This position is responsible for the supervision and daily direction of the Power Systems Coordinators; and the design, engineering, installation, maintenance of BED’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system and communication with field devices to ensure reliability of the distribution system.
Essential Job Functions
Culture of Excellence
- Provide high-quality leadership for BED to encourage innovation and creativity across the organization and to establish a culture of excellence and an environment that results in motivated, creative employees who exhibit the ability and desire to function as part of a well-functioning team to accomplish common BED goals.
- Instill in the organization an understanding that the customer is at the center of everything we do and that an exceptional customer experience is critical to BED’s strategy and performance.
- Champion an understanding that improving employee satisfaction is critical to creating an exceptional customer experience at BED. Ensure that empowering employees is considered in all key decisions.
- Work with the Manager of Utility Services and Engineering and other senior managers in creating an open, respectful culture where every employee feels comfortable sharing ideas and opinions. Help break Department silos, flatten hierarchies, and encourage dialogue between employees within and across teams. Help create a culture where employees have personal ownership for BED’s success and are encouraged to take responsibility, make decisions, fail without fear, and learn from mistakes.
- Supervise, coach, motivate, and lead employees of the Grid Services area, including holding employees accountable for achieving desired results.
- Supervise, monitor, and assist in the restoration of system outages.
- Prepare annual operating and capital budget for the Grid Services area.
- Perform SCADA network administrator tasks, upgrades, and replacement.
- Responsible for real time integrity, reliability, and documentation of the SCADA Network, SCADA Control System, and SCADA fiber system.
- Develop, design, and install SCADA servers.
- Develop, maintain, and update SCADA databases, calculations, screens/displays, and video wall. Maintain SCADA historical information and develop historical data reports.
- Develop and maintain point lists of data transferred between BED’s control center and field devices.
- Responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining SCADA security standards in collaboration with BED’s IT Department to ensure the integrity of the SCADA system.
- Design, install and maintain supervisory control & computerized remote terminal units and electric utility device control systems.
- Design and configure network and communication systems for human machine interface, remote terminal units, intelligent electronic devices, distributed generation, microgrids, and battery storage.
- Develop and implement control schemes for remote operation of power system equipment, distributed generation, microgrids, and battery storage.
- Create and maintain SCADA user guides, documentations, and diagrams.
- Develop and maintain SCADA network and fiber optics documentation, and as-built drawings.
- Assures compliance with State and Federal standards and regulations related to SCADA and control center.
- Inform other department of field changes and operating characteristics of distribution devices.
- Ensure that projects designs conform to applicable standards and codes.
- Provides support and technical direction to field personnel and others.
- Develops request for proposals and agreements for contractors. Evaluates proposals and makes appropriate recommendations.
- Learn and perform the duties of Power Systems Coordinator on an as needed basis.
- Conduct performance reviews and develop training opportunities for Power System Coordinators.
- Ensure that Power Systems Coordinators follow applicable safety rules and adhere to the personnel manual.
Non-Essential Job Functions:
- Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements
- Ability to actively support City diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing trainings and professional development.
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required, reasonable accommodations will be considered.
- Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minimum of eight (8) year experience in Electrical Utility Engineering.
- Experience in SCADA systems, automation, and PLC.
- Demonstrable proficiency with development and troubleshooting skills in real-time data acquisition, and SCADA system security.
- Knowledge of National Electric Code (NEC) and National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), VOSHA Standards, and FCC rules and regulations is required.
- Demonstrated communication skills required.
- Ability to work well with customers is essential.
- Ability to keep abreast of current technologies and procedures.
- Must have demonstrated abilities in effective leadership, communication, and creation of environments in which employees feel supported, motivated, and highly productive.
- Simultaneously manage multiple projects within established deadlines required.
- Professional behavior that reflects excellent customer service and encourages working partnerships with internal (e.g. employee) and external (e.g. ratepayer) customers is required.
- Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions.
- Ability to understand and comply with City standards, safety rules and personnel policies.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a valid Vermont driver’s license required.
- Ability to attend evening meetings, as well as, travel to conferences, workshops or other professional meetings required.
- Wear of personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, hard hat, fire retardant overalls, etc. is required when working outside.
- Ability to frequently work outside where there is exposure to heat/cold or moisture, hazardous materials, energized wires/equipment, and traffic.
- Ability to work in and around energized, high voltage equipment, in accordance with all applicable safety requirements.
- Answering phone calls after business hours is required.
- Ability to work long hours to accommodate workload or emergencies.
- Provides after hours SCADA and outage restoration support during critical outages.
Promoting a culture that reveres diversity and equity
The City of Burlington is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are strongly committed to creating a dynamic and equitable work-force that mirrors the population and world that we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, crime victim status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status, or genetic information in employment or the provision of services.
In addition to being an equal opportunity employer we actively encourage applicants who can contribute to our growing diversity to apply.
Applications for our employment opportunities are only accepted online through our Government Jobs website.