Job #: 8061
Title: Engineering Technician 2
Specialty: Energy Efficiency Metering Technician
Application Due Date: 8/7/2017
Additional Position Information:
ieSolutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). M/F/D/V. Security Clearance Requirement: Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. US Citizenship or Green Card REQUIRED
This full time contract position will provide support to the Energy Efficiency Engineering Services Group (PEJD) within the Power Services (P) business line. This position will primarily interact with engineers in the Engineering Services group but the Technician may also work directly with other staff in and outside of Energy Efficiency and with external customers (utilities, other federal agencies, etc). Work is focused on meters and loggers that are used to capture end use loads in support of documentation of energy savings projects. The position will provide support in; maintainging and operating our client owned metering equipment deployed at end-use equipment, for data collection, data analysis, and safety equipment technical support at various external residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural facilities located throughout our client’s service territory. The metering function is in support of the core Energy Efficiency (EE) technical functions including estimation of energy use and analysis of energy use patterns including; measurement and verification of energy savings, inspection of efficiency measures and project and tracking and reporting energy savings. The position duty station is Portland, Oregon.
Position Responsibilities included:
Note: all drafts, documents, materials and recommendations, as listed below, must be reviewed, finalized and approved / accepted by appropriate manager or other federal personnel with the authority to do so.
- Serve as a technical expert in Energy Efficiency (EE) end-use metering equipment; track and recommend new metering technologies and equipment for manager review, consideration and approval.
- Facilitate and maintain EE end-use metering equipment inventory including: performing occasional and/or periodic calibration, maintenance, warranty servicing, testing and repairs; upgrading equipment, as requested; and organizing equipment storage.
- Under the guidance of the manager / team lead, arrange for the retirement/disposal of pre-identified equipment and/or property as per our client’s policies and procedures.
- Compile and maintain EE group’s equipment inventory records and tracking of usage, maintenance, repair, etc.
- Research, review and provide technical input and recommendations to manager / team lead on equipment to meet ongoing engineering metering needs.
- Recommend metering inventory related purchases to P-Card holders;
- Create and submit Material Requisitions for review and approval by an authorized representative.
NOTE: The technician shall not make purchases or obligate federal monies. All purchases must be made by authorized representatives.
- Maintain EE web-based inventory system; enter new equipment, maintain website and database, and assist users in equipment checkout.
- Ship equipment to field offices and job sites as needed; perform and validate tracking and timely return.
- Work with other internal departments to offer metering solutions, meter testing and resolve meter/software compatibility issues.
- Serve on EE safety team to facilitate safety protocols and provide training and guidance to EE staff as well as track personal safety equipment usage as necessary, with the guidance of the client Safety Office.
- Maintain the EE group’s inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consistent with established work standards, policies and procedures.
- Collaborate and coordinate with our client's Safety Office to recommend and assist with implementation of approved initiatives designed to improve EE’s field work safety program.
- Serve as Point of Contact and EE staff “expert” on applicable and OSHA safety procedures and requirements for EE field work.
- Coordinate and maintain EE’s safety checklists and safety manuals. Draft recommended edits, as necessary, for manager / Safety Office review and acceptance.
- Coordinate with the Safety Office, and provided external vendors, to arrange for annual EE safety training throughout the service territory.
- Serve as point of contact for safety procedures and requirements for EE field work.
- With manager oversight and approval:
- Support, and maintain specialized EE data acquisition systems (software and hardware) used to analyze energy data and end-use loads.Alert appropriate manager of any issues, concerns and/or to recommend changes to these systems.
- Maintain and provide technical support for EE field laptop computers including software installation, updates and maintenance as necessary and approved by IT.
- Operate, install, configure, and remove EE specialized metering equipment, in accordance with the EE Electrical Safety Policy approved by the EE VP on May 5, 2017, and any subsequent approved modifications.Note: The application of metering installations is limited to exposure to 480 VAC services and lower.
- Review and comment on proposed metering installations with established measurement and verification plan(s); recommend plan adjustments as may be needed for review and consideration by manager / personnel.
- Access and review metering data; organize and present results using spreadsheets, databases, and various specialized software tools for review by internal technical project managers (PEJD engineers), and other staff, and external stakeholders and external EE customers.
- Assist in assembling specialized or complex combinations of metering equipment for measurement and verification (M&V) plans.
*Installation/removal of metering equipment must be completed by a licensed electrician. When guiding the installation of electrical power metering equipment into electrical panels at end-user facilities, the individual will typically remain outside of the area where Arc Flash Rated Personal Protective Equipment is required unless otherwise directed.
- Current licensed electrician is required.
- Associate’s Degree in the area of engineering, mathematics, computer science or a directly-related field is desired (Associate’s degree can be substituted for 2 years required experience - see below).
- Required Experience:A minimum combination of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training is required. Experience should be consistent with the specific requirements of engineering, mathematics, computer science or a related field.
- Minimum Related Experience: This is a Level 2 position: 5 - 9 years’ previous engineering technician experience is required (3 - 7 years with Associate’s degree, as specified above).
- Experience must include electrical metering instrumentation, data collection tools, building measurement and data logging equipment, computer operating systems and electrical systems.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products, such as Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook (Microsoft Office 2010 proficiency required).
- Knowledge of Meter Data Management systems and meter reading software.
- A working knowledge of energy efficiency, HVAC, lighting, building control systems, pumps and motors.
- Working Knowledge of instruments and meters, elementary electricity, elementary mathematics, building HVAC and electrical distribution systems, and building controls.
- Math (fractions and decimals are necessary to calculate meter constants, register ratios, and pulse values).
- A basic understanding of inductance, capacitance, power factor, and vector analysis.
- Knowledge of AC and DC circuits with particular reference to Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law.
- A basic understanding of electronic components and circuits.
- Personal computers and how the communicate with and program electronic meters.
- A general knowledge of the current-carrying capacity of wire, the relationship between electricity and heat, and the causes and effects of voltage drops.
- The principles of indicating instruments.
- The principles of watthour meters, the effects of the various adjustments, and a good understanding of how to test and calibrate watthour meters.
- Single and polyphase circuits and how to meter them.
- Principles of power, current, and voltage transformers and how to interconnect them.
- Electrical circuit protection including, fuses, breakers, trip/resets.
- The correct methods of bonding, grounding, and shielding for safety as well as the protection of electronic equipment.
- Basic knowledge of AMI and AMR systems, their components and associated communication technology.
- Basic knowledge of the equipment used to test meters, the application of fuses or circuit breakers and basic telecommunication priciples and practices.
- Must be able to perfrom work inpartnership with one or more similar metering technicians, working collectively
- Must be self-motivated, self-disciplined, detail oriented, able to prioritize work, and independently problem solve technical issues.
- Must be able to deliver high-quality products and services in support of organization goals by making effective and efficient use of resources.
- Strong customer service ethic is required, both for internal and external customers.
- Carry out assigned tasks with a professional demeanor reflected in excellent written and oral communication skills, listening skills, patience, analytical reasoning and problem solving abilities
- Ensure proper identification of self as a contract worker in all communications, correspondence, etc.
- The selected candidate will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) as a condition of the contract assignment.
- This position may be eligible for situational offsite work, subject to the completion of a Offsite Work Memorandum of Understanding.
- RSA token will only be utilized when conducting work directly related to the API. Any other work is unauthorized. Contract Worker is responsible for the safe-keeping of the issued RSA Token at all times.If the RSA Token is lost or compromised, immediately contact the COTR.All information associated with the work performed offsite must be maintained in the network environment.No client information will be allowed to be transmitted, stored, and created, etc., on the contract worker’s personal devices. Contract personnel must follow all client and government-wide security, asset management, and cyber security policies and procedures.
- Offsite work may only be performed within the client service area unless approved by the Labor Management Office (our client).Contract personnel must keep their employer informed of their work location at all times and must coordinate any changes with their employer and our client before the change occurs.
- Travel may be required, up to 20% which includes 5 contiguous business day in a week for local and overnight travel to field locations
- Up to 10% Overtime may be required
- Valid Driver’s License is required
- First Aid/AED/CPR Certification required within 30 days of assignment start. The worker/employer is responsible for maintaining current certification.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for all field travel, within 30 days of assignment start:
- ASTM F2413-11, Class 75EH rated footwear with over the ankle lace up and rigid sole and heel
- White Hard Hat
- Eye protection
- Hearing protection
- Dust Mask
- Hand protection (work gloves) as needed
The following PPE is required within 90 days of assignment start:
- Electrical and Arc Flash protective clothing and PPE as required by OSHA and consistent with Safety and health policy for electric work inside and around client substation facilities (Occasional user – up to 8-10 days per month).
- Other appropriate/required PPE, as required by State or Federal OSHA for the work to be performed.
Required Client-Provided Training:
- Arc Flash PPE Training (8 hrs)
- Sunflower (our client’s Inventory system)
- Asset Suite system, contract requisition and material request
- Ladder climbing
- Fall protection
*Note: Attendance at all conferences, workshops, training, etc. must be pre-approved by our client. For any such events, requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis; approval is subject to the most current guidance provided by our client or DOE and is subject to change. Our client reserves the right to negotiate attendance on billable/non-billable hours and reimbursement of travel costs with the supplier. Reimbursable travel costs must adhere to the Federal Travel Regulations and be submitted via an expense sheet.