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Engineering Technician - Metering

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    Portland, Oregon
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ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN 2 - Specialty: Energy Efficiency Metering Technician

This position will primarily interact with engineers in the Engineering Services group but the Technician may also work directly with other staff in and outside of Energy Efficiency and with external customers (utilities, other federal agencies, etc). Work is focused on meters and loggers that are used to capture end use loads in support of documentation of energy savings projects. The position will provide support in; maintaining and operating owned metering equipment deployed at end-use equipment, for data collection, data analysis, and safety equipment technical support at various external residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural facilities located throughout service territory. The metering function is in support of the core Energy Efficiency (EE) technical functions including estimation of energy use and analysis of energy use patterns including; measurement and verification of energy savings, inspection of efficiency measures and project and tracking and reporting energy savings.


Associate’s Degree in the area of engineering, mathematics, computer science or a directly-related field is desired (Associate’s degree can be substituted for 2 years required experience - see below).
4+ years experience with both Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) electrical systems is required.
Required Experience: A minimum combination of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training is required. Experience should be consistent with the specific requirements of engineering, mathematics, computer science or a related field.

Minimum Related Experience: This is a Level 2 position: 5 - 9 years’ previous engineering technician experience is required (3 - 7 years with Associate’s degree, as specified above).
Experience must include electrical metering instrumentation, data collection tools, building measurement and data logging equipment, computer operating systems and electrical systems.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products, such as Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook (Microsoft Office 2010 proficiency required).

Technical Requirements:

Knowledge of Meter Data Management systems and meter reading software.
A working knowledge of energy efficiency, HVAC, lighting, building control systems, pumps and motors.
Working Knowledge of instruments and meters, elementary electricity, elementary mathematics, building HVAC and electrical distribution systems, and building controls.
Math (fractions and decimals are necessary to calculate meter constants, register ratios, and pulse values).
A basic understanding of inductance, capacitance, power factor, and vector analysis.
Knowledge of AC and DC circuits with particular reference to Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law.
A basic understanding of electronic components and circuits.
Personal computers and how the communicate with and program electronic meters.
A general knowledge of the current-carrying capacity of wire, the relationship between electricity and heat, and the causes and effects of voltage drops.
The principles of indicating instruments.
The principles of watthour meters, the effects of the various adjustments, and a good understanding of how to test and calibrate watthour meters.
Single and polyphase circuits and how to meter them.
Principles of power, current, and voltage transformers and how to interconnect them.
Electrical circuit protection including, fuses, breakers, trip/resets.
The correct methods of bonding, grounding, and shielding for safety as well as the protection of electronic equipment.
Basic knowledge of AMI and AMR systems, their components and associated communication technology.
Basic knowledge of the equipment used to test meters, the application of fuses or circuit breakers and basic telecommunication principles and practices.
Must be able to perform work in partnership with one or more similar metering technicians, working collectively

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