Duquesne Light Company, headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, is a leader in providing electric energy and has been in the forefront of the electric energy market, with a history rooted in technological innovation and superior customer service. Today, the company continues its role as a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy, providing a secure supply of reliable power to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.
FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Starting Rate: $47.58
Under general supervision during an assigned shift handles any and all types of calls on the overhead and underground transmission, distribution, and street lighting systems. Inspects and operates customer and Company substations and makes field tests of substation equipment in an assigned district.
Performs switching at Company and customer substations in order to restore service and in executing clearances of lines and equipment, and the major switching at Company substations.
Cuts in new equipment at Company or customer substations.
Guarantees clearances of equipment and lines by properly performing clearing operations and by preparing and posting electrical permits and tags for Company personnel, other craft groups, bus outages, electrical maintenance and at hospitals and other customers with service restoration.
Handles trouble calls at Company and customer substations, diagnoses the causes of fault operations, and takes necessary action in order to restore or maintain service and reports maintenance needs.
Contacts industrial customers in connection with problems pertaining to clearance and service interruptions at customer substations.
Makes regular inspections and operating checks of Company and customer substations for determining the operating condition of equipment and make minor repairs and adjustments to insure proper operation.
Reads and records meter indications at Company and customer substations, noting, diagnosing causes, and reporting abnormal indications.
Prepares routine reports of inspections and notifies proper persons of any irregularities or operating difficulties.
Changes charts on instruments and calculates loads on lines and equipment as required.
Performs minor maintenance and servicing tasks such as checking and calibrating ammeters, voltmeters, and similar instruments; testing and servicing batteries; replacing high and low tension fuses; analyzing contents and replacing nitrogen tanks.
Checks the operation, cleans and adjusts induction and step regulators and other equipment as required or directed.
Checks supervisory equipment by operating the supervisory unit and verifying the indications transmitted to System Operator and makes minor repairs and adjustments.
Is responsible for good housekeeping at Company substations.
Acts as a safety person and assumes the responsibility for the safety of others at Company and customer substations.
Investigates faulty overhead or underground equipment, interrupted service, or other situations, which may affect the continuity of service.
Diagnoses causes of trouble, locating and isolating faults in circuits, transformers, or other electrical distribution, transmission or street lighting equipment and determines the action required to restore service.
Makes minor repairs on faulty overhead equipment, including broken wires and damaged insulators.
Isolates and makes minor repairs on faulty underground cables and equipment.
Clears or disconnects faulty equipment, performing necessary switching and cutting down of broken live wires which cannot be repaired or makes other corrections in order to eliminate faults or hazards.
Replaces transformer fuses.
Handles no-service complaints as assigned.
Performs switching and establishes clearances on the transmission and subtransmission systems as directed by the System Operations Load Dispatcher and performs switching and establishes clearances on the distribution system as directed by the Distribution Center Supervisor in accordance with safety rules and practices.
Isolates faulty customer equipment and suggests method of correction.
Performs minor tree trimming work in restoring service or in eliminating conditions, which may affect service.
Prepares reports on condition of equipment and of work completed suggesting or specifying requirements for restoring or maintaining service.
Conducts all work in a safe manner to eliminate all hazards which may endanger the lives of other employees or the public, and acts as safety person for outsiders working in close proximity to Company equipment.
Instructs and directs the work of others assisting in locating and repairing faulty equipment.
Obtains information in the field-necessary to complete various customer or company inquiries.
Removes Company equipment used to record voltage or current readings on customer equipment.
Replaces damaged single-phase plain type watt-hour meters in response to trouble related calls, recording information pertaining to required company records.
Is familiar with all distribution circuits observing and recording conditions that could lead to future service interruptions.
In response to trouble related calls, inspects transmission or distribution circuits observing and recording conditions that could lead to future service interruptions.
Investigates and corrects conditions in the field that would lead to safer and more efficient operation of the transmission and distribution system such as pole numbers, circuit numbers, etc.
Drives a Company car or truck, traveling to and from job sites.
Instructs and directs the work of others as assigned.
Performs other work as required or assigned.
Education / Experience Requirements:
Education equivalent to graduation from high school.
Must pass a qualifying exam after successfully completing the Apprentice T&D Operator Program, or 1 year or more as either a 1/C Troubleshooter or 1/C Traveling Operator, and successful completion of Sr. Operator Program.
Good understanding of transmission, distribution, and substation equipment.
Familiarity with metering equipment, street lighting system, relay schemes, control schemes, service installations, and line/cable work.
Ability to interpret single line diagrams and work from circuit maps.
Working knowledge of substation and T&D safety regulations and practices, wiring safety codes, Company service installation rules.
Good judgement and initiative in handling difficult trouble calls.
Demonstrated quality of resourcefulness and dependability in handling high voltage.
Ability to instruct and direct the work of others as assigned.
Must possess a valid appropriate State driver's license and required endorsements associated with the job requirements.
Duquesne Light Company is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of the employment relationship, without discrimination because of race, age, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran or any other unlawful basis, as defined by applicable law, and fostering a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and retaliation. This policy affects decisions including, but not limited to, hiring, compensation, benefits, terms and conditions of employment, opportunities for promotion, transfer, layoffs, return from a layoff, training and development, and other privileges of employment. An integral part of Duquesne Light's commitment is to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws concerning equal employment and affirmative action.