GENERAL SUMMARY: Under the general direction of the Director of Engineering & Operations, perform a variety of operating data analysis, inspections, maintenance programs and switching for electric operations. Salary is $128,000-$148,000, plus an on-call stipend.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Responsible for engineering, designing, planning and supporting SELCO’s entire electric distribution system.
- Produces the system capital and maintenance plans with associated budgets.
- Tracks and reports on actual project and operations costs with respect to budgets and estimates.
- Coordinates engineering deliverables with other business units such as electric operations, customer service, accounting and cable operations.
- Develop electric distribution configuration recommendations for efficiency and operating condition improvements.
- Creates equipment standards and specifications and works with procurement to assure the proper materials are being purchased.
- Creates bid specifications for any projects, procurements or activities requiring adherence to state bidding laws.
- Responsible for resolving the most complex and challenging engineering tasks.
- Design and implement the latest in electric distribution technology such as smart grid and microgrids.
- Create, review changes, validate, and update underlying data for system models.
- Perform system feeder analysis, contingency studies, coordination studies, and load forecasting.
- Review, update, and create substation electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, one-line diagrams, and three-line diagrams.
- Provide AMI system support including MDM and the reliable reporting of system information.
- Review and update SELCO standards and specifications.
- Assist field staff with the testing of and/or troubleshooting of substation breakers, relays, controls, and protective devices.
- Review and implement modernized substation and generation equipment and technology.
- Create associated wiring schematics and wiring diagrams appropriate for substation staff to make the recommended upgrades.
- Develop, review, and implement electric system switching procedures.
- Calculate reliability indices, participate in APPA’s benchmarking program, and make recommendations for improved system reliability.
- Prepare documents and audit materials for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC) Reliability Compliance efforts.
- Serve as project engineer or project manager on major Capital Improvement, complex, and high profile projects.
- Act as technical resource expert in engineering matters.
- Analyze distribution system behavior to identify and correct abnormal operations.
- Supports field and substation switching activities.
- Assist with the design, maintenance, and operation of SELCO's fiber-optic and communication networks.
- Provide support for integration between various CIS, GIS, OMS, SCADA, Fiber Management, Electric System Modeling, Project Tracking, Financial, and HR systems.
- Read and correctly interpret maps, topographical drawings, and one-line diagrams that may be highly detailed and color coded.
- Validate operating information against system design parameters
- Routinely review and analyze system power quality (Volt/VAR management). Make recommendations to improve system power factor year-to-year.
- Train and support operations personnel on technologies being deployed. (GIS, OMS, capacitor controllers, GPS, and others).
- Provide goal setting, performance appraisals and mentoring for the engineering team.
- Establish and participate in regular engineering, leadership and management training for SELCO engineers.
- Must be available “on call” as part of supervisory rotation and provide after-hours support, as required.
- Assist other departments with special projects.
- Perform other job functions as requested.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Experience with the National Electric Safety Code (NESC) and client construction standards.
- Experience using CAD tools (preferably Autodesk Civil 3D).
- Experience with projects in distribution design: using medium voltage switchgear, voltage conversion projects, distribution automation projects.
- Experience with development of civil & electrical packages associated with complex cable/conduit in dense urban environments.
- Knowledge of computer network (MODBUS, DNPv3, TCP/IP) and knowledge of UNIX/Linux environments.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and with written reports.
Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering degree is required and 5+ years of prior relevant experience or graduate degree with 2+ years: relevant experience is either working directly with an electric utility or an electric utility consulting company, performing design engineering. Must also be able to demonstrate prior supervisory experience.
Provides daily supervision of the SELCO engineering team. Supervises electric linemen and substation switchmen engaged in emergency restoration and unplanned work as well as work outside of normal business hours as required. May also be asked to supervise contractors and consultants working on SELCO projects.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
- Required to reside in the Town of Shrewsbury, a contiguous town or no more than a thirty (30) minute drive to Municipal Drive.
- Frequent periods spent in non-office environments, including substations and other fieldwork. Regular periods spent outside, conducting field inspections requiring exposure to weather conditions. Frequent periods spent standing and walking; occasional requirement to climb or sustain uncomfortable physical positions.
- May spend sustained periods at computer terminal and office environment.
- Light lifting and carrying of work materials, including files, small tools and other testing devices.
- Some travel by private car or company vehicle within the Town and to neighboring towns: valid driver’s license required.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.