SR HV TECHNICIAN

Country/Region:  US
City:  Waverly, KS
Company:  EDP Renewables North America LLC

EDP Renewables is a global leader in the renewable energy sector nad the world's third-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets, and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 17 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK, US and Vietnam). 

EDPR is committed to furthering social advances in terms of sustainability and integration. This is reflected by the inclusion of the company in the Bloomberg Gender Equality index and the fact that it has been certified as a Top Employer 2021 in Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Portugal and Romania), both of which recognise its employee-driven policies.

What you will do

Role Overview:

The HV Technician II will provide electrical, high-voltage (HV), and substation emergency response to operating wind farms across the Company with a primary focus in an assigned zone. You will lead maintenance, service, and repair of HV assets in conjunction with other members of the HV Team. You will also work independently under the general direction of the HV Operations Manager. 

Main responsibilities:

Monitor and provide electrical, high-voltage, and substation support to operating wind farms in an assigned region 

Provide 24/7 on-call support 

Provide support for electrical design, engineering, testing, and construction as requested 

Perform tests and repairs for switching and construction activities as requested 

Support and coordinate commissioning, start-up, and initial operating activities 

Oversee the HV spare parts inventory and warehouse 

Perform safely switching and grounding of step-up transformers, feeder breakers, gang-operated switches, and other related components 

Operate equipment such as bucket/line trucks, forklifts, and aerial lifts 

Perform, analyze, and create reports on infrared inspections, battery maintenance, dielectric oil, and SF6 sampling 

Lead substation maintenance via Orders To Operate (OTOs), SAP work orders, outage planning, and other related activities 

Perform substation and transmission maintenance in accordance with NERC compliance requirements 

Work closely with plant Operations Managers of the assigned region to ensure day-to-day reliability and high Technical Energy Availability based on plants’ economics 

Serve as the first responder for emergency and routine repairs on HV equipment including transmission lines, HV cable terminations, and splices 

Provide remote HV support to the HV Operations Manager for complex troubleshooting, component testing, and proof checking 

Ensures adherence to all pertinent OSHA safety requirements and established company policies and procedures 

Provide detailed written reports including root cause analyses to Operations and HV Management 

Operate company vehicles and maintain it in ready-to-respond condition 

Perform critical HV equipment testing and calibrations 

Additional duties as required 

Employment type

Full-time

Work site

Onsite - Waverly - Waverly, KS (possibly Meridian Way - Concordia,KS)

What are we looking for

Minimum Requirements:

  • Associate’s degree in electrical engineering technology or an equivalent combination of training and experience 
  • 5+ years of relevant technical experience; experience in power generation or distribution is preferred 
  • Electrical trade certifications (e.g., four-year line or substation apprenticeship) or an equivalent combination of training and experience  
  • Advanced knowledge of medium- and high-voltage substation electrical equipment, collection systems, and transmission lines maintenance and operations 
  • Experience with relay and protection fundamentals 
  • Experience with LOTO and OTO procedures 
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of a valid driver’s license 
  • Experience with establishing HV field service preferred 
  • Familiarity with the operation of capacitor banks, transformer load tap changers, and motor operated air breaks 
  • Understanding of Microsoft products and/or complementing products.  (Preferred) 
  • Competency in Analytical Problem Solving, Strong Communication, Customer/Partner Relationships, and Technology Expertise. (Preferred 

Travel:

30%

Behavioral Requirements:

  • Strong problem-solving ability 
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to multi-task in a complex and dynamic environment 
  • Ability to perform basic electrical mathematical calculations 
  • Ability to read and understand plans, specifications, drawings, and documents relating to engineering and construction, including one-line, three-line, and wiring diagrams 
  • Ability to work with other crews performing high line maintenance and repair 
  • Ability and willingness to respond to site emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as needed 

Physical demands & working conditions:

  • Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to frequently perform physical tasks including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, bending, twisting, squatting, and reaching approximately 75% of the time while on wind farm sites; ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment 
  • Walking:  Ability to walk .25 to .5 miles per day, including across unpaved and rough surfaces when on wind farm sites 
  • Speech/Reading:  Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form 
  • Lifting: Ability to frequently lift items weighing up to 60 pounds and to occasionally lift items weighing between 60 and 100 pounds 
  • Climbing:   
  1. Ability to climb turbine towers in excess of 100 meters in height to access work area 
  2. Weight, including harness and tools, must be in accordance with the weight limit as specified by the ANSI Fall Protection Standards 
  • Vision/Hearing: Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form 
  • Tolerance to Extreme Weather Conditions: Ability to work in adverse weather conditions 25% of the time while on wind farm sites 
  • Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary 

Among EDPR's principles we would like to highlight diversity and inclusion as a strength in our values and practices. Reinforcing these principles has a real impact on the satisfaction of commitment, increases talent and the quality of leadership of our professionals. To achieve all our objectives, it intends to attract, develop and retain different profiles, assuming diversity as a key factor and differentiator of fundamental innovation in our organisation. We welcome and value all people, and we are committed to the inclusion and sense of belonging of each person who is part of EDPR.

 

What makes us proud as an employer:

TOP Employer Europe 2021 certification.
Bloomberg Gender Equality Index 2021.
Top Workplaces US 2021.
Certification in Conciliation (Excellence) by the Más Familia Foundation;


Nearest Major Market: Emporia
Nearest Secondary Market: Wichita

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