Substation Technician 2nd Class (Int/Ext) 2017

Reliability & Operations Sumterville, Florida



330 South US Hwy 301 – P.O. Box 301

Sumterville, FL 33585-0301


SECO ENERGY is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.



Position Title:

Substation Technician 2nd Class


Represented - Non Exempt


Sumterville Work Center – 293 S Hwy 301, Sumterville, FL


Reliability & Operations/Technical Services



Pay Rate:

Hourly Range: $30.50 - $34.94


Friday, 12/15/17 until filled


SECO Energy, an electric distribution cooperative serving nearly 200,000 members located in Central Florida, is seeking for two Substation Technicians 2nd Class reporting to the Substation Operations Superintendent at the Sumterville Work Center.  Interested & qualified employees must apply through the SECO Intranet/Jobvite and will be considered on an equal basis with external applicants. The 30-mile radius living requirement applies.

General Purpose of Job: This position is responsible for performing safe, efficient and reliable construction, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair of electric distribution substation equipment and facilities. This position is responsible for records and reports necessary to maintain electrical service to customers; investigate and perform prompt restoration of service.


Position Specifications: The following includes the minimum job requirements and essential duties for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Some job requirements may exclude individuals that cannot be reasonably accommodated or who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.


Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Substation apprenticeship training or other related education required for progression or advancement in classification.
  • Two years progressive substation experience or an equivalent position with a distribution electric utility or related industry is preferred. In lieu of progressive substation experience; a line or relay technician with a minimum of five (5) years of field experience with a distribution electric utility, contractor, or related industry may be considered.
  • English is the primary business language. Second language in Spanish is desirable.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Effective communication skills to interact with employees, management, subcontractors, customers, and the public.
  • Demonstrate customer service orientation; ability to work independently and in a team environment to accomplish established goals and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to acquire and demonstrate acceptable knowledge and skill of the following, to include but not limited to:
    • Thorough knowledge of mathematics and electricity; demonstrated knowledge in the construction, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of electrical distribution substation facilities, including energized and de-energized facilities; clearances, working space and maintenance requirements by the National Electric Safety Code, OSHA requirements and familiarity with the National Electric Code.
    • Read and interpret substation construction drawings; to acquire knowledge of SECO Energy’s switching and tagging procedures, RUS construction units, material components and assembly specifications.
    • Read and interpret instruction manuals, control and schematic drawings for 15KV, 25KV, and 69KV breakers, regulators, reclosers and transformers on SECO Energy’s system.
    • Become competent in live line work including hot stick and hot line work on voltages ranging from 15kV to 25kV.
    • Basic skill in personal computer operations with ability to enter and extract data; knowledge of MS Office Products; ability to acquire knowledge of SCADA, Global Information Systems (GIS) and other applicable computer systems as they relate to the position.



  • Exhibit support of SECO Energy’s Corporate Values in order to achieve corporate goals and objectives.
  • Ability to maintain excellent attendance with unscheduled absences kept to an absolute minimum.
  • Ability to learn, interpret and follow all SECO Energy safety rules, policies, practices and procedures.
  • Ability to work irregular hours for assignment completion and flexibility to change scheduling and report to work on short notice during emergency situations and outside of regular assigned shift; ability to work overtime and availability to respond to call-outs and maintain an acceptable call-out response.
  • Valid Florida Class A Commercial driver’s license without air brakes restriction and without Tractor-Trailer restriction for regular driving privileges of cooperative vehicles; must have and maintain an acceptable driving record as determined by the Cooperative.
  • Successful completion of SECO Energy's DOT physical examination and drug screen.
  • Ability to work at heights and from buckets, man-lifts, and steel structures, perform first aid, CPR and bucket rescue; and learn emergency response communication protocol.


Physical Requisites and Working Conditions:

  • The normal work week consists of five (5) consecutive eight (8) hour days, Monday through Friday, or four (4) consecutive ten (10) hour days, Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight with one-half hour meal break.
    • The Cooperative will determine if an eight (8) hour or ten (10) hour schedule will be used and shall establish the normal schedule of starting and quitting time.
    • Shift schedules may be changed by giving a 36-hour notice of the changed schedule.
  • Extensive driving and field work in close proximity to substation equipment and construction, confined spaces and energized and de-energized equipment; frequent exposure to adverse weather conditions; exposure to electrical hazards.
  • Physical ability in sitting, stooping, pushing, crouching, crawling, reaching, climbing, standing, walking, pulling, lifting, using fingers, grasping, talking, hearing, extended repetitive motions, defined heavy level work. Visual acuity required as machine operator and as mobile equipment operator.
  • Physical ability to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 lbs. on a regular basis, and lift and/or move objects weighing in excess of 50 to 65 lbs. on an occasional basis.
  • Ability to work at elevated heights; physical strength and agility to do strenuous manual work under varying weather conditions; wear specialized protective or safety equipment; extensive driving and supervised field work in close proximity to hot line construction, confined spaces, and energized conductors buss and equipment.
  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment, including personal computer, printers, telephone, fax machine and radio communications equipment.


Living Requirement:

  • Employees in this classification must live within a 30-mile radius from the assigned reporting work location. Employees who live a greater distance from the work center must relocate within their first six (6) months in this position. A maximum of one (1) hour will be allowed for response to call-outs.


SKILLS VERIFICATION:   The skills required for this position may be verified through a combination of education, experience, interview questions and technical skills exercise(s).


 Essential Duties and Responsibilities

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of essential duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties that may be assigned based on the needs of the Cooperative.



  • Assist with the safe construction and maintenance of all aspects of electrical distribution substation facilities.
  • Assist with the installation of the mobile substation, as directed.
  • Perform work on over 600 volts under direct supervision of a 1st Class Technician or Supervisor.
  • Perform hot stick work without supervision.
  • Assist with the inspection and testing of equipment and circuits to identify malfunctions or defects, using wiring diagrams and test equipment.
  • Change out station reclosers, breakers, regulators and other associated equipment, as directed.
  • Maintain test and maintenance reports documenting maintenance performed, test results and completed repairs, as directed.
  • Analyze test data in order to diagnose and trend performance characteristics of substation equipment and evaluate the effects f on the system.
  • Assist with performing acceptance testing of auxiliary equipment used in substations.
  • Assist with diagnostic testing of oil in circuit breakers, regulators, and transformers.
  • Clean up oil spills in compliance with applicable OSHA requirements and complete reports as necessary.
  • Maintain required records, accurate daily time sheets and charge time to proper accounts.
  • Maintain adequate clothing and personal protective equipment for purposes of health and safety protection.
  • Maintain current knowledge of equipment, RUS specifications, OSHA regulations, GIS/mapping system and other operational and regulatory systems related to the responsibilities of the position.
  • Maintain assigned tools, materials and equipment in a safe and efficient condition. Maintains vehicle and ensures vehicle is stocked with proper material.
  • Ensure work locations are left in a condition appropriate for public safety and customer satisfaction.



Physical Demands and Work Environment


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by or those an employee encounters to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some requirements may exclude individuals that cannot be reasonably accommodated or who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk, sit, stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move in excess of 50 to 65 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


This position has extensive driving and field work and is required to use heavy machines and equipment, power and hand tools. Supervised work performed is in close proximity to hot line construction and maintenance of energized conductors and is occasionally exposed to inclement weather conditions and risk of electrical hazards.  The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.