Substation Technician - Electrical High Voltage

Rio Tinto
Salt Lake City, UT, US
May 14, 2022
May 17, 2022
Full Time
Substation Technician - Electrical High Voltage
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Highly critical role for the safe generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical power
  • Work for a global company with broad opportunities - Salt Lake City

About the role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

We are looking for a Substation Technician - Electrical High Voltage to join the Rio Tinto US High Voltage team and provide the skills required to ensure optimal reliability and sustainability of the high voltage infrastructure.

In addition to paying competitively and providing great benefits packages, we want you to live the lifestyle that is right for you and your family. And because of our size and scale, there are many opportunities to learn, grow and do more than you ever thought possible.
Every hour of every shift, your safety and wellbeing is our number one priority. We do the work only if it is safe, and we invest to make sure every member of the team has the quality tools they need to do their job.

This role is a great opportunity to further develop your technical skills by ensuring that the high voltage substations are operated, maintained, and designed in a manner that ensures optimal performance. Working 4 days on 3 off roster and reporting to the Power Plant Energy Services Manager - US, you will be:
  • Programing, maintaining, calibrating & performing functional tests on both electromechanical and micro-processor based protective relays for high voltage substations
  • Inspecting, troubleshooting, testing, repairing, and maintaining substation equipment, including re-closers, regulators, breakers, capacitors, battery tripping units, surge arrestors, and filter banks
  • Performing function testing of substation control circuits on relay panel, transformers & circuit breaker change-outs
  • Performing monthly inspections and gathering all necessary data for generation of reports and updating records
  • Consulting manuals, schematics, wiring diagrams and engineering personnel in order to troubleshoot and solve equipment problems and determine optimum equipment functioning
  • Developing Standard Work Instructions for testing of substation equipment, including re-closers, regulators, breakers, capacitors, battery tripping units, surge arrestors, filter banks etc.

What you will need for this role:
  • Designation of Substation Technician or prior relevant experience
  • High understanding of Substation safety, components and equipment
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbal with stakeholders at all levels
  • Intermediate computer literacy (MS Office)

It will also be beneficial if you have:
  • Knowledge of SEL relays, ABB DCS, and SAP software
  • Ability/desire to train and transfer skills
  • Prior experience in a utilities environment, especially in substation operations

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls 'progress' begins with
a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs."¯Pioneers."¯

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress."¯

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium the world's first to be certified "responsible" helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world and explore the universe.
Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life."¯

Where you'll be working

Rio Tinto Kennecott is a fully integrated mining operation located just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, US. Kennecott is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto. For more than 110 years, Kennecott has been mining and processing minerals from the rich orebody of the Bingham Canyon Mine. Kennecott is a strong economic driver and strives to be a valuable community partner through strategic partnerships, charitable giving and sustainable development practices

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQ+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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