Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Substation Apparatus Construction Technician I, II, III, IV or Journey Level (IRC22926) in Cheyenne, Wyoming


Responsible for the safe and efficient maintenance, operation, and installation and modification of transmission line and substation equipment.

Note: There is only one vacancy. However, applicants will be considered for a Technician I, II, III, IV or Journey Level based on their overall job qualifications.

Salary Grades: Technician I - T2; Technician II - T3; Technician III - T4; Technician IV - T5; Journey Level Technician - T6

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES(Responsibilities listed below are for a Journey Level Technician. Responsibilities for a Technician I, II, III, or IV are similar but may vary in overall responsibility, accountability and scope.)

  • Perform, assign and coordinate work, and train others in all types of physical installation and modification of equipment in transmission substations and lines both energized and de-energized.
  • Carry out work order assignments, interpret prints, and prepare time sheets, material tickets, and applicable reports as required.
  • Lead and direct the work of crew including coordinating schedules, routing and execution of jobs assigned and planning and laying out the specific work assignments on the job.
  • Maintain a first aid card and the ability to perform first aid.
  • Responsible for observance of safety rules by all co-workers.
  • Maintain a Commercial Driver's License (C.D.L.) for and be able to operate the following types of vehicles:
  • Tractor trailer combination, lift trucks, cranes, bucket trucks, man lifts, digger equipment, backhoe, front loader, trenching equipment, and miscellaneous small vehicles.
  • Set up safe clearances with dispatcher and operating personnel.
  • Responsible for the installation and modification of substation and line equipment such as equipment foundations, bus work, steel, conduit, grounding systems, switches, and the physical installation of all types of substation and line equipment.
  • Responsible for having all equipment installed in ready and working condition.
  • Do any other work of equal or lesser skill within the capabilities of the individual to meet emergencies or other operating needs.
  • Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
  • Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.


  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Planning: ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
  • Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
  • Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
  • Commitment to company values.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong team player and crew member: accomplishes tasks by working with assigned crew and others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
  • Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications including those that may be involved with the construction and installation of transmission substation and line equipment.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.


Education, Training and Experience:(Requirements listed below are for a Journey Level Technician. Applicants with less experience may be considered for an apprentice level position; Technician I, II, III or IV.)

  • Six (6) years of education and/or experience in power line construction and the physical construction of transmission substations. This would consist of:
  • The equivalent of technical training received in an Associate degree program in electrical utility maintenance and construction with studies in structures, apparatus, and equipment usage (i.e., aerial manlifts, hydraulic booms, diggers).


  • Two (2) years practical experience and/or be able to demonstrate knowledge in the layout and construction of various transmission substation and power line foundations to include layout, forming, and proper soil preparation and compaction.
  • Two (2) years practical experience and/or be able to demonstrate knowledge of transmission substation physical construction. This would include steel erection and heavy apparatus moves.
  • One (1) year practical experience and/or be able to demonstrate knowledge of power line construction. This would include wood and steel structures.
  • One (1) year practical experience and/or be able to demonstrate knowledge in substation bus installation, basic bus welding techniques, switch installation and maintenance, concrete demolition, grounds installation, conduit installation, and cable installation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Be capable of applying artificial respiration and be able to render practical first aid.
  • Possess a considerable degree of skill to perform work by following standard methods and procedures as well as the ability to plan and perform a sequence of operations or duties when standards or recognized methods are inapplicable or are not suitable.
  • Be able to exercise judgment in frequently making decisions and regularly directing a group or workers.
  • Have knowledge of the layout and characteristics of Tri-State's transmission system and conventions used throughout the electric power industry.
  • Ability to understand work orders, set up clearances, interpret prints, prepare material tickets and prepare reports.


  • Be willing and able to work extra and irregular hours as the utility needs may require, and be willing to work under unusual or special working conditions; storms, extreme temperatures, winds, darkness, and similar working conditions.
  • Willingness to travel up to 90% of working time, including overnight travel.
  • Have good health and physical abilities adequate for performing strenuous work.
  • Must reside within a 60 minute response time to the base location.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must be able to demonstrate that he or she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
  • Must have satisfactory work record.

Job Title: Substation Apparatus Construction Technician I, II, III, IV or Journey Level (IRC22926)

Location: Cheyenne, WY, US

Base Location: Cheyenne Field Facility, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Currency: USD

Amount of Travel: Up to 75%

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran