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Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Substation Protection, Metering & Communication Technician in Elkins, Arkansas

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$31.90 - $44.20 an hour


Substation Protection, Metering & Communication Technician

Elkins, AR, USA

Power Production & Delivery

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future.As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.

A Protection, Metering & Communication Technician provides the technical skills required to give AECC a soundly constructed, properly maintained, and reliably operated power delivery system. In this position, you will be given the opportunity to work alongside peers who are versatile, enthusiastic, and strive to push AECC and our mission forward.


  • Participates in the installation, maintenance and testing programs for the organization and member cooperatives' protection systems, meters, or communication systems.

  • Ensures compliance with organization’s prescribed System Maintenance, Reliability, and Testing Program and all areas of NERC Compliance and recordkeeping.

  • Reads substation data, collects and logs data, visually inspects equipment at each substation and reports problems.

  • Maintains and uses test equipment and tools used for construction, operations, and maintenance of protection system maintenance, meters, and communications equipment.

  • Assists with the inspection, installation, use and maintenance of mobile substations located within a district or region.

  • Instructs and trains technician helpers on technical, operational and safety standards.

  • Participates in safety meetings on a monthly basis, including technical topics.

  • Advises other personnel and member cooperative's personnel, upon request, of facts relating to this area of responsibility and assists them in in the performance of their duties in times of need.

  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision on assigned projects, including logging and maintaining documents suitable for NERC compliance.

  • Successful completion of prescribed NLC course lessons in Power Delivery Department training program or other prescribed training program as required.

  • Performs directed switching with written switching orders.

  • Participates on Safety Advantage Program.

  • Performs inspection of substations and transmission lines during prescribed inspection intervals.

  • The ability to handle stress and work well with others are essential functions of this position.

  • Due to our obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to our customers, the ability to maintain regular and punctual attendance and the ability to work outside your regularly scheduled office hours when necessary is an essential function of the job.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Pursuant to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act 593, this position is designated safety-sensitive according to AECC/AECI standards and processes.

  • EEI Position Testing will be conducted as part of the selection process.

  • As a condition of employment, this position requires a post-offer pre-employment drug test and requires passing a DOT physical.

  • Valid Class A CDL driver's license is required with a safe driving record.

  • High School Diploma or GED or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must be able to travel to various locations throughout the state of Arkansas and stay overnight as required to complete work assignments.

  • Must be able to work extra hours when necessary and report to work whenever needed during non-scheduled working periods.

Minimum Experience Required

  • Technician I: Minimum 2 years related experience.

  • Technician II: Minimum 5 years related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate Degree in Electronics, Civil/Electrical Engineering Technology, Construction Management or equivalent.

  • Formal training and/or Certification in Circuit Breaker, Power Transformer, and/or Transmission Line Maintenance and Testing.

  • Industrial Certification in Hydraulics Management, oil-filled equipment or other large industrial machinery would be preferred.

  • Mobile Crane Operator Certification.

  • Training and Certification in Doble, Megger, Dilo, and similar test equipment.

  • Journeyman Electrician License or Master Electrician License.

  • Substation Technician Certification.


  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with company match and Retirement Security Pension Plan

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • 9 Paid holidays

  • Educational assistance

  • Paid time off accruals

  • Short-term disability

  • Long-term disability

  • Free & confidential Employee Assistance Program


Should you elect to apply for this position, AECC/AECI will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days, but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.

Job ID 2023-2853