Distribution Diagnostic Technician

Michigan, Grand Rapids-Muskegon-

Post Date: 02/08/2018 Job ID: 11336 Industry: Engineering

Our Client, a Public Utility that provides natural gas and electricity to the majority of Michigan s 10 million residents is seeking a talented and self-driven individual for needs serving in the role of Distribution Diagnostic Technician. This role will support the Distribution Diagnostic Center. The Distribution Diagnostic Center utilizes smart devices to improve the reliability and efficiency of the electric distribution system.

The Distribution Engineering Applications team is responsible for grid device evaluations and performance, deployment of Substation and Distribution Automation, and enablement of Distributed Energy Resource integration. The team develops technical designs, operational documentation, installation procedures and testing activities for grid applications and technologies.


The Distribution Diagnostic Technician will be responsible for operational support of the Fault Analysis, VVO (Volt VAr Optimization), and Distribution Power Flow programs. This support will occur within the Distribution Diagnostic Center and will require frequent coordination with engineering groups, SCC, DCC, WMC, and other operational support organizations.
The Distribution Diagnostic Technician key responsibilities include:
Monitoring data from various applications including SCADA, SMS (Sensor Management System), OMS, PI Historian, and others
Performing basic load flow analysis on primary distribution networks using CYME
Evaluating outage information based on notes and customer descriptions in OMS
Working in SAP to support the ongoing operations and maintenance of distribution capacitors and regulators
Using PI DataLink in MS Excel to evaluate DSCADA power flow information and create resources for the VVO program
Create switching orders and scheduled work in TOA for distribution load transfers
Utilizing waveform analytics and other fault event data to validate and improve real-time distribution fault response and restoration.
Develop technical designs, operational documentation, installation procedures, and testing activities for emerging grid applications and technologies.

This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 85% of time spent in the office or specific field locations. Travel is required to job sites and project meetings and could be significant dependent upon location. Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with storm restoration activities. Individual should be willing to participate in the on call rotation in case of potential storms. Individual may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to help with storm restoration which may require overnight stays. Individuals must have a valid driver s license.


Minimum 2 years of experience in electric distribution.
Strong Analytical Thinking and well organized
Ability to prioritize work to meet changing schedules and deadlines
Extremely Self-Motivated
Good Team Player
Effective Communications (Verbal and Written)
Understanding of Electrical Distribution Systems
The following skills and experience will set you apart from others:
Experience with Low Voltage Distribution system protection.
Experience with power system fault analysis.
Experience deploying electric utility operational systems, design, documentation, installation, and testing.
Experience with power systems field operations and damage assessment.
Engineering Technology or related technical degree


Be required to work rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays
Be required to work hours needed during scheduled and unplanned emergency situations
Be subject to random drug testing
Must have completed 1-35 educational credits (including 3 credits of CAD) in the Customer Energy Specialist (CES) Certificate program or in an Associate Degree in a technical field.

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