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Apprentice/Technician/Journey Substation Technicia


Kearney, NE, US, 68848-2170

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Apprentice/Technician/Journey Substation Technician located at Kearney Operations Center in Kearney, Nebraska.  Position closes March 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. 


This position will report to the Kearney Substation Supervisor.

Position Summary

Directly responsible and accountable for performing effective substation maintenance/testing and operation activities required for "Safely keeping the lights on" for the assigned area. Responsibilities include: installation, checkout, calibration, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and operation of electrical equipment, frequent travel, overnight stays, respond to after-hours trouble calls, and responding to emergencies.


Assignment to one of these positions and a condition of continued employment will be the ability to arrive from your residence to the NPPD office that you report to within 30 minutes of notification of a call out.


Due to NERC regulatory requirements regarding medium substations, all Substation Technicians must obtain and maintain a satisfactory NERC background check.

Education, Training and Experience

Associate's degree in Electro-Mechanical, Electronics, Electrical Technology, OR an associate degree or certificate of completion from an approved community college or correspondence school in a related field  OR have substation technician experience within NPPD or with another utility or electrical contractor that is considered an acceptable equivalent to the formal education options listed.


Applicants hired external to NPPD will be placed into the T&D Substation Technician Progression Program based on previous experience and education.


Training/Progression:  Job levels within the substation technician positions are based on a series of evaluations to determine advancing levels of proficiency and accountability.


-Journey Substation Technician - Requires specialized competencies - responsibilities based on business need.  Completes requirements for specialized Journey level as outlined in the training progression program and is responsible for making decisions as defined in Decision-Making authority.  Leads other levels of technicians in the absence of the supervisor.  Provides training for other technicians.  Provides oversight of projects. Ensures all technicians perform safely and utilize all available human performance tools.



Technicians may obtain multiple Journey certifications and or specialized Substation Technician classifications with Substation Manager approval.


Prior Related Experience: 

A total of 5 years combined experience at the Apprentice Substation Technician and Substation Technician levels is the minimum requirement for progression to the Journey Substation Technician position (as outlined in the Substation Technician Progression Program.)

Licenses and/or Certifications

Maintain CDL operator's license, switchman certification, and other certifications as required.  Must obtain and maintain CPR & first aid certifications.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

This position will have direct contact with various customers and is required to perform duties while working for and with various customers.  Assist other Technicians in performing their duties as needed.


Protection & Controls

Perform Acceptance and Diagnostic Testing of Substation Components associated with Transmission and Sub Transmission Substations. This involves the use of computers with various operating software to interface with diagnostic test equipment. This requires knowledge of Computers, Software, and Test Equipment, and how they interface.  The technician will be required to interpret the results.


Install substation equipment. (i.e. Relays, Electrical Controls, Wiring, Control Panels, Potential Transformers, Current Transformers, and various other equipment associated with the protection and control of substations.) This requires technician to have an understanding of the protection and control circuits and be able to install equipment without jeopardizing the stability of the system.


Perform diagnostic troubleshooting and repairing of electrical equipment associated with Transmission, Sub Transmission, and Distribution equipment. (i.e. Protection and control equipment, Breakers, Transformers, Load Tap Changer controls.)  This requires the technician to perform testing on equipment in service without jeopardizing the stability of the system.


Install, test, and maintain various mobile substation equipment. (i.e. transformers, substations, generators, and circuit switchers).  Requires knowledge on safely operating this equipment.


This technician is responsible for decision making involved in energizing and placing new equipment in service.  Technician does the final testing on the energized equipment to establish the integrity of such equipment.

Accountable for other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity & Inclusion
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship

Salary Information - Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary with opportunities for growth. 


Apprentice Substation Technician  non-exempt pay grade 10: $35.96/hour 

Substation Technician                    non-exempt pay grade 12: $43.15/hour

Journey Substation Technician      non-exempt pay grade 13: $52.73/hour


Travel Required: 25% to 50% (With no or minimal overnight stays, less than 3 per month, typically within state of Nebraska)  Travel required may fluctuate by business need. This is an estimate and will be discussed further with candidates that receive an interview.


Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical, training opportunities and more.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force. We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

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