Key Roles Perform technical services and maintenance procedures to ensure the proper and efficient operation of substation equipment and equipment control units.
Key Responsibilities One Substation Technician is open at our Bardstown Service Center. All levels are open for consideration and the qualified candidate will be hired at a level commensurate with their knowledge and experience.
All Levels • Performs electrical and mechanical tests on all substation equipment. • Bypasses, isolates and restores to service all substation equipment. • Tests, calibrates and repairs many types of substation equipment. • Troubleshoots and repairs wiring on all existing and new breaker stations and tests to ensure wiring is correct. • Performs maintenance procedures on all substation equipment. • Installs, tests, calibrates and troubleshoots, OCR controls, distribution SCADA, fiber-optic systems, and OCB controls. • Programs relays for installation. • Interprets breaker failure schemes. • Performs data entry from maintenance inspection. • Performs other duties as assigned.
Substation Technician Level 1 • Visually inspects insulators and lightning arrestors for damage. • Visually inspects conductors and control wiring. • Checks grounding on fences, structures and equipment. • Installs conduit. • Checks battery physical condition. • Visually inspects capacitors and capacitor bank controls. • Visually inspects voltage regulators. • Reads drag hands. • Records counter data on reclosers, breakers, and circuit switchers. • Visually inspects reclosers, breakers, and circuit switchers. • Cleans and paints tank in the field. • Visually inspects transformers for oil level, pressure, and temperature. • Checks cooling fans on transmission station transformers for proper operation. • Visually inspects meter transformer. • Reads system 1 – line diagrams. • Inspects personal protective equipment. • Inspects vehicles prior to use. • Inspects personal safety equipment on truck. • Inspects, cleans, and tests hot sticks. • Checks substation lot to ensure that safety is maintained including presence of danger signs and absence of erosion. • Locates and references MSDS manual. • Determines whether substation is safe for entry. • Visually checks distribution and transmission substation components. • Checks indicator lamps and replaces as necessary. • Tests fuses for continuity. • Changes out or repairs nitrogen cylinders. • Installs or replaces air conditioning filters. • Installs or replaces window filters. • Cleans and paints cabinets. • Checks and maintains inventory of fuses and lamps. • Inspects, drives, sets up, and operates bucket truck. • Inspects, drives, sets up, and operates crane truck. • Performs other duties as assigned.
Substation Technician Level 2 • Meggers test low voltage wires. • Reads and interprets wire and conduit schedule to install new equipment wiring. • Troubleshoots and repairs/replaces insulators under de-energized conditions. • Installs or replaces control cables for reclosers. • Repairs or replaces equipment grounding. • Reads meter data. • Reads relay targets. • Checks unregulated voltage in meter cabinet. • Tests phasing with high voltage voltmeter sticks under supervision of engineer or relay technician. • Checks annunciators and resets as necessary. • Checks battery operation and voltages. • Verifies voltage, adds water, and cleans terminals on battery banks. • Changes SCADA, reclosers, and MOAB batteries. • Changes batteries in recloser cabinet. • Checks current switches and CAP Bank batteries. • Checks operation of voltage regulators and controls. • Meggers voltage regulators. • Assists in complete maintenance of breakers. • Assists in complete maintenance of reclosers. • Operationally tests and adjusts switches to ensure that they open and close properly. • Replaces or repairs counters on circuit switchers, breakers, and reclosers. • Assists with installing motor operator (mechanical hookups). • Checks switches and equipment for unit number. • Isolates breakers using transfer or bypass schemes. • Isolates reclosers using transfer or bypass schemes. • Assists with changing or repairing bushings and gaskets. • Assists with filtering oil when test indicates excess water. • Checks load on transformer bank. • Installs external current transformers. • Installs transformer cooling fans. • Bypasses switches on metering transformer following “bypass scheme.” • Isolates CT and PT circuits without switches when de-energized. • Reads and interprets Safe Work Manual to follow EKPC procedures. • Applies appropriate safety standards when using tools and equipment. • Identifies safety hazards and responds according to emergency procedures. • Performs switching and issue Hold Card per EKPC LOTO procedure. • Verifies switching and electrical clearances. • Identifies approach distances. • Identifies operating voltage. • Uses hot sticks to isolate high voltage equipment. • Determines when conditions exist to shut down substation and notify Dispatcher. • Troubleshoots distribution substation and bypass; repairs/replaces faulty components. • Returns distribution substation on-line. • Conducts oil test (dielectric) on oil filter equipment. • Conducts acidity test on voltage regulators and transformers. • Troubleshoots AC service panels. • Assists with installing mobile substation following procedure. • Performs two-month inspections. • Accesses records in CMMS. • Uses test equipment including multimeter, di-electric, megger, high voltage amp meter, and phase angle sticks. • Performs other duties as assigned.
Substation Technician Level 3 • Troubleshoots and repairs/replaces control wiring. • Installs or replaces control cables for reclosers. • Infrared substation. • Tests event recorders and annunciators. • Interprets alarm and annunciator schemes. • Installs batteries, battery chargers, and wiring. • Tests batteries and terminals to meet EKPC standards. • Troubleshoots and repairs/replaces batteries, battery chargers, and wiring. • Installs, tests, and troubleshoots capacitors and capacity bank controls. • Verifies capacitor control operation. • Troubleshoots and repairs/replaces voltage regulators and controls. • Programs and tests voltage regulators and controls. • Performs complete maintenance of reclosers. • Troubleshoots and repairs/replaces reclosers and controls. • Programs and function tests reclosers and controls. • Isolates reclosers using transfer or bypass schemes. • Performs complete maintenance including testing breakers. • Troubleshoots and repairs/replaces breakers (Doble, TTR, Microhm, and Timing tests). • Isolates breakers using transfer or bypass schemes. • Performs PM on circuit switches. • Troubleshoots and repairs/replaces circuit switches. • Troubleshoots and repairs/replaces motor operator (electrical and mechanical). • Changes or repairs bushings and gaskets. • Filters oil when test indicates excess water. • Tests transformer alarms for oil level, pressure, and temperature. • Tests current transformers per EKPC procedures. • Commissions power transformers. • Reads 1-line relaying diagrams for use within a single substation. • Reads 3-line diagrams for tying two circuits or substations together. • Reads 3-line relaying diagrams. • Interprets consultant-designed prints. • Interprets EKPC tipping schemes. • Interprets breaker trip/close schemes. • Interprets breaker failure schemes. • Interprets EKPC print system. • Interprets industry standard plant prints. • Redraws and updates secondary drawings. • Installs and tests distribution SCADA. • Troubleshoots distribution SCADA. • Tests fiber-optic system. • Troubleshoots distribution substations and bypass, repairs/replaces faulty components. • Returns transmission substation on-line. • Tests SF6 gas for moisture using a moisture analyzing test set. • Tests phasing with phasing sticks. • Tests phasing with phasing angle meter and stick. • Performs phase sequence checks. • Inspects and Doble test lightning arresters. • Installs high voltage fuses. • Inspects and/or changes out lightning arresters and insulators from a bucket truck under energized conditions. • Installs mobile substation following procedure. • Troubleshoots AC service panels. • Determines the appropriate phasing and rotation for new substation/transformer replacement/installation of mobile substation. • Troubleshoots distribution substations or bypass, repair/replace faulty components. • Returns distribution substation on-line. • Troubleshoots transmission substations and repair/replace faulty components. • Returns transmission substation on-line. • Tests phasing with phasing sticks. • Performs phase sequence checks. • Inspects and Doble test lightning arresters. • Installs high side fuses. • Inspects and/or changes out lightning arresters and insulators from a bucket truck under energized conditions.
Key Requirements Education: High School diploma or equivalent. Associate's degree in a related area or formal electronics technical training preferred. Experience: Three (3) years experience with electronic components and electrical related applications. Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of switching procedures for energized substations preferred.
Competencies • Technical/Professional Knowledge & Skills • Safety Awareness • Decision Making • Contributing to Team Success • Initiating Action • Building Customer Loyalty
Conditions of Employment • Must maintain a valid driver's license. Must obtain Class B CDL (Commercial Driver's License) Certification. • On-call position; required to carry a company provided pager/cell phone and respond to trouble call on weekends, holidays, and after hours. • Overnight travel and non-scheduled overtime a normal part of the job. • Work in and around energized facilities.
Internal Number: 4644
About East Kentucky Power Cooperative
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
EKPC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veteran
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