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Test Engineer

Date: Jan 16, 2023

Location: Kahului, Hawaii (HI), US, 96732

Company: hawaiianel

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The Substation & Meter Operations Admin Division of the Substation & Meter Department at Hawaiian Electric Company- Maui County has one (1)  vacancy available. (Role: Professional)



Provides professional engineering level technical support to the Test Division.



  • Responsible for electrical acceptance tests required before major substation, transmission, distribution, or generation equipment is energized and performs follow-up tests before equipment is placed into service.  Performs on-site field work. 
  • Participates in the addition of co-generation units added to the HECO system by collaboratively reviewing equipment testing and results.  Analyzes, evaluates, and gives recommendations to test results and/or test data. 
  • Reviews and confirms the correctness of the logic for control, protective relays, and automatic transfer schemes from Engineering Design and manufacturers.
  • Provides professional engineering and technical support for power system operation and maintenance activities to maintain system integrity and service reliability.
  • Coordinated the installation of assigned projects.
  • Confers with manufacturers, Engineering and Operating departments’ personnel to ascertain proper or correct equipment performance.
  • Responsible for investigating, analyzing and taking corrective action on any faulty relay operation.  Establishes and maintains adequate test and maintenance schedules, records, plans, directs and develops written reports on special tests or projects.
  • Prepares operating instructions for new equipment and prepares test procedures and manuals to provide instructions and guidance to personnel.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Thorough technical background in electrical engineering fundamentals normally acquired through college level engineering courses; or equivalent experience.
  • A professional electrical engineering curriculum in power systems and computer hardware options; or equivalent experience.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and/or mainframe systems and related software applications (i.e. spreadsheets, word processing, etc.)


Skills Requirements

  • Technical skills in electronics, communications and computer repair preferred.
  • Ability to resolve technical problems in the field under adverse conditions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to influence and 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 required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy.
  • Ability to assume a supervisory role for on-site field work.


Experience Requirements

  • Multiple years (5-7) experience in electrical engineering.


Role: Professional

Number of Vacancies:

Location: Kahului Base Yard – Maui

Pay Range: The hiring range for the Test Engineer,  [Req ID 8086] position is $90,500 to $115,400. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications. The hiring supervisor is Troy Hill.


Interested individuals who are employees of affiliate companies 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.


Should there be no candidates with this experience, the company may consider applicants without such experience who meet the knowledge/skill requirements. If such a candidate is hired, he or she will initially be placed on a development plan commensurate with his/her education and experience level.


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: Maui
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii