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Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Engineer  

North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: December 2, 2022
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Summary Description: The DER Engineer is on the staff of the Manager, DER Engineering under the Director, Energy Services & Technology and within Energy Delivery. This position will support the Manager, DER Engineering through collaboration with multi-departmental teams to develop and implement technologies that support microgrids, solar plus storage, stand-alone systems (including solar and storage), and other DER. 

Academic and Trade Qualifications: A Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, computer science, or other analytically intensive equivalent is required (work experience with industrial controls and automation can supplement a degree of lessor analytical intensity). 

Work Experience: A minimum of two years of progressive controls/automation and/or power/energy industry experience in Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) automation coding, engineering, and design or utility operations, planning, SCADA operations or another related field. Additional experience will be considered based on applicant’s qualifications, and hiring level will be commensurate with education, experience, and responsibility. 

Responsibilities: Detailed design engineering (design, improvement, and maintenance) of NCEMCs Distributed Energy Resource (DER) controls, monitoring, and metering systems to include but not be limited to SEL RTACs, relays, and metering. The position will become the subject matter expert (SME) for NCEMC on DER controls, monitoring, and metering systems. The position is responsible for educating and providing oversight to 3rd party vendors. 

Specific Responsibilities Include   

  • Support the design, commissioning, construction, and operation of new NCEMC DER projects 

  • Act as the NCEMC SME for DER systems, including planned and emergency support of the NCEMC DER Fleet 

  • Develop and implement plans to improve the performance of existing and future DER 

  • Develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge of NCEMC’s DER systems and components including: OSI PI historian, protective relays, meters, RTUs, and site controllers 

  • Lead research efforts on new and existing technology that can be implemented at member cooperatives to expand the effectiveness of DER 

  • Develop comprehensive sequence of operations for Microgrids 

  • Lead the expansion and research of Microgrid projects to include new opportunities and use cases that fit within design criteria and contractual requirements  

  • Develop and maintain relationships with strategic external vendors and partnerships that support the construction, commissioning, and operation of NCEMC’s DER Fleet 

Supporting Roles  

  • Provided technical support to other internal departments to ensure lessons learned and technical design standards are utilized to ensure consistency and operability 

  • Manage relationships with research partners to meet the objectives of site-specific projects 


  • Lead stakeholder meetings (internal/external) to engage stakeholders and share project information 

  • Develop and deliver reports on workplace activities as directed by the Manager, DER Engineering 

  • Develop presentations and white papers in support of updating NCEMC and cooperative leadership, providing case studies to NCEMC and partner entities, and advertising the capabilities of NCEMC’s DER fleet 


  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge and understanding of NCEMC’s resource portfolio and underlying contracts as well as NCEMC’s wholesale rate structure  

  • Develop and maintain optimal working relationships and coordination between various groups at NCEMC including Power Supply, Innovation & Business Development, IT, Accounting, and Communications  

  • Monitor regulatory and industry requirements for DER 

  • Assist in collection of data, analysis, and technology investigation in support of these new DER 

  • Monitor developments and trends in DER technology to prepare for implementation at member cooperatives  

  • Assist with annual work plan and budget preparations  

  • Periodically report on activities in work area  

  • Maintain professional development  

  • Perform other duties as directed by the Manager, DER Engineering 

Job Knowledge:  

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of safety standards, operational standards, and best practices related to DER projects (ie IEEE standards, UL safety standards, and EPRI best practices) 

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of market conditions including policy, interconnection, permitting and competition 

  • Detailed working knowledge of personal computers is necessary, including software applications required.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required, MS project software skills is a plus  

  • Detailed working knowledge of SEL software and hardware  

  • The candidate should have a good working knowledge of the power/energy industry 

  • Knowledge in the areas of distribution operations, SCADA, distributed generation, and metering are desirable 

  • Experience leading project teams and project management experience is strongly desired 

Abilities and Skills:   

  • Analytical mindset with a desire to problem solve  

  • Experience with Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (Access and VBA a plus)  

  • Able to be responsible for a project from start to finish  

  • Strong written and oral communications skills with the ability to develop presentations and reports  

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills capable of maintaining strong relationships  

  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills  

  • Substantive experience of successfully working with and leading diverse teams of creative and support staff 

Relationships and Contacts: 

Reports to:  

  • Manager of DER Engineering and is accountable to him or her for results achieved   

  • Directs: None  

  • Internal Relationships: Shall maintain internal relationships necessary to achieve the purpose of the position and the desired results  

  • External Relationships: Shall maintain external relationships necessary to achieve the purpose of the position and the desired results 


Working Conditions: Normal office conditions with occasional overtime, travel to member cooperatives, and industry related training and conferences. NCEMC is currently working in the office 3 days a week and from home 2 days a week. 


Company Profile:  North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives (http://ncemcs.com/about/ncemc.htm) is the brand for the family of organizations formed to support the state’s 26 local electric cooperatives, including: North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, the power supplier to many of the electric cooperatives; North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, the cooperatives’ trade association; and Tarheel Electric Membership Association, Inc. (TEMA), a central purchasing and materials-supply cooperative. 


North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment. 


About this Employer

North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) is one of the largest generation and transmission electric cooperatives in the nation, providing reliable, affordable electricity to its 25 member cooperatives. NCEMC owns power generation assets, purchases electricity through contracts, identifies innovative energy projects and coordinates transmission resources for its members.