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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Substation Technician (Apparatus) I, II, III, IV or JL (IRC39547) in Sidney, Nebraska

Brief Posting Description

Responsible for the safe and efficient maintenance and operation of substations. Accountable to a lead or foreman level technician for all substation maintenance, training and operation functions.

NOTE : There is one position available, and this position will be filled at either the Substation Technician (Apparatus) I, Job grade T2; Substation Technician (Apparatus) II, Job grade T3; Substation Technician (Apparatus) III, Job grade T4; Substation Technician (Apparatus) IV, Job grade T5 or the JL Substation Technician (Apparatus), Job grade T6. This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.

Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes : Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Work Schedules, Life Insurance, Retirement Option, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.

Job Requirements


  • Maintain all components associated with the efficient operation of assigned substations, both energized and de-energized.

  • Assists with the supervision and training of others in maintenance of electrical equipment in substations and in the maintenance of the substation yard.

  • Serve as lead technician and assist in directing the work of crew for the routing and execution of jobs assigned, and planning and laying out the specific work assignments on the job. Assists with the supervision of Substation Technician (Apparatus) Trainees and Apprentices.

  • Maintain a first-aid card and the ability to perform first aid.

  • Responsible for observance of safety rules by all co-workers.

  • Maintain a Class A, Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and operate automotive equipment involved with the operations and maintenance of high voltage substations.

  • Set up safe clearance with dispatchers and operating personnel.

  • Assist with supervising crew in specifically assigned location in coordination with direction from senior or foreman level substation technician.

  • Assist with the supervision of employees in work area and be responsible for performing duties without direct supervision.

  • Responsible for having all equipment maintained in ready-working condition.

  • Do any other work of equal or lessor skill within the capabilities of the individual to meet emergencies or other operating needs.

  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.

  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.

  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.


  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Planning: Ability to think ahead and plan the work of crews for routing and execution of jobs assigned along with planning and laying out the specific work assignments.

  • Time management: the ability to meet project deadlines.

  • Problem analysis and problem resolution at both strategic and functional levels.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.

  • Strong team player.


Education and Training

  • The equivalent of technical training received in an Associate Degree Program in Electronics Engineering Technology with advanced studies in industrial electrical, Electro-mechanical controls, hydraulic, pneumatic devices, and digital systems control logic.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Must be capable of satisfactorily interpreting electrical schematic diagrams, wiring diagrams and control logic.

  • Technical skills in substation components and the safe use of hand, electrical and electronic tools.

  • Possess a considerable degree of skill to perform work by following standard method of procedure.

  • Have thorough knowledge of the practices used in the electric power industry.

  • Be capable of applying artificial respiration and be able to render practical first aid.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


  • Four (4) years of practical experience and/or be able to demonstrate knowledge in maintenance of industrial electrical- electromechanical-hydraulic-pneumatic-electronic control equipment which must include:

  • Two (2) years and/or the equivalent knowledge of electric power substation apparatus maintenance experience involving testing of power transformers, testing and repairing of power circuit breakers and electrical insulation system testing and repair.

  • NOTE : The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Journey Level Substation Technician (Apparatus). Those with less experience will be hired at the Substation Technician (Apparatus) I, II, III or IV as appropriate.


  • Must be recommended for this position by foreman, superintendent, and regional maintenance manager.

  • Must be willing to accept overnight travel up to 75% of working time. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)

  • Must reside within a 60 minute response time of the base location.

  • Must have a satisfactory work record.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the employee must have good health and physical ability adequate for strenuous work.

  • Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to exercise judgment in frequently making decisions and regularly directing a group of workers.

  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is exposed to outside conditions sometimes resulting in extreme temperatures. Working conditions may include working extra and irregular hours as the utility needs may require, and willing to work under hazardous conditions involving electrical risks associated with working on energized and de-energized high voltage substation.

Additional Details

All employees interested in this position may apply online at the Tri-State Intranet site.

Click on Job Postings, then click on the iRecruitment link, Log In, then click on the iRecruitment Employee Candidate link and then click on Search for jobs.

Company Description

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., nearly 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.

Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.

Interested? Here is how to Apply:

Tri-State: Join the people behind the power. Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes medical, dental, retirement and life insurance.

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Equal Opportunity Employer