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Relay & Control Technician I, II, or Senior

Location: Cheyenne, WY, United States
Job ID: 33761
Date Posted: Jan 20, 2022
Salary: $25.94 to $38.89 hourly

Job Description

Job Specifications

This important role is responsible for programming, testing, and maintenance of protective relays and other communication equipment in an electric utility substation and generation environment.

PAY RANGE:   (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

  • Level I: $25.31 - $37.96 per hour 
  • Level II: $31.30 - $47.04 per hour
  • Senior Level: $35.12 - $52.79 per hour

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Relay & Controls Supervisor

LOCATION:   Cheyenne, Wyoming


  • Perform automated relay testing, calibration, and maintenance of protective relay equipment, including electromechanical and microprocessor systems.
  • Adhere to standards and guidelines set forth by FERC, NERC, WECC and any other regulatory agency of the North American standards.
  • Test all equipment in accordance with the BHC Protection Systems Maintenance Program to satisfy NERC and FERC requirements.
  • Create, install, maintain and troubleshoot substation SCADA Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) equipment.
  • Create, install, maintain and troubleshoot Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) substation communication processors installations.
  • Install firmware upgrades in relays, RTUs, and communication equipment.
  • Perform substation commissioning and acceptance testing and create and maintain equipment drawings and documentations including test, repair, and settings records.
  • Installing settings and testing recloser controls.
  • Attend safety meetings and employee training as assigned.


  • Position includes frequent travel and extended periods of driving within the utility service territory and some overnight stays may be required.  Also includes some night, weekend, and holiday hours to perform emergency service and repair on utility protection and control equipment. Emergency repairs may require working in storm restoration operations to rebuild and/or repair damaged power systems. 
  • Occasionally performs work on or near energized circuits or equipment.
  • Position requires the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including safety glasses, ear plugs, hard hat, and steel toed boots. Other PPE will be used as required.


Level I:

  • Minimum of two (2) years of electrical utility relay testing experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Associates degree in Electrical/Electronic Technology, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.

Level II:

  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience in the installation and maintenance of SCADA RTU’s, substation network equipment, substation relay and utility based automatic control systems.
  • Associates degree in Electrical/Electronic Technology or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Senior Level:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the installation or maintenance of utility SCADA RTUs, communications, or protection equipment required. 
  • Associate degree in Electrical/Electronic Technology or equivalent combination of education and experience required.


  • Strong verbal and written communications skills and the ability to interact in a team-based environment.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications. 
  • Ability to maintain proficiency with new systems and software as technology evolves. 
  • System and equipment troubleshooting skills.
  • Skilled in the use of advanced electrical and electronic test equipment, including multimeters and calibration equipment.
  • Must have organizational and record keeping skills.
  • High regard for the goals of the company and its employees.
  • Demonstrate agility by adjusting to changing circumstances.
  • Demonstrate safe work ethic.
  • Must be able to work with and distinguish between colors.
  • Adhere to all Company Safety and Health Policies.
  • Efficient working with basic hand tools and power tools.
  • Ability to stay over-night, out of town and be available to travel as projects require.
  • Ability to work over-time and extended periods of time.

The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in a field job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental description: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously moves about the office and the job sites and operates machines and equipment. Employee frequently accesses low and high areas with additional equipment, ascends/descends stairs, maintains coordination, and engages in repetitive motions (kneeling, reaching). Employee may occasionally use a respirator. Employee operates job related equipment and tools. Employee routinely performs this work for an average of 8-10 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Regular, reliable, and timely attendance is expected. 

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if moving about is only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level and occasionally outdoors in sometimes inclement weather. Worker may be subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working in places of height or close quarters. Willing to travel occasionally (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package: annual incentive program (based on percentage of eligible earnings), 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 25.94 to 38.89
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Relay & Control Technician I, II, or Senior

Cheyenne, WY, United States