Apprentice/Journeyman Systems Technician - Meter/Relay

 Job Description

 

 

SUMMARY JOURNEYMAN SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN Meter/Relay: Under the direct supervision of the Systems Technicians Supervisor, the Journeyman Systems Technician supports the electrical, electronic, and communications systems utilized to properly control, protect, and maintain the transmission system. Journeyman Systems Technicians specialize in one of the following areas but are required to support work in the other area as needed.

 

SUMMARY APPRENTICE SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN Meter/Relay: Under the direct supervision of the Systems Technicians Supervisor, the Apprentice Systems Technician Level I-V participates in the Systems Technician apprenticeship program and supports the electrical, electronic, and communications systems utilized to properly control, protect, and maintain the transmission system. Systems Technicians specialize in one of the following areas but are required to support work in the other area as needed. These areas include, but are not limited to electromechanical and micro-processor based relays, substation automation, and metering. Duties include the maintenance, repair, installation, and calibration of all specialized equipment making up these and other systems. The Systems Technician apprenticeship program requires a minimum of five years to complete. It includes extensive on-the-job training, formal training, online training and written study, some of which must be completed outside of work hours. Satisfactory performance and continuous progress toward completion of the program is required. Apprentices must develop sound, effective and safe work habits.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES JOURNEYMAN SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN Meter/Relay include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Performs the duties of a Journeyman Systems Technician with emphasis on system protection or communications which include proficiency in one of the following areas:

 

  • Installation, repair, calibration of all components necessary for metering, relaying, and substation automation to   function as designed, as well as the transmission of proper data back to the Energy Management System or Substation Automation system where applicable.
  • Resolution of system problem requests from system Operations, Engineering, and Transmission & Distribution Services personnel in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Proper configuration or programming of meters and relays and interpretation of data from either to resolve problems with that device, the transmission system or substation.
  • Conducting commission testing of new or existing switch stations or substations and documenting all testing completed to ensure system reliability, and NERC compliance where applicable.
  • Directing and/or overseeing contractors who are installing metering, relaying, or related components to ensure proper installation and documentation for NERC compliance while commissioning switch stations.
  • Supporting communications functions by performing communications related duties as required.
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    Maintains tools, equipment, and work environment in a safe, clean, and orderly condition. Follows all safety procedures to ensure personal safety and the safety of others. Complies with all OSHA and WFEC safety rules, policies and procedures. Participates in training to maintain current knowledge and skills needed to perform job duties. Trains other personnel in the use of specifically assigned equipment as required. Supports all Systems Technicians by performing duties in the other specialty area as required. Documents work for any NERC compliance requirements that may apply.  Coordinates with Transmission Operators on clearances and switching orders to ensure safe operations.

     

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES APPRENTICE SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN Meter/Relay  - Other duties may be assigned. Successfully completes all the requirements of the formal Systems Protection Technician apprenticeship program including formal training, on-the-job training, outside education, and written study, some of which must be completed outside of work hours. Maintains tools, equipment, and work environment in a safe, clean, and orderly condition. Follows all safety procedures to ensure personal safety and the safety of others. Learns to perform and performs at a level appropriate to training, the duties of a Systems Technician with emphasis on system protection:

     

  • Installation, repair, calibration of all components necessary for metering, relaying, and substation automation to function as designed, as well as the transmission of proper data back to the Energy Management System or System Automation system where applicable.
  • Resolution of system problem requests from system Operations, Engineering, and Transmission & Distribution Services personnel in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Proper configuration or programming of meters and relays, and interpretation of data from either, to resolve problems with that device, the transmission system or substation.
  • Conducting commission testing for NERC compliance of new or existing switch stations or substations, and documenting all testing done to ensure NERC compliance.
  • Directing and/or overseeing contractors who are installing metering, relaying, or related components, to ensure proper installation and documentation for NERC compliance while commissioning switch stations.
  • Supporting communications functions by performing communications related duties as required.  Safety, Support and Compliance:
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    Complies with all OSHA and WFEC safety rules, policies and procedures. Trains other personnel in the use of specifically assigned equipment. Supports all Systems Technicians by performing duties in the other specialty as required. Documents work for any NERC compliance requirements may apply. Under the supervisor of a Lead or Journeyman technician authorized to perform switching, coordinates with the Transmission Operators on clearances and switching orders to ensure safe operations.

     

    COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

     

    Technical Skills: Displays technical knowledge equal to job requirements; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

     

    Quantity: Meets productivity goals; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity.

     

    Quality: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

     

    Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully.

     

    Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time; Uses paid leave within policy requirements; Informs supervisor about necessary absences in a timely manner.

     

    Organizational Support: Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values.

     

    Dependability: Follows instructions and responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

     

    Safety and Security: Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.

     

    Customer Service: manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments to customers.         

     

    Cost Consciousness: Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.

     

    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 education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required.

     

    Education and Experience JOURNEYMAN SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN Meter/Relay: Associate's degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school in a related field or five years of directly related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Completion of a recognized apprentice program in system protection or communications is also qualifying. Experience may be substituted for education at the rate of two years of experience for one year of education. Troubleshooting and problem resolution skills related to a wide range of communications equipment are required including experience with one or more of the following: communications systems, metering, protective relaying, EMS/SCADA systems, and telephone systems.

     

    Education and Experience APPRENTICE SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN Meter/Relay: Must be a High School graduate and have a minimum of one (1) year experience in two (2) or more of the following areas:

     

  • Operation of light and/or heavy equipment such as cranes or boom trucks, digger equipment, bucket trucks, or aerial man lift devices.
  • Construction, maintenance, or operation of an electrical distribution or transmission system.
  • General construction or building experience as an electrician or apprentice electrician.
  • Previous schools or training (including military) related to the electrical industry.
  • Previous experience in any of the following categories:
  • Working in climbing tools.
  • Working from aerial man lift devices.
  • Working at heights up to 120 feet or more.
  • Working in electrical substations.
  • Working on or near high voltage AC circuits
  • Have previous experience or training with computers or digital and/or electronic equipment.
  • Experience installing, troubleshooting, and resolving problems related to electric metering and relaying or communications equipment.   
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    Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to other employees.

     

    Math 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 solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

     

    Computer Skills: Experience using a personal computer running Microsoft Office applications is required. Experience with various software applications used for communication, programming, and testing of systems is desired.

     

    CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must maintain a current and valid State of Oklahoma driver's license.

     

    WORK SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: This position requires that the incumbent live within thirty miles travel distance of the headquarters facility in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Work schedules may require the incumbent to work overtime, weekends, holidays, and travel on short notice.

     

    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. Requires sitting or standing for extended periods; lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying of weights equal to 50 pounds or more; climbing ladders and stairs and working on elevated platforms or scaffolding; walking and/or standing for extended periods of time; kneeling, crawling, stooping, bending, or twisting while arms above shoulders and stooping for extended periods of time in order to accomplish duties while grasping, pulling, or pushing objects or manipulating tools. Requires wearing personal safety equipment; manual and detailed handwork using both hands; and vision acuity to determine colors and shades of colors. Requires vision within normal range. Corrective lenses are permitted. Requires hearing within normal range. Hearing aids are permitted.

     

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: 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. Requires working in varying outside weather conditions and inside temperature extremes with extreme ranges of humidity and dryness; working in confined spaces for extended periods of time; and requires working near high voltages. Requires working at night, inside or outside, in all weather conditions.

     

    Company Name:
    Western Farmers Electric Cooperative
    Approximate Salary:
    Not Specified
    Location:
    Anadarko, , Anadarko, OK
    Country:
    United States
    Industry:
    Technician - Other
    Position type:
    Full Time
    Experience level:
    2 - 5 years
    Education level:
    Certification
    ID
    16671
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