Job description77335 - Protection & Commissioning Technician This Protection & Commissioning Technician will report to the Lead Commissioning Engineer and will work within Capital Programme based in our London office. You will be a permanent employee. You will attract a salary of £59,842 plus car and a bonus of 3% Close Date: .26/09/2023 All applications will be reviewed after the close date. We also provide the following additional benefits Annual Leave Personal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%) Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme Season ticket loan Occupational Health support Switched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products. Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres Discounted access to sports and social clubs Employee Assistance Programme. Job Purpose We ask that you have a sound knowledge of Electrical Distribution Networks and have attained a good level of craft experience through an apprenticeship and formal electrical qualifications to at least NVQ Level 3/ ONC. You will be sponsored to complete HND or equivalent qualification. You will help with the commissioning of substation plant and equipment and in particular protection equipment to ensure network capital investment is safe and fit for purpose. You will report to one of five Lead Commissioning Engineers working LPN region. Job Dimensions You will oversee minor works carried out by direct craft operatives, contractors and consultants. You will support the commissioning of between one and five projects annually as part of a larger team. The cost of these projects ranges between £10's to several million. Qualifications New post holders must have a NVQ Level 3 / ONC in electrical engineering or equivalent. Experienced staff at least a minimum of Ordinary National ONC/OND qualification and experience of Electrical Distribution Networks and Power System Protection. We ask that you have substantial network operational experience as a Craft Operative or Authorised Person (AP) and be willing to work towards gaining 33KV SAP Status. This is a complex field requiring high technical understanding and proficiency and will include the ability to apply practical engineering sense from basics using a logical disciplined approach to problem solving. You have sound IT skills and with suitable training allow interaction from a laptop to complex modern relay schemes to programme, test, extract fault records and interpret results with a right first time approach. Principal Accountabilities Ensure safety management prevail throughout all responsibilities and that safety performance is maintained within parameters defined by the Executive. Promote the Stay Safe philosophy. The post holder may put people to work following the appropriate Company procedures. You may, subject to the appropriate operational authorisation, have responsibilities under the Distribution Safety Rules. Full compliance with these and associated Codes of Practice, Approvals and Engineering Instructions must be made to ensure that People are put to Work safely. Manage the commissioning drawings and test sheets. You will be required to print, collate, file, scan mark-ups and maintain all drawings and test sheet up to and including the as-built records. Set up the test equipment and prepares the plant and equipment for testing including connection and disconnection of test instruments. Assist a Commissioning and Protection Engineer in carrying out point to point wiring checks, CT Mag Curves, operation of switchgear, secondary injection testing, primary injection testing, trip testing, interlock testing, pressure testing and any other testing required for commissioning of a primary or grid substation and independently where they have the ability. Carry out wiring modification to relay panels, switchgear and other plant as directed by drawings or under the supervision of the Commissioning Engineer. During commissioning testing, assist to diagnose problems and propose modifications to scheme design to provide desired operability. To witness contractors' testing and to coordinate the use of test sheets, test routines and policy applied throughout the 3 licensed areas. Assist Commissioning Engineers in Operational Tasks including switching, ID and spiking of cables. Record Asset Data using templates and send completed templates to asset registration team. Measures of Success Ensure that Customer Minutes Lost (CML) and Customer Interruptions (CI) are minimised as a result of the activities of commissioning new plant and that schemes will deliver lower numbers over the life of the project. Support and achieve the goal of Stay Safe to one's self, colleagues and members of the public. Understand and successful implementation of UKPN' procedures. Feedback from colleagues, partners and other organisations demonstrate a positive image of the company. Utilisation of staff and resources to ensure that jobs are undertaken in priority. Management/team feedback Achieve greater Operational Authorisation up to 33KV SAP. Nature and Scope Support the commissioning and ensure that associated quality assurance system is followed throughout the process of delivering the network 'Capital Programme'. From the early broad design review to detailed design checks at the later stages, equipment is checked, tested, safely energised and records updated as part of the process. The role is one of teamwork with many other specialists and colleagues. Commissioning equipment requires communication and understanding with technical staff Contractors, Suppliers, and Customers and internally with designers and project managers. Technical problems that occur on site are normally handled locally where you will find a way to achieve the end often without reference to higher authority. You will make decisions about a way forward. Often there is no right answer. For this reason communication must be enthusiastic and unambiguous. Managing risk is often reduced by an ability to understand and rationalise conflicting points of view to reach an optimum solution. Work is undertaken over multiple locations with varying degrees of accommodation. These include pre-construction design checking, design review meetings remote from support, site-based office locations, indoor and outdoor construction locations. Work often has to take place outside normal hours to lower the risk of customer interruptions whilst new plant is commissioned and tested. The planning process towards this can be very long term. Technical guidance is provided to this job holder including general remote managerial supervision. Commissioning team's input is vital to the project thought the lifecycle. As a result of network outage risk, customer requirements and the demands of the programme a high degree of flexibility to working times may be required and some work is completed outside normal hours. You will be a major influence on prioritisation and planning of work. We expect that with time, experience, operational training and further supported studies you will become a Commissioning and Protection Engineer/SAP on the Primary and Grid network. Therefore you must be willing to push yourself to broaden your knowledge, embrace change and gain HNC or equivalent standard qualification. Competencies You will assist site-based teams technically. In this role we ask that you can demonstrate the ability to understand and rationalise conflicting points of view to reach an optimum solution. You can make links and comparisons between situations within technical engineering that are not obviously related and to identify important issues in complex data. You will use creative thinking to come up with new ideas or ways of doing things. You can think and act ahead of time to take advantage of opportunities and to address problems. You will communicate with other members within the Network Operations team and build relationships with other teams across the business. Plan, co-ordinate and implement network re-arrangements/switching, under pressure, where customer supplies are affected. You have integrity and demonstrate a co-operative and team-based approach to achieving overall goals. Demonstrate you are practical by virtue of your actions, in the form of leading others to action by planning, motivating, organising and controlling tasks and deliverables in a complex fast-moving environment of regulatory change. Be highly focused on delivering complex customer and operationally driven projects Should you not have the full range of essential skills, qualifications and competencies listed above, there may be an opportunity for further training to equip you. If you do not have all relevant competencies for the core grade, it will be appropriate to appoint at a lower grade until you have developed the required competencies. Health & Safety Responsibilities Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment. Employees will ensure they understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and where there are legal requirements, employees will understand those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied. Employees need to be aware that for some craft and operational roles that work at height, or use fall arrest devices, there is an upper weight limit of 116Kg due to maximum safe working load of the safety equipment that is used. If in doubt ask! We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.
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