To provide system-wide services in the testing, calibration and troubleshooting of electric revenue meter installations that utilize current transformers (CT's), troubleshooting and repair of Automated Metering Infrastructure communication equipment in electric revenue meters and disconnect collars, and maintenance, testing, and calibration of all electronic revenue metering equipment. To provide outstanding internal customer service through system-wide services in installation of transformer rated electric revenue metering equipment and assistance to district operations sections personnel in resolving metering problems such as high/low readings.
Provides outstanding service to internal customers and to members through safe, quality workmanship and expert technical assistance.
Programs meters with vendor software (Honeywell, Aclara, Itron, and L&G).
Troubleshoots metering and AMI issues (including communications)
Installs instrument transformers in pad-mounted (underground) transformers and current transformer (CT) cabinets.
Develops multipliers for all transformer rated metering installations.
Provides metering support to line technicians.
Provides metering training for line technicians and other employees.
Completes Commercial and Industrial meter field testing and installation inspections.
Completes Commercial and Industrial transformer infrared inspections when field testing meters.
Provides metering data reports to C&I accounts, when requested.
Shop testing of meters in the meter shop using Watthour Engineering Company (WECO) test board.
Installs, programs and commissions Distributed Energy Resources (DER) meters. Verifies DER installation meets BREMC standards.
Maintains inventory controls on equipment, supplies, and parts relating to the installation, testing, and repair of metering equipment and requisitions associated metering equipment for each district and sees that such equipment is transferred to the district.
Troubleshoots high bill and power quality complaints.
Installs and programs power quality test equipment to troubleshoot using vendor software.
Investigates suspected current diversion situations.
Calculates and understands kWh, kW, kVAR, kVA, PF and complex electric rates.
Calculates and understands voltage, current and power phasor diagrams (magnitude and angle).
Performs shop meter test using WECO meter test board.
Wires transformer rated meter cans and test switches in the meter shop.
Performs meter readings using MV-90 software.
Assists with outage restoration during major outages.
Knowledge of appropriate PPE when exposed to various system voltages.
Knowledge of all meter forms, including self-contained and transformer rated.
Maintains records to ensure accurate meter data is available to comply with system operating practices.
Maintains all test equipment, tools, and transportation equipment in safe working order.
Performs other duties that may be assigned from time-to-time.
Education: A two-year associate degree in electrical or electronic engineering technology is required. Related work experience of sufficient type and length may substitute for part or all of educational requirements.
Experience: Work experience as an electronics technician or industrial maintenance technician is highly desirable. Any work experience in electric distribution utility metering operations would be desirable, but not required.
Job Knowledge and Skills: Must possess a thorough knowledge of basic electronics and electricity and basic principles of mechanics. Must be proficient in the use of certain tools and equipment such as a voltmeter, an ammeter, an ohmmeter, and a personal computer. Must be able to use spreadsheet and data base programs. Must be able to use a variety of manufacturers' software for programming, testing, and maintenance of metering equipment.
Normal Work Hours: Normal work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 4:00. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule. This position can alternate between a five-day/eight-hour per day work week and a four-day/10-hour per day work week. This job may sometimes require overnight stays away from home as work schedules dictate.
Driver's License Requirement: Operates company vehicle (light) as job requirement. Must have a current, valid vehicle operator's license at all times. Must have a safe driving record (three years).
Overtime Status: Is subject to the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended.
Non-Discrimination: This position shall be filled on the basis of qualifications and ability to perform essential job functions, and without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
EEO Classifications: Technicians (3-A)
Physical Activity Requirements (Type): A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, M, O, P, Q
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