2024 Summer Internship - Relay Technician - Transmission

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Position Summary

Duke Energy offers qualified students, in accredited engineering programs leading to an Associate Degree, the opportunity to work in areas related to their field of study as part of an internship program.

The Relay Construction and Maintenance department executes the design packages developed by the Transmission Engineering department for the construction of substation and transmission facilities throughout the Duke Energy service area.  This department is also responsible for ensuring grid reliability by executing the day-to-day operations and maintaining the protective relays and SCADA control systems in compliance with state and federal regulations.  Relay Technician Interns will work alongside Journeymen and Apprentice level Relay Technicians to get exposed to the technical skills and safety focused work behaviors necessary to be proficient in this profession.


  • Develops understanding of the fundamentals of relaying, protective schemes, controls, alarms, distribution SCADA, communications

  • Develops basic isolation procedure writing

  • Develops understanding of how to utilize print reading, red mark process

  • Develops understanding of RTS and its use

  • Develops understanding of NERC compliance and importance for accurate data and timely completion

  • Develops basic trouble shooting skills

  • Develops the ability to think methodically and arrange activities in logical order

  • Develops basic understanding of CT and VT circuits 

Program Location for 2024: Potential opportunities at locations across our footprint: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, and Ohio

Basic/Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled and pursuing a two-year degree in Engineering Technology or a related major

  • At least 18 years of age prior to beginning employment with Duke Energy

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75

  • Valid driver’s license

Desired Qualifications

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Students must have completed 12 credit hours with specific courses: Introduction to Electrical Utilities, Electrical Utility Print Reading, Physics/Trig for Relay Technicians, Introduction to CAD

  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrates ability to provide the quantity and quality of work necessary to reach an accomplishment

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities through effective decision making

  • Works effectively with others from diverse backgrounds to achieve a common goal

  • Ability to deliver superior results within an allocated time though effective prioritization, scheduling, planning and execution of assigned work

  • Demonstrates tenacity by remaining persistent in the face of adversity

  • Demonstrated technical proficiency in the use of computers, software, and engineering applications

  • Desire to pursue a career in the energy industry

Working Conditions

  • Onsite Mobility Classification – Work will be performed at a company facility

  • Student is required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of work per week on site at various work locations but can complete a maximum of 40 hours of work per week

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment background check and pass a pre-employment drug test

  • Depending on work location, may be required to meet requirements for unescorted access/security clearance

  • Ability to pass required Pre-Employment Testing for Relay Technicians

  • Exposure to mechanical, electrical, noisy and/or other hazards

  • Exposure to Carrier and Tone equipment

  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (hardhat, safety glasses, appropriate clothing, ear plugs, fall protection, etc.), as needed

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

  • Ability to work at heights and from suspended work platforms

  • Required to work in all areas of the power plant

Travel Requirements

Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)


Represented/Union Position


Visa Sponsored Position


Posting Expiration Date

Thursday, November 30, 2023

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.


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