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  • Job reference: RMS0227479

High Voltage Technician

  • Sector: Power & Energy
  • Location: Mojave, California
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 23/09/2020
  • Duration: permanent
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The Role:
Provide electrical, high-voltage, and substation emergency response to operating wind farms with a primary focus in an assigned region. Lead maintenance, service, and repair of HV assets in conjunction with other technicians and HV Reliability Engineers.

Job Overview/Responsibilities:

* Monitor and provide electrical, high-voltage, and substation support to operating wind farms in an assigned region, including 24/7 on-call support
* Perform testing, repairs, switching, and construction activities as requested
* Provide technical expertise for commissioning, start-up, and initial operating activities
* Maintain HV spare parts inventory and warehouse
* Perform HV switching of step-up transformers, feeder breakers, gang-operated switches, and other related components
* Operate heavy machinery such as bucket/line trucks, forklifts, aerial lifts, and overhead cranes
* Analyze and report on infrared inspections, battery maintenance, and dielectric oil and SF6 sampling
* Lead substation maintenance via Orders to Operate (OTOs) and outage planning
* Perform substation and transmission inspections in accordance with NERC compliance requirements
* Work closely with site Operations Managers to ensure day-to-day reliability
* Serve as the first responder for emergency and routine repairs on HV equipment, including transmission lines, HV cable terminations, and splices
* Provide remote HV support to the HV Reliability Engineers for complex troubleshooting, component testing, and proof checking
* Ensure adherence to all pertinent HV OSHA safety requirements
* Provide detailed written reports to management including root cause analyses
* Maintain HV vehicle in ready-to-respond order
* Perform critical HV test equipment calibrations
* Additional duties as required

Required Education/Skills/Experience:

* Continuing education in the electro-mechanical field
* At least 5+ years of relevant technical experience in power generation or distribution
* Necessary qualifications to operate high voltage equipment
* Strong knowledge of medium- and high-voltage substation electrical equipment, collection systems, transmission design, and operations; familiarity with power factor test sets, AC/DC hi-pots, low res ohm meters, and transformer turns ratio test units preferred
* Familiarity with electronic communication systems (SCADA)
* Familiarity with Order to Operate (OTO) and Lock-Out Tag-Out (LOTO) procedures
* Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of a valid driver's license
* Ability and willingness to respond to site emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as needed
* Travel will be 25-30%

* Ability to perform basic electrical mathematical calculations
* Ability to read and understand plans, specifications, drawings, and documents relating to engineering and construction, including one-line, three-line, and wiring diagrams
* Ability to work with other crews performing high line maintenance and repair
* Familiarity with the operation of capacitor banks, transformer load tap changers, and motor operated air breaks

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:

* Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to frequently perform physical tasks including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, bending, twisting, squatting, and reaching approximately 75% of the time while on wind farm sites. Ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment.
* Walking: Ability to walk .25 to .5 miles per day, including across unpaved and rough surfaces when on wind farm sites
* Speech/Reading: Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
* Lifting: Ability to frequently lift items weighing up to 60 pounds and to occasionally lift items weighing between 60 and 100 pounds
* Climbing:
--Ability to climb turbine towers up to 95 meters in height approximately 5-10 times per year, or as needed
--Weight, including harness and tools, must be in accordance with the weight limit as specified by the ANSI Fall Protection Standards
* Vision/Hearing: Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
* Tolerance to Extreme Weather Conditions: Ability to work in adverse weather conditions 25% of the time while on wind farm sites
* Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for over 50 years, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft's services.

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