Transmission Substation Technician II

Sharyland Utilities, L.P. - United States

30+ days ago

Job Location:

Candidates have the option to live in either McAllen, Amarillo or Midland Texas. Details on travel details are outlined in the "Working Conditions" section below.

Primary Job Purpose:

Under general direction, performs assigned projects for the purpose of maintenance, testing, and operation of substations in the Sharyland transmission system. The incumbent is responsible for the proper operation of Substations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the application of safe working practices on the job in compliance with the Company’s safety rules.
  • Install, remove, operate, maintain, and diagnose problems for substation distribution or transmission equipment and protective relays.
  • Must be able to read, understand and draw electrical schematics (one-line and three-line diagrams)
  • Inspects, tests, repairs and calibrates all substation equipment including transformers, circuit switches, regulators, capacitors feeder circuit breakers, reclosers, motor operators, battery chargers, control equipment, etc. and completes all pertinent paperwork/records. This includes taking oil samples from substation equipment for testing and analysis.
  • Perform high voltage switching operations in planned and emergency situations.
  • Assist in the training and development of those employees that possess a lesser knowledge. Provides input to the Transmission Substation Supervisor relating to the performance management of other employees.
  • Read and understand system maps to become knowledgeable in general electric transmission and distribution system layout, system substation capacities and load areas, substation circuit feeds, and general system sectionalizing.
  • Interpret electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, and technical manuals.
  • Ensure equipment is calibrated to meet established ERCOT, NERC, PUCT, and Texas RE standards and codes.
  • Troubleshoot and analyze system failures, insulation viability, contact resistance and wear, and other tests as required.
  • Perform setup, operation, testing and maintenance of mobile substation equipment, control wiring, voltage regulators and capacitor installations. Plans jobs and requests or recommends maintenance and or improvements.
  • Must know and maintain training as an OSHA defined “Qualified Employee”, meaning the Journeyman must have: (1) ability to distinguish live parts, (2) ability to determine voltage of parts, (3) knowledge of minimum approach distances, and, (4) ability to use protective equipment.
  • Required to take part on the on-call yearly schedule.
  • Perform required equipment tests.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Required Skills:

  • Possess Substation Technician Certification or equivalent.
  • Must demonstrate strong communications skills (both oral and written)
  • Must be able to manage multiple priorities, make sound decisions, and handle pressure.
  • The successful individual will be a mature self-starter, service-oriented and be professional in conduct, attitude and appearance.
  • Demonstrated expertise/knowledge of de-energized facilities, switching and tagging procedures.
  • Understand basic electric theory including Protection and Control, identify and analyze trouble in electrical circuits, print reading, and moderate computer skills (Microsoft Excel and Word)
  • Physical ability to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds and climb into a bucket trucks.
  • Qualification and capability to work out of a bucket truck and heavy equipment associated with the construction and maintenance of substations.
  • Valid Texas Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or the ability to obtain one, and a good driving record.

Working Conditions:

Works in outdoor and office conditions. Must routinely make independent decisions and perform effectively in stressful situations. Must have the physical ability to perform tasks in inclement weather and be available for off hours support and work during emergencies.

Position will require approximately 60% travel to alternate field office from their home location (Midland, Amarillo or McAllen).

Per Diem will be available during business travel.


  • Comply with all NESC, OSHA, NERC, ERCOT, TRE standards, operating rules and regulations.
  • Comply with Sharyland Utilities Code of Business Conduct.
  • Willingness to learn new technologies and techniques.
  • Timely completion of required training, including Annual Cyber Security training.
  • Pass Personnel Risk Assessment before hire and every seven years thereafter.
  • Work with Sharyland Utilities core values in mind: Respect for the Individual, Humility, Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, and Integrity.

Required Experience:

  • Five years related experience in transmission and distribution facilities.
  • A minimum of two years of verified experience working on equipment/systems normally energized above 600 volts.
  • A High School Diploma or equivalent.


The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of the employees assigned to this job.

Job Type: Full-time