General Definition and Conditions of Work
Performs advanced, highly skilled electrical work in the construction, maintenance, operation, and repair of substations; performs related work as required. Duties include the supervision of Substation/Relay Technicians and Apprentice Substation/Relay Technicians, and/or, Lineman, and other assigned crew in the performance of each substation construction project per scope of work. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Relay/Substation C&M Supervisor. Supervision is exercised over subordinate skilled and technical workers.
This is medium work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, fingering, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for color perception, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme heat, hazards, and oils.
The Relay/Substation Crew Leader is responsible for managing and directing the activities of all Substation personnel and is expected to exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment to ensure that the quality and quantity of work performed is in compliance with applicable safety standards and operating policies. The hazardous conditions of working in close proximity to energized equipment in substations are extremely critical factors of this job.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS
Supervising, scheduling and coordinating the installation, maintenance and repair of electronic and electro-mechanical equipment associated with electrical substation; preparing and maintaining appropriate drawings, records and files; providing continuing training for subordinates and ensuring safety rules are followed.
- Develops drawings, materials lists and schedules the design, installation and testing of substation apparatus, electro mechanical and solid state relays, SCADA RTUs, transformers, circuit breakers, capacitor banks and related equipment;
- Develops standards and procedures for mechanical testing and maintenance of substation apparatus and protective relays;
- Coordinates electric substation and remote control devices work with other divisions;
- Reviews, schedules and discusses work to be performed;
- Supervises and participates in the work of relay/substation crews engaged in the maintenance and repair of equipment for high voltage switching station, power substations and distribution stations;
- Directs crews and participates in installing and maintaining RTU’s and related equipment;
- Uses detailed construction drawings to ascertain layout, design and type of equipment to be employed;
- Performs difficult and technical tasks on the job site when necessary;
- Conducts and records daily tailgate/safety meetings.
- Responsible for upkeep and safe-keep of all equipment and tools assigned for substation construction.
- Schedules critical and non-critical activities effectively for project success.
- Proposes changes or modifications to plans to enhance operation.
- Does routine and special maintenance work such as identifying and completing repairs on damaged or defective facilities;
- Performs substation and protective relay maintenance and testing according to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards.
- Provides required documentation related to NERC compliance requirements as required.
- Determines material needs and ensures availability;
- Ensures safety of personnel assigned to crew; enforces safety rules and regulations;
- Trains and instructs subordinate employees;
- Maintains the fiber system;
- May be required to be on stand-by and work trouble calls;
- Performs related tasks as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of substation operations; thorough knowledge of testing and calibrating relays, transformer/feeder loads and other substation related activities; thorough knowledge of safety requirements and hazards connected with the work; ability to understand and work from construction and wiring plans, blueprints and diagrams; ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinate technical staff; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials, subordinates, associates and customers.
- Electrical theory, National Electric Code, and National Electric Safety Code;
- The methods, materials, and equipment used in the electrical trade;
- The occupational hazards and safety precautions and procedures related to working around high voltages (27kV – 230kV);
- Basic electricity and the application of electrical theory used in the design of substations; the installation, maintenance, repair, and operation of all types of electrical and mechanical equipment used in substations; electrical systems, circuits, and control logic with the ability to locate and isolate problems working from blueprints, wiring diagrams, and schematic drawings; mechanical operation of a substation; the theory of all substation equipment including electrical, mechanical, and control equipment.
- Use various electrical test equipment and instruments such as: volt meters, grounds, hot sticks.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and at least five (5) years of experience in relay/substation maintenance and operations to include considerable supervisory experience.
Possession of CDL driver’s license valid in the State of Florida. CPR certification.