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Bluebonnet is one of the largest electric cooperatives in the state. Since 1939, we've been committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable power to our neighbors in 14 Central Texas counties. Today, we're among the most progressive, technologically advanced utility companies in the country.

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Substation Technician - Bastrop, Texas - Work In Texas Job ID #14028480

Job Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the coordination of new substation construction activities with contractors and Bluebonnet personnel.
  • Be an active participant in all of the substation and transmission scheduled maintenance activities, repairs and recordkeeping of substations performed by internal and external resources. (LCRA, Pike, etc.)
  • Participates in the installation and removal of portable substations.
  • Assist in the coordination of ongoing construction of contractors in substations and transmission lines.
  • Communicate with the Supervisor to ensure that jobs are on schedule and completed satisfactorily.
  • Participate as a member of the departmental leadership team, promoting development of team members, technical skills improvement, and a positive workplace environment.
  • Responsible for inspection of completed jobs, ensuring jobs are built to Bluebonnet specifications.
  • Ensures a completed job sheet or sheets are turned in with completed jobs.
  • Checks job sheet(s) to material list and invoice to assure accuracy.
  • Collect system load and voltage data for engineering.
  • Install and repair over current relays, micro processing based controls and RTU's.
  • Perform switching at the substation to restore power and for repairs and maintenance.
  • Repair and replace all substation and special equipment as needed.
  • Perform advanced line troubleshooting and solve intermittent problems.
  • Read prints and perform construction of wiring of substation relay panels.
  • Inform Stores of start dates for all jobs to ensure material will be available.
  • Required to be on-call, available to work weekends, holidays and non-standard hours as needed.
  • Maintain professional working relationships with all employees, members, and vendors at all times.
  • Maintain regular attendance; arrives to work on time and is ready to work.
  • Use safe work practices at all times and in all situations.
  • Must be able to appropriately handle confidential information and act within the practices established by the Bluebonnet Red Flag policy.

Education and Experience:

  • 2 to 5 years of progressive responsibilities in the electrical utility line construction area.
  • Successful completion of technical training events associated with substations and special equipment.

Licensing and Certification:

  • Valid Texas Commercial Driver's License
  • Must be certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and Blood-borne pathogens.
  • Able to perform bucket rescue in required time.
  • LCRA switching certification

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic knowledge and understanding of protective relays.
  • Knowledge of basic electrical theory.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Must be able to interpret maps, construction reports, field notes, material list, staking sheets, and invoices.
  • Basic knowledge of Cooperative policies and guidelines.
  • Basic computer skills in the following applications: MS Word, Excel, Outlook, SAP time entry and work order processing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and in a positive manner; focused on improvement or problem resolution in a constructive, positive and professional manner.

Tools and Equipment Used:

  • Office equipment including computer, printer, copier, fax, etc.
  • May be required to drive a cooperative vehicle.
  • Heavy equipment including digger trucks, drilling equipment.
  • According to established business need, must maintain a mobile phone and appropriate communications plan.

Physical Demands:

  • Requires repetitive motion of hands and fingers such as dialing and keyboarding.
  • Heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds.
  • Is regularly required to stand, walk and sit.
  • Frequently required to climb, stoop, kneel and crouch.
  • Job requires close vision, distant vision, color vision and depth perception.
  • This job requires that an individual regularly drive a vehicle on both long and short trips, and be able to travel alone if necessary.
  • This job is normally outside with some occasional office work. Will be exposed to extreme weather both hot and cold.
  • There will be exposure to loud noises of chain saws, chipper machines and trenching equipment.
  • May be required to travel by air with one or more night stays to attend training classes or seminars.

Work Environment:

  • Hours are consistent with normal business operations as well as employee and member requirements.
  • Works outdoors 95% of the time in all types of weather conditions.
  • Attendance at evening meetings, conferences, workshops and other professional meetings including overnight travel may be required.
  • Works at heights up to 100+ feet above ground.
  • Works in no or low light conditions - using hand held lantern or spot lights.
  • Works in potentially hazardous conditions caused by pets and wildlife in or near the work site.
  • Works in areas with possible exposure to poison oak, poison ivy, and insect stings.