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Substation Operator

LS Power Development, LLC
parental leave
United States, California, Los Angeles
Dec 14, 2023

Substation Operator
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Full Time


About us:

Founded in 1990, LS Power is a premier development, investment, and operating company focused on the North American power and energy infrastructure sector, with leading platforms across generation, transmission and energy transition solutions. Since inception, LS Power has developed or acquired over 47,000 MW of power generation, including utility-scale solar, wind, hydro, battery energy storage, and natural gas-fired facilities. Through LS Power Grid, the firm has built and operates approximately 680 miles of high-voltage transmission and has another 200+ miles and multiple grid infrastructure projects currently under construction or development. Across its efforts, LS Power actively invests in and scales businesses that are accelerating the energy transition, including electric vehicle charging, demand response, microgrids, renewable fuels and waste-to-energy platforms. Over the years, LS Power has raised $53 billion in debt and equity capital to support North American infrastructure.

Our Purpose, Mission, & Values:

Our Purpose is to solve complex energy problems that improve the world

Our Mission is to make lives better by developing a cleaner and more reliable energy ecosystem

Our Values are the willingness to participate in and help strengthen our culture of integrity, Innovation, Teamwork, and Taking Ownership

Our People create value and are our Most Valuable asset. We take our values of Integrity, Innovation, Teamwork, and Taking Ownership seriously and ask candidates to think about how they can help us further enhance our culture with their specific skillsets, capabilities, and experiences.


We provide our team the opportunity to share their unique perspectives, solve new challenges, and continue in their career growth. We are committed to supporting employees' happiness, healthiness, and overall well-being by providing comprehensive benefits that include 100% employer paid premium healthcare, paid parental leave and more.

DEI Statement

At LS Power, we seek to position our employees for success. We provide a stable and fulfilling career with an enhanced focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). More than being an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to hiring and developing diverse talent as part of our pledge to "Powering Change." Through Powering Change, we embody the belief that diverse perspectives foster innovation, and in turn, the continued growth of LS Power.


The salary for this role is $100K - $120K. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in (Location). This salary range may also be modified in the future.

About the role:

This position supports the regulated electric transmission business of LS Power. Specifically, this position will be based in California and be responsible for field operations at newly constructed STATCOM transmission facilities in central and northern California. The candidate will support both operations and maintenance of high-voltage substation equipment including switchgear, SF6 breakers, power electronics, disconnect switches and control building equipment. The successful candidate will be an experienced Substation Operator with the requisite training and experience to perform the job requirements with the highest regard to safety and professionalism.


What you will do:

    Plan, coordinate and submit outage requests in coordination with the LSP Transmission Operations group
  • Coordinate and execute electrical clearances, perform field switching operations and administer lock out and tagging procedures
  • Direct and indirect supervision of various craft laborers to include linemen, journeymen, construction contractors and vegetation management service providers
  • Read and understand engineering schematics and technical documents pertaining to electrical transmission protection systems and associated communication equipment
  • Perform routine substation and transmission line equipment inspections
  • Maintain accurate records including test results, drawings and maintenance documentation for associated equipment and devices
  • Assist with event investigations by retrieving relay fault records and operational data from station equipment
  • Utilize computerized work management software to create work orders, build job plans, track maintenance, order equipment and maintain inventories
  • Provide on-call support as requested to investigate and respond to events such as security alarms, relay operations and system disturbances
  • Routinely interface with vendors, interconnected utilities, landowners, contractors and consultants in the performance of daily responsibilities
  • Requires frequent local travel, some overnight trips and subject to 24-hour, on-call duty rotations


We wan you on our team because you have:

  • Completion of a technical or vocational training program as a substation or relay technician
  • 5 - 10 years of relevant experience with an electrical utility or testing services contractor
  • Possess superior knowledge and understanding of maintenance work performed by contract personnel involving substation equipment including transformers, circuit breakers and switches
  • A basic understanding of protective relaying, communication, metering, and SCADA systems
  • Familiarity with specialized technical software and test equipment utilized for substation maintenance activities
  • Knowledge and understanding of electric utility business principles, compliance programs and operations is a plus
  • Are selfmotivated, disciplined and possess effective skills necessary for the job as described.
  • Good communication, organization, critical thinking and a strong knowledge of substation operations, maintenance and troubleshooting.

Routinely works in an energized, substation environment but will also have a workspace in a corporate office with a warehouse/workshop and remote inventory material yard. The Company will supply a truck, tools and all required PPE. The individual may have occasional visits to other regional operating facilities and field sites for training purposes. Working hours are generally normal but circumstances or deadlines may dictate extended hours to complete required tasks. Operates computer equipment, uses phone daily, and frequently travels regionally in accordance with operational demands.

This position is available in Central/North California. LS Power offers highly competitive compensation and benefits packages and is committed to the career development of its employees.