Test Engineer I - Hilo

Date: Jul 11, 2024

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

Company: hawaiianel

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



Provides professional engineering level technical support in the installation, operation, testing and maintenance of the computer/electronic/electro-mechanical equipment for the Test Dept and the Relay Shop.



  • Responsible for electrical acceptance and functional tests required at various substations, and as needed for T&D facilities, Power Plants, and IPP Interconnection points prior to energization and performs follow up and verification tests before equipment is placed into service. Performs on-site field work. Creates Equipment Approval documents for equipment in-service authorization.
  • Participates in the addition of co-generation and renewable sources added to the HECO system by collaboratively reviewing equipment testing and results.  Analyzes, evaluated, and gives recommendation to test results or test data.  Performs HECO witness testing for contracted test agents.
  • Reviews and confirms the correctness of the logic for control, protective relays, and auto transfer schemes from Engineering, System Protection and manufacturers.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to electrical drawings, system plans and relay settings.
  • Provides professional engineering and technical support for power system operation and maintenance activities to maintain system integrity and service reliability.
  • Assists with the coordination to install assigned projects including coordination of Holdoffs and/or coordinating and taking Switching Limited and Limited Holdoffs.
  • Consults with manufacturers, Engineering, Protection, Operations departments, Project Management, and contractors to ascertain proper equipment design, programming, planning, scheduling, troubleshooting, operational performance and emergency response.
  • Responsible for investigating, analyzing, and taking corrective action on any faulty relay operation. Establishes and maintains adequate test and maintenance data and develops written reports on special tests or projects.
  • Collaborates with other engineers, supervisors and technicians in the coordination and installation of assigned projects and schedules resources accordingly.
  • Assists with administrative duties such as budget, meetings, updates, reports, as-built updates, and training for section personnel.  Participates as an instructor when needed.
  • Research and Development of new technologies.
  • Prepares operating instructions for new equipment and prepares test procedures and manuals to provide instructions and guidance to personnel.
  • Provides technical support of IP Networking, optimizing system performance and network security, which includes data encryption.  Complies with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards, i.e., cyber security pertaining to control systems.
  • Must be available for emergency calls at all times. 
  • Supports renewable and green initiatives and smart grid technologies.
  • Supports One Company Substation & Meter Operations (SMO) across all service areas.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • A BS degree in Engineering in a relevant discipline from an accredited Engineering school is preferred.
  • Thorough working knowledge of digital logic, electronics, electrical engineering fundamentals, and microprocessor-based technology normally acquired through college level engineering courses, or equivalent experience.
  • Working knowledge in Test Engineering industry standards, policies and testing methodologies.
  • Advanced knowledge of Electric Power Substations.
  • Working knowledge of Power System Operations.
  • Working knowledge of SCADA, EMS and telemetry systems.
  • Working knowledge of communications systems fundamentals, various test equipment and computer systems software, firmware and programming languages.
  • Working knowledge of protective relaying concepts, schematics, wiring, relay settings, power system simulators, applicable test equipment and software test programs.
  • Working knowledge of safe work practices and utilization of these practices to create a safe and healthy work environment.


Skills Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to resolve technical problems in the field under adverse conditions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • 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 required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy. These standards may be adjusted periodically to meet business and safety objectives.


Experience Requirements

  • A few (1-3) years of electrical engineering experience working with power system operations, system commissioning, protective relaying, SCADA systems, telecommunications or digital and electronic computer and control systems. A BS in Engineering may be substituted for up to 4 years of experience.


Role: Professional 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Location: Hilo – Hawaii Island

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the Test Engineer I - Hilo [Req ID 9114] position is $96,000.00 to $122,500.00. 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 http://hawaiianelectric.com.

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.” 

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Nearest Major Market: Hawaii
Nearest Secondary Market: Hilo