Supervisor, Substation - Hilo

Date: Jul 8, 2024

Location: Hilo, Hawaii (HI), US, 96720

Company: hawaiianel

We recognize our competitive advantage -- our people. We believe in our people, who share our vision of meeting the needs of our employees, customers, and communities and who carry out the continued success of the company.


Our employees are committed to the company's foundational values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and community commitment. In turn, we invest in our employees, providing opportunities for challenge and advancement and offering a competitive compensation package.



The H QS SUBSTATION & METER SUBSTATION Department of the P SUBSTATION & METER Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 1 Management vacancy available. (Role: Professional Supervisor)



Supervises and directs the safe, cost-effective, & reliable construction, operation, and maintenance of substation equipment.



  • Supervises, plans, directs, and evaluates the work of the assigned personnel in the installation, testing, operation, and maintenance of the substation facilities.  This includes administrative functions, such as, preparing performance appraisals, conducting interviews, etc. Must be available for emergency calls at all times. Performs field inspections.
  • Implements training and safety programs for assigned personnel, including the tracking and documentation of apprentice and technician programs.
  • Develops hold-off requests to assure proper and safe work areas for personnel and adequate time to perform the assigned work.
  • Coordinates work for external and internal customers including various engineering organizations and other departments.
  • Procures parts, material or equipment required for the installation and maintenance of system equipment.
  • Maintains required records for the division, submits forecasts and reports on the work activities of assigned personnel. Provides data for use in budget and work force forecasts.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of substation systems construction, operation, and maintenance, normally acquired through an apprenticeship/technician training program, military, or substation field engineering training and experience. 
  • Basic understanding of the principles of front-line leadership and supervision or military leadership training.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and/or database systems for spreadsheet, work processing, and other software applications. Desire experience with enterprise resource planning/asset management (ERP/EAM) systems, especially SAP. 
  • Thorough knowledge of typical substation and utility safety practices and procedures. 


Skills Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to influence or persuade various groups or individuals.
  • Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver's license. Must meet the standards for frequent or required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy.
  • Supervisory/leadership skills and abilities to work with a variety of individuals occasionally dealing with sensitive, difficult, or confrontational issues.
  • Ability to read, understand, and enforce contractual agreements and company policies.


Experience Requirements

  • Multiple years (5-7) of work experience as a Substation Electrician, 8-10 years as substation designer, or 2-3 years as substation field engineer. Professional Engineering license is desirable.


Role: Professional Supervisor 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Location: Hilo – Hawaii Island

Hiring Range: The salary for the SUPERVISOR, SUBSTATION - HILO [Req ID 8980] position is $143,800. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications. 


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.

The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at

Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.

By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:

This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  

Nearest Major Market: Hawaii
Nearest Secondary Market: Hilo