This position is responsible for installing, testing, repairing, and maintaining system metering and metering components to ensure an accurate account of the Cooperative’s power transactions and unit generation. In addition, this position is responsible for installing, testing, repairing, and maintaining supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) equipment to ensure accurate telemetry of EKPC’s transmission and generation assets.
Measurement & Control Technician
Installs, tests, programs, monitors, troubleshoots, and repairs the following, in compliance with all applicable requirements:
metering throughout the EKPC system including generation, transmission, member cooperatives, load research, and customer sites;
remote terminal units (RTU) and any other intelligent electronic devices (IED) used for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) including the Energy Control System and member cooperative distribution SCADA systems;
all communication mediums between RTUs, IEDs, protective relays, DSUs, radios, DACS, cellular modems, and other network devices including wireless, fiber optic, and copper paths.
Prepares reports and keeps records using company provided applications.
Measurement & Control Technician Level 1
Successfully completes and passes the Level 1 skill based progression test.
Learns and performs programming and maintenance of RTUs as directed.
Builds meter and transducer panels as directed.
Performs accuracy tests on revenue and load research meters.
Maintains test records and updates the meter test database.
Installs wiring and cabling through conduit, cable trench, cable tray, etc. as required.
Assists contractor with installation of conduit or cable when necessary.
Becomes familiar with all EKPC substations and metering sites.
Sets up return authorizations with manufacturer to return defective equipment.
Installs meters and other metering devices.
Assists with RTU point-to-point checks.
Installs transducers and transducer circuits.
Assists with emergency outages.
Monitors RTUs, meters, and other devices remotely for problems.
Assists System Operators and Cooperatives with SCADA related issues as needed.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Measurement & Control Technician Level 2
Successfully completes and passes Level 2 skill based progression test.
Coordinates with appropriate individuals to resolve communication problems.
Performs routine operational checks of field equipment.
Troubleshoots and corrects problems with SCADA system and intelligent electronic device (IED) communications.
Troubleshoots RTUs, meters, and other IEDs to identify and correct problems.
Configures RTUs, meters, and other IEDs.
Provides protocol-specific RTU point map to Control Center Applications and Technology (CCAT) staff.
Bypasses instrument transformers using hot sticks (high voltage).
Tests, installs, and maintains electricity meters, transducers, RTUs, and associated peripherals.
Monitors and prioritizes the equipment trouble databases and schedules repairs.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Measurement & Control Technician Level 3
Successfully completes and passes Level 3 skill based progression test.
Installs, configures, and wires new communication channels to SCADA system front-end processor.
Provides support for the Control Center mapboard including installation of new LED’s, BCD displays, controller modifications, and troubleshooting.
Monitors condition of repairs, and maintains primary and backup EMS uninterruptable power supply systems.
Develops RTU, metering, and IED configurations.
Troubleshoots RTUs using protocol analyzer.
Programs and installs communications devices as needed including cellular, fiber optic, or landlines.
Creates, updates, maintains, and verifies documentation, such as wiring diagrams and panel layouts.
Provides SCADA hardware and software support to Member Cooperatives as directed.
Maintains a good working knowledge of MV90xi meter translation system and any other related software.
Assists in the remote interrogation of meters, makes decisions on data quality, and how to retrieve data from meters that do not respond to remote interrogation.
Coordinates inter-tie testing schedules with interconnected neighboring utilities within their assigned territories.
Ensures equipment problems are addressed in a timely fashion and assists with repairs based on department priority, as directed.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Certifications / Licenses:
Associate’s or technical degree in electrical or a related area. An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
Must become Kentucky PSC certified as Meter Tester within one (1) year.
Must complete metering and communications protocol courses within one (1) year.
A minimum of four (4) years in related area such as electrical utility related work, with regard to construction, maintenance, metering, supervisory, and data acquisition systems preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
Working knowledge of electricity metering, remote terminal units, and digital circuitry.
Working knowledge of Ethernet, TCP/IP, fiber, cellular, and radio communications.
Experience with meter test equipment and other test meters, such as volt-meters, ammeters, phase angle meters, and communications protocol test equipment.
Familiar with Kentucky Public Service Commission guidelines for electricity metering.
Familiar with EKPC policies and procedures.
Skilled in proper utilization of all associated tools.
Keeps accurate records of expense, work reports, and travel as required.
Ability to read and construct wiring diagrams and schematics.
Ability to communicate both orally and written.
Must be a self-starter and capable of working with minimal supervision while exercising good judgement regarding test procedure, equipment repair, and individual safety.
Contributing to Team Success
Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills
Building Customer Loyalty
Conditions of Employment
Regularly works outside normal work schedule and must travel throughout EKPC system with some overnight stay.
Subject to 24-hour call-out and must carry a company provided cell phone after hours, weekends, and holidays.
A valid driver’s license.
Often works alone and in all weather conditions.
Works in close proximity to high voltage conductors.
Occasional lifting over 100 pounds.
Internal Number: 4708
About East Kentucky Power Cooperative
East Kentucky Power Cooperative is an electric generation and transmission company headquartered in Winchester, KY, just 15 minutes east of Lexington. We also have facilities across the state of Kentucky that generate electric power and service centers for local power lines and substations support.
More than 1 million Kentucky residents and thousands of businesses depend on East Kentucky Power Cooperative every day for reliable, affordable energy. Based near Lexington, Kentucky, we proudly generate and transmit energy to 87 counties, helping local families and businesses thrive. We work closely with 16 electric cooperatives to offer energy-efficient, demand-based options to help our members manage their bills while building vibrant local economies that bring jobs and investment into the state. As passionate as we are about providing smart energy solutions, we are equally excited about people. We strive to cultivated connected workplaces where great ideas are born and rewarding careers are built.
EKPC offers a wage and benefits package that ranks among the best in the state! There is no waiting period on our medical, dental and vision insurance plans so you are covered on da...y one, and the dental plan is free for employees! Our generous 401(k) retirement plan allows employees to start contributing to their plan after a month of service, and after 3 months of service, EKPC will automatically contribute 6% of base wages AND match employee contributions up to 4%! Our competitive vacation and sick leave package starts day one to allow for flexibly and a healthy work-life balance. For more information on our plentiful benefits package visit our website at https://www.ekpc.coop/work-ekpc
EKPC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veteran