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Avista Utilities Journeyman Protection Control Meter Technician in Spokane, Washington


Closes: Open Until Filled Salary: $52.07 - $57.80; 3 step/6 year progression; Union; $20,000 Retention Bonus

Job Description

To verify correct connections of newly installed circuits in generating stations and substations and reports errors. To test generating equipment, measuring instruments and other components of the electrical system for proper operation and makes or suggests corrections where necessary. This position is the highest of a multistep progression from Apprentice P/C Meter Technician-1 to Journeyman P/C Meter Technician I and is expected to know all aspects of Journeyman P/C Meter Technician duties for the Company. Lower steps in this classification are expected to progress into all aspects of these duties.

  • Diagnoses and repairs all electrical system components for the restoration of service, including Hydro/Steam/Combustion Turbine generators, transformers, circuit breakers, automatic control devices, and other electrical auxiliaries, oscillographs, battery chargers and inverters, programmable controllers, micro processor based control equipment, underground network equipment, metering, annunciators, line regulators and their associated auxiliary equipment.

  • Performs field checks, notes plan discrepancies and suggests necessary corrections; verifies print accuracy, equipment operation and proper installation of control and other circuits in generating stations, substations and underground network protectors during construction. Has final responsibility and makes or recommends any corrections needed before circuits or equipment are placed into operation. Performs final in-service tests after energization and is responsible for proper operation and confirmation of system integrity.

  • Tests and maintains complex relays, meters and regulators for generators, transformers, transmission, distribution and co-generation systems, which include electro-mechanical, solid state, pneumatic and non-electrical equipment.

  • Performs a wide variety of precision tests using specialized hand tools and electrical and electronic test equipment including but not limited to multimeters, phase angle meters, oscilloscopes, high speed recorders and variable voltage/current sources.

  • Tests and installs billing and interchange metering, and is responsible for interchange metering between the Company, other utilities, co-generation and large industrial customers.

  • Tests, adjusts and repairs load-frequency control equipment including telemetering transmitters and recorders.

  • Devises procedures for the successful testing of all types of electrical equipment associated with the complete electrical system.

  • Makes power factor and load studies for Company substations and for large consumers.

  • Verifies and maintains all control and indication to SCADA equipment.

  • Checks, calibrates, standardizes and repairs all types of electrical measuring instruments including test equipment and in-service electrical and electronic equipment to close tolerances.

  • Maintains quality control by performing wire checking. Checks prints and schematics for accuracy and makes electrical field print corrections to reflect "as-built."

  • Completes a variety of written reports dealing with equipment maintenance, equipment failures, test results, load studies and expense accounts. Recommends changes; explains how problems are solved.

  • Performs other duties as assigned. Job duties are subject to change as directed by management.


Requires Journeyman Level experience as P/C Meter Technician I, communication skills, basic and advanced electricity courses, basic electronics, and decision-making skills. Advanced electronics helpful. Requires valid driver's license, first aid certification and CPR competency. Other combinations of education/ experience may be considered.

Spokane District $20,000 retention payment will be provided to internal/external candidates following two-years of continuous service in the District or when evidence is provided demonstrating purchase of a regular residency within District during the first two-years of continuous service.

To Apply

Complete an online application and attach your resume and cover letter to your profile. All documents must be attached to your application at the time of submitting your application for review. No documents can be attached after you click "Submit".

Pre-employment screening requirementsEmployment is contingent upon the successful completion of a drug test, background check and motor vehicle records review.

This position is considered safety-sensitive under the Department of Transportation regulations 49 CFR Part 40 and may be subject to pre-employment drug and/or alcohol testing as well as other testing and training requirements as mandated by federal law.

Avista’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Avista is committed to the goal of Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, sensory, mental or physical disability (unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification), Veteran status or any other classification protected by nondiscrimination law.

Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here ( . Avista will make reasonable accommodation to assist a qualified person with a disability in the job application, interview process, and to perform the essential functions of the job whenever possible, where undue hardship would not be created for Avista. Please let us know if you would like assistance.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)