United Power has an opening for an Electronic Technician. The ideal candidate will have extensive direct experience with SCADA/RTU's and Radios in an electric utility environment. Experience working with or around substation equipment, meters, and relays is strongly preferred.
Job Title: Electronic Technician
Position Purpose and Objectives:
The Electronic Technician works under the direct supervision of the Lead Electronic Technician and the Director of Engineering and tests, repairs and troubleshoots a wide variety of special electrical equipment.
Essential Job Functions:
Frequently tests, repairs and troubleshoots SCADA equipment, recloser controls, regulator controls, intelligent electronic devices, fiber optics and telephone equipment.
Frequently configures and troubleshoots in a TCP/IP networking environment with proficiency in subnetting, routing, and VLANs. Assist Engineering and IS with networking schemes and cyber security.
Must be able to translate data points from various protocols including DNP3 and Modbus.
Frequently repairs and calibrates all company volt, ohm and amp meters.
Frequently works on radio equipment, which includes the SCADA radios, base station radios, mobile radios in the company vehicles and load control equipment.
Frequently orders all parts, tools and equipment related to the job.
Frequently tests, calibrates and repairs all types of relays in substations which includes reading control schematics.
Occasionally designs, fabricates, and implements components and materials for specialty use applications.
Assist Engineering with the creation and maintenance of communication lines, RTU's and other device related points.
Occasionally works closely with the Special Equipment Repairers and Substation Technician testing equipment in the field or whenever two people are needed for safety reasons.
Secondary Job Functions:
Must be able to react to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned.
Occasionally oversees and or assists in special equipment installations with other departments and contractors.
Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. plus completion of courses in electronics. A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the electronic field is required. Computer experience is required.
Must have a valid Colorado driver’s license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Must have knowledge of three-phase power systems. It is important to know, understand and be able to apply all OSHA regulations and safety rules necessary to perform the job. Must also know and be able to apply CPR/first aid techniques.
The Electronic Technician must be able to use hand tools properly and have good manual dexterity and eye/hand coordination. They must also be able to read and understand electrical drawings and schematics. Candidates must have basic soldering skills, have a general understanding of RF propagation, and be able to demonstrate competence in Boolean Logic.
No Supervisory Duties
Essential Physical and Mental Demands:
Thirty percent (30%) of the time is spent standing, thirty percent (30%) walking, and another forty percent (40%) sitting. The Electronic Technician will occasionally lift and carry up to 75 lbs. When working at the shop and at substations, or assisting Special Equipment Repairers, it may be necessary to occasionally push and pull up to 150 lbs.
Operating controls is done occasionally when driving a vehicle.
The Electronic Technician keeps equipment upstairs in the Service Building and must constantly climb up and down the stairs to get this equipment.
Balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and reaching are all occasionally necessary. Fingering and feeling are very important when working with small parts and troubleshooting electronic circuit boards.
Talking and hearing normal conversation is necessary to operate a two-way radio. Hearing is also very important when calibrating radio equipment.
Distinguishing one smell from another is occasionally important. The Electronic Technician must be able to tell when circuits are burning.
Seeing “near” is a must when frequently working with small electronic parts. Driving company vehicles frequently requires being able to see “far”. The Electronic Technician occasionally operates fuses and switches with hot-sticks. This requires depth perception. Eye accommodation is needed occasionally when soldering small components. Electronic components are color-coded so color vision is frequently necessary. All of this work occasionally requires field of vision.
With this type of work, the Electronic Technician is required to have alertness, precision, ingenuity, problem solving, analytic ability, spatial perception, tactile discrimination, memory, creativity, concentration, judgment, reasoning, imagination, initiative, and visual discrimination. They may occasionally use auditory discrimination, writing ability and patience.
Fifty percent (50%) of the Electronic Technician’s work is done outdoors in all weather conditions, and fifty percent (50%) is done inside. Estimated noise level is 70-90 decibels for three hours each day.
Electronic Technicians occasionally deal with fumes from paints and solvents, various odors from dead rodents in the substations, and dust on equipment that is being worked on.
Electrical hazards are constant. The Electronic Technician must occasionally deal with mechanical hazards and highly exposed work site. Burns may be a hazard when soldering equipment and working with high wattage transmitters. Toxic, caustic chemicals are a hazard when occasionally working with solvents and paints.
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