Reading Municipal Light Department
December 3, 2021
Reading, Massachusetts
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Job Summary

Under the direction of the Director of Engineering and Operations (E & O); provides electrical engineering services to the RMLD.   Employees in this classification apply knowledge of electrical engineering to problems and projects requiring familiarity with methods and materials of electric programs.  This job is an integral part of a progression path to Systems Engineer.  Certain requirements and response times are required, see progression job descriptions.  Control Authority in training.

Illustrative Work Activities:

Essential work activities, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following.  Other related duties may apply.

  • Assists the Distribution, System Engineer(s) and Director of E & O in the areas of systems planning to accommodate projected load growth.
  • Assists in performing load flow analysis and evaluates the impact of localized load growth of the electrical system; provide recommendations for plans to accommodate such growth.
  • Monitors system power factor and assists in determining placement of capacitors for correction of power factor.
  • Assists in the preparation of technical specifications and construction drawings for the procurement of electrical sub-transmission distribution and control apparatus.
  • Provides technical support for the maintenance of substations and associated control systems.
  • Performs short circuit and coordination studies to ensure the proper protection of the RMLD’s sub-transmission and distribution systems.
  • Assists in the performance of electrical testing of high voltage and associated control equipment as required.
  • Performs circuit loading and voltage analysis to maintain system voltage within acceptable IEEE recommended standards and determine the capacity and future requirements of the sub-transmission and distribution lines.
  • Assists in the performance of engineering analysis (i.e. Load flow, short circuit, protection coordination, system losses, contingency, harmonics, etc.) and make recommendations to System Engineer(s) and Director of E & O.
  • Prepares construction drawings for both overhead (O/H) & underground (U/G) constructions.
  • Performs pole guying, loading, and tension analysis and make recommendations.
  • Reviews all applicable construction and design codes and standards (i.e. NESC, IEEE, ANSI, NIST, etc.) and makes necessary recommendations for modifying construction designs and practices accordingly.
  • Assists in the review of technical proposals. Performs other engineering/technical duties as required.
  • Assists in the design and management of 35KV, 13.8KV and 4.16KV distribution construction projects, including O/H, U/G and substation. Develops quality project management skills.
  • Provides technical information and assistance to other Town departments/agencies and customers.

Minimum Qualifications:


A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college or university; specialization in power systems preferred; Master’s Degree preferred.


Minimum of 1-3 years of demonstrated electrical engineering distribution design planning, including demonstrated ability to perform load flow, protection and coordination, short circuit, voltage analysis, life cycle analysis, system loss calculation, pole loading, guy tensioning, in accordance with applicable laws and codes. Minimum of 1 year of demonstrated switching and tagging of a system equivalent in complexity.  One year of demonstrated experience in qualified project management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of theory and practices of electrical engineering related to the areas of assignment as obtained from accredited college or university. Knowledge of NESC, OSHA and related O/H and U/G distribution construction and safety standards, codes and regulations. Knowledge of GIS and applicable software packages.  Knowledge of formal Red Tag Switchman/Tagman procedures. Knowledge of hazardous waste prevention spill prevention regulations. Knowledge of cost estimating, budgeting, and project management. Knowledge of emergency response, switching and tagging, as a qualified Control Authority or similar.  Knowledge of municipal purchasing and bidding laws. Familiarity with various distribution analysis software applications and construction and design codes. Ability to conduct engineering research and apply results to engineering problems.

Judgment and Initiative:

Under direction, performs duties in accordance with established policies, codes, laws and professional standards; unusual policy questions involving interpretation or clarification usually reviewed with supervisor.  Initiative in ensuring continued process improvements in areas of job description duties to demonstrate better accuracy, productivity, safety and customer service, is expected. Ability to multi-task. Strong understanding of utility best practices enables predictive and preventative initiatives.  Demonstrates capability for accepting responsibility for the activities of major multi-divisional function areas as a Control Authority.

Physical Demands:

Capable of performing job functions under occasionally adverse weather and working conditions for extended periods of time.  Moderate physical effort may be required on an intermittent basis.

Manual Skills:

Ability to utilize hand tools and test equipment such as high voltage test equipment, grounding equipment and other related apparatus.

Supervisory:  None

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Driver’s license or equivalent. Ability to obtain a MA Construction Supervisor’s License.


Demonstrates ability to communicate ideas and directions to employees, customers, vendors and peers, in a clear and concise manner.  Demonstrates ability to be a team player.  Demonstrates a positive attitude.

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