American Electric Power P&C Field Technologist (Associate - Senior) in Lima, Ohio



P&C Field Technologist (Associate - Senior)

Job Description:

Position Summary:

Perform work associated with the installation, operation, testing and maintenance of fundamental protection and control devices and related equipment under general supervision. Such devices and equipment includes but is not limited to digital relays, electromechanical relays, intelligent electronic devices, Station Disturbance Recorders (SDR), digital fault recorders (DFR), event recorders, RTUs and station SCADA systems, statistical load metering, telemetering and transducers. Additionally, install, maintain and operate all power line carriers (PLC), tone, pilot wire, fiber and associated P&C communications equipment. Respond to emergency call-outs and coordinate prompt restoration of service to customers as required.

Principal Accountabilities:

(NOTE: This list is not intended to limit assignment of work or the degree of supervision under all operating conditions. Employee may perform miscellaneous, related, and incidental work in addition to that specifically outlined below.)

Test fundamental protection & control devices and equipment periodically and as required.

Calibrate fundamental protection & control devices and equipment on a pre-established schedule and as required.

Assist with switching at all voltage levels under the direction of the proper Dispatching Authority.

Maintain test equipment in good working order. Maintain accurate records, reports and drawings as required.

Operate a computer device to test, calibrate, and retrieve data from protection & control devices.

Assist in the installation, maintenance, and operation of all relays, power line carrier sets, station SCADA, and associated communications equipment or cables as assigned. Troubleshoot and repair fundamental electromechanical relays.

Troubleshoot and repair microprocessor based relays at the card level, such as replacing power supplies, communications cards, I/O cards, etc.

Assist with the diagnosis of equipment failures, protection mis-operations, and assist with corrective action to perform repairs and prevent recurrence.

Ensure the circuitry, installation and operation of equipment is correct prior to placing equipment in service. Read electrical schematics and determine that the physical installation at the site is electrically equivalent to the schematic. Record test readings and results and determine they are within acceptable specifications and thus the physical installation will perform as per the design.

Basic fault analysis: obtain oscillography data to determine if the protective devices operated as per their issued relay settings.

Assisting a team in the installation, testing, and commissioning of new P&C systems for capital construction projects.

Assist the on-site technical lead with directing the activities of contract wireman and the activities of other P&C field personnel assigned to their project.

Assist a trip testing team.

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Lima, OH

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Minimum Requirements:

Note: This position will be filled at the salary grade and title level commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate in comparison to the minimum requirements, as listed below.

Education (All Levels): Bachelor's degree in engineering in a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or a Bachelor's degree in engineering technology in a program accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Experience: For consideration at entry/associate level, no experience is required with Bachelor's Degree; For consideration for entry at technologist/intermediate level, Two (2) or more years of experience in work activities and projects requiring the application of engineering technology principles; Six (6) or more years of experience for consideration for entry at senior/journey level.


  • Working knowledge of current, potential, closing and trip circuits.

  • Working knowledge of material such as cable, lugs, and wire as applied to protective relay and control circuits.

  • Working knowledge of assembly, anchoring, and interchangeability of the various switchboard panel-support and through systems.

  • Must have the ability to read, understand, and correct electrical prints and diagrams and the ability to use hand tools.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to perform duties in an alert, safe, and business-like manner and the ability to deal with customers and other employees in a courteous and professional manner.

  • Ability to interpret, analyze and transmit facts graphically, orally, and in writing clearly and precisely.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license and must meet all vehicle operation requirements as designated by federal and/or state law.

  • Considerable travel and overtime may be required to complete work assignments.


Note: A Physical Abilities Test will be administered to qualify candidates on the listed physical abilities below.

  • Amount of Weight Lifted from Floor/Ground to Waist Level: 75 lbs

  • Weight to be carried for 20 Feet: 60 lbs

  • Weight lifted to chest level: 50 lbs

  • Weight lifted to eye level: 30 lbs

  • Distance to Walk Accumulated over the course of an 8-hour shift: 1/2 Mile

  • Distance to Climb and Work on Ladder/Structure: 50 Feet and Higher

  • Distance to Ascend to and Work in a Bucket/List: 100 Feet and Higher (Tested at 60')

  • Ability to Distinguish between colors necessary

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