Relay Technician, Apprentice or Journeyman
Idaho Power Company 4 reviews - Boise, ID

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The Relay Technician Apprentice and Journeyman ensures secure operation of the interconnected electrical power system by installing, commissioning, troubleshooting, repairing, testing, and maintaining power system monitoring equipment, SCADA RTUs, remedial action schemes (RAS), and protective relay, control, and communication systems.

Typical duties include providing both routine and emergency testing; performing maintenance and repair on power system protective relaying, monitoring, and communications equipment; ensuring that all transmission system operations are analyzed for cause and proper operation, and implementing corrective actions as required in coordination with System Protection Engineering; interpreting and analyzing power, control, and communication system test data; calibrating power system monitoring equipment, transducers, and protective relays; reading and properly interpreting substation drawings (e.g., single line drawings, AC and DC schematics, panel wiring diagrams, and panel layout drawings); installing, terminating, and testing fiber-optic circuits; testing instrument transformers; working as a member of project teams to assist with scoping, detailed design review, shop panel testing, project construction, and commissioning; responds to power system emergencies, and being available to stand after hours system support-on-call.

The successful candidate for this position will be required to complete scheduled compliance training and submit to periodic background investigation as mandated by NERC.

Required Skills

Knowledge of:
Electricity and electronics; math through trigonometry; electronic circuit troubleshooting methodologies; understanding of basic electrical test equipment operation (e.g., DVM, oscilloscopes, etc.); computer operating systems and computer serial communications; OSHA regulations; MSDS; the CARES program and Safety Standards Manual; and Company regulations and policies. Journeyman level requires knowledge in power system test equipment; substation operations; power flow, symmetrical components, and power system fault analysis; protective relays, rotating machines, transformers, capacitors, reactors, control systems, and instrument transformers; digital communications; and computer networks.

Skills in:
Troubleshooting circuits and systems; operating test equipment; reading schematics, AC & DC; basic hand tool operation (e.g., screwdrivers, crimpers, wire cutters, etc.); organization and time management; effective oral, written, and interpersonal communications. Journeyman level requires skill in training on topics ranging from theory to hands-on applications, and writing technical reports.

Ability to:
Read and understand station drawings; properly correct and document changes to station drawings; establish and maintain effective working relationships; work in a team environment as well as independently, and be self-motivated and flexible; work with a high degree of accountability; meet established project deadlines; apply established guidelines, and use good judgment and initiative in resolving work problems.

Required Experience

To participate in the program, each apprentice must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education/Experience: High school diploma or GED.

Associate’s degree in electronics.

An equivalent combination of appropriate education and experience that provides the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Licenses and Certifications: Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position.

Physical Ability: Be physically able to perform all essential job functions without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others, or property.

Applicant must have the physical ability to: bend, stoop, squat, crouch, crawl, ascend, and descend ladders and communication towers; work from heights; twist, kneel, and balance; reach and occasionally lift items weighing up to 44 pounds above shoulder level; lift and move items weighing up to 44 pounds waist-high and knee-high; push/pull using exertional force greater than 44 pounds; carry items weighing up to 44 pounds with two hands; carry items weighing up to 44 pounds with one hand; work in remote stations or sites in inclement weather conditions; operate a snowmobile or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to access facilities in winter or spring thaw conditions; hike up to one mile into remote communications sites with snowshoes during winter months; operate foot controls; use hand manipulation to grasp hand tools; use fine-hand manipulation to operate hand tools, a computer keyboard, etc. Applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others, or property. To ensure the manufacturer's rated capacity of climbing hooks are not exceeded, applicants body weight cannot exceed 300 lbs.



Associate of applied science degree OR completion of a vocational or technical course of study in electronics or military advanced electronics training.


Valid First Aid/CPR card; BAT certified Relay Technician

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