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Cleco Relay Technician - Union (IBEW) in New Roads, Louisiana

We’re committed to being the clean energy leader in Louisiana. By investing in renewables like solar and utilizing carbon capture and sequestration technology to make our air cleaner, we’re in this for the long haul, because our state and future generations depend on it. Come be a part of our journey at Cleco where we're Energizing Your Tomorrow.

The Relay Technician – Union (IBEW) is a technician responsible for the maintenance, testing and repair of protection systems in Transmission, Distribution and electrical power substations. This position involves installing, maintaining and troubleshooting control circuits to circuit breakers, Potential Transformers (PTs), Capacitor Coupled Voltage Transformers (CCVTs), and other equipment. Also replacing wires, testing different components and calibrating generators. Responsible for ensuring electricity gets routed through the substation on its way to residential or commercial areas at the correct voltage.

Key Responsibilities

  • Champions a corporate culture that emphasizes transparency, integrity, safety, environmental responsibility, employee development, diversity and inclusion, customer service, and operational excellence.

  • Responsible for maintaining, diagnosing, and correcting problems to all protective relays, substations, control circuits, supervisory controls, and battery systems in distribution, transmission and generation facilities.

  • Constructs, installs and maintains auto-transfer schemes in distribution system.

  • Performs the installation, wiring and checkout of all protective relaying and associated control systems in transmission, distribution and generation stations.

  • Performs periodic testing and functional operation of protection systems in accordance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) mandate.

  • Maintains relay carrier equipment such as wavetraps and line tuners.

  • Diagnoses and corrects problems in equipment such as power circuit breakers, transformers, and fault/disturbance recorders in a manner that is not disruptive to the regional power grid.

  • Installs and maintains battery systems and chargers in transmission substations.

  • Installs, maintains, and troubleshoots both Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)-based and solid state transfer switches and sectionalizing switch automatic controls as well as the associated motor operators. Also required to train field personnel in the proper operation and testing of these devices.

  • Maintains SAP Equipment Maintenance database used for keeping accurate and concise historical records of transmission equipment.

  • Develop relay testing programs, Distribution Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (DSCADA) programs, carrier system programs, transmission and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) programs, and PLCs which controls Capacitor Banks, Load Tap Changers (LTCs), and Breaker reclosing.

  • Performs testing on SCADA Systems, carrier systems, CCVTs, Transformers, Current Transformers (CTs), PTs, wave traps, Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) schemes, power plant SCADA and generation relaying, battery sets, capacitor banks and controls, PLCs, and regulators.

  • Serves as a member of scheduled call-out to ensure timely restoration of service.

  • Connects test apparatus to troubled circuit.

  • Analyzes test results and interprets electrical diagrams to locate defective relay.

  • Opens and closes switches to isolate defective relay and makes adjustments or removes relay for repair.

  • Tests circuit and equipment to evaluate such factors as insulation quality, which affect function of relays.

  • Analyzes test data to determine performance characteristics of relays and effect of system modifications on relay performance.

  • Supervise contractors in construction of substations and assist engineering with design.

  • Provide communication to supervisor to provide status updates on work, and identify risks in delivery or resourcing needs.


Required Education, Skills & Experience

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Two years vocational or technical training in Electrical Technology or related field preferred.

  • Pass appropriate EEI pre-employment Test.

  • Experience Levels:

  • Technician III - Entry

  • Technician III - 1 year

  • Technician II - 2 years

  • Technician II - 3 years

  • Technician I - 4 years

  • Technician I - 5 years

  • Senior Relay Technician – 5 years

  • Senior Relay Technician – 6 years

  • Lead Relay Technician – 7 years

  • Pass appropriate reclassification board examination

  • Step progression levels based on skill proficiency and scope of job.

  • Strong business acumen pertaining to the Utility industry

  • Strong knowledge of leading practices in transmission relay

  • Strong planning and project management skills

  • Willingness and ability to learn new technologies on the job

  • Proficient at functioning effectively within a team environment, present ideas and opinions in a respective and collegial manner

  • Progression to this level is strictly restricted based on critical individual capabilities and business requirements; must be supported by market survey data.

Ke y Competencies


  • Balances stakeholders

  • Builds effective teams

  • Business insight

  • Communicates effectively

  • Courage

  • Demonstrates self-awareness

  • Drives Results

  • Drives Vision and Purpose

  • Ensures Accountability

  • Instills trust

  • Nimble learning

  • Plans and Aligns

  • Safety

  • Strategic mindset


  • Analytical skills

  • Compliance

  • Equipment utilization

  • Transmission operations

  • Transmission operations quality

  • Transmission operations resource management

  • Transmission operations risk management

Salary dependent on experience, skills, education, and training.

Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC is a regional energy holding company that conducts its business operations through two subsidiaries, Cleco Power and Cleco Cajun. Headquartered in Pineville, Louisiana, and in business since 1935, the company has almost 1,500 employees.

Cleco Power

Cleco Power is a regulated electric public utility that owns 10 generating units with a rated capacity of 3,360 megawatts, 1,335 miles of transmission lines and 12,152 miles of distribution lines. Cleco Power uses multiple generating sources and multiple fuels to serve approximately 290,000 customers in 24 of Louisiana's parishes through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. Parishes served include Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Catahoula, DeSoto, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Vernon and Washington.

Cleco Cajun

Cleco Cajun is an unregulated utility company that owns 14 generating units with a rated capacity of 3,379 MWs and wholesale contracts serving nine Louisiana cooperatives, three wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility.