Transformer Technician – VOP Operator (Electrician)

Position:

Transformer Technician – VOP Operator

Schedule:

Full-time.

Job description:

    • The primary duties of this position is carrying out the vacuum oil filling of new transformer installations at various site locations across Canada and the US. Additionally you will be required to provide support in the repair and maintenance of on site transformers and the testing and commissioning of transformers
    • Provides support to the Field Services Coordinator during projects and provides problem solving support in repair, maintenance and installation of transformers, mobile maintenance units, tools, and equipment.
    • Prepare customer reporting
    • Communicates with customers, manufacturers representatives and management regarding the job progress and works to resolve problems
    • Prepare paperwork and ensure sign off from client on any extras to the original work scope
    • Enforces all Safety, Quality policies, and all other company policies and procedures as required in this position.
    • In your role as Transformer Technician you will be dealing  with external customers daily and must be able to maintain a professional and business-like attitude at all times. This position also may oversee other employees and must be able to maintain a business-like attitude and work as part of a team at all times.

Required technical skills:

  • Completion of Electrician trade qualification 
  • Previous experience operating oil processing equipment 
  • Experience in testing and commissioning
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Must be able to maintain a professional and business-like attitude at all times
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels
  • Mechanically inclined with complete understanding of how transformer equipment works
  • Sound planning and organization skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel extensively
  • Ability to work 10 and 12 hour shifts while on a job site
  • Pass drug, alcohol and fit test

Working Conditions

This position works in a field environment and must have the flexibility to move around during a shift, including sitting, standing, bending and lifting. This position has exposure to dust, fumes, heat and cold temperatures and must be able to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment provided. In this position you must travel on a routine basis.

Decision Making

This position makes routine decisions and all should be within defined policies, procedures or guidelines.
This position must be able to analyze the situation and make the best decision to ensure safety, quality, productivity and budgets have not been jeopardized; this includes knowing when to involve Supervisor/Project Managers/Operations Manager.

Compensation:

Beaver Electrical Machinery Ltd. offers a competitive wage and benefit package as per IBEW 213 collective agreement.

Resume submission:

Email your resume to jobs@beaverelectrical.com

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Lead Hand Field Service (Electrician)

Position:

Lead Hand Field Service

Schedule:

Full-time.

Job description:

    • Takes the lead role in seeing Field Service jobs from initial client requests to final reporting.
    • Coordinate service work orders, BC Hydro shut downs, schedule crew and equipment 
    • Provide daily updates to the Field Services Coordinator
    • Will also be working on site for maintenance testing and commissioning of electrical apparatus
    • Provides problem solving support in repair, maintenance and installation of transformers, mobile maintenance units, tools, and equipment.
    • Review final reporting of the job, ensure all costs pertaining to the job have been included in the job file.
    • Respond to any any client concerns and questions while on site
    • Ensure equipment is properly calibrated and maintained
    • Recommends and implements improvements to department procedures, provides planning input. 
    • Enforces all Safety, Quality policies, and all other company policies and procedures as required in this position
    • Manage job site in a professional manner

Required technical skills:

  • Must be an Electrician/Technician/Technologist
  • Previous experience working on electrical apparatus
  • Results-orientated and able to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels
  • Mechanically inclined  with good working knowledge of how substations run the electrical systems connected to the grid 
  • Sound planning and organization skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel
  • Pass drug, alcohol and fit test

Working Conditions

This position works in a manufacturing/field environment and must have the flexibility to move around during a shift, including sitting, standing, bending and lifting. This position has exposure to dust, fumes, heat and cold temperatures and must be able to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment provided. In this position you must travel on a routine basis.

This position will also require you to be sitting at a desk and you must be comfortable with paperwork, data input, and dealing with clients, vendors, employees

Compensation:

Beaver Electrical Machinery Ltd. offers a competitive wage and benefit package as per IBEW 213 collective agreement.

Resume submission:

Email your resume to jobs@beaverelectrical.com

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Operations during the COVID-19 situation

Beaver Electrical remains open for business. We are maintaining standard hours for regular requests and 24/7 availability for emergencies. We take pride in our ability to assist keeping critical infrastructure and industry in BC running; especially in this time of crisis.

Updated June 18, 2020

Specific notes to our customers regarding modified procedures during the COVID-19 situation:

  • Only visitors with pre-arranged appointments will be permitted at all Beaver locations.
  • Counter sales all all locations will be suspended.
    • Call Beaver sales at 604-431-5038 to place a sales order.
  • Sales orders across all channels (telephone, email, ecommerce, B2B PO, etc.) will continue to be filled within our typical order handing timelines.
  • Customer pickups (call orders) for product sales will be allowed only with an appointment.
    • Call Beaver shipping at 604-431-3727 to coordinate pickup.
  • Beaver will only accept shipments of equipment to Service Shops on a Common Carrier. On a case-by-case basis, with an appointment, Beaver may accept customer drop-offs to a Service Shop.
    • For Burnaby, 604-431-3729
    • For Nanoose Bay, call 250-468-9796
  • Beaver will only ship equipment from Service Shops on a Common Carrier. On a case-by-case basis, with an appointment, Beaver may accept customer pick-ups from a Service Shop.
    • For Burnaby, call 604-431-3729
    • For Nanoose Bay, call 250-468-9796

In addition to these measures, we are are following the guidance of the provincial government and their related agencies. We will apply their suggestions and requirements as required to protect the health and well being of our employees, customers, and the public at large.

AEGIS Protection Rings

Beaver Electrical Machinery is Canada’s only trained installer for AEGIS® bearing protection rings. When Beaver installs an AEGIS® protection ring, it is granted additional manufacturer’s warranty length.

Without bearing protection, shaft voltages can cause fluting damage.
Shaft voltage reading from motor protected with AEGIS Shaft Grounding Ring.

We offer the following services to help prevent electrical bearing damage:

  • Bearing Cutting and Inspection
  • Shaft voltage testing
  • External AEGIS® Installation
  • Internal AEGIS® Installation

Your Bearings Can Fail from VFD-Induced Shaft Currents
VFDs allow large energy savings and precise control. But they also generate electric voltages on motor shafts. These shaft voltages can discharge through the bearings, causing pitting, fluting, and eventual bearing failure.

Protect Your Bearings
AEGIS® Shaft Grounding Rings are the leading bearing protection technology. They protect bearings by giving shaft voltages a “path of least resistance” to ground, so the shaft discharges through the ring, not the bearing. Unlike other shaft grounding products, AEGIS® rings are long-lived and maintenance-free, and can be installed inside or outside of the motor.

Download link for AEGIS bearing protection handbook+

 

Green Motors Practices Group

Through the Green Motors Practices Group, Beaver rewinds are simply better.

GMPG members maintain or improve original motor reliability and energy efficiency when rewinding or rebuilding electric motors. The rewind process is strictly controlled and consequently the motor iron losses are not affected.

We are able to offer electric utility financed incentives or rebates when our customer’s qualifying rewinds are meet the Green Motor Initiative’s (GMI) high process standards.

GMPG members achieve these efficiency goals through strict adherence to good repair practices, including Green Motor Practices Group Electric Motor Repairing Specification 2012 and ANSI/EASA Standard AR100-2015

Both of Beaver’s service centres are GMPG members and both are EASA AR100 certified.

 

Power in doesn’t always equal power out.

ANSI/EASA Standard AR100-2015

Program Overview

EASA AR100 assures the efficiency and reliability of repaired electric motors.

It has been proven that electric motor efficiency can be maintained during repair and rewind by following defined good practices. EASA has developed an international accreditation program for service centers based on the sources of these good practices, namely ANSI/EASA AR100: Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus and the Good Practice Guide of the 2003 study The Effect of Repair/Rewinding on Motor Efficiency, by EASA and the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT).

The intent of this groundbreaking accreditation program is to evaluate service centers for evidence of compliance to assure that they are using prescribed good practices to maintain motor efficiency and reliability during electrical and mechanical repairs of electric motors. The program accomplishes this by use of independent, third-party auditors.

learn about the benefits of using our EASA AR100 Accredited Service Centre here

Beaver Electrical’s involvement

Beaver’s two locations are the only EASA AR100 accredited repair centers in BC. Both Beaver’s Nanoose Bay and Burnaby shops are accredited.

Scope of the program

  • Three-phase, squirrel-cage motors that are repaired in accredited service centers. As such, the scope of the program includes mechanical repairs as well as electrical rewinding.

Highlights

  • Designed to assure usage of prescribed good practices
  • Helps maintain motor efficiency and reliability during repair
  • Covers 23 categories and over 70 criteria elements (See the Audit Checklist for details)
  • External audits conducted by independent, third-party auditors

EASA AR100 (Nanoose Bay)

Beaver Electrical Machinery, Ltd. in Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, has been approved as an EASA Accredited Service Center by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA).

EASA Accreditation of Beaver Electrical Machinery means that we have successfully demonstrated that we follows the prescribed good practices to consistently deliver quality electromechanical repairs that maintain or improve AC electric motor efficiency and “This achievement by Beaver Electrical Machinery affirms the company’s commitment to excellence,” said Linda J. Raynes, CAE, EASA president & CEO. “EASA’s Accreditation Program, just launched last summer, offers external validation that the company adheres to good practices by submitting to an independent, third-party audit.”

The criteria for becoming EASA Accredited are based on ANSI/EASA AR100-2015: Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus and The Good Practice Guide of The Effect of Repair/Rewinding on Motor Efficiency.

EASA Press Release for Nanoose Bay

EASA AR100 Accreditation Certificate (Nanoose Bay)

Saving money with good power factor

What is power factor and what do I do about it?

Power factor is the ratio of real power flowing to the load divided by the apparent power in the circuit. It is a dimensionless number in the closed interval of -1 to 1.  It is the ratio between Watts and VARs consumed (normally kW and kVAR). In an electrical power system, loads with low power factor (such as motors, fluorescent lamp ballasts, lightly loaded transformers, and other devices that generate a magnetic field) draw more current for the same amount of useful power as a load with a higher power factor.

Lagging power factor is penalized by utilities. Low (lagging) power factor draws more current than a load with a higher power. Utilities must use larger conductors and other equipment when their system has a low power factor.

Low power factor appears on a utility bill as a penalty or surcharge normally applied when a customer’s average power factor dips below 0.90 for a given period.

Power factor correction capacitors can be added to a system to correct the power factor and return it to a non-penalty value.

Leading power factor is a situation where too much capacitance is applied. High (leading) power factor can cause overvoltage and can amplify existing system harmonics.

Automatic Power Factor Correction Systems detect the correction required and dynamically add and remove capacitors or inductors from the system to achieve the target power factor.

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How does BC Hydro penalize poor power factor?

BC Hydro customers on the Medium General Service or Large General Service tariff may be subject to surcharges if their power factor dips below 90% in a billing period.

POWER FACTOR SURCHARGE
90% – 100% None
88% – 90% 2%
85% – 88% 4%
80% – 85% 9%
75% – 80% 16%
70% – 75% 24%
65% – 70% 34%
60% – 65% 44%
55% – 60% 57%
50% – 55% 72%
< 50% 80%

Where will I see if I have a penalty?

Check line number 8 your BC Hydro utility statement. If your power factor is 89% or lower or you have a non-zero dollar value in the Power Factor row, you may be needlessly paying a surcharge!

PF must be >90% or you will be charged!

Email a copy of your usage statement showing a surcharge to sales@beaverelectrical.com and our engineering team would be glad to make a capacitor sizing calculation for you. Payback on a power factor correction capacitor install can be as fast as 3 months!

Shop services capability matrix

Shop Services Burnaby Nanoose Bay
LV AC (Mush/Form Winding) NEMA/IEC, SCIM, W/R & Salient Pole Motors & Gens Yes Yes
MV AC (>2KV – ≤ 7KV) SCIM, W/R, Salient Pole & T/A Motors & Gens Yes Yes
HV AC (>7KV – ≤ 15KV) SCIM, W/R, Salient Pole & T/A Motors & Gens’ Yes Yes
Explosion Proof CSA Certified Yes  
Small DC (≤ 100HP) Yes Yes
Med DC (>100 – ≤ 500HP) Yes Yes
Large DC (>500HP) Yes Yes
AC Traction Motors Yes Yes
DC Traction Motors Yes Yes
Submersible Pump Motors Yes Yes, with test pit
Transformer rewinding (Dry/Oil ≤ 30KV) Yes  
Oil Processing Yes  
Magnets Yes Yes
VPI Plant – 6ft dia’ x 12’6″ deep   Yes
Dynamic Balancing Machine Yes Yes
Full Compliment Machine shop in house Yes Yes
Lifting Capacity of shop cranes including max combined lift Up to 20 ton Up to 40 ton
Heavy Lift Capability by special arrangement Largest to date – 75 ton  
Control panel repair and assembly Yes  
Substation fabrication and assembly Yes

Field Services Burnaby Nanoose Bay
Field Service (Power Delivery) Yes  
Field Service (Rotating AC & DC) SCIM, W/R, Salient Pole & T/A Motors & Gens Yes Yes
Field service (Power Generation) Yes  
Hydro Generator – Onsite Winder/Mechanical Crews Yes Yes
Dynamic Balancing Onsite Yes Yes
Vibration Analysis/Ultrasound   Yes
Thermal Imaging   Yes
Laser Alignment   Yes
Onsite machining & undercutting (commutator/slip ring) Yes Yes