City of Garland, TX

Substation Technician (Garland Power & Light)

Location US-TX-Garland
Posted Date 4 months ago(2/14/2023 10:52 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings Remaining
Electric Substations
Job Family
Skilled Trades
Target Hiring Range
Regular Full-Time

Position Summary

Responsible for maintaining, constructing and retrofitting electric substation equipment including circuit breakers, transformers, switches, battery systems, tap changers, cooling systems, lighting arresters, and other substation equipment, including the placement of concrete drilled shaft foundations and pads, installing support steel structures, station insulators, ground grids and bus.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Install, maintain, assist and repair breakers and transformers.
  2. Perform switch and clearance orders as instructed by dispatch.
  3. Follow dispatch instructions on releasing clearance.
  4. Perform general substation maintenance and repairs.
  5. Conduct infrared testing and interpretation of readings on all equipment such as switches, bus connection, cable connection, etc.
  6. Document and perform monthly inspections for transformers and counter readings.
  7. Perform new construction and modification of existing substations.
  8. Pull and terminate control wiring in control house and switchgear.
  9. Install rack and terminate cables for communication equipment.
  10. Provide support for 24-hour operations; Substation Standby Duties and callout assistance after regular working hours.
  11. Occasional travel to remote system facilities.
  12. Continuation occupational training.

Minimum Education & Work Experience

Six months to one year of advanced study or training past the high school level
2 years related substation experience
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills

Education/ Experience:    

  • Six months to one year of advanced study or training in Substation maintenance and safety
  • 2-3 years experience, through apprenticeship or vocational training, in substation installation, maintenance, construction and safety
  • Substation safety and maintenance certification


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Basic knowledge of general Substation construction and maintenance procedures
  • Basic knowledge of Substation safety regulations
  • Skill in Microsoft Office including Excel and Word
  • Ability to complete the Garland Power & Light Apprentice Substation Technician Program as it is outlined

Licenses & Certifications

Valid Texas Class “C” Driver’s License
Valid Texas Class “A” CDL or the ability to obtain within 90 days of hire

Physical Tasks & Working Conditions

The incumbent works in energized substations, switch yards and generating plants; frequent exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards; majority of work performed outside with exposure to risk.


Models Organizational Values
Customer Service
Interpersonal Skills
Problem Solving
Technical Skills
Work Environment Safety
Managing Conflict
Negotiation Skills


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