• Manassas, VA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) is looking for a Substation Electrician to join our team in the Manassas, VA location.  We are seeking candidates at the 1st Class or journeyman level; however, we will also consider 2nd and 3rd Class levels as well.

The Substation Electrician 1st Class position is responsible for operating, testing, maintaining and constructing the Cooperative's T&D Substation and Telecommunications facilities.

Other essential duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform electrical switching and energized high voltage work in the transmission and distribution substations on voltages up to 230kV.
  • Construct or assist in construction of substations including steel erection, switch installation, minor foundation work, bus work installation, wiring and equipment installation. 
  • Perform maintenance on SF6 high voltage breakers, and circuit switchers.                    
  • Install, test and maintain all vacuum reclosers.
  • Install, test and maintain all voltage regulators, LTC's and controls; un-tank and troubleshoot defective internal components; calibration and programming of voltage regulators with DNP over Ethernet IED controls.
  • Perform oil circuit recloser and sectionalizer maintenance and testing.               
  • Install, maintain and inspect all battery banks and chargers and IED battery monitoring systems including programming and monitoring through Ethernet connections.
  • Installation and repair of legacy SCADA equipment, as well as new DNP network terminal units in facilities.
  • Program, install and test IED's, network switches and all other equipment required for DNP communications.
  • Install and test fiber optic cables and equipment.
  • Perform monthly inspections of substations and telecommunications facilities.
  • Perform high current ground test for new ground grids; retest same as scheduled; and test personal protective grounds for line crews and substation electrician crews.
  • Paint equipment as needed in designed facility following prescribed procedures to ensure safe operation and protection of the environment.
  • Test, maintain and install automation telecommunications equipment.
  • Operate the oil processing equipment to filter contaminants and drain and fill electrical equipment.
  • Install, maintain and perform periodic inspection of Power Transformers to ensure reliability and maximum life. Performs TTR, CT Ratio and Meggar tests on new installations and prescribed maintenance intervals.
  • Perform repair work and testing on distribution equipment such as transformers, and padmount switch gear.
  • Perform protective relay testing following established procedures utilizing relay test equipment.        
  • Write Load Transfer Requests and emergency Switching Orders as directed by department management.
  • Generate requests for price solicitation and requests for purchases for maintaining adequate stock levels of spare parts, maintenance material and construction projects material/equipment.
  • Assist line personnel with the installation of pole mounted voltage regulators and performs switching activities to energize or bypass and to properly test the functionality and control calibration.
  • Assist with project management responsibilities, as assigned, to maintain work flow and schedules.
  • Review existing procedures and provide input and recommended changes to improve the efficiency of the department.
  • Perform all position responsibilities in accordance with NOVEC policies and procedures and VOSHA safety rules.


Education and/or Experience Requirements:

High School diploma or recognized equivalent is required.  Formal education and/or training in electrical theory or electronics and network and telecommunications is desired.

Substation 1st Class/Journeyman: Successful completion of a certified Substation Electrician Training Program is required.  Two years experience as a Substation Electrician 2nd Class or demonstrated equivalent knowledge and experience is required.

Substation Electrician 2nd Class: Two years experience as a Substation Electrician 3rd Class or demonstrated equivalent knowledge and experience is required.

Substation Electrician 3rd Class: One year experience as an apprentice electric utility lineperson, apprentice electrician, electronics technician or demonstrated equivalent knowledge and experience is required.  Completion of formal education described above and demonstrated knowledge in these areas may be substituted for work experience.


Skills and Abilities Required:

  • The ability to operate proficiently the following test equipment:  High Current Tester, High Current Ground Tester, M.E. Control Test Set, relay test set, micro-ohm Meter, TTR, Meggar, Volt Meter, Ammeter, Oil Dielectric Tester, Hot Stick Tester, Battery Impedance Tester, Combustible Gas Detector, and other new equipment as acquired.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply analytical methodology to problem solving and relate theoretical and/or technical concepts to practical application including but not limited to writing test procedures and recording technical data. 
  • Demonstrated ability to read, interpret, and relate technical drawings, specifications, system books, and maps to distribution and transmission systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and professionally communicate with all levels of staff and the general public both orally and in writing while maintaining professionalism and control under all circumstances.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform job responsibilities in a safe, timely and accurate manner within established guidelines under minimal supervision while providing superior customer service
  • Demonstrated proficiency with general computer operation, Microsoft Office applications network analyzers, RF service monitors and related software systems including but not limited to Microsoft Office, network operating systems and protocols.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of assigned construction equipment, tool and meter use.
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate two-way radio following established procedures.
  • Demonstrated proficiency as a qualified forklift operator.


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