and per established environmental requirements.
Offers recommendations to be used in the planning and development of annual and long term work plans.
Prepares field reports on pertinent tasks performed. Completes all required change management and other documentation for such activities as compliance and regulatory requirements.
Participates in the Cooperative’s budgeting process by submitting budget requests and adhering to the budgeting process throughout the year.
Identifies, recommends and with supervisor approval initiates ordering of required materials, tools and equipment needed to perform duties and responsibilities.
Upholds inventory management program including maintaining acceptable levels of necessary inventory components, works with supervisor on identifying critical sparing and any other modifications to the inventory.
Responsible for assigned vehicle, tools and/or test equipment to be kept clean and in good working condition; also responsible for inspections and mileage reports.
Assures work equipment and areas are in a clean, orderly condition; checks condition of safety equipment; attends scheduled safety meetings; participates in artificial respiration practice, as required; studies construction standards and guides; becomes familiar with safety manuals, rules, policies and special procedures prescribed by MEC; and, to the degree within his/her control, is responsible for the continuous observation and compliance with MEC safety rules, policies and practices.
As directed, participates in meetings and offers input and ideas to improve safety, work efficiencies and overall improvements to the distribution system.
Attends and participates in training programs for improvement of job knowledge, skill and safety.
Responsible for maintaining an organized work schedule to ensure member and cooperative needs are addressed, this includes communicating progress on tasks, coordinating work, and availability to ensure all requirements are complete (i.e. training, outages, projects, etc…).
Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
Ability to work with technical programs and software.
Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education/Experience: Participation in a qualified substation maintenance course equal to an associate degree; proven ability to apply electrical theory. Eight years’ experience in electrical construction and maintenance preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Certifications/Licenses: An ideal candidate may preferably hold a journeyman electrician’s license and/or completed a approved Lineman apprenticeship program. A valid ND Class A commercial driver’s license is required.
Understanding of National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code and OSHA regulations.
Skills and knowledge to test and calibrate single and three phase meters.
Familiar with relaying, oil analysis, RUS specifications and materials. System knowledge and interconnection agreements.
Must be proficient in the use of various electrical and electrical testing equipment.
Proficient with substation maintenance and operations, safe operation of transmission and distribution system.
Ability to utilize a variety of technical based software.
Must have ability to diagnose and proceed with necessary repairs and maintain varied and complex electric equipment.
Completion of Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) switching procedures.
Basic understanding of how PC based Window’s software operates.
Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as schematic diagrams, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee will routinely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.