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Duke Energy System Protection & Control Technician (Relay Tech) in Lake Wales, Florida

More than a career - a chance to make a difference in people's lives.

Build an exciting, rewarding career with us – help us make a difference for millions of people every day. Consider joining the Duke Energy team, where you'll find a friendly work environment, opportunities for growth and development, recognition for your work, and competitive pay and benefits.

System Protection & Control Technician must be able to calibrate, install, maintain, and repair protective relays and associated equipment to ensure the efficient, safe, reliable operation of the Duke Energy Electric Grid. The System Protection & Control Technician (Relay Tech) must be able to work in various working environments from generation plants, transmission switch yards and control houses, and distribution substations. The Relay Tech must maintain a high level of awareness for hazard recognition and maintain safe work practices. Will be required to maintain, install, repair, and troubleshoot complex control systems, protective relay systems (microprocessor and electro-mechanical); substation and electric utility protection systems; station automation and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Relay Tech is responsible for correctly reading and properly interpreting substation drawings (e.g., single line drawings, AC and DC schematics, panel wiring diagrams, and panel layout drawings). Must be available for periodic call outs to respond to power system emergencies, and be available for afterhours system support-on-call. Relay Tech is responsible for writing procedures and/or test plans in support of maintenance and construction activities.

Properly maintain tools, test equipment, and vehicles.

Perform switching and tagging to obtain proper clearance on equipment for repair, maintenance, or construction work per procedure.

Performs all duties in a safe manner complying with all safety and operational procedures. May work in areas requiring caution and use of safety devices.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School degree or GED.

  • Greater than 3.5 years related experience in relay work or equivalent job-related and educational experience.

  • Tech aptitude testing is required for this position.

  • Ability to carry 75lbs for 100ft.

  • Ability to work near energized electrical equipment which may also involve extremely tall structures.

  • Ability to perform maintenance in confined spaces.

  • Ability to work in inclement and extreme weather conditions.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain unescorted access to Duke Energy generation facilities and NERC CIP locations.

  • Ability to obtain a valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree, Trade, or Technical School in electrical theory

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field

  • 5+ years’ experience in Relay work or related field.

  • Ability to interpret electrical wiring diagrams and drawings.

  • Ability to troubleshoot, make recommendations, and prioritize system improvements.

  • Extensive knowledge of test equipment, electromechanical and microprocessor relays, meters, computers, communications equipment, and proper wiring methods and practices

  • Comprehensive knowledge of mathematical computation procedures including, basic math, and square roots.

  • Demonstrated proper knowledge of safe testing, maintenance, and repair techniques.

  • Considerable knowledge of the proper and safe use and application of tools, equipment, and hardware.

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)No

Represented/Union PositionMain IBEW Florida Union

Visa Sponsored PositionNo

Posting Expiration Date

Thursday, October 29, 2020

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

Regardless of your skill set or specific interest, we're looking for the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our people make us great - and we're always looking for more. Find your career path today at Duke Energy, where it's more than a career - it's a chance to make a difference in people's lives.

Duke Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the laws set forth in the Department of Labor EEO Poster and Supplement.