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Substation Helper NERC

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Location: Greenway, DC, United States
Organization: Potomac Electric Power Co
Job ID: 247218
Date Posted: Jun 19, 2023

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At Exelon, we've got a place for you!

Join the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with one of the largest electricity generation portfolios and retail customer bases in the country. You will be part of a family of companies that strives for the highest standards of power generation, competitive energy sales, and energy delivery. Our team of outstanding professionals is focused on performance, thought leadership, innovation, and the power of ideas that come from a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Exelon will provide you the tools and resources you need to design, build and enhance a successful career. We are also dedicated to motivating the success of our employees through competitive base salary, incentives, and health and retirement benefits.

Join Exelon and share your passion at a forward-thinking Fortune 150 company. Establish yourself in a place where you can truly shine and create a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow. Energize your career at Exelon!


Under the supervision of Crew Leader or other more qualified employee, performs electrical and mechanical work involved in the installation, removal, dismantling, maintenance, alteration, and wiring of electrical equipment; and to perform related work as assigned. Supports planned and emergency switching & grounding operations of transmissions & distribution electric system equipment to isolate or return equipment to service. Provides emergency response escort services to local fire departments, law enforcement, military & various government agencies. Participates in on-the-job training.


Duties include but are not limited to:
  • To perform such work as cutting pipe and angle iron, breaking masonry, heating compounds and solder, mixing concrete, mortar, fireproofing compounds and other materials; pulling wires and cable, painting and or removing insulation; and supplying mechanics with tools and materials.
  • To clean and wash insulators, bushings, transformers, and other equipment; to handle insulating oils and other liquids as instructed; and to perform work on various types of equipment.
  • To load, unload and store tools, materials, and equipment; to perform minor excavating work; and to clean work areas, tools, and equipment.
  • As instructed, to drive a truck or truck and trailer, but not the operation of winch or boom.
  • To assist an employee of a higher grade to install, inspect, dismantle, repair and maintain electrical and associated equipment at substation high voltage equipment (up to 500KV), in Company Substations, Customer Vaults and Overhead busses in Substations.
  • Support the bending, fitting, and installing copper or aluminum conductors and steel supports; cutting and threading pipe; fitting and making conductor connections; pulling and fireproofing cable; and barricades. To support the clean and blow out, lubricating and making minor adjustments and repairs to equipment; and to operate oil handling equipment.
  • Perform drilling holes in metal, slate or other materials.
  • The installation of power and control cable to all types of electrical equipment.
  • Under the direction of a higher-grade employee, support the pulling in and installation of power and control equipment to all types of equipment.
  • Support minor building maintenance and repair.
  • Accountable for taking an active part in safety and productivity. Follows safety rules and procedures as well as ensuring safety oversight of all employees.
  • Supports planned and unplanned Cost Center Work Activities – e.g.: Substation Inspections/Maintenance, Environmental Spill Container Inspections, Housekeeping activities and ensures completion of work as assigned.
  • Prepares various written correspondence.
  • Loads and secures material, and equipment.
  • Makes recommendations for improving efficiencies and effectiveness of programs/resources and processes.
  • Supports the related duties as assigned with responding to, investigating, reporting, correcting and referring switchyard security alarms.
  • Drives company vehicles and operates company radio equipment.
  • Provides assistance during system emergencies.


  • Experience demonstrating skill using basic math skills (such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).
  • Ability and willingness to work extended hours, overtime, shift work, weekends, and holidays as required.
  • Ability and willingness to participate in the Company's qualification program.
  • Ability and willingness to read and comprehend Company material and complete written reports accurately.
  • Ability and willingness to communicate clearly with other employees, face to face and over the radio.
  • Ability and willingness to participate in substation modules and computer based (CBT) refresher training.
  • Ability and willingness to perform both indoor and outdoor tasks for extended periods of time (for example, lifting up to 50 pounds, climbing ladders and scaffolding, bending, twisting, kneeling, crawling, pulling/pushing, standing, walking, and squatting).
  • Ability and willingness to work in a variety of work environments including: all weather conditions, around energized electrical substation equipment, at extreme heights (above 30 feet), in confined spaces or enclosed vessels, in dark areas or areas with limited lighting, and in foul water, mud, dust, noxious fumes, noisy, and dirty environments with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Ability and willingness to adhere to federal, state, local and Company safety rules and regulations and to wear and use safety equipment as required.
  • Ability and willingness to wear an issued uniform.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to various Company locations and job sites.
  • Ability and willingness to distinguish color coded wires, signs, breakers, etc.
  • Must possess a Class B Commercial Driver’s License and a medical card OR the ability to obtain each within one year of hire date.
  • Ability and willingness to perform a second role in accordance with Pepco Holdings Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for all employees.
  • Must pass qualification tests, (Construction and Skilled Trades).
  • Must possess valid driver’s license.
  • Must successfully pass Criminal History Background Check.
  • Must successfully pass a medical screening to a include drug test.
  • This position is a NERC Regulated position. As such, a background check will be conducted on the incumbent every seven years. Additionally, the incumbent will be required to complete annual NERC compliance training.

  • Experience demonstrating skill working as a member of a crew to perform tasks associated with the operation, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and repair of various equipment.
  • Experience demonstrating knowledge in the fundamentals of electricity.
  • Experience demonstrating skill using hand tools to repair, troubleshoot, and maintain equipment.
  • Experience demonstrating skill assisting in maintaining and repairing mechanical equipment.
  • Experience demonstrating skill using personal computers to perform various tasks.
  • Experience performing administrative/paperwork tasks.

Exelon is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and employees or applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to: age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

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