Power Substation Technician



$66,610 Per Year


Full City Benefits Package
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Job Description

Salary Range

Power Substation Technician Starting Salary: $66,610/year

Individuals hired in this position have the opportunity to progress up to $99,914/year, which is the maximum salary for this position as of December 2018.


Position Summary

Under general supervision of the Power Substation Supervisor, performs journey level work to maintain and monitor power substations of the City of St. George.


Essential Functions (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics.  The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

1.            Operates and maintains substations; tests oil from circuit breakers, voltage regulators, and transformers; checks, operates, and maintains mechanical and electrical parts in circuit breakers, voltage regulators, control panels, and transformers; operates and maintains substation controls and alarm points; and performs new wiring of substations.  Keeps accurate logs on all substations and relaying.

2.            Participates and assists in primary substation voltage switching procedures during planned and emergency repairs and outages.  Performs load balancing and prepares possible solutions for load balancing. Prepares reports for Power Substation Supervisor concerning load transfers to balance substation load.

3.            Provides regular operation and maintenance of power equipment, repairs electrical wiring on power equipment, and checks and repairs control systems.  Replaces equipment as needed.

4.            Installs, maintains, and repairs motors, controls, and electrical equipment, including reclosures, circuit breakers, transformers, timers, bypass switches, regulators, metering, and load tap changers.

5.            Reads and records findings from voltmeters and charts in substations.

6.            Reads, records, and calculates readings of watt-hour meters, VAR meters, and counters.

7.            Assists in substation construction.

8.            Assists Power Substation Supervisor as directed with special projects, including design work and monitoring of such programs as PCB’s, batteries, and yard lighting.

9.            Assists Power Substation Supervisor in budget preparations and monitoring, and makes budget recommendations.

10.        Performs other related work as required.


Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions

Work is performed outdoors with exposure to a variety of climatic or weather conditions.  Work requires significant physical demands and exertion. Frequent sitting, walking, talking, or hearing; using hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reaching with hands and arms.  Lifting, carrying, and/or pushing 100 pounds with frequent lifting and/or moving up to 25 lbs. Occasionally works near moving mechanical parts in high, precarious places. Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, ambient air, temperature extremes, fumes or airborne particles, traffic, toxic or caustic chemical, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.  Specific vision abilities include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus. Noise level is usually moderate but occasionally high. Employees are required to use protective clothing. Intermittent exposure to stress as a result of human behavior.


Note:   Employees in this classification are required to be on standby and/or respond to emergencies.

Minimum Qualifications



•         High school diploma or equivalent.

•         Graduation from a Substation Apprenticeship program certified by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprentice and Training and certification as a Journey Substation Technician or Journey Electrician through an accredited program such as IBEW or IPSA.

Experience: Experience as a Substation Technician or in electric industrial installations.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

•         Must possess a valid driver license (CDL).  A valid Utah Commercial Driver License must be obtained within 60 days of hire and be maintained throughout employment.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

•         Modern methods and techniques of electrical installation and generation facility operations, repair, and maintenance.

•         Applicable local, state, and federal regulations.

•         Electrical supplies and equipment and their use.

•         Proper safety techniques and procedures.

•         Electronics and substation techniques.

Ability to:

•         Read and modify relay drawings and electrical schematics.

•         Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

•         Use personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, and specialized software.

To Apply

Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application online at careers.sgcity.org. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This Position closes 08/25/2019 05:00 PM. Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required. EOE. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.