Interview Questions

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  1. give a time when you had an I-rate customer that needed information right now and you didn't have an answer for them.  How did you handle the customer, how did you ensure that you responded back to them in an appropriate time frame, how did you find the information that you needed.
  2. Give us a time when you had to make a decision for a keystake holder, what was it, how did you analyze all of the information and decided what items you needed
    pole load scenario
  3. Give a time when you had to work on a team, what was your contribution to the team, what was your goal and your result
  4. How do you manage your work load
  5. Give an example when you turned a negative into a positive.
  6. Explain when you needed the help of other work groups to complete a task
  7. Tell us where you were responsible to lead a team to complete a project
  8. What would you do when another co-worker is not doing their share of the work
  9. Tell us about yourself and what have you done to prepare for the interview
  10. Tell us about yourself and how it relates to the planner 2 position, and what are your future goals
  11. Tell us about a goal you had, what was it, what obstacles did you have and how did you achieve it.
  12. Tell us about a time when you had to lead or participate with a team you did not like but needed to accomplish a common goal.
  13. Tell us about your biggest accomplishment you have had what was it and how did you handle it
  14. Describe a time when you had a customer who did not agree with your design and wanted it done another way.  How did you respond what steps did you take.
  15. What are the horizontal clearances for center of pole to insulator 12/16kv
    • 11 1/2" for 4 wire
    • 32" for 3 wire
  16. What are the horizontal clearances from a side of building, workers and equipment (scaffolding)
    • Primary - 6'
    • Secondary - 3'
  17. What is the clearance from a street for primary
    Minimum is 25' (22kv or less) GO95 table 1
  18. What are the clearance from Primary and from Secondary
    • Primary is 12' vertically and 6' horizontally
    • Secondary is 8' vertically and 3' horizontally
  19. What is the clearance between 2 circuits
  20. What is the clearance between Primary and Sencondary
  21. What is the CAL OSHA clearances (equipment, persons and buildings)
    • 6' for 600v - 50kv
    • 10' for 50kv - 345kv
    • 16' for 345kv - 750kv
    • 20' for 750 - 1000kv
  22. What is the clearances between secondary and communication
    6' or can be reduced to 4' with guard arm
  23. What is Rule 2 and what can be found in it
    Rule 2 is description of service and can find general information, phase and voltage specifications, motor protection and equipment, allowable motor starting current, interference with service, power factor, wave form, added facilities, welder services, and interval and other metering services
  24. What is the maximum HP per voltage in Rule 2
    1-HP for 120v and 10-HP 240v (for single phase services)
  25. What are the customers minimum utilization voltages
    120-110, 208-191, 240-220, 277-254 & 480-440
  26. How much HP would require consulting with FE
    when is exceeds 100HP
  27. Why are Tariffs important
    They are SCE's established procedures for doing business and have been approved by the CPUC.  Each rule is a procedure for specific aspect of the business.  They govern SCE's actions, used as a guide to answer customers inquires and to describe responsibilities of SCE to its customers
  28. Describe the Franchise area
    Public street of thoroughfare, alley, road and highways (anything not on private property) and we pay taxes to be there
  29. What are the 3 methods for customer demand
    • Historical demand per sq ft
    • Historical demand of similar customer
    • Actual demand from customers load schedule
  30. What is the 200% rule
    If the main switch exceeds expected demand by 200%, serving structures and number of conduits from the transformer may be reduced
  31. What are the factors for amps/kva
    • 8.4 - 120v 1p
    • 4.2 - 240v 1p
    • 3.6 - 277v 1p
    • 2.8 - 208v 3p
    • 2.4 - 240v 3p
    • 1.2 - 480v 3p
  32. Name some of the SCE computer programs
    Lotus Notes, Design Manager, AUD, SPIDA CALC & MIN, SAP, Portal, Click, CSS, JPA Tool, Load Growth Tool, DPIS, Visio, Excel, Word
  33. When are CT's used
    When capacity of a self contained panel is exceeded, greater than 400a for residential and greater than 200a commercial
  34. Name the types of CT's
    • Bar - used on panels 1000a and less
    • 4" window - used on 1200a panels and larger
    • 5" window - used on 3000a panels and larger
    • Spider - not used but was often used in single phase residential 400a & 600a panles
  35. What facilities would be installed on OL-2 rate
    SCE places a light on an existing wood pole or add one additional pole and 1 span of conductor
  36. What are the maximum locked rotor currents
    • 50a for 120v, 220a for 240v 1p
    • 725a for 240v & 480v
  37. What factors affect voltage drop
    Length, type, size and load on secondary/service cable or conductor
  38. What is the maximum allowable voltage drop for new and existing
    3% for new and 5% for existing
  39. Name 7 prohibited meter locations
    • Elevator shaft of hatchway
    • Any room with elevator equipment
    • Any projector room
    • Show window or sales counter
    • Garage, carport or patio that may be enclosed
    • Attic or any place not in general use
    • Rest, shower, bath or toilet room
    • Within fenced portion of freeway
    • Any location not readily accessible 24 hours
    • On company poles, except for city agencies with approval
    • On a surface subject to excess vibration
  40. Name 5 things not allowed in a meter closet
    • Fire/security alarms
    • Water Heaters
    • Generators
    • Irrigation controllers
    • Material storage
    • Batteries (wet filled)
    • Gas equipment
  41. When does a customer go from GS-2 to TOU-2
    • GS-1 (19kw or less)
    • GS-2 (20 - 200kw)
    • TOU GS-2 & TOU GS-3 (200kw to 500kw)
    • TOU-8 (over 500kw)
  42. Explain the different lighting rates
    • LS-1: SCE designs and owns system, customer charged flat rate energy charge and lights are controlled by photocell
    • LS-2: Customer owned and unmetered, customer charged flat rate energy charge and lights are controlled by photocell
    • LS-3: Customer owned and metered, SCE provides service to meter panel (pedestal)
    • AL-2: Outdoor area metered, customer controlled lights for dusk to dawn operation
    • TC-1: Traffic controller metered for traffic signals
  43. Name some legend codes
    IN, RM, CO, CF, CI, CR, FI, FM, MI, MR, SI, SR
  44. Under what condition would we provide totalized metering
    Per rule 2 more than 1 service may be installed when capacity required exceeds 4000a.  The metering sections must be within 20' of each other and the service cables must be equal in size and length and come from same transformer
  45. What are the difference between Rule 20a, 20b and 20c
    • Rule 20a establishes the methodology for converting overhead utility lines to underground using electric ratepayer funds.  Generally, the project must meet criteria that serve a general public benefit to all electric ratepayers in the service territory.
    • Rule 20b: is available to underground facilities that may not qualify under Rule 20a criteria.  a Local government of private party may agree on a public are not qualifying for Rule 20a funds.  Under Rule 20b a local government may receive a subsidy of the amount equal to the cost of an equivalent overhead system.  The local government of applicant must fund all other costs
    • Rule 20c: is any conversion of existing overhead facilities with underground facilities requested by an applicant that does not fulfill the requirements of either 20a or 20b.  The cost is borne soley by the applicant
  46. What is the difference between prescriptive rights and a firm easement
    Prescriptive rights pertain to the overhead that are "open and notorious" and have been for a minimum of 5 years.  There are no prescriptive rights in the underground.  Might not hold up in a court of law.  Easement gives SCE a legal right to have our facilities on private property
  47. What is in Section 3,4,5 & 7 in JPA
    • Section 3: setting a pole
    • Section 4: purchase or sale of interest in pole
    • Section 5: removal or relinquishment of pole
    • Section 7: replacement of pole
  48. What is grade A construction
    Used for Joint poles, freeway and railroad crossings
  49. When are VFI's used
    Vacuum Fault Interrupters - used to protect transformers over 2500kva for 12kv and 3750kva for 16kv
  50. Give specifics of a TPP
    Customer requires power for a known limited duration of less that 1 year. Customer is reasponsible for the installation of the TPP, obtaining permits/inspection, making the payment of the flat fee, completing the blue contract and making application for service.  SCE is responsible for providing a meter and OH conductor if required and connections
  51. What would you find on a W.O. map
    Title block, vicinity map, circuit and sub, station callouts, TLM including VD & FK, street names,crew notes, North arrow, decals, panel size and address, structures and tie-downs, conductors and cables, pole head diagram, planner name and phone number, CCM name and phone nuumber, EP, TD number, JPA number, property lines, center lines, easement areas, single line drawing
  52. What are the 4 settings within AUD
    • Constuction
    • Contamination
    • Fire
    • Lightning
  53. What are the minimum satety factors for Grade A and Grade B
    • Grade A: 4.00 for new construction and 3.00 for high wind areas.  2.67 for in-service all wind areas
    • Grade B: 3.00 for new construction all wind areas.  2.00 for in-service all wind areas
  54. What is the DDS and name the sections:
    DDS is SCE's Distribution Design Standards for electrical systems covering both OH and UG construction.  The purpose is to accomplish construction standards and to maintain design consistancy and safety

    Introduction, Feeder Systems, Com & Ind Subsystems, Residential Subsystems, Street Light Subsystems, Underground Structures Applications, Transformer Loading, VD & FLK, Cables and Conductors, OH Systems, EMF Mgmt Program, PEV, Rebuild Stratagy, Generation Interconnections, Customer owned Transformer room, Metering and Application Types, Distribution Pole Tops, Formulas and Glossary
  55. What is the ESR and name the sections
    ESR is SCE's Electrical Service Requirements that provide established rules that pertain to electrical service connections, together with customer installations of service wiring and service equipment.

    General Information, OH Service Connections, UG Service Connections, Company Owned Transformer on Customers Premises, Meter EXO Installations, Switchboards 600v and less, Switchboards above 600v, Glossary
  56. What are the different OH fusing
    • Open Style Cut-out
    • Fault Tamer
    • Elf
    • SMU-20
    • X-Limiter
  57. What are the minimum and maximum weatherhead heights
    • Minimum is 30"
    • Maximum is 8'
  58. What information do you need to gather to install a piece of equipment on a pole
    Climbing space, Grade A or B construction, equipment and conductor clearances, fire hazard area, equipment weights and size, pole loading, intrusive inspection, POA diameter, consult with FE and or Transmission
  59. What is climbing space
    The space reserved along the surface of a climbable pole or structure to permit ready access for lineman to reach equipment and conductors located on the pole.  Climbing space shall be maintained from the ground level
  60. What is the difference between Open and Closed Delta banks
    • Open Delta has only 2 transformers (with 3 fuseholders)
    • Closed Delta has 3 transformers
  61. What is branch line fusing
    Fusing on tap lines that are intended to improve reliability of circuits having history of poor performance.  The intent is to improve circuit performance by reducing average customer minutes of intertruption
  62. What programs are used when pole loading
    SPIDA CALC & MIN, DM, SAP, E-world, Google Earth, SPJPC website
  63. What specific information do you need for pole loading
    Pole number, FIM number, Load Case, Grade, type, height and class of pole, year set, AGC, GLC, brand height, attachment heights, conductor sizes and quantity, span lengths equipment type, guy sizes, anchor size and lead, angles in degrees
  64. What size handhole is placed under a mini pad
    17" x 30" x 15" inverted
  65. WHat the criteria followed for spotting a riser
    Maintain proper working/climbing space, direction of traffic, existing risers, existing quard arms of other obstructions.  Can have up to SCE risers with a maximum of 4" each or 1 riser of any size
  66. What are Load Break elbows and how are they used
    a premolded 200a rated primary cable termination for #2 or 1/0 cable that can be operated while energized
  67. What is the largest BURD allowed in a Slabbox
    BURD transformers are not allowed inside a Slabbox
  68. WHen are blowers required in vent pipes
    Blowers are required when installing transformation above 225kva
  69. What is the maximum number of risers on a pole 
    1 riser of any size or 2-4" risers may be installed directly on the pole.  If additional risers are needed unistrut should be used
  70. What is the clearance around a padmount transformer
    Must have a minimum of 8' in front and 3' on sides and back
  71. What is the difference between semi and full encasement
    • Semi encasement - required for 3 or 4 conduits
    • Full encasement - required for more than 4 conduits
  72. What is a loadblock
    is a single or combintation of customers with a total of 1500kva of transformation for commercial / industrial.  Residential is 375kva for 6.9kv and 400kva for 12kv
  73. What are Structures anticipated need
    Anticipated need for 10 years and sized for 80% of main breaker
  74. What is Primary Cable anticpated need
    Anticipated load in 5 years
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