Mandatory Job requires post-secondary education in computer, generator, automation, electronics/electronics technology, or field relay maintenance or 3 years of equivalent experience. The applicant must also pass a prequalification test, complete interview and be selected as company’s best candidate to assure the Company and himself/herself that they are capable of performing the duties of the Field Grid Automation Technician.
Successful candidate must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of industrial control network environments, including; but not limited to OS Command Line, SEL / Beckwith / Siemens / Eaton / Etc…, LDAP / AD, and others. In addition, position requires understanding and experience on communication protocols, including but not limited to DNP3, OPC, Modbus, ICCP, SEL, and others. Understanding of cyber security practices and application is a plus.
Demonstrable work experience in distribution automation and technology maintenance and installation field is required. The individual must also have experience with a current version of Unix, Linux, or Windows network operating systems, networking, and installation and support of various tcp/ip and serial network protocols.
The position needs to have investigative skills and a questioning attitude when performing field work. Attention to detail, proper documentation and following prescribed procedures are key for commissioning and operating equipment as well as performing equipment trouble shooting and field investigations. Run appropriate or assigned equipment condition reports and complete maintenance under priority schemes established by supervision.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies Required
Candidates will have a significant understanding of the Electrical Transmission, Substation & Distribution Systems and automation components, with the aptitude to timely move towards an advanced understanding and application.
Aptitude to learn and understand complex automation schemes, equipment, communications devices, and Power Quality monitoring devices. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate verbally with internal personnel and external entities to achieve win-win outcomes while resolving customer and technical issues.
Ability to test, install, monitor, and remove automation and Power Quality devices. Understands the distribution equipment with ability to identify and analyze reliability problems. Ability to perform well in a team as well as individually. Proficient in intermediate computer skills and possess aptitude to learn more complex analysis tools, software and web applications.
Candidates must either possess detailed knowledge of Client’s Grid Automation Equipment and schemes or the aptitude to learn and understand them thoroughly in short time period. Experience testing or applying monitoring equipment on the distribution system is preferred. Ability to methodically troubleshoot problems with equipment to identify root causes, document findings and make repairs, both independently or with others.
Any experience in NERC-CIP regulations, industrial control system cyber security, and effect on electric distribution facilities is highly preferred.
Candidate will follow all client safety rules and guidelines plus ensure peers and observers are conducting themselves in an approved manner. Ability to climb a ladder and utilize aerial lift equipment. Ability to enter and work within confined spaces, including (but not limited to) manholes and vaults, and hot work qualified. Understanding and implementation of safe work practices around minimal approach distances.
A valid driver’s license (including a CDL) and the ability to drive light truck/van and/or an aerial lift truck is required. The ability to sit, stand and/or walk for several hours at a time are required.