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High Voltage Technician / USA

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Added:2020-09-24
Location: Houston, USA
Salary:
Duration:Permanent
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The Role:
Main Highlights:

The HV Technician will provide electrical, high-voltage (HV), and substation emergency response to operating wind farms across the Company with a primary focus in an assigned region. You will lead maintenance, service, and repair of HV assets in conjunction with other technicians and HV Reliability Engineers.

Job Overview/Responsibilities:

* Monitor and provide electrical, high-voltage, and substation support to operating wind farms in an assigned region, including 24/7 on-call support
* Perform testing, repairs, switching, and construction activities as requested
* Provide technical expertise for commissioning, start-up, and initial operating activities
* Maintain HV spare parts inventory and warehouse
* Perform HV switching of step-up transformers, feeder breakers, gang-operated switches, and other related components
* Operate heavy machinery such as bucket/line trucks, forklifts, aerial lifts, and overhead cranes
* Analyze and report on infrared inspections, battery maintenance, and dielectric oil and SF6 sampling
* Lead substation maintenance via Orders to Operate (OTOs) and outage planning
* Perform substation and transmission inspections in accordance with NERC compliance requirements
* Work closely with site Operations Managers to ensure day-to-day reliability
* Serve as the first responder for emergency and routine repairs on HV equipment, including transmission lines, HV cable terminations, and splices
* Provide remote HV support to the HV Reliability Engineers for complex troubleshooting, component testing, and proof checking
* Ensure adherence to all pertinent HV OSHA safety requirements
* Provide detailed written reports to management including root cause analyses
* Maintain HV vehicle in ready-to-respond order
* Perform critical HV test equipment calibrations
* Additional duties as required

Required Education/Skills/Experience:

* Continuing education in the electro-mechanical field
* 5+ years of relevant technical experience; experience in power generation or distribution preferred
* Necessary qualifications to operate HV equipment
* Strong knowledge of medium- and high-voltage substation electrical equipment, collection systems, transmission design, and operations; familiarity with power factor test sets, AC/DC hi-pots, low res ohm meters, and transformer turns ratio test units preferred
* Familiarity with electronic communication systems (SCADA)
* Familiarity with Order to Operate (OTO) and Lock-Out Tag-Out (LOTO) procedures
* Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of a valid driver's license
* Travel will be 25-30%

* Ability to perform basic electrical mathematical calculations
* Ability to read and understand plans, specifications, drawings, and documents relating to engineering and construction, including one-line, three-line, and wiring diagrams
* Familiarity with the operation of capacitor banks, transformer load tap changers, and motor operated air breaks
* Ability to read and understand plans, specifications, drawings, and documents relating to engineering and construction, including one-line, three-line, and wiring diagrams
* Ability to work with other crews performing high line maintenance and repair
* Familiarity with the operation of capacitor banks, transformer load tap changers, and motor operated air breaks
* Ability and willingness to respond to site emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as needed

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:

* Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to frequently perform physical tasks including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, bending, twisting, squatting, and reaching approximately 75% of the time while on wind farm sites. Ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment.
* Walking: Ability to walk .25 to .5 miles per day, including across unpaved and rough surfaces when on wind farm sites
* Speech/Reading: Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
* Lifting: Ability to frequently lift items weighing up to 60 pounds and to occasionally lift items weighing between 60 and 100 pounds
* Climbing:
o Ability to climb turbine towers up to 95 meters in height approximately 5-10 times per year, or as needed
o Weight, including harness and tools, must be in accordance with the weight limit as specified by the ANSI Fall Protection Standards
* Vision/Hearing: Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
* Tolerance to Extreme Weather Conditions: Ability to work in adverse weather conditions 25% of the time while on wind farm sites
* Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary


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