Substation Technician 1st Class

Reliability & Operations Sumterville, Florida


One of the Nation's largest electric distribution cooperatives located in Central Florida



Substation Technician 1st Class


Reliability & Operations

Reports to:

Substation Operations Superintendent


330 S US HWY 301, Sumterville FL 33585

Pay Rate:

Hourly: $47.18


Represented/Non Exempt

Posting Date(s):

Wednesday, 10/12/2022 – Friday, 10/21/2022*

External-Until Filled **

# of Vacancies:



 * For Internal applicants only: Per Section 8.4 of the Labor agreement, “When a job becomes open in classifications except at the entry level, the Cooperative shall post a notice of the job openings for a seven (7) working day period. Employees who desire to be considered for assignments to said openings shall notify Human Resources in writing within the above-described time limit.” Please apply in Jobvite.      

^ SECO Energy is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving over 200,000 families and businesses across seven counties in

   Central Florida, making SECO Energy the third largest electric co-op in Florida and the sixth largest in the nation.

^ 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.

^ After conclusion of posting date for Internals, qualified employees will be considered on an equal basis with external applicants    **This posting will be closed and no longer available to receive applications upon the discretion of SECO Energy.


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.


Minimum Required Qualifications and Competencies

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.




High School or GED



Certification as a Journey Substation Technician from an accredited substation apprentice program.




Four (4) years progressive substation experience.


Advancement from SECO Energy’s Substation Technician 2nd Class position.



Experience or similar work with a distribution electric utility, contractor, or related industry.


Education and/or Experience Notes

In lieu of Certification as a Journey Substation Technician from an accredited substation apprentice program; a line or relay technician with a minimum of four (4) years of progressive substation experience with a distribution electric utility, contractor, or related industry may be considered.



 Other Requirements

  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment, including a personal computer, printers, copy machines, telephone, and fax machine.
  • Ability to work irregular hours for assignment completion and flexibility to change scheduling and report to work on short notice during emergency situations.
  •    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.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment background check, physical and drug screen.


Living Requirement         

To ensure timely response to Call outs, must live within 40-miles radius from the assigned reporting location.  Employees who live more than a 40-mile radius from their assigned reporting location must relocate within 6 months of employment. 

A maximum of one (1) hour will be allowed for response to call-outs. All employees living within the thirty (30) mile radius and are subject to call-outs, are expected to meet the one (1) hour response requirement as stated in Article 10.5. Those employees living over thirty (30) miles but no more than forty (40) miles and subject to call-outs will be required to report within ninety (90) minutes. Regardless of the living distance, employees that are on-call and provided with a SECO vehicle are required to respond within forty-five (45) minutes as detailed in Article 10.5.


Driving Requirements       

Class A CDL - no restriction for airbrake and tractor trailer


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  •    Ability to demonstrate the following skills to include, but not limited to:
    • Proficiency in mathematics to perform calculations and solid understanding of electricity and the construction, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of electrical distribution substation equipment, including energized and de-energized facilities.
    • Knowledge to interpret substation construction drawings; SECO Energy’s switching and tagging procedures, RUS construction units, material components and assembly specifications.
    • Troubleshoot and resolve complex electrical problems related to transformers, breaker control circuits and other equipment.
    • Knowledge of clearances, working space and maintenance requirements by the National Electric Safety Code, OSHA requirements and familiar with the National Electric Code.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment to accomplish goals and meet deadlines; to manage stress and pressure in a frequently changing environment.
  • Demonstrated intermediate skill in personal computer operations with ability to enter and extract data; knowledge of MS Office Products; knowledge of SCADA, Global Information Systems (GIS) and other applicable computer systems as they relate to the position.
  • Effective communication skills including written, verbal and listening and a customer service attitude to effectively interact with employees, management, contractors, vendors, and the public.
  • English is the primary business language. Second language in Spanish is desirable.


 Verification: The above qualifications and competencies 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. 


  • Safely construct and maintain all aspects of electrical distribution substation facilities.
  • Install mobile substations, as directed.
  • Perform all switching operations, as directed.
  • Respond to substation outages; troubleshoot and take proper corrective action to restore service in a timely manner; use specialized hot line tools and equipment for restoration of service, as required.
  • Inspect and test equipment and circuits to identify malfunctions or defects, using wiring diagrams and testing devices such as ohm meters, volt meters or amp meters; test oil in circuit breakers and transformers for dielectric strength, refilling oil periodically; test insulators and bushings of equipment by inducing voltage across insulation, testing current and calculating insulation loss.
  • Consult manuals, schematics, wiring diagrams and engineering personnel in order to troubleshoot and solve equipment problems and to determine optimum equipment functioning.
  • Prepare and maintain records detailing tests, repairs and maintenance.
  • Repair, replace and clean equipment and components such as circuit breakers, brushes and commutators.
  • Open and close switches to isolate defective relays; then perform adjustments or repairs.
  • Analyst test data in order to diagnose malfunctions to determine performance characteristics of systems and to evaluate effects of system modifications.
  • Notify management personnel of equipment shutdowns.
  • Clean up oil spills in compliance with applicable DEP requirements and complete reports as necessary.
  • Change out reclosers, regulators and associated equipment as needed.
  • Maintain required records, accurate daily time sheets and charge time to proper accounts.
  • 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.
  • Assumes responsibility and 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. 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 or confined spaces; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.