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Power Engineers PTE Field Technician in Richmond, Virginia

PTE Field Technician

Location: Richmond

State/Territory: Virginia

Department: PTE Northeast Dept


PTE Field Technician

We strive to create an environment where our field teams operate safely, delivering excellent technical service, leading to a high degree of client satisfaction. We share lessons learned and keep our safety and technical skills sharp through training and application. If you are interested in a long-term engagement with a high-performing team, please send us your resume.

This position reports to the East Region Department Manager or Area Lead. Under the guidance of an experienced Field Engineer or Technician, the successful candidate will be involved in the inspection, testing, and troubleshooting of moderately complex electrical systems and associated apparatus in medium or high voltage power systems. The candidate will learn how to operate test instruments, support protection and controls testing, and gain experience in the fundamentals of electrical system components and overall structure. The ideal candidate has; solid planning, organizing, time management, communication, and problem-solving skills and completes work with a focus on safety, quality, human performance, and a sense of urgency.

The work for this position is primarily located throughout the Eastern region, however support for work in other U.S. regions may be required. This position will require up to 85% travel. Candidate may be located in any mutually agreeable location.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support medium and high voltage substation protection and control (P&C) system and equipment testing and commissioning projects of varying complexity, both greenfield and brownfield.

  • Support daily pre-job briefs, perform job hazard analyses, promote safety and Human Performance Improvement (HPI) awareness, recognize error precursors, and accurately identify and apply HPI tools.

  • Perform testing of medium and high voltage substation apparatus including, but not limited to, instrument transformers, circuit breakers, transformers, and capacitor banks.

  • Perform testing of AC and DC station service systems including, but not limited to, transfer switches, panelboards, battery systems and battery chargers.

  • Read, interpret, troubleshoot, and effectively utilize electrical drawings and schematics during the testing process.

  • Review, interpret and troubleshoot equipment test results.

  • Learn and perform hands-on testing and commissioning of medium and high voltage P&C systems and schemes.

  • Learn and perform testing of microprocessor protective relays and schemes associated with, but not limited to, transmission lines, busses, power transformers, capacitor banks, feeders, breakers, etc.

  • Support the development of detailed, and often complex, testing and commissioning plans, including, but not limited to, identification of required testing, circuit isolation and restoration, project sequencing, construction coordination, scheduling, outage and energization planning, in-service checks, and associated roles and responsibilities.

  • Support energization and in-service checks to validate electrical quantities.

  • Support other testing and commissioning personnel or electrical contractors.

  • Prepare project tracking, progress and status reports and documentation.

  • Prepare and maintain project logs, including discrepancies and issues and requests for information.

  • Interface with company Project Leads, Department Managers, Area Leads and Project Managers for active project support, proposals and budgets, estimating, scheduling, change order support, request for information, discrepancy logs, etc.

  • Provide excellent customer service by developing and maintaining professional and respectful client relationship.

  • Perform clerical responsibilities such as timecards, expense reports, and project reports.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Experience and Skills

  • Two to four (2-4) years of total professional experience in substation electrical testing, including experience as defined below.

  • Electrical and construction safety hazard recognition and mitigation

  • Human Performance Improvement principles and tools

  • Experience, demonstrable knowledge of and troubleshooting skills related to:

  • Testing of electrical power system transmission and distribution equipment with voltage levels ranging from 15 kV to 500 kV

  • Substation electrical drawings and associated design interdependencies

  • Functional testing of DC protection and control circuits and instrument transformer secondary circuits

  • Testing medium and high voltage substation apparatus including, but not limited to, instrument transformers, circuit breakers, transformers, and capacitor banks

  • Testing of AC and DC station service systems including, but not limited to, transfer switches, panelboards, battery systems and battery chargers

  • Substation apparatus test equipment including, but not limited to, Omicron, Doble, Alber, Megger, AEMC, Fluke, HV, DILO, Biddle, Vanguard, etc.

  • Proven experience with Electrical Field-Testing standards, practices, and procedures such as NETA, IEEE, NFPA applicable standards

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

  • Detail-oriented with excellent analytical skills

  • Administrative software: MS Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Desired Education, Training and Credentials

  • Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering or Technology degree in similar discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • NETA or NICET II/III certification

  • Electrical Safety Training (OSHA 10/30, NFPA 70E, etc.)

Other Requirements

  • Must be willing to travel (up to 85%), regionally and nationally.

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and lift 50+lbs with or without a reasonable accommodation

  • Valid driver’s license in good standing, issued by the state of residence

  • Ability to meet minimum insurability standards based on a Motor Vehicle Report

  • Ability to pass drug and alcohol test

  • Ability to pass seven (7) year background check

  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Resident Status

At POWER Engineers, you can have a rewarding career on every level. Our philosophy is simple: Do Good. Have Fun. Build Success.

You’ll work on fun and challenging projects and initiatives. You’ll have the chance to make a positive impact on society and the environment. And you’ll find the support, coaching and training it takes to advance your career.

Since we’re employee-owned, we get to make POWER a great place to work. That includes providing competitive compensation, professional development, and a full benefit package:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision

  • Maternity Leave

  • Parental Leave

  • Paid Holidays

  • Vacation/Paid Sick Leave

  • Voluntary Life Insurance

  • 401K       

POWER is a fun engineering firm. That might seem contradictory to some, but it works for us! 

EOE, including disability/vets

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