Idaho Power Company Station Technician - Control Construction in Boise, Idaho

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04/26/2018 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time

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Performs work with a team or independently to remove and or install substation electrical equipment not limited to but including, control, communication and protection. Conducts quality checks for equipment and corrects as required. Helps conduct OJT training and mentoring for Apprentice Technicians. Helps to and may be held responsible for coordination of equipment, material, work tasks and crew needs.

  • Wires control buildings, installs conduit, installs control panels, and rewires both energized and deenergized control circuits.

  • Installs and terminates cables for power transformers, power circuit breakers, local service transformers, capacitor banks, load centers, and control panels.

  • Assists in prepping, forming and pouring concrete; ground compaction; rigging and placing large apparatus and steel structures; trenching and shoring; installing bus work; installing ground grid; spreading gravel; high voltage cable termination; any other control or structural work required in the erection of substations and power plants.

  • Operation of equipment including but not limited to skid steer, mini-excavator, backhoe, man-lift, and forklift.

  • Ratio tests current transformers on power transformers and circuit breakers. Installs substations and power plant AC and DC local service. Installs protection and control schemes for substations and power plants.

  • Performs sheet metal work to install new relays, load centers, and cable trays.

  • Assists Regional Technicians with testing and commissioning of all types of control schemes and equipment.

  • Applies protective relay, substation, and power plant metering theory.

  • Troubleshoots control components, including relays, meters, and associated equipment using prints.


Knowledge of:

  • OSHA regulations, chemical safety, electrical safety related work practices

  • Electrical circuits, electronics, algebra, and trigonometry

  • Utility system practices and utility business practices

  • Substation and power plant operations, maintenance, construction, and safety practices

  • Safe operation of hand and power tools used in the electrical trades

  • AC and DC circuit theory, wiring diagrams, control schematics, and other drawings such as electrical, mechanical, and structural details

  • Batteries, protection equipment, power transformers, load tap changers, and potential and current transformers

  • Power circuit breakers, metal-clad switchgear, circuit switchers, disconnect and air break switches, synchronous condensers, series and shunt capacitors, AC & DC controls

  • Test equipment and testing methods, and troubleshooting techniques. Performance Management System, Corporate policies, Safety Program

  • PC use and basic software.

Skills in:

  • Interpersonal communication and good verbal and written communication

  • Problem identification, problem solving, troubleshooting, and operating test equipment

  • Basic use of personal computers using software applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, databases, e-mail, and PASSPORT®

  • Organization and time management.

Ability to:

  • Make effective decisions, set and achieve goals, commit to personal and professional growth

  • Read and understand substation and power plant drawings

  • Establish and maintain good interpersonal relationships with co-workers and others

  • Work independently, be self-motivated and flexible

  • Meet project deadlines

  • Apply established guidelines, and use good judgment and initiative in resolving work problems.



  • High school diploma or GED. Completion of vocational/technical training in any of the following areas: electronics, control systems wiring, military training in any of the above mentioned areas, or an equivalent mixture of training and experience, or an equivalent combination of appropriate education and experience that provides the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Two years work experience as an apprentice-level technician.

Licenses & Certifications:

  • Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position. Valid DOT medical card or the ability to obtain one prior to hire. Valid Class A CDL required for all positions except Control Wiring positions.

  • Electrical technician certification that is recognized by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT) and or Successful completion of Idaho Power’s BAT certified Substation Technician Apprentice Training Program or equivalent.


This position requires the ability to occasionally bend, stoop squat, crouch, climb ladders, twist, kneel, balance and reach, and rarely crawl. Occasionally lift above-shoulder items weighing up to 50 lbs, and waist-high and knee-high items weighing up to 75 lbs; occasionally push or pull items using force of up to 50 lbs. and rarely up to 125 lbs; occasionally carry with one hand items weighing up to 50 lbs or two hands items weighing up to 75 lbs. Occasionally use fine and gross hand manipulation when working with tools or equipment, and occasionally use foot controls when driving. Job sometimes requires working outdoors in adverse weather conditions or in confined spaces. Applicant must perform the essential functions of the position without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others, or property. Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment, post-offer Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam.


  • Must obtain First Aid/CPR card within 90 days.

  • Complete required Company training (including safety) within 60 days, and as scheduled thereafter.

  • Additional safety related training may be required.


  • This position is a member of the Stations Construction department and may be assigned to work in a Panel Shop, on a Substation Control Wiring crew, on a Power Plant Control Wiring crew, or on a combo crew that does both Control and Structural work in substations. The crew this position is assigned to may change at any time depending on business need.

  • Assists in OJT training and mentoring of Apprentice Technicians.

  • Works with Regional Technicians in the assembly, modification, repair, installation, testing and commissioning of all types of station power, control, communication and protection equipment.

  • Works with Stations Design group with the scoping, design and checking of new and existing substation construction or upgrades.

  • May be required to perform field design work and help resolve issues in the field as well as document issues and design changes.

  • This position requires extensive travel across Idaho Power’s service area. The work schedule for this position may change week to week. Typical work schedule includes 4-10 hour days, and 8-10 hour days working back-to-back weeks. Each workday may be an out-of-town, overnight stay.

  • This position requires the ability to work overtime and weekends when business need requires.


Adaptability, Applied Learning, Communication, Contributing to Team Success, Decision Making, Energy, Initiating Action, Managing Work (includes Time Management), Quality Orientation, Safety Awareness

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P.O. Box 70

Boise, ID 83707

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