This position is responsible for performing safe, efficient and reliable construction, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair of electric distribution substation equipment and facilities. This position is responsible for records and reports necessary to maintain electrical service to customers; investigate and perform prompt restoration of service.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of essential duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties that may be assigned based on the needs of the Cooperative.
1st & 2nd Class
Clean up oil spills in compliance with applicable DEP requirements and complete reports as necessary.
Maintain required records, accurate daily time sheets and charge time to proper accounts.
Maintain current knowledge of equipment, RUS specifications, OSHA regulations, GIS/mapping system and other operational and regulatory systems related to the responsibilities of the position.
Assumes responsibility and maintain assigned tools, materials and equipment in a safe and efficient condition. Maintains vehicle and ensures vehicle is stocked with proper material.
Ensure work locations are left in a condition appropriate for public safety and customer satisfaction.
Maintain adequate clothing and personal protective equipment for purposes of health and safety protection.
Safely construct and maintain all aspects of electrical distribution substation facilities.
Install mobile substations, as directed.
Perform all switching operations, as directed.
Respond to substation outages; troubleshoot and take proper corrective action to restore service in a timely manner; use specialized hot line tools and equipment for restoration of service, as required.
Inspect and test equipment and circuits to identify malfunctions or defects, using wiring diagrams and testing devices such as ohm meters, volt meters or amp meters; test oil in circuit breakers and transformers for dielectric strength, refilling oil periodically; test insulators and bushings of equipment by inducing voltage across insulation, testing current and calculating insulation loss.
Consult manuals, schematics, wiring diagrams and engineering personnel in order to troubleshoot and solve equipment problems and to determine optimum equipment functioning.
Prepare and maintain records detailing tests, repairs and maintenance.
Repair, replace and clean equipment and components such as circuit breakers, brushes and commutators.
Open and close switches to isolate defective relays; then perform adjustments or repairs.
Analyst test data in order to diagnose malfunctions to determine performance characteristics of systems and to evaluate effects of system modifications.
Notify management personnel of equipment shutdowns.
Change out reclosers, regulators and associated equipment as needed.
Assist with the safe construction and maintenance of all aspects of electrical distribution substation facilities.
Assist with the installation of the mobile substation, as directed.
Perform work on over 600 volts under direct supervision of a 1st Class Technician or Supervisor.
Perform hot stick work on primary voltages under direct supervision of 1st Class Technician or Supervisor.
Assist with the inspection and testing of equipment and circuits to identify malfunctions or defects, using wiring diagrams and test equipment.
Change out station reclosers, breakers, regulators and other associated equipment, as directed.
Maintain test and maintenance reports documenting maintenance performed, test results and completed repairs, as directed.
Analyze test data in order to diagnose and trend performance characteristics of substation equipment and evaluate the effects on the system.
Assist with performing acceptance testing of auxiliary equipment used in substations.
Assist with diagnostic testing of oil in circuit breakers, regulators, and transformers.
Education and Experience
Required for 1st & 2nd Class
· High School diploma or equivalent (GED)
Required for 1st Class
· Certification as a Journey Substation Technician from an accredited substation apprentice program.
Required for 2nd Class
· Substation apprenticeship training or other related education required for progression or advancement in classification.
Preferred for 1st Class
· Job experience with a distribution electric utility, contractor or related industry.
· Advancement from SECO Energy’s Substation Technician 2nd Class position.
Preferred for 2nd Class
· Two years progressive substation experience or an equivalent position with a distribution electric utility or related industry is preferred.
Note: In lieu of Certification as a Journey Substation Technician from an accredited substation apprentice program; a line or relay technician with a minimum of four (4) years of progressive substation experience with a distribution electric utility, contractor, or related industry may be considered.
Note: In lieu of progressive substation experience; a line or relay technician with a minimum of five (5) years of field experience with a distribution electric utility, contractor, or related industry may be considered.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to demonstrate the following skills to include, but not limited to:
Proficiency in mathematics to perform calculations and solid understanding of electricity and the construction, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of electrical distribution substation equipment, including energized and de-energized facilities.
Knowledge to interpret substation construction drawings; SECO’s switching and tagging procedures, RUS construction units, material components and assembly specifications.
Troubleshoot and resolve complex electrical problems related to transformers, breaker control circuits and other equipment.
Knowledge of clearances, working space and maintenance requirements by the National Electric Safety Code, OSHA requirements and familiar with the National Electric Code.
Demonstrated intermediate skill in personal computer operations with ability to enter and extract data; knowledge of MS Office Products; knowledge of SCADA, Global Information Systems (GIS) and other applicable computer systems as they relate to the position.
Effective communication skills including written, verbal and listening and a customer service attitude to effectively interact with employees, management, contractors, vendors, and the public.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment to accomplish goals and meet deadlines; to manage stress and pressure in a frequently changing environment.
English is the primary business language. Second language in Spanish is desirable.
Effective communication skills to interact with employees, management, subcontractors, customers, and the public.
Demonstrate customer service orientation; ability to work independently and in a team environment to accomplish established goals and meet deadlines.
Ability to acquire and demonstrate acceptable knowledge and skill of the following, to include but not limited to:
Thorough knowledge of mathematics and electricity; demonstrated knowledge in the construction, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of electrical distribution substation facilities, including energized and de-energized facilities; clearances, working space and maintenance requirements by the National Electric Safety Code, OSHA requirements and familiarity with the National Electric Code.
Read and interpret substation construction drawings; to acquire knowledge of SECO Energy’s switching and tagging procedures, RUS construction units, material components and assembly specifications.
Read and interpret instruction manuals, control and schematic drawings for 15KV, 25KV, and 69KV breakers, regulators, reclosers and transformers on SECO Energy’s system.
Basic skill in personal computer operations with ability to enter and extract data; knowledge of MS Office Products; ability to acquire knowledge of SCADA, Global Information Systems (GIS) and other applicable computer systems as they relate to the position.
The skills required for this position may be verified through a combination of education, experience, interview questions, and technical skills exercise(s).
Employees in this classification must live within a 30-mile radius from the assigned reporting work location. Employees who live a greater distance from the work center must relocate within their first six (6) months in this position. A maximum of one (1) hour will be allowed for response to call-outs.
1st & 2nd Class
Valid Florida Class A Commercial driver’s license without air brakes restriction and without Tractor-Trailer restriction for regular driving privileges of cooperative vehicles; must have and maintain an acceptable driving record as determined by the Cooperative.
Successful completion of SECO Energy’s employment entrance examination and drug screen.
Ability to work at heights and from buckets, man-lifts, and steel structures, perform first aid, CPR and bucket rescue; and learn emergency response communication protocol.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About SECO Energy
SECO Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative serving over 200,000 families and businesses across seven counties in Central Florida, making SECO the third largest electric co-op in Florida and the seventh largest in the nation.
In both 2017 and 2016, SECO Energy was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Cooperatives” in the J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. In 2015, SECO Energy was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Midsize Utilities in the South” by J.D. Power. SECO refers to the three consecutive awards as its “Triple Crown,” and we are grateful to our members for ranking us #1!