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Apparatus & Automation Technician

Full Time • Posted Aug. 1

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Company Description

Cobb EMC is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative. The company safely delivers reliable electricity to nearly 200,000 residential and commercial consumers in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Cobb EMC is consistently recognized for competitive rates, commitment to renewable energy and giving back to the communities it serves. Cobb EMC is one of the largest EMCs in the nation, and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Gas South is a leading provider of natural gas in the Southeast. For more information, visit www.cobbemc.com

Job Description

Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (Cobb EMC), a not-for-profit electric cooperative, safely delivers reliable electricity to more than 180,000 residential and commercial members in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Cobb EMC’s distribution system consists of 9,000 miles of line over 432 square miles. With more than 200,000 meters served, Cobb EMC is one of the largest of Georgia's 41 EMCs and among the largest of the nation's 900 EMCs. We are proud to be one of the Top 10! SEPA's Utility Solar and Utility Energy Storage Rankings highlight the Top 10 utilities in each category for the most total megawatts or watts per customer put on-line in 2016.

We currently have an opening for an Apparatus & Automation Technician. This position will install, test, maintain, and troubleshoot all apparatus field and substation equipment and electronic devices that support Cobb EMC’s system automation efforts. To install, wire, test, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair substation breakers, voltage regulators, breaker and voltage regulator control panels, and non-SCADA controlled switchgears. To install control wiring and cabinets, test, perform scheduled maintenance, troubleshoot, and repair automated and automatic switchgears, VFI’s, and PST-9’s. To install control wiring and cabinets, testing, perform scheduled maintenance, troubleshoot, and repair AGOD’s, vacuum sectionalizers and interrupters, Nova switches, and IED’s. To install splicing, and termination of fiber optic cables, both in substations and at field devices, in support of Cobb EMC’s electrical distribution connectivity objectives.

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Cobb EMC offers a great benefit package effective day one! 401K match plus additional 7% contribution, above market PTO accrual and annual company bonus!

NOTE: The following are major responsibilities of this position. They are not intended to cover each aspect of the position as the scope and duties may change or be temporarily altered based on the current business needs of the Corporation. The basic requirement of every position is to perform all tasks as assigned by the reporting authority.

Corporate and Safety Standards

  • Abide by all corporate standards, policies, by-laws, rules, and regulations
  • Abide by all safety rules, practices, and standards and perform all duties and tasks in a safe manner
  • Complete all assigned work in an accurate, timely, and efficient manner
  • Provide scheduled on-call services

Fiber Technologies

  • Assist in the installation, splicing, and termination of fiber optic cables, both in substations and at field locations, in support of Cobb’s substation and field device connectivity objectives.
  • Assist in installation, splicing, and termination fiber of optic cables for IED’s, SCADA Network Terminal Units and RTACs.
  • Assist in the installation, splicing, and termination of 144/288-count fiber.
  • Assist in the installation, splicing, and termination of 48/144/288-count patch panels into substation SCADA cabinets.
  • Assist in the installation, splicing, and termination of 12-count into 144-count connections for electrical distribution field switches.
  • Assist in the installation, splicing, and termination of multi-mode fiber connections used in electrical distribution systems, including SCADA cabinet to substation breaker connections, SCADA cabinet to substation regulators connections, and SCADA cabinet to MPLS connections.
  • Assist in the correct testing of fiber installations using an optical time domain reflectometer (O.T.D.R.).
  • Assist in fiber project installations and schedules with internal and external contracted resources.

Apparatus Substation & Field Equipment, Electronic Devices

  • Assist in the installation, wiring, testing, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of substation breakers, voltage regulators, breaker and voltage regulator control panels, SCADA equipment, and other substation devices.
  • Assist in the installation of control wiring and cabinets, testing, scheduled maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of field devices such as non-SCADA PMH-9/10/13 switchgears, non-SCADA (automatic) switchgears, PST-9 switchgears, and VFI pad mounted switchgears.
  • Assist in the wiring of SCADA, backup power supplies, and control schemes on new power substations and circuit additions.
  • Assist in the servicing, testing, and calibration of load and voltage monitoring equipment, including relays, transducers, transmitters, receivers, remote meter equipment, and regulator control panels.
  • Assist in the operation of test equipment for all devices.
  • Assist in the bypassing, servicing, testing, programming, and operating substation and field apparatus as well as various line sectionalizing equipment.
  • Assist in the installation of control wiring and cabinets, testing, scheduled maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of automated and automatic switchgears, vacuum sectionalizers and interrupters, AGOD’s, PMH-9/10/13 switchgears, Nova switches, VIPER (AER’s), and IED’s.
  • Assist in the servicing, testing, and troubleshooting of remote SCADA installations.
  • Assist in the troubleshooting and repair of capacitor bank remote disconnect controls.
  • Assist in the troubleshooting and repair of communication systems (220MHz, 900MHz and Spread Spectrum installations).
  • Assist in the programming, testing, and troubleshooting of Versa Tech and Trip Saver reclosers.
  • Assist in the installation, maintenance, repair, splicing, and testing of fiber optics systems.

Collective Responsibilities

  • Assist in the troubleshooting and repair of capacitor bank remote disconnect controls.
  • Assist team in processing transformers, reclosers, breakers, and other devices for shipment, either for maintenance, sale, or decommissioning.
  • Assist team in managing, properly storing, documenting, and preparing for shipment: PCB contaminated transformers and non-hazardous oil-contaminated media per EPA guidelines.
  • Assist team in coordinating cross-training activities.
  • Assist team in researching future distribution devices.
  • Assist team with member facing education and community projects: e.g. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics events (STEM).
  • Assist Manager of Apparatus with yearly budget preparation and careful monitoring of expenses.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Vocational/Technical school diploma in electronics, electrical engineering technology, fiber technology, or equivalent.
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience with the installation, testing, maintenance, and troubleshooting of electric utility apparatus field and substation equipment (e.g. breakers and regulators), electronic devices, or fiber technologies.
  • Ability to reason analytically and apply theoretical concepts to actual needs.
  • Adaptability to changing technical conditions, work environment, and equipment types.
  • Possess valid Georgia driver’s license.
  • Ability to obtain an Integrated Transmission System (ITS) 1-Day Entry Only Certification within one year of hire date.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong cognitive, logic, judgment, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to read and interpret schematics / blueprints.
  • Proficiency with personal computers.

Working Conditions

  • Fieldwork on Cobb EMC’s electrical distribution system, in substations and on field devices, maintaining minimum approach distances when in proximity to energized equipment.
  • Frequent work in Apparatus Shop.
  • Occasional time in excess of normal workweek, as required.
  • Participate on standby as determined by management.

Physical Demands

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work performed involves standing and walking for extended periods of time; identifying and interpreting color coded wiring schematics; operating an overhead crane, forklift, and other lift equipment; occasionally lifting; frequently operating apparatus test equipment; working in substations.
  • Must pass company-required physical exam and meet DOT certification.

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CORE Competencies

Customer Focus

Personally demonstrates that external (or internal) customers are a high priority. Identifies customer needs and expectations and responds to them in a timely and effective manner. Anticipates and prevents delays or other things that can adversely affect the customer. Keeps customers informed about the status of pending actions and inquires about customer satisfaction with products or services.

Communication

Communicates effectively and appropriately. Uses good judgment as to what to communicate to whom as well as the best way to get that accomplished. Speaks in a clear and credible manner, selecting the right tone for the situation and audience. Listens to others and allows them to make their point.

Teamwork

Is an effective team player who adds complementary skills and contributes valuable ideas, opinions and feedback. Communicates in an open and candid manner and can be counted upon to fulfill any commitments made to others on the team.

Innovative Thinking

Looks out for new and innovative approaches that will improve efficiency. Embraces and champions new ideas and encourages others to do likewise. Recognizes and rewards people and teams who are creative and innovative.

Safety Focus

Perform all work in a safe manner, encouraging others to do the same, reporting unsafe situations. Hold safety as an essential organizational value and promote an enterprise-wide, safety-first culture at Cobb EMC.

EOE/AA F/M/Vets/Disabled/Reasonable Accommodation Employer Drug-free Workplace