Responsible for providing support to the transmission maintenance functional area, including: reviewing the condition and reliability of transmission major substation equipment; making recommendations for equipment refurbishing or replacement; assisting in the development and implementation of asset management programs as they relate to transmission assets; performing equipment failure investigations; providing assistance to the field crews; and managing maintenance contracts. This position will also be accountable for the data management of all substation equipment diagnostic tests, as well as reviewing and recommending revisions, and updating transmission maintenance standards.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide technical support to the transmission substation maintenance crews to include diagnostic testing and equipment problem/failure investigations.
Assist with the development and implementation of criteria for the development of equipment diagnostics to determine asset condition to sustain and extend the life of major components and facilities.
Assist with the development and implementation of equipment replacement strategies based on equipment health and system risk.
Assist with the development and implementation of data gathering, tracking, and evaluation systems.
Develop and maintain project schedules and budgets.
Develop technical contract specifications, and bid units.
Provide project leadership on maintenance projects.
Track and conduct reviews of work performed by consultants and contractors.
Review existing substation equipment maintenance standards, and assist in researching, developing and suggesting revisions based on current industry standards, rules and regulations, best practices and field input.
Assist with developing and administering maintenance contracts.
Prepare reports, presentations and special projects.
Represent Tri-State on technical committees.
Work collaboratively with the field crews and other functional areas within Tri-State.
Coordinate and direct the work of others, as required.
Work on special projects and other related duties as assigned.
Assist in providing technical support during transmission system emergencies, as required.
Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State’s culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities.
Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State’s culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
Motivation: Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.
Planning: Ability to identify the sequence and schedule of tasks necessary to complete short-term (monthly) and long-term (12-18 month) project assignments.
Time management: Ability to multi-task through multiple concurrent projects and assist with establishing priorities and setting, adjusting and meeting individual task deadlines and project in-service dates according to customer and operational needs.
Problem analysis and resolution: Ability to rapidly and concisely identify, analyze, and present alternative solutions and tradeoffs, primarily at the tactical functional level, but with consideration given to strategic initiatives.
Sound technical judgment: Exercise of technical judgment required to make analytical and interpretive decisions, and to evaluate alternatives prior to making recommendations.
Recognition and application of appropriate guidelines: Evaluate procedural compliance and applicability of guidelines in the performance of individual assignments, as well as Tri-State Maintenance’s business process. Such guidelines consist of government regulations, contractual agreements, corporate policies and procedures, and related technical principles and practices.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.
Technical skills in substation test equipment and software troubleshooting.
Excellent interpersonal written and oral communication skills to effectively, productively, and respectfully interact with co-workers, member systems and other utility personnel, materials vendors, and the general public.
Strong team player with ability to participate in a collaborative team effort toward common goals, capable as a contributing team member or a team leader, depending on the assignment, and maintain effective working relationships with Tri-State, Member Systems, and other utility personnel.
Competent to advanced computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Digital Inspection’s Cascade, Doble Engineering’s DTAWeb, Delta-X Research’s TOA4 Online, SD Myers Transformer Dashboard, and EnoServ’s RTS 7.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Training
Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology program, or related discipline, with advanced studies in utility electrical systems, or
Equivalent technical training and experience with an electric utility owning and operating a bulk electric transmission network.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be capable of satisfactorily interpreting electrical schematic, wiring, and control logic diagrams.
Ability to learn how to develop transmission equipment loading criteria and limits.
General to advanced knowledge of relay and control schemes and systems for high voltage Bulk Electric System (BES) stations.
Working knowledge of equipment diagnostics and review.
Ability to analyze, develop, and implement data gathering and storage techniques and methods.
Ability to work with databases with a user interface to store data and perform calculations.
Ability to prepare and deliver presentations and reports.
Extensive knowledge of electrical principles as applied to transmission system substation operation and maintenance.
Extensive knowledge of 3-phase power systems and phasor analysis as they apply to electric utility transmission, distribution, and station service system principles.
Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships.
Eight (8) years progressive experience in power transmission maintenance, including electrical transmission assets and diagnostic testing, with an emphasis on substation major equipment, and to include testing of power transformers, testing and repairing of power circuit breakers, and electrical insulation system testing and repair.
Ability to gain a working knowledge of Tri-State’s Pi Historian (SCADA data link application).
Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
Willingness to travel as required (Must possess a valid driver’s license.)
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is occasionally required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, bend, climb stairs and ladders, reach above and below shoulder level and push/pull objects of varying weights, and safely lift up to fifty pounds, including lifting and carrying various related equipment, as well as associated test equipment, for transport, installation, and testing. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear.
Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Mental demands: Application of specialized knowledge of operations and maintenance principles and practices applied to electric utility power transmission system major equipment including substation equipment and systems. Work may involve complete projects of varied scope and complexity requiring independent analysis and integration of results. Independent judgment is exercised in decision-making and adapting broad guidelines (comprising of transmission substation operation and maintenance principles and practices, as mentioned above, company policies and procedures, applicable regulations, industry standards, and equipment specifications) to meet specific situations. Required to maintain clear thinking and safety awareness of an energized electrical facility environment and be able to develop plans regarding technical details, scope, schedule, and cost of projects.
Work Environment: Work will be conducted in an indoor office and outdoors as may be required, which may include energized/de-energized power substation control buildings and yard environment. Outdoor conditions may include working at remote sites without restroom facilities, running water for drinking or washing, food convenience stores, emergency services, communications or cell phone service, or fuel for vehicle and working in varying weather conditions. Employee may be exposed to electrical risks associated with working around high voltage energized and de-energized substation equipment and facilities.
Internal Number: IRC33403
About Tri-State G&T Assn., Inc.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.