Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Senior Test Technician (C&I)

Due to continued growth, TRC Field Services (FSV) is seeking more Senior Test Technicians to support our Client Teams in our S. Central Region which includes TX, OK, LA and surrounding areas. With a staff of over 200 experienced utility and industrial commissioning engineers and test technicians, TRC delivers comprehensive, cost-effective solutions safely to our Electric Utility Customers while providing the best training programs and mentors in this industry and numerous opportunities for growth with excellent benefits.

TRC is one of the premier national providers of testing and commissioning solutions in the country. Our staff undergoes extensive, in-house training, ensuring efficient project start up and adherence to your individual standards and specifications. We follow well documented procedures and guidelines to ensure safe and thorough planning and testing, so we can manage risk and safeguard ongoing operations.

Senior Test Technicians report to the Regional Manager and Field Supervisor, Testing and Commissioning Services and are responsible for conducting tests on complex electrical, electronic and mechanical equipment. Senior Test Technicians test electrical equipment including but not limited to: power transformers, protective relays, circuit breakers, control and supervisory equipment, voltage regulators and other equipment within utility substations, generating stations, or commercial and industrial plants, including oil and gas.

Responsibilities

  • Understand and utilize the latest industry testing and commissioning standards and guidelines such as IEEE and NETA
  • Provide high level customer service, consistently delivers quality services andmaintains highly professional and respectful relationship with clients
  • Promote efficient flow of information and ensure complete and accurate record keeping
  • Perform advanced troubleshooting and problem analysis (or the ability to learn) associated with protection and control systems and utility substation equipment, including but not limited to: Application Errors and Omissions, Drawing Errors and Omissions, Wiring Errors and Omissions, Settings Errors and Omissions, Equipment Malfunctions, Questionable Apparatus Test Results, Battery Ground Faults
  • Provide support in areas of high technical complexity. May be required to serve as the interface for the group with other Company departments, outside consultants, contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers on technically related matters. Shall serve as technical reviewer on assigned projects
  • Participate in project meetings including but not limited to: kickoff meetings, planning meetings, progress meetings, lessons learned meetings
  • Identify risks and associated mitigation techniques on utility systems and equipment. Develop a Site Risk Assessment to document all high risk construction and commissioning activities and to formalize the processes of circuit isolation and restoration in a manner that ensures no unintended operations of station equipment and protection systems and personnel safety
  • Prepare detailed daily, weekly, and project completion reports and documentation that includes project progress, issues or problems, recommendations, test results and analyses
  • Ensure proper project drawing management and general housekeeping is kept onsite at all times. Ensure Working/Field Copy of project drawings updated continuously throughout the project to ensure they accurately reflect the as-left condition of the project at the end of each day
  • Make certain all applicable tests and/or commissioning activities are performed on every piece of equipment or system in accordance with planning and project documents. Make certain all test results are acceptable and permanently recorded, filed and distributed properly. Execute tests and develop detailed test reports of various types of electrical equipment. Review and approve detailed test reports of various types of electrical equipment.
  • Assist other engineers and technicians, as required, during commissioning and startup of systems and equipment
  • Conduct TRC’s formal walkdown procedure prior to energizing any equipment
  • Audio Tone Equipment - Setup, tune, program, audio tone equipment (Trench, RFL, Guard/Trip, FSK)
  • Examples of Equipment to be tested – SF6/Oil/Vacuum Breakers, Circuit Switchers, Power Transformers, Capacitor Banks, Bus, CTs, PTs, CCVTs, Wave Traps, Disconnect Switches, Surge Arrestors, Regulators, Reclosers, Cables, DC Battery Banks, Grounding, Generators, Station Service Transformers, AC/DC Panels
  • Examples of tests to be performed – SF6 Gas, Oil Sampling, Vacuum Bottle Integrity, Core-Ground Test, Insulation Resistance, Winding Resistance, Nitrogen System, Power Factor, Excitation, Sweep Frequency Response Analysis, Turns Ratio, Polarity, Dielectric Withstand, Motion Analysis, Operating Mechanism Inspection, Contact Resistance, Capacitance, Inductance, Impedance, Disconnect Jaw and Blade Alignment, Battery Strap and Cell Resistance/Specific Gravity/Load Tests

Requirements:

  • Education and/or Experience – Associate Degree in a technical field with a minimum of 7+ years of testing & commissioning experience within electric utilities or complex commercial & industrial power plants performing the specific activities listed above (or an equivalent amount of combined education, training and experience which may include Journeyman Apprentice Electrician Training, US Army Prime Power School, US Navy Nuclear Electrician Program and results service experience)
  • Strong proven abilities to work cooperatively with others in a team environment as well as to work independently while maintaining a high level of initiative and self-motivation
  • Solid knowledge of & experience testing & commissioning electrical protection systems, including relay communication; solid understanding of AC and DC schematics, wiring and interconnect drawings, one line and three line diagrams; Understanding design intent of all protection and control (P&C) circuits
  • Analyze and effectively utilize drawings in the commissioning and/or testing process
  • Advanced testing of medium and high voltage substation and power plant equipment. Perform apparatus and protective relay testing and interpret test results with minimal supervision. Advanced knowledge of and ability to learn test equipment specific software to accurately conduct and document test activities
  • Testing and commissioning experience of substation utility protection and control circuits. Perform commissioning activities and interpret results with minimal supervision. Intermediate knowledge of and ability to learn commissioning methods to accurately conduct and document commissioning activities
  • Utilize TRC’s Testing and Commissioning standard documentation policies including but not limited to: Testing and Commissioning Services home folder, project specific ProjectWise filing procedures, onsite documentation record keeping and procedures, TRC’s documentation management system (ProjectWise), standard documentation (templates, planning, reporting, data sheets, test certification sheets, isolation plans, QA/QC forms, project closeout)
  • Understand project requirements including scopes of work, budgets, schedules, specific client requirements, project deliverables, and project closeout
  • Familiarity with Company’s drawing system, ANSI Standards, National Electric Safety Code, and the Company’s design and construction standards
  • Availability: Must be available for out-of-town travel of up to several weeks at a time and be available to work flexible hours, including weekends, overtime holidays and night work
  • Must have excellent verbal and written skills and be able to communicate and negotiate effectively
  • Must have good PC skills and experience with Adobe and Microsoft programs
  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status required
  • Valid USA driver’s license issued by state of residence and in good standing
  • Physical Demands include ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds of test equipment routinely. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Preferred but not required experience:

  • Microprocessor Relays – Familiarity with Software, Settings and Logic Application and Testing (SEL, GE, ABB, ZIV, Alstom, Beckwith, NXTPhase). Perform isolation, setpoint testing, advanced logic testing, scheme testing (reclosing, breaker failure, pilot scheme, end-to-end satellite)
  • Electromechanical and Solid State Relays - Familiarity with Application and Testing Techniques, Literature (GE, ABB, Westinghouse, Basler). Perform isolation, setpoint testing

Additional Locations:Baton Rouge, LA and other South Central Region Customer sites

TRC offers advancement potential, abundance opportunities for career development & mentoring/ training, a highly competitive compensation package including a 401k plan with a company match, and more. For more information please visit our website at www.trccompanies.com

TRC is an equal opportunity employer: disability/veteran. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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