West River Electric Assn., Inc. is seeking an Electrical Engineer to work out of our Branch Office located in the second largest city in South Dakota, Rapid City. WREA serves over 17,000 meters in 6 counties of western SD, employs over 50 employees, maintains 3 offices and is governed by a 9 member Board. Rapid City is located on the edge of the beautiful Black Hills and Badlands National Park of South Dakota and has an abundant selection of outdoor activities available including hunting, fishing, and off-roading.
This position requires a highly organized individual to direct the engineering function of WREA’s transmission and distribution system. The position will be responsible for all aspects that goes into planning and development of our growing system to make sure it continues to perform reliably to meet and maintain our power quality goals along with meeting all applicable safety, regulatory and construction compliance rules and regulations.
The following activities unique to this position:
Works with Operations to set priorities for construction of system improvements in the current Work Plan. Constantly reviews the plan for needed modifications or additions, prepares amendments as needed, and seeks approval of any amendments.
Oversees the long and short range system planning for system growth.
Oversees the design of substation improvements and construction of new substations to meet growing system loads.
Prepares all plans and studies relating to sectionalizing, over current protection, device coordination, over voltage protection, voltage improvement, power factor correction, load balancing, and system reliability.
Approves the results of these plans and studies, and recommends changes in consultation with the appropriate operation’s personnel.
Oversees the design of power systems to serve subdivisions and large commercial and industrial loads to insure that they are electrically and economically well designed and are in accordance with good engineering practices and regulatory specifications.
Develops specifications, assists in evaluating quotes, and makes recommendations to appropriate personnel regarding the purchase of distribution transformers, voltage regulators, electronic reclosers, switching devices and equipment, underground cable, Smart Grid equipment, distribution equipment, and other equipment or materials to be used on the Cooperative’s system.
Establishes system performance criteria and reviews to determine consistency with system reliability and power quality goals; develops and implements action plans required to maintain electric service with the WREA service area.
Responsible for compliance with NERC rules and regulations and will work with Basin Electric, Rushmore Electric, and the Midwest Reliability Organization to ascertain the Cooperative’s compliance with all NERC reliability requirements.
Directs the maintenance of system records for outages, inventory, mapping, major system devices and pole related information.
Provides guidance and/or assistance in the maintenance, upgrade, and integration of the Outage software and our dispatch provider by working closely with operations personnel. Makes recommendations regarding future plans for expansion and integration of these systems.
Provides guidance and/or assistance in maintaining and using engineering software.
Responsible for developing annual capital additions budget for Engineering.
Participates in the development of the Cooperative’s policies and procedures and makes recommendations on any needed changes to insure that they are current.
Represents the Cooperative at organizations and in meetings at the local, state, and national levels where objectives of the Cooperative can be served.
Maintains active membership in professional electrical engineer groups to stay abreast of all associated standards and developments regarding the application of electrical equipment, devices, cables, etc. as they apply to the Cooperative’s electrical system.
Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in electrical engineering or engineering technology is required.
Possession of a South Dakota Professional Engineer’s (PE) license or the ability to obtain one within 1 year of employment is required.
A minimum of 3 years’ experience in mechanical, electrical, design or survey engineering is preferred. Previous electric utility experience in operations, engineering or with a consulting firm working for electric utilities desired.
Must be able to perform all duties to complete work assignments as described in the position description. This includes:
Should be skilled in the areas of organizing, planning, controlling and scheduling functions between engineering, construction, purchasing, accounting and safety personnel to meet deadlines.
Must be able to clearly and concisely communicate both verbally and in writing, in exchanging information with position’s supervisor, employees and the general public.
Must have the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, staking sheets, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Must be able to prioritize and organize multiple tasks and assignments. Able to work independently, make decisions, assign projects, and follow projects through to completion.
Must possess computer, mobile tablet skills, and have operating knowledge of WREA’s software used in the operations department.
Must possess an in-depth conceptual and working knowledge of electric utility mapping systems.
Must be innovative in order to creatively develop new solutions to problems. Skilled in searching for and implementing new ideas in construction, maintenance and management.
Must have a willingness to share knowledge and work harmoniously with others.
Must maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Must have the ability to handle occasional high-pressure situations.
Must have and maintain a South Dakota driver license and have an insurable driving record. Must maintain CPR and First Aid certification.