Performs electric engineering activities for the Cooperative in accordance with established standards under RUS, ERCOT, NERC, National Electric Safety Code and other governing codes.
Ensures members receive consistent and reliable electric service through the diligent application of sound engineering studies and decisions. Develops work plans based upon SAIDI and other performance metrics to improve system reliability.
Evaluates the impact of new loads on the system. Maintains the engineering model / connectivity model.
Provides status of circuit designs to the Director of Engineering and works with Operations department for implementation.
All above objectives are expected to be performed with the Cooperative’s best interest in mind and in line with the Core Values.
Essential Job Functions
Planning & Project Management
Assists with system planning studies, engineering, metering, staking and following the respective procedures and policies.
Assists with planning and engineering designs of the electrical distribution system to meet long and short-range system needs.
Assists with the installation and maintenance of SCADA and associated smart distribution equipment in the field and provides guidance on program distribution equipment.
Maintains project budget and provides forecast estimates on a monthly basis.
Studies trends and developments in the field of engineering and the smart grid to keep up-to-date on industry standards and changes.
Performs return on investment (ROI) evaluations and makes recommendations for continuous efforts for improvement.
Designs and oversees the installation of substations and transmission terminations on the system.
Performs engineering calculations to include, but not limited to, structural analysis of poles, guying, cable pulling, electric demand, transformer sizing, voltage drop and flicker, and coordination of protective devices.
Responsible for working with the Operations department to schedule field construction and maintenance on circuits based upon engineering knowledge and circuit performance.
Gives guidance to the Operations department on fusing, coordination, and philosophy on circuit and system performance.
Assists with the scheduling of metering, staking, and mapping functions to streamline the workday.
Participates in Engineering/Operations meetings providing updates on metrics and budget.
Assures that when work is completed in the field the electronic system maps are updated.
Tracks IEEE 1366 standards and develops internal goals of reliability based on historical outage data.
Develops and maintains key reliability metrics such as SAIDI, SAIFI and TMED and assists with the implementation of OMS reliability reporting for upper management.
Resolves external members’ and internal customers’ questions and complaints pertaining to engineering functions.
Makes decisions the directly impact members in terms of service and functionality.
Reports to - Director of Engineering
Supervises - This is not a supervisory position
Mathematical Skills – Must be able to perform mathematical calculations as they apply to electrical engineering and budget management.
Planning Skills – Must have the ability to process data and information to assist in developing Annual Operating Plans by department and for the Cooperative as a whole. Must be able to plan and manage projects and workloads in an efficient and organized manner.
Reasoning Ability – Problems are highly complex and unstructured, and methods are loosely defined. Must have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Must have the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Language Skills – Must have the ability to read, write and speak the English language.
Communication Skills - Must have the ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Must have the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public. Must be able to communicate clearly and accurately for work and safety compliance.
Computer Skills – Must have a strong proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel), email and internet usage as well as tablets and mobile technology. Must have or be able to develop expertise in engineering design software such as CAD, GIS, line design software, and distribution modeling software.
Comprehension – Must have the ability to understand and follow Cooperative maps, Cooperative Safety Manual, work orders, staking sheets, and any type of Cooperative forms related to work being performed. Must have the ability to learn cooperative’s service area and distribution system.
Other Skills – Must have expert knowledge of electrical distribution principles and be able to establish and maintain a design philosophy. Must have the ability to learn and understand the installation of all electrical distribution equipment.
Personal Characteristics – Work requires independent and original thinking. Must be a team player and also able to work independently. Must represent the Cooperative in a positive manner and be accountable for professionalism and quality of work.
Physical Characteristics – Must be able to use hands, fingers and arms for grasping, reaching or holding. Must possess general dexterity to operate a personal computer, telephone and office equipment. Will be required to frequently sit, stand, and walk. Must be able to hear. Will be required to lift up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities include close and color vision with the ability to adjust focus.
Working Conditions – Work mainly takes place in a controlled office environment. Local, state-wide and national travel is occasionally required. While limited, must be able to work under adverse conditions such as extreme heat or cold, high winds, stormy conditions. Noise level is usually moderate.
Working Hours –Work regularly scheduled hours, although weekends, evenings and before and/or after normal working hours may be required to meet deadlines or to attend meeting or conferences. Must be able to work on-call during emergency conditions.
Additional Salary Information: • Medical - $167 per month for entire family on a 100% deductible-funded HSA plan, other options available. Eligible 1st of month after 30 day of service
• Dental - $11 per pay period for entire family. Eligible 1st of month after 30 day of service
• Pension - paid 100% by Coop with a 2.0% benefit level / 62 yo plan; eligible after 1 year.
• 401(k) - Match up to 4% on full salary; eligible after 1 year.
• Basic Life - 4x annual salary paid 100% by Coop
• Long-term Disability - 13 week/50%/No SS Offset paid 100% by Coop
• Life Insurance - Additional $40k policy paid 100% by Coop
• 10 Paid Holidays
• Paid Vacation & Sick Leave
• Annual Stipend for cell phone and boots (if required)
• Service awards every 5 years of service/ $100 per year of service
• On-site fitness facility - free for entire family
• Company Parties
• Facility usage (Banquet area, dumpster, ice machine)
• Covered Parking