DESCRIPTION: Under general direction and as assigned by the Supervising Electrical Technician, participates in the routine electrical maintenance, repair, and installation work associated with the operation, maintenance, and repair of water supply, flood control, hydroelectric and recreation facilities, and their various related components of the Yuba Water Agency’s facilities. The job entails substantial physical activity requiring good dexterity, coordination, and the ability to lift and carry moderate loads.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a non-supervisory position that reports directly to the Supervising Electrical Technician. This position is a working technician who performs as a team member with all other crafts and management. All work is expected to be carried out in a professional manner.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
• Participates in the testing, maintenance, repair, and installation of electrical equipment, high voltage apparatus, protective relays, and programmable logic controllers.
• Performs inspections, troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance to a variety of electrical equipment in dams and generating stations. This includes generators, exciters, voltage regulators, power transformers, oil, air, and gas circuit breakers, reactors, capacitors, switches, motors, related control or auxiliary equipment, protective relays, and programmable logic controllers using standard types of electrical testing and measuring equipment, computers, and hand and power tools.
• Installs wiring and conduit, checks operation and function of electrical interlocks and auxiliary contactors, starters, various switch gear and station batteries. Performs protective relays testing and programmable logic controller programming.
• Assists with job planning and arranges for necessary tools, equipment, supplies, and support services.
• Furnishes instructions and assistance necessary for the timely completion of jobs. Keeps the supervisor informed regarding the status of work plans and work in progress in a timely manner.
• Prepares reports, keeps records, revises drawings, assists other trades, and does other project related work as assigned.
• Responsible for accomplishing all aspects of the assigned work in conformance with personnel and equipment safety standards. Will comply with all Agency equipment and safety policies and procedures, and California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CALOSHA) rules and regulations.
• Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other Agency employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
• Regular attendance and adherence to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities.
• Performs related duties as required.
• High Voltage electrical equipment and properties.
• Principles of hydroelectric generation and transmission of electricity desired.
• Principles of safety working with electricity and electrical equipment.
• Electrical equipment, metering and measuring devices, supervisory and control equipment and wiring associated with the generation and transmission of electricity in a hydroelectric facility.
• Protective relays and their testing procedures. Programmable logic controllers and their programming.
• Allen-Bradley Governor Control Logic, Enoserv RTS Protective Relay Testing Software, RTU, SCADA, DCS Systems, Generator Exciter and AVR Systems.
• Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction.
• Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Troubleshooting control systems and resolving problems and situations in the workplace.
• Install, test, adjust, and maintain electrical equipment associated with hydroelectric facilities, including protective relays supervisory and control equipment, and instrumentation and metering equipment and associated wiring.
• Analyze equipment and system problems and develop appropriate solutions.
• Keep complete and accurate records.
• Read, interpret, and revise electrical drawings and schematics.
• Work cooperatively and effectively with others.
• Work independently with little or no direct supervision at times, using initiative and independent judgments within the appropriate supervision guidelines.
• Communicate effectively with co-workers.
• Follow oral and written instructions and directions.
• Support required NERC/WECC reliability standards and required reporting.
• Identify hazards in the work place and prepare a Job Hazard Analysis
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The conditions herein 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 job functions.
Environment: Work is performed in both inside and field settings, with some travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dirt, dust, traffic, electrical energy, and high voltage; may work irregular hours; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; frequent opportunity and requirements to interact with the general public and property owners, contractors, suppliers and state, federal, county and other public agencies.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and in a field environment; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; walk on uneven terrain, loose soil, and sloped surfaces; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations; to operate equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs. in accordance with safe working practices, climb ladders, climb stairs with 640 feet of rise; have dexterity to climb in and out of and ability to work in close quarters. Requires the use of safety hats, belts, harnesses, face guards, safety glasses and goggles, safety shoes, protective clothing including Arc Flash/FR clothing, ear protection and other safety equipment, where necessary.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The minimum and preferred requirements are listed below. While the following requirements outline the minimum qualifications, the Agency reserves the right to select applicants for further consideration who demonstrate the best qualifications match for the job. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee further participation in the selection process.
Education/Training: Graduation from high school or equivalent. Must possess basic math skills, and completion of Algebra is preferred.
Experience: Two years of journeyman experience or other equivalent training program and experience in maintenance and repair of equipment and systems similar to that found in the Agency Power Project preferred. Experience with Allen-Bradley Governor Control Logic, Enoserv RTS Protective Relay Testing Software, RTU, SCADA, DCS Systems, Generator Exciter and AVR Systems is highly desired.
License or Certificate: Completion of an electrical apprenticeship program. Possession of, and ability to maintain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: For positions based at the Colgate Powerhouse, the position is subject to call out at any time and must reside close enough to travel to the Colgate Powerhouse within one hour.
POST-OFFER/PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL: Employment is subject to passing a physical examination, including a drug test, and a pre-employment background check.