The Building People
Requisition Number: 2018-059
Job Title: Protection and Control Specialist
City: Phoenix
State: AZ

Company Description

The Building People is a recognized leader in real estate facilities services. Our global organization delivers total lifecycle solutions for clients that integrate technology, buildings, and people to solve today's complex challenges for building owners, occupiers and stakeholders. We empower our clients to maximize the workplace experience and reduce costs without sacrificing quality and reliability. Our strategy leads clients towards the future of facilities through a connected real estate model that propagates new norms to deliver organizational efficiency, sustainability, and savings.

Protection and Control Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

The Building People has a need for a full-time Senior Protection and Control Specialist supporting the Protection and Communication Maintenance Division for the Western Area Power Administration, Desert Southwest Regional Office. The employee will provide technical support services and perform the following duties and tasks:
  • Provides guidance and instruction, when required, to Journeyman, Craftsman- in-Training, Engineers and Apprentices on maintaining, repairing and testing metering equipment, including watt hour meters, paper and magnetic tape digital demand records, switchboard records and indicating meters of all types.
  •  Assists in developing and writing modules for WAPA’s test equipment manuals.
  •  Provides guidance and instruction, when required, to Journeyman, Craftsman- in-Training and Apprentices on control and protection schemes and theory for high voltage transmission systems.
  • Participates in the check out and placing in service of new facilities and additions to existing facilities.
  • Maintains, repairs and tests protective equipment including current, voltage, differential, reclosing timing, auxiliary, ground detection and complex impedance relays of both the electromechanical and solid state types.
  • Provides technical assistance in the evaluation of system disturbances, relay and equipment malfunctions.
  • Possesses expert knowledge and use of instruction books, schematics and wiring diagrams, hand tools, electric test equipment such as voltmeters, ammeters, watt meters, phase shifters, auxiliary current and potential transformers, phase angle meters, phantom or ‘dummy’ loads, millivolt potentiometers, loading transformers, ratio test sets, phase rotation testers, electronic counters, various types of bridges, rotating standards, oscillographs and oscilloscopes.
  • Performs a variety of jobs concerned with the maintenance and repair of power system metering, control and protective relay equipment.
  • Maintains, repairs, tests and adjusts system oscillograph recording equipment.
  • Performs work as required on power system substation equipment.

Knowledge and experience required:

  • Understands safety requirements associated with working on high voltage equipment.
  • Journeyman Certificate or equivalent for relaying, control and metering.

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering with ten (10) plus years in the field working on protection, control and metering equipment for an electric utility.


Work Location: Maricopa County at the main WAPA Desert South West Regional Office. There are some instances when a position may be dispatched to other locations for site visits or longer periods as deemed necessary.

Competitive benefits include: 

  • Medical & Rx
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance/AD&D
  • Long Term Disability
  • Paid Time Off
  • Holiday Pay

All positions require a background check after acceptance of our offer. The selected candidate will be eligible to begin employment before the background check has been finalized.  However, continued employment will be contingent upon the results of your reference/background check from The Building People, LLC.  Your position may require special credentialing, clearance, and access as a condition of employment.  In the event the government or client does not sponsor or approve your clearance, it may result in termination of your employment. 

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We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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