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Madison Gas & Electric Substation Relay and Control Tester 1 in Madison, Wisconsin

Substation Relay and Control Tester 1

Location Madison

Job Category Electric Construction

# of openings 1

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Definitions Used Throughout the Job Description.

Direct Supervision: A Substation Relay and Control Tester - Journeyman observing an employee closely enough at working level to provide immediate feedback in case the employee is about to perform an unsafe act (work practice). The purpose of this close supervision is to ensure proper safety rules, operating procedures, and electrical safety-related work practices are being followed.

General Supervision: A Substation Relay and Control Tester - Journeyman observing an employee from the immediate area providing the necessary instruction and direction for the task being performed.

General Purpose of Work: A Substation Relay and Control Tester 1 under Direct Supervision of a Substation Relay and Control Tester - Journeyman, may enter substations to perform necessary inspections of substation equipment and facilities and also conduct non-live line tool switching activities. They may also work on low-voltage equipment and circuitry that is de-energized.

General Duties.

  • Under Direct Supervision, the Substation Relay and Control Tester 1 may perform the following duties.

  • Non-live line tool switching activities including Hold Card installation.

  • Preventive maintenance inspections of transmission and distribution substations.

  • Assemble and wire new remote terminal unit and equipment panels that are non-energized.

  • Pull control cabling.

  • Hot stick cleaning and testing.

  • Change nitrogen tanks.

  • Snow plow substation facilities.

  • Housekeeping duties and substation facility maintenance.

  • Assist the Substation Relay and Control Tester - Journeyman in installing, operating, constructing and maintaining all types of protective and control systems for transformers, circuit breakers, reclosers, capacitor banks, control cables, relays, meters, and miscellaneous substation equipment.


  • Must have graduated from an accredited Electronic Technician program and demonstration of suitable proficiency in that classification is required or have suitable prior experience in the area.

  • Must prefer outdoor work.

  • Must have a temperament and personality which enables him/her to work as a member of a crew or work team.

  • Must be reasonably available for overtime and emergency work assignments.

  • Must have and maintain a valid Wisconsin driver's license.

Knowledge and Skills to Be Acquired.

  • Learns the locations and names of all transmission and distribution substations.

  • Acquires and demonstrates knowledge of the name, purpose, and storage places of substation stock materials and tools used for construction and maintenance.

  • Learns and practices all safety rules which apply to this work and any protective equipment used in this type of work.

  • Identifies substation equipment (transformer, circuit breaker, etc.).

  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of switching procedures, policies and associated equipment.

  • Demonstrates the ability to conduct Substation Preventive Maintenance Inspection activities with little oversight or correction.


MGE is a community energy company dedicated to planning and providing reliable energy that balances the needs and values of those we serve. MGE has ranked in the top three utilities in the country for the fewest number of outages in each of the last 15 years. MGE is an investor-owned, government-regulated public utility that generates and distributes electric power to 161,000 customers and purchases and distributes natural gas to 173,000 customers in south-central and western Wisconsin. MGE's parent company is MGE Energy, Inc., a public utility holding company. Its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market. For more information, visit and


The position is located in Madison, Wisconsin, where MGE is an active participant in community efforts to preserve the area's extraordinary quality of life. Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and a major research and technology city. The area's strong quality-of-life factors include a vibrant economy; urban, suburban, and rural living options; nationally acclaimed public university and public secondary school systems; rich cultural, recreational, and outdoor offerings; and a favorable cost of living.

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