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Idaho Power Company Station Control Technician Apprentice in Boise, Idaho

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07/05/2019 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time

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The Station Control Technician Apprentice assists Station Control Technicians with installing, commissioning, and troubleshooting substation and power plant control systems, including: system monitoring equipment, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), remedial action schemes (RAS), and protective relay, control, and communication systems.


  • Assists Station Control Technicians to wire control buildings, install conduit, install control panels, and rewire both energized and deenergized control circuits.

  • Assists Station Control Technicians to install and terminate cables for power transformers, power circuit breakers, local service transformers, capacitor banks, load centers, and control panels.

  • Operates equipment including but not limited to skid steer, mini-excavator, backhoe, man-lift, and forklift.

  • Assists Station Control Technicians to install substation and power plant AC and DC local service. Installs protection, control, and communication schemes for substations and power plants.

  • Assists Station Control Technicians to perform sheet metal work to install new relays, load centers, and cable trays.

  • Assists Station Control Technicians to troubleshoot control components, including relays, meters, and associated equipment using prints.

  • Assists Station Control Technicians and regional technicians to perform final testing and commissions of projects.

  • Assists Station Control Technicians in requesting, working under, and releasing clearances.

  • Reads and properly interprets substation drawings (e.g., single line drawings, AC and DC schematics, panel wiring diagrams, network cable diagrams, and panel layout drawings).

  • Learns and applies protective relay, substation, and power plant metering theory.

  • Assists Station Structural Technicians in prepping, forming and pouring concrete; ground compaction; rigging and placing large apparatus and steel structures; trenching and shoring; installing bus work; installing ground grid; spreading gravel; high voltage cable termination; any other control or structural work required in the erection of substations and power plants.


Knowledge of:

  • OSHA regulations, chemical safety, electrical safety related work practices

  • Electrical circuits, electronics, algebra, and trigonometry; utility system practices and utility business practices

  • Substation and power plant construction, operations, maintenance, and safety practices.

  • Safe operation of hand and power tools used in the electrical trades

  • AC and DC circuit theory, wiring diagrams, control schematics, and other drawings such as station construction prints with electrical, mechanical, and structural details

  • Batteries, protective controls and other equipment relative to station control

  • Power transformers, load tap changers, and potential and current transformers

  • Power circuit breakers, metal-clad switchgear, circuit switchers, disconnect and air break switches, synchronous condensers, series and shunt capacitors, AC & DC controls; electrical test equipment (multi-meter, volt-ohm meter, current sources, breaker simulator, etc.) and testing methods, and troubleshooting techniques

  • Performance Management System, Corporate policies, Idaho Power’s safety program

  • PC use and basic software

Skills in:

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication

  • Problem identification

  • Problem solving

  • Troubleshooting

  • Operating test equipment

  • Basic use of personal computers using software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and e-mail

  • Organization and time management

Ability to:

  • Read and understand station drawings

  • Properly correct and document changes to station drawings

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships

  • Work in a team environment, as well as independently and be self-motivated and flexible

  • Work with a high degree of accountability

  • Meet established project deadlines; apply established guidelines, and use good judgment and initiative in resolving work problems

  • Expected to work increasingly independently as evaluated by the Station Control Technician and/or Station Control Technician Foreman



  • High school diploma or GED, AND

  • Associates degree in electronics discipline, OR

  • State recognized Journeyman Electrician License, OR

  • Completion of a formal apprenticeship training program recognized by the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, OR

  • An equivalent combination of education and work experience.


  • Two or more years of work experience in an electrical or control wiring field.

Licenses & Certifications:

  • Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position.

  • Valid DOT medical card or the ability to obtain one prior to hire.

  • Must obtain First Aid/CPR card within 90 days.


This position requires the ability to occasionally bend, stoop squat, crouch, climb ladders, twist, kneel, balance and reach, and rarely crawl. Occasionally lift above-shoulder items weighing up to 50 lbs, and waist-high and knee-high items weighing up to 75 lbs; occasionally push or pull items using force of up to 50 lbs. and rarely up to 125 lbs; occasionally carry with one hand items weighing up to 50 lbs or two hands items weighing up to 75 lbs. Occasionally use fine and gross hand manipulation when working with tools or equipment, and occasionally use foot controls when driving. Job sometimes requires working outdoors in adverse weather conditions or in confined spaces. Applicant must perform the essential functions of the position without posing a direct threat of harm to self, others, or property. Job placement is contingent upon successful completion of a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam.


Immediately enroll in the Stations Technician Apprenticeship Program. Additional safety related training may be required.


This position is a member of the Stations Construction department and may be assigned to work in a Panel Shop, on a Substation Control Wiring crew, on a Power Plant Control wiring crew, or on a combo crew that does both Control wiring and Structural work in substations. The crew this position is assigned to may change at any time depending on business need. This position requires extensive travel across Idaho Power’s service area.

The work schedule for this position may change week to week. Typical work schedule includes four 10-hour days, and eight 10-hour days working back-to-back weeks. Each workday may be an out-of-town, overnight stay. This position requires the ability to work overtime and weekends when business need requires. Must abide by Idaho Power Company's safety rules and regulations. Complete required Company and safety training.


Adaptability, Applied Learning, Communication, Decision Making, Safety Focus, Work Standards

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Idaho Power Company

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P.O. Box 70

Boise, ID 83707

Phone: 208-388-2965


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