The Substation Electrician performs a variety of maintenance and service work on equipment throughout MWEC’s service territory. This is a full-time, non-exempt, hourly paid position.
Applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent. A Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in electronics technology or comparable field is preferred, but not mandatory. Applicants should have some experience, training, or knowledge.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES ABD RESPONSIBILITIES:
a) Adheres to safety rules and practices. Responsible for reporting un-safe practices to a Supervisor.
b) Maintains an attitude that will promote harmony and good will among fellow employees, the consumers, and the general public.
c) Determines proper settings for substation metering and protective equipment, programming the devices and performing substation testing and checkout for new substations and substation additions. This includes wiring relay panels, control panels and equipment as necessary.
d) Installs, programs and maintains substation equipment.
e) Inspects, tests and repairs substation equipment including transformers, circuit switchers, regulators, feeder circuit breakers and reclosers, regulators and voltage boosters, motor operators, battery chargers, etc. This includes taking oil samples from substation equipment for testing.
f) Coordinates the work of and working with contractors that may be engaged to perform some equipment maintenance or repair tasks.
g) Tests and calibrates all relays and electronic controls on MWEC’s system.
h) Makes voltage drop checks and checking each instrument rated metering installation for proper connection and accuracy.
i) Downloads event and load data from substation relays and recloser controls and maintains substation load and device duty cycle databases.
j) Makes a semi-annual load check for substation feeders that do not have relays or recloser controls that record load data.
k) Maintains the substation reading database and maintenance records for all substation equipment.
l) Works with the System Engineers, Engineering Technician and Local Service Area Representatives to maintain balanced loading on all feeders.
m) Keeps informed on current policies, procedures, rate schedules, line construction specifications, National Electric Safety Code, and other matters related to the assigned work.
n) Attends and participates in Job Training and Safety meetings and attend such specialized schools as may be directed.
o) Keeps abreast of all changes in first aid procedures, safety rules and regulations, and always maintain an up-to-date First Aid and CPR cards.
p) Maintains a valid North Dakota driver’s license with appropriate endorsements.
q) Submits to a random Drug & Alcohol test per DOT regulations.
r) Maintains a residence telephone and be available for after-hours emergencies or problems.
s) Performs any other duties assigned in order to fulfill the objective of the Cooperative.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
a) Proficient in the use of laptop computers using Microsoft operating systems and office software. Must have the ability to install and use technical software to program and test electronic relays, meters and controls.
b) Programs and uses electronic relays, meters and test equipment through interfaces provided on the equipment without using a computer interface.
c) Reads and interprets documents such as safety rules, staking sheets, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, electrical and electronic schematics and wiring diagrams.
d) Effectively writes routine reports and correspondence.
e) Communicates effectively with consumers, co-workers and contractors.
f) Performs power system calculations including voltage, current, impedance, power, transformation ratios and three phase voltage and current resultants. Must have the ability to perform mathematical calculations using algebra and trigonometry.
g) Defines problems, collects data, establishes facts, and draws solid conclusions.
h) Follows policies and procedures.
i) Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and operate a motorized vehicle without the assistance of another employee.
j) Performs any other duties assigned in order to fulfill the objective of the Cooperative.
BUSINESS AND RELATIONSHIPS:
This position receives oral and written work assignments from the Electrical Substation Supervisor and refers problems to that position.
The individual is responsible for performing all duties in a safe, efficient manner in compliance with all state and federal laws, MWEC policies, and safety regulations.
This position works under the supervision and frequently receives work direction from the Electrical Substation Supervisor.
The individual responds to routine inquiries, but refers non-routine questions to the Electrical Substation Supervisor.
This position has contact with staff, visitors and all MWEC personnel.
a) The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
b) While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in high, precarious places and in outside weather conditions, and is regularly exposed to risk of electrical shock.
c) The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to vibration.
d) The employee is occasionally exposed to an environment with fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.
e) The employee occasionally works on rugged terrain.
f) The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may be loud with some frequency.
a) 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.
b) Thirty percent (30%) of the time is spent standing; thirty percent (30%) walking, and another forty percent (40%) sitting while driving a vehicle, or sitting in the office.
c) The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, handle, talk and hear. The employee must frequently use hands to handle and manipulate components, equipment, tools or controls and to operate computers and test equipment.
d) A sense of smell is occasionally required to detect overloaded or faulted electrical and electronic components or wiring.
e) The employee must frequently lift, push, pull or otherwise move 50-75 pounds.
f) Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.
MWEC reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on its duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.
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