City of Groton/Groton Utilities
June 3, 2024
1240 Poquonnock Road, Groton, Connecticut
Job Type


Position Title:                    Manager, Engineering

Department:                      Utility – Electric

Salary:                                  $136,000 to $139,000

Report To:                           General Manager, Projects and Planning

Contract:                             AFSCME Local 818

FLSA Status:                       Exempt

Approved By:                     Director of Utilities

Approval Date:                 June 26, 2023


The Manager, Engineering, is responsible for directing and supervising the Electric Project Management Section and may assume the responsibilities of the General Manager, Projects and Planning in their absence or when the General Manager, Projects and Planning is not available.   In addition, the Manager, Engineering is also responsible for protective scheme coordination, construction of distribution circuits and substations, electrical engineering, bid preparations and evaluations, cost control, budgeting, project scheduling, record keeping, maintenance and operation of the Geographical Information System (GIS)/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Outage Management System (OMS) Oversees the overall performance of the Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light and Power distribution systems, managing construction projects and any other related duties as may be assigned.


  • Performs work according to applicable Federal and State safety regulations as well as Groton Utilities Safety Manual and maintains conformance with regulatory and permit requirements.
  • Supports and implements the latest safety guidelines as developed and approved by the Utility Safety Committee.
  • Fosters and maintains a very proactive environment to ensure all employees promote a positive Groton Utilities "At Your Service" public image.
  • Strictly adheres to FERC/NERC/NPCC and ISO New England standards and requirements.
  • Ensures all electric standards meet required statutes.
  • Reviews and discusses performance of staff and outside contractors to the General Manager, Projects and Planning on a regular basis.
  • Ensures that all Electric Project Management activities are completed safely and all safety regulations are adhered to.
  • Promotes organization in industry or trade associations.
  • Coordinates activities of the Electric Project Management Section such as engineering and planning to effect operational efficiency.
  • Plans and assigns work for the Electric Project Management Section. Reviews and approves all work orders that are originated from the electric project management section.
  • Responsible for reviewing purchasing and procurement of materials and equipment utilizing Division specifications.
  • Reviews and assesses bid proposals and contractor plans, including goals and objectives, work breakdown structure, detailed scope descriptions, detailed schedules, risk management approach, budget and staffing requirements and makes recommendations to the General Manager, Projects and Planning.
  • Maintains accurate record of time worked, materials used and work performed and completed as necessary to develop fiscal plant and accounting records.
  • Provides detailed as-built drawings/sketches to be used in updating documents.
  • Provides technical direction, serves as a point of contact or business liaison, prepares briefings for senior management and works to resolve problems specific to the program/project.
  • Files monthly reports of activities, reliability statistics and power outages to the General Manager, Projects and Planning. Make recommendations on improving the reliability and reducing power interruptions.
  • Recommends system upgrades to upper management and prepares capital budgets.
  • Assists in maintaining and executing a preventive maintenance program for all distribution equipment facilities.
  • Prepares, monitors and approves switching sequences, operations for transmission and distribution lines and provides training for employees involved in the preparation of switching sequences.
  • Reviews and approves wiring plans, diagrams for routine switchboard modifications using one-line and three-line schematic diagrams provided by others or developed by the substation section personnel for accuracy.
  • Directs the investigation of complaints regarding voltage problems, power quality problems, interference, accidents and claims. Reports promptly to the General Manager, Operations.
  • Works with the electric operations personnel in the field with the installation, repair and maintenance of various substation and distribution equipment as required.
  • Performs engineering studies to analyze system voltage levels, short circuit analyses and other system values using specialized software.
  • Responsible for the design, engineering and costing associated with the construction of overhead and underground circuits and substation construction.
  • Provides instruction, engineering and technical guidance as to the General Manager, Projects and Planning, General Manager, Operations and Manager, Electric Operations as required.
  • Attends and participates in Committee of the Whole, Mayor and Council and Utilities Commission meetings as required.
  • Participates in and contributes to Strategic Planning and development of goals.
  • Assists the General Manager, Operations as emergency coordinator and assists in directing utility restoration activities.
  • Must be available after business hours to respond to outages and emergencies as part of the supervisor rotation.
  • Performs all other duties as may be assigned.


  • Direct the Electric Project Management personnel in training and scheduling their duties in accordance with current safety standards and regulations.  
  • Directs, coordinates, and evaluates work performance.
  • Prepares performance reviews of Electric Project Management personnel.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with organization’s polices and applicable laws.
  • Interprets human resource policies and participates in community meetings and organizational planning.
  • Oversees and inspects work performed by hired contractors.

Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering or Physics. A minimum of ten years' experience in power distribution is required. The individual must have experience in electric metering, switching operations, coordination, protection schemes, engineering software, system analysis, overall utility engineering, SCADA/GIS/OMS systems, electric power distribution and substation operations/maintenance. Knowledgeable of CONVEX operating instructions 6401 /6501 and listed on the CONVEX qualified switcher list, ability to work within the work order system and procedures, knowledgeable with state-of-the-art information, techniques and processes, and engineering design, construction of substation and distribution circuits and analysis of system values. Be knowledgeable and understand NERC/FERC/NPCC standards and requirements.

Employer reserves the right to accept any combination or relevant education, experience or certifications when determining an individual’s qualifications for this position.

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