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Premier Power Maintenance Protection & Control Technician / Engineer in Indianapolis, Indiana

Company Overview:Like our name states, Premier Power Maintenance is the “premier” organization in the market to provide exceptional service and value to our customers in six primary areas: Third-party electrical testing (Acceptance & Maintenance), Commissioning, Electrical Engineering, Safety Training, Specialty Installation, and Repair. Our goal is to assist our customers in achieving a safe and reliable power system. People are our biggest asset. We pride ourselves on having some of the most highly skilled and qualified field and engineering personnel in the industry, and our safety record is second to none. We have a commitment to keeping all team members safe by adhering to intense safety programs and having industry and location/equipment specific training as well. Our customers know, that they can call Premier Power Maintenance day or night, and we’ll respond with safe, reliable solutions that provide outstanding value with attention to detail at every level. Customer service and integrity at all levels is what Premier Power Maintenance has built its reputation on, and that commitment will not waiver.

Reports To:Protection & Controls Area Supervisor

Protection & Control Technician / Engineer Job Summary:Technicians in this division are home based and report directly to the job sites.

Protection & Control Technician / Engineer Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the scheduling and job scoping of preplanned outages, including scheduling SCADA checkout

  • Responsible for the oversight and execution of the mechanical and electrical tasks performed on equipment utilized in facility’s Power Distribution equipment

  • Participates in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment on-site

  • Coordinates with Regional Operations Managers for the necessary manpower support regarding each scheduled outage work. This includes considering the scope of work to determine the necessary number of people, the necessary talent levels, and the necessary equipment needed for each job

  • Assigns the supplied manpower to the proper task and ensures all test data is submitted on time and in the proper manner

  • Participates in bi-weekly phone calls with Premier Owners and Managers to discuss any potential or existing issues as well as opportunities for improvement

  • Must be willing to take calls and give technical advice outside of the normal workday

  • While it is understood that any given candidate might not have in-depth knowledge of all relay types listed below, it is imperative they fully understand the theory behind the logic and possess the ability to incorporate it during substation outage situations

  • The above list of duties is not to be construed as an exhaustive list, other duties logically associated with the position may be assigned.

Essential Knowledge and Skills for Protection & Control Technician / Engineer:

  • Familiarity with the following relays:

  • Alarm Relays

  • Line Relays

  • Understand the difference between POTT/DCB/DTT/Differential schemes

  • Understand the different zones of protection associated with each relay system

  • End-to-end testing for each communication assisted relay scheme.

  • Transformer Relays

  • Bus Diff Relays

  • Control/Breaker Failure Relay

  • Capacitor Bank Relay

  • Familiarity with the communication/networking and forms of communication utilized, such as:

  • Ethernet – Fiber/CAT5

  • Understand which relays utilize this method of communication and determine what testing will be required to verify relay communication

  • Understand how to set up and test Ethernet switches utilizing this method.

  • CIP stations have a secured network that cannot be accessed directly from PC. Communicate directly to relay via serial or direct Ethernet

  • DNP Protocol

  • Understand how this protocol works and what is required to get the network developed and communicating

  • Understand IP addressing, and DNP addressing and how each interacts with the local network

  • Carrier/DTT

  • Understand which relays utilize this method of communication.

  • Setup and complete documentation on initial checkout with levels, reflected power, frequency, CLI, etc.

  • Understand how to sweep a wave trap and provide supporting documentation

  • Be able to check tuner functionality for correct operation

  • Line Differential / Mirrored Bits

  • Understand which relays utilize this method of communication.

  • Understand how this works and what is required to get the terminals communicating

  • Pilot Wire

  • Legacy designs only, may have to remove or test functionality.

  • Familiarity with the RTU Checkout:

  • Be familiar with Configpro software as used with the GE-D200 RTU

  • Understand how the spare boards that come with the D200 interface with the D200 and other relays

  • Be familiar with the Cooper SMP-16 RTU and its software

  • Familiarity with relay inputs and equipment checkout:

  • CT's

  • All polarities, ratios, saturation curves, and insulation tests will be performed on EVERY device regardless of usage. This includes all CB's, TRF's, AUX CT's etc.

  • CCVT's/Potential Devices

  • Ability to calculate/check/verify primary voltages and ratios associated with secondary voltages

  • Ability to test from the secondary to the relay utilizing a separate test set to ensure proper location and wiring to the relay/meter. This ratio is verified using the relay, meter, or RTU check for correctness prior to in service

  • Alarms

  • Ability to test alarms to the relay (i.e. TRF, CB, Relay Critical, etc.)

  • Ability to check alarm to the RTU after verifying to the relay

  • Ability to check pressure relays - must be checked to ensure proper operation

  • Familiarity with Functional Trip Testing:

  • Ability to verify schematic/elementary circuit design changes through operational testing of EACH and EVERY circuit path

  • Ability to test Phase angle from two sources to verify consistency

  • Familiarity with station service configurations is required. (i.e. fundamental vector mathematics is required for this) (Center ground vs. Corner ground configurations)

  • Thorough understanding of phase relationships between three/single phase vectors

  • Capability to write relay test plans from customer provided relay settings

  • Ability to perform relay logic testing to ensure test scheme functionality

  • Experience in dynamic end-to-end testing IEC 61850 (GOOSE) testing

  • Organization and completion skills, allowing for all supporting documentation to be compiled and organized for future reference

  • Must have strong PC skills, including Doble ProTest, PowerDB, email, internet, data entry, and Microsoft Office

Work Environment:

  • Must be willing to travel for extended periods of time

  • Normal working hours are Monday - Friday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, but must be willing and able to work regular overtime including nights, weekends, and some holidays depending on facility outage schedules

  • Must be able to lift and maneuver at least 50 lbs

Other Requirements:

  • Must be willing to obtain a TWIC card, OSHA 30 hour, MSHA, NFPA 70-E, and CPR training, the expenses for these will be paid for by Premier Power Maintenance

  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and periodic, unannounced random drug tests

  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment criminal background check

Education and Work Experience for Protection & Control Technician / Engineer:

  • High school diploma or GED required, Electrical Engineering degree strongly preferred

  • At least five years of relay testing in an electrical industrial environment (substation construction, electrical maintenance, electrical testing/ commissioning, and electrical repair)

  • Military experience preferred, but not required

  • NETA certified preferred, but not required

Benefits:Premier Power Maintenance firmly believes that each team member is part of our family. Therefore, Premier Power Maintenance offers an exceptional benefits package, including:

  • 100% of premiums paid by employer for team member short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance.

  • 100% of medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums for the team member and 50% of the premiums for dependent coverage.

  • Generous paid time off policy and 8 paid holidays per year.

  • Discretionary performance bonuses.

  • 401k matching and discretionary profit-sharing plan.

To learn more about Premier Power Maintenance, please visit our website at

Premier Power Maintenance is an EEO/AA employer who values and embraces workplace diversity. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, disability and/or veteran status.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.