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Ameren Distr Automation Tech - Decatur in Decatur, Illinois

If end date is listed, the posting will come down at 12:00 am on that date:Friday October 29, 2021

Duties :

Under general supervision, and at times to train and direct the work of a trainee; to test, calibrate and repair relays and RTUs associated with distribution equipment of 34,500 volts and less installed outside of substations, including reclosers, switches, sectionalizers, solid-state capacitor controls, and motor operated switches installed at 69,000 volts and less installed outside of substations. Inspect, test, and operate Company and customer-owned electrical distribution equipment such as:

  • Test, calibrate and repair relays for current, voltage, temperature, directional current, power, VAR, differential current, voltage regulating and other relays at locations outlined above.

  • Perform tests on system equipment outlined above to determine the electrical and/or mechanical performance characteristics such as resistance, capacitance, and mechanical motion.

  • Operation of various computer testing and programming software.

  • Make complete and comprehensive load checks as needed at locations outlined above.

  • Install, maintain and troubleshoot telecommunication devices and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) associated with above devices.

  • Install and maintain electronics on line voltage regulators and capacitor banks as part of the Voltage Optimization Program.

  • Use of Extendo stick and Shotgun stick as necessary for testing of some devices. Testing function of lockout handles, hot line tag handles, trip-close handles.

  • To prepare clear and concise reports on all work performed.

  • Wiring of AC or DC control power and circuitry as needed at locations outlined above.

  • To install or replace radio equipment installed along with above devices.

  • Install and remove fault circuit indicators (FCI's) from the ground.

  • Check settings on feeder regulators for proper feeder voltage level and regulation.

  • Check company service connections and make repairs or report findings to supervisor for corrective action.

Special Responsibilities:

  • For service continuity and quality to the extent that these factors depend on accurate adjustment and proper functioning of the relays or other control equipment at locations outlined above which is tested, adjusted or repaired.

  • For equipment to the extent that its protection, when operating, depends on the proper functioning of relays and other control equipment which is tested, adjusted, or repaired.

  • In emergencies for quickly and accurately correcting faulty operation of relays and control equipment and for clearing faulty apparatus.

  • For special care to prevent personal errors in the testing and calibrating of relays and other control devices and in reporting data.

  • For the safety of others to the extent that proper functioning of controls protects others by accurately and quickly isolating apparatus during fault conditions. Technicians are expected to obey all safety rules and regulations.

  • To drive a vehicle carrying tools and equipment. For special care to prevent damage to the vehicle and the test equipment to the extent that it’s operation is critical for calibration of relays and control equipment.

  • May be required to drive and/or operate a vehicle equipped with a basket.

  • Some overnight and storm restoration work stays may be required.

  • Applicants must be available for overtime and emergency callouts.


  • With employees of other departments, customer representatives, customers, outside contractors and other utilities.

Working Conditions:

  • Subject to outside weather conditions.

  • Subject at times to hot and cold temperatures, dirt, vibration, and to working in high places.


  • Subject to shock, flashes, burns, cuts while working on low voltage or near high voltage electrical equipment.

  • Subject to traffic hazards when driving a vehicle on streets or highways in all weather conditions.


  • Graduation from high school or equivalent.

  • Requires a minimum of an Associate's Degree in Electronics, and Journeyman classification for Substation Electronics Technician, Substation Relay Technician or Distribution System Technician, or equivalent educational background or experience as determined by the Company

  • Successful completion of Construction & Skilled Trades (CAST) Test.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Illinois driver license.

  • Position is in Decatur IL. Residency required within 25 miles of reporting location.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, genetic information, military service or status, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other class, trait, or status protected by law.

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric transmission and distribution service and natural gas distribution service. Ameren Missouri provides electric generation, transmission and distribution service, as well as natural gas distribution service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois develops, owns and operates rate-regulated regional electric transmission projects. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenCorp,, or LinkedIn/company/Ameren.