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  • High Voltage Electrician - 1

    Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3 months ago)
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    Skilled Trades
  • Overview

    The High Voltage Electrician (HVE) shall be skilled and knowledgeable in maintaining, repairing, trouble-shooting, monitoring, installing, and operating high voltage electrical systems including, but not limited to, transformers, switching stations, distribution and transmission lines, circuit breakers, substations, control panels and building systems.



    The HVE shall be capable of using all tools and equipment applicable to the high voltage electrician trade, have working knowledge relating to working high voltage systems, and able to become a NAVFAC recognized qualified person per NESC, NEC, NFPA 70E. The HVE must comply with safe clearance procedures and safety rules and regulations.


    The HVE shall work alone or with other workers to perform simple or complex tasks while following appropriate and safe procedures. The HVE shall perform outages and support construction activities as necessary. Visual and sensory perception along with hand-eye coordination is required to operate equipment, detect deficiencies and make repairs; diagnose problems; and make installment of devices, equipment, parts, etc.


    The HVE shall have a good familiarity of NAVFAC SW Safety and Health Requirement manual, instructions, agency equipment regulations and directives. Guidelines will include a variety of Federal, Department of Defense, and Department of Navy, Commander Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest publications, manuals, directives, standards, policies and procedures. Published guidance will be provided by the Government as needed. The HVE shall have knowledge in new construction and maintenance of distribution systems, Sub Station maintenance including medium voltage (5kv-69kv) breakers; air, sf6 gas, oil and vacuum switches and Load Tap Changing Power Transformers.


    The HVE shall receive assignment from the workload manager in the form of oral or written instruction (work order) to perform a variety of high voltage tasks. The HVE shall work alone or with other workers to perform simple or complex tasks while following appropriate and safe procedures.


    The HVE shall ensure all designated working areas are maintained in an orderly manner and continuously maintained free of trash and debris. At the end of each day, the general work areas shall be swept, supplies, materials, tools, and equipment shall be pick-up and stored, and the municipal trash containers will be emptied. The HVE shall work at heights, in confined spaces, and may be in awkward positions for extended periods of time. Work at all times of the day or night and in all kinds of weather. Perform shift work as required.


    The HVE shall receive work assignments through oral instructions provided by the workload manager. Specific assignments of work are provided with detailed instructions on all but the repetitive tasks. Work is checked during progress and upon completion for compliance with instructions, adherence to general ordinance followed by local utility companies in the area, NFPA 70E, NESC, & NEC codes and, established practices and standards, and overall acceptability of work. A journeyman-level employee normally checks daily assignments. A Government employee gives advice on unusual problems and checks to see if completed work meets the requirement.


    The HVE shall participate in meetings with contractors, agencies, clients, and team members when required to do so.


    The HVE shall participate in briefings when required to do so.


    The HVE shall provide monthly status report that summarizes the work efforts and accomplishments performed. The HVE shall have a minimum of 2 years full time experience working as a journeyman HVE.


    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – The HVE will comply with all High Voltage PPE requirements of the Navy.


    Certification:  Journeyman 4 year) or equivalent - issued from any US State or Territory


    Experience Requirements – The HVE shall have a strong knowledge and skill in the high voltage electricity trade and have obtained a minimum Level III Electrical Testing Technician (ETT) certification or equivalent proof of a four (4) year electrician apprenticeship program or 8,000 hours of electrical type training equivalent to such a program administered by an electric utility.


    The HVE shall have knowledge of electrical theory, formulas, and the mathematical skill in order to derive voltage, current, and power related formulas. Mathematics is required to help compute voltage, current, amps and other power related requirements. The HVE must be able to read, interpret standard construction blueprint and operating manuals. The HVE must have basic knowledge of how the work relates to other trades, and is capable of using all electrical trade related tools and equipment.


    The HVE shall have experience as a journeymen in overhead & underground distribution construction, substations/switchyards, maintenance and repair:

    • Splicing and termination of medium voltage cable 2400Vac to 69Kvac, and DC voltages from 12Vdc to 300Vdc
    • Troubleshooting using three-line, single, print and protection drawings; experience in low voltage systems including but not limited to maintenance, troubleshooting and repairing power breakers;
    • Installation, maintenance and troubleshooting and repairing equipment in high voltage switchyards, substations, and power operations centers.
    • Participation in special projects such as pre-commissioning/checkout of new substations, stage additions, or substation inspections and commissioning preparation.

    The HVE shall have experience providing technical guidance and training to apprentice and other craft employees with the knowledge and skillsets below:

    •  Knowledge and skillsets – Knowledge of commonly used high voltage electric power distribution equipment such as transformers, switches, circuit breakers, recording instruments and control systems.
    • Considered a Qualified Person, which is one who has received training in and has demonstrated skills and knowledge in the construction and operation of electric equipment and installations and hazards involved.
    • Skill to plan and carry through the troubleshooting and repair of high voltage generating, controlling, and distribution systems, such as repairing switch gear, installing and hooking up transformers, locating defects in cables, or selecting materials to make installations or repairs.
    • Skill to read and understand circuit diagrams of interconnects such as the generators, buses, switches, and circuit breakers in a power-generating facility or the feeders, substations, transformers, and interconnections of a distribution system, in order to diagnose problems in the electrical system.
    • Skill in the use of test equipment such as: oscilloscopes, power quality meters, insulation resistance tester, high potential tester, phase sticks, phase rotation meters, digital test equipment, other electrical test equipment, and cable locating and fault finding equipment.
    • Skill to diagnose and determine corrective action for electric power-controlling equipment such as switch gear, transformer banks, and circuit breakers in substations and power-generating facilities.
    • Skill to read circuit diagrams and perform troubleshooting layout, and complete installation, modification, and repair on high voltage distribution systems such as repairing switchgear, installing transformers, and locating defects in cables.

    All Candidates must have/be:

    a) Journeyman certification (4 year) or equivalent - any US State or Territory

    b) Valid California “C”state driver’s license.
    c) Strong communication skills in the English language, both written and oral.
    d) U.S. citizenship or resident alien. Proof of US Citizenship or resident alien card will be required.

    e) OSHA 10 - General Industry or Construction Certified before starting work.

    f) Ability to perform regular and recurring field inspections, investigations, or surveys in which there is a considerable amount of walking, stooping, bending, and climbing.
    g) Ability to perform work in an office setting, with occasional visits to construction sites. Work involves moderate risks of discomforts that require adherence to safety precautions.
    h) Ability to acquire a Common Access Card (CAC).


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