Relay Technician Apprentice

OG&E | Ardmore, OK

Posted Date 2/13/2024


Craft / Technical


Job Location

2214 W Broadway/Hwy 70, Ardmore, Oklahoma


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Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities, Women, Individuals, with DisABILITIES & Veterans are Encouraged to Apply

Position Summary:

Ensures the proper installation of protective relay and control equipment and their schemes to achieve engineering design requirements within all transmission, generation, and distribution power equipment under the jurisdiction of the supervisor responsible for substation operations. Coordinates with other departments for the accurate completion of new construction and rework projects. Assist all areas, upon request, for projects that require additional manpower and expertise. Provide income for OG&E by outsourcing relay expertise and skills to external customers.

Primary Duties:

  • Members in the apprentice program perform duties related to the craft and consistent with their achieved level within the program which may include: Responsible for supplying technical knowledge, planning, coordination and final performance of assigned projects in transmission, generation, and distribution substations
  • Verifies all new wiring and existing wire changes assuring that engineering design requirements are accomplished, and protection schemes will function designed
  • Performs acceptance inspections and commissioning on new relays, controls, supervisory equipment and RTU's to ensure calibration and operation.
  • Makes minor modifications of operational tests to disclose improper operation of equipment.
  • Installs, tests, maintains, and troubleshoots relays and their operating schemes, power line carrier, fault recorders, RTUs communication interface equipment to ensure proper accurate operation
  • Conducts tests using specialized test equipment and programs to ensure accuracy of the relay and associated scheme.
  • Performs testing and uses troubleshooting techniques to repair or replace defective equipment or devices that may have caused a mis- operation of a relay and or control protective scheme.
  • Assists in the development and training of newer technicians and engineering trainees through on-the-job training and instruction when applicable.
  • Training for peer technicians is furnished upon request.
  • Conducts maintenance testing on all relay equipment removed from service and assess whether the condition of the equipment is adequate and performs properly according to design and calibrate relays, as needed.
  • Practices and ensures that safe work methods and procedures being utilized in all aspects of daily activities.
  • Maintains proper care of tools and equipment.
  • Performs maintenance and operational tests on Power generator protective relays, when requested
  • Performs as first responder to all substation equipment malfunctions including telecommunication and SCADA problems, trouble shoots and makes repairs as necessary.
  • Maintains a complete and accurate file of the areas' substations regarding prints, records, and reports.
  • Maintains stock of parts for repair of area equipment.
  • Stays current on pertinent technologies through continuous education.
  • Prepares and executes error-free switching for normal test and maintenance, for emergency repair and service restoration and be able to operate switches in a safe and professional manner.
  • Maintains required records and reports as delegated by the supervisor
  • Performs modifications and/or configuration changes on RTUs as required to accommodate new or changed measurements/monitoring points in hardware, firmware, and software.
  • May perform coverage supervisor duties, as required


  • Associate's Degree in Electrical or Electronics Technology, or Applied Science with emphasis on Industrial Electrical or Electronics Technology; Or
  • Completion of a Vo-Tech program with course work covering electrical theory and Math; Or
  • Certificate in Industrial Electrical/Electronics And 3 years industrial protection and controls experience; Or
  • Prior military experience in and electrical/electronics field and one enlistment completed with DD form 214 - Discharge Papers and Separation Documents.
  • Valid State Driver's License.
  • DOT Medical Card certification required within 90 days.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to understand and use schematics and wiring diagrams.
  • Working knowledge of symmetrical components and three-phase power systems for calculation of relay settings.
  • Computer skills in the following applications: Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, States Simulator, RTS Testing Software, Fault Simulator, One Bus, Schweitzer software and the capability of learning new software applications.
  • Ability to read and comprehend technical manuals and prints.
  • Ability to develop and present safety meetings and training classes.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member and to provide leadership to less experienced company members in safe testing, maintenance and installation of relay and control equipment in energized substations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing.
  • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with team members, leaders, and customers.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, diagnosis problems, and resolve effectively.
  • Ability to understand and comply with company policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Knowledge and understanding of safety requirements and the use of personal protective equipment.
  • Math Skills
  • Mechanical and electrical skills

Working Conditions:

  • Required to work at any location within the OG&E system, as needed.
  • May be required to work non-standard work schedules and to respond to emergencies including overtime, weekends, holidays, on-call and call- outs.
  • May be exposed to extreme conditions and inclement weather.
  • Work as a team member or independently without direct supervision.
  • Obtain and maintain a Class A Switchman Certification.
  • Alternate Work Schedules will be utilized to best fit the work situation and reduce any jeopardy to customer load.
  • Requires lifting and moving heavy objects exceeding 50 pounds and working at heights exceeding 30 feet.
  • May require frequent travel throughout the OG&E system with required overnight stay (could exceed 7 days).
  • **Physical Demands**
  • Frequently Standing
  • Frequently Walking
  • Frequently Sitting
  • Frequently Lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Frequently Carrying up to 50 pounds
  • Occasionally Pushing up to 72 pounds
  • Occasionally Pulling up to 83 pounds
  • Occasionally Climbing
  • N/A Balancing
  • Occasionally Stooping
  • Frequently Kneeling
  • Frequently Crouching
  • N/A Crawling
  • Frequently Reaching
  • N/A Handling
  • N/A Grasping
  • N/A Feeling
  • N/A Talking
  • N/A Hearing
  • Frequently Repetitive Motions
  • Frequently Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination
  • For additional information about physical demands, go to demands

Special Safety Requirements:

  • This position is a classified as a Safety-Sensitive Job under state law. Individuals in this position are subject to the terms and conditions set forth in OGE Energy Corp.'s Drug Testing Plan.
  • This position is a classified as a Safety-Sensitive Function under United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations. Individuals in this position are subject to the terms and conditions set forth in OGE Energy Corp.'s USDOT Drug Testing Plan.

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