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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Substation Integration Specialist I or Senior (IRC32175) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

Responsible for the installation, modification and commissioning of all components associated with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) equipment and associated substation automation equipment. Also responsible for providing technical support to Engineering, Operations and Maintenance personnel for SCADA equipment, substation automation equipment and telemetry.

NOTE : There is one position available and this position will be filled at either the Substation Integration Specialist I (NB20) or Senior Substation Integration Specialist (NB21). This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.

Job Requirements

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Installation, modification and commissioning of all components associated with SCADA equipment, substation automation equipment (including program development), telemetry, protective relaying and revenue and boundary metering in substations and switchyards both energized and de-energized and provide technical support to Engineering, Operations and Maintenance personnel for SCADA equipment, substation automation equipment and telemetry.

  • Coordinate, assign and monitor the work of others, including training others in all types of construction commissioning and maintenance of SCADA equipment, substation automation equipment, telemetry, protective relaying and revenue and boundary metering in substations and switchyards.

  • Complete work order assignments, interpret prints, and prepare daily time sheets, material tickets, and field test reports, and all associated compliance documentation as required

  • Appraise condition of and provide technical support to engineering for the design and specifications of SCADA equipment, substation automation equipment, telemetry, protective relaying and revenue and boundary metering.

  • Coordination for SCADA updates and outages with Energy Management System (EMS) staff and with engineering for SCADA wirelists.

  • 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.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform other related duties as assigned

SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:

  • Planning: Ability to think ahead and plan over a 12 to 18-month time span

  • Time management: Ability to adjust schedules as needed to meet system operations and customer needs

  • Problem analysis and problem resolution at both strategic and functional levels

  • Technical skills in SCADA equipment, protective relaying revenue and boundary metering

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong team player

  • Ability to work with minimal direction (highly motivated self-starter)

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Training:

  • The equivalent of technical training received in an Associate Degree program in Electronics or Electrical Technology, Microwave, Telecommunications or electromechanical controls.

  • Must possess a current and valid driver's license

  • Must be willing and able to maintain First Aid and CPR certification and the ability to perform first aid and CPR as First Responder.

  • Must become or be a qualified switchman on Tri-State's System. Must maintain Qualified Switchman Status.

  • Must have been a Substation Integration Specialist for a minimum of 12 months for Senior level qualification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Data communications, industrial electrical and electromechanical controls, digital systems control logic (including microprocessors, peripheral equipment, and programming), and networking principles

  • Operation, installation, modification and maintenance of SCADA and telemetry

  • Operation, installation, modification and maintenance of substation automation hardware and software, LAN/WAN hardware and software, microprocessors and computer systems.

Experience:

  • Five (5) years of combined education and experience in substation SCADA monitoring and control and substation automation, data networking and communications, and telecommunications systems applied to the electric substation environment and power system operations.

OR

  • Two (2) to three (3) years of combined education and experience in the substation construction or substation maintenance and two (2) to three (3) years of combined education and experience in substation SCADA monitoring controls and automation.

Other:

  • Willingness to work extra and/or irregular hours, shift work, weekends, holidays and call out.

  • Willingness to travel 80% of the time, including overnight travel. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)

  • Must reside within 60 minutes of base location.

  • Willingness to drive long distances (+200 miles) in multiple terrains, with changing traffic and weather conditions.

DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High Voltage, 115kV and above protective relay testing and programming experience.

NOTE :The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Senior Substation Integration Specialist. Those with less experience will be hired at the Level I.

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 incumbent 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 lift up to fifty pounds. Incumbent is frequently required to lift items up to 10 lbs., 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 : While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, direct others, present information to others and work under pressure.

  • Work Environment : While performing the duties of this position, the employee will occasionally be exposed to weather conditions, which can be extreme, prevalent at the time, dirt/dust, fumes and chemicals and a moderate level of noise. Duties are performed both indoors and outdoors, at a desk, around large power transmission equipment both energized and de-energized and telecommunications operating equipment. 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.

Additional Details

All employees interested in this position may apply online at the Tri-State Intranet site.

Click on Job Postings, then click on the iRecruitment link, Log In, then click on the iRecruitment Employee Candidate link and then click on Search for jobs

Company Description

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 1,480 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.

Interested? Here is how to Apply:

Go to www.tristategt.org/ and click on the 'Careers' Link. Search for Job and click 'Apply Now' Icon. You will be required to register in order to apply.

Tri-State: Join the people behind the power. Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes medical, dental, retirement and life insurance. Please visit our careers site at www.tristategt.org/careers/ for more details.

Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

REQNUMBER: IRC32175

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