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Electrical Engineer/Senior Electrical Engineer

Longmont Power & Communications

Location: LONGMONT, CO US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Some College Coursework
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: August 3, 2022
Reference Code: 20220234

Definition:
EE: Coordination and management of major electric engineering projects; SCADA, automation, and relay control systems design, programming, and testing; substation design and equipment upgrades; power system modeling and planning; power quality and reliability assessments; Information Systems analysis, design, and integration; AMI support; Smart Grid and microgrid design and implementation; Distributed Energy Resources (DER’s); and setting design standards and equipment specification.
Sr EE: Performs all of the job responsibilities of the Electrical Engineer at an expert level, plus additional duties including, but not limited to: Complete coordination and management of major electric engineering projects; SCADA, automation, and relay control systems research,
specification, design, programming, troubleshooting, and testing; substation design and equipment research, specification, design, upgrades, support, and troubleshooting; power system modeling and planning; power quality and reliability assessments; Information Systems analysis, design, and integration; AMI support; Smart Grid and microgrid design and implementation; Distributed Energy Resources (DER’s); and setting design standards and equipment specification.
Principal Duties:
EE: Review and develop electric system configuration recommendations for efficiency and improved operating conditions. Design and implement Smart Grid and microgrid configurations and systems. Create, review changes, validate, and update underlying data for system models. Research, evaluate, and determine best options to integrate and propagate Distributed Energy Resources (DER’s). Make recommendations for substation and distribution equipment upgrades. Create associated wiring schematics and wiring diagrams appropriate for substation technical staff and distribution crews to make the recommended upgrades. Calculate reliability indices, participate in APPA’s benchmarking program, and make recommendations for improved system reliability indices. Serve as project engineer on major Capital Improvement, complex, and high profile projects. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; and stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of Electric Utility Engineering. Serve as a City representative on City, PRPA, and other industry committees. Provide support for integration between various CIS, GIS, OMS, Electric System Modeling, Project Tracking, Financial, Asset Management, AMI, and HR systems.
EE/Sr EE: Provide technical or supervisory support for various electric outage restoration functions including reconnaissance, dispatching, OMS operation, SCADA, and GIS program support. Perform voltage drop, flicker, fault current, and arc flash calculations. Perform system feeder analysis, contingency studies, coordination studies, and load forecasting using engineering analysis and modeling software. Review, update, and create substation electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, one-line diagrams, and three-line diagrams. Provide AMI support. Review and maintain LPC standards and specifications. Assist substation technical staff with the testing of and/or troubleshooting of substation breakers, relays, controls, and protective devices. Develop, review, and implement electric system switching procedures. Assist with document development and audit materials preparation for NERC reliability and FERC compliance efforts. Act as technical resource expert in engineering matters. Assist in the development of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and budget. Analyze material or system failures; consult with manufacturers and other utilities regarding failures; and report results. Analyze distribution and substation system behavior to identify and correct abnormal operations. Assist in the implementation and use of the Department’s Outage Management, Field Staking, and Mapping systems. SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition): Perform regular technical programming of the SCADA system and provide programming and troubleshooting assistance as needed during special testing and operations. Confer with dispatch operators, project engineers and supervisors regarding SCADA and relay issues. Provide general and technical
support to staff. Develop, implement and maintain procedures for documenting activities in instrumentation and control areas related to programming of RTU’s, relays, and HMI software, field implementation and testing of programming changes, and process control improvements. Performs essential duties and additional tasks in a manner which enhances City Attributes.
Sr EE: Has demonstrated mastery of the Electrical Engineer responsibilities. Review, develop, and approve electric system configuration recommendations for efficiency and improved operating conditions. Design and implement Smart Grid and microgrid configurations and systems. Create, review changes, validate, and update underlying data for system models. Research, evaluate, incorporate, and implement Distributed Energy Resources (DER’s). Recommend and approve substation and distribution equipment upgrades. Create associated wiring schematics and wiring diagrams appropriate for substation technical staff and distribution crews to make the recommended upgrades. Calculate reliability indices, participate in APPA’s benchmarking program, and make and implement recommendations for improved system reliability indices. Serve as project engineer or project manager on major Capital Improvement, complex, and high profile projects. Responsible for project quality, scheduling, project finances, and providing first-level supervision to project staff. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; and stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of Electric Utility Engineering. Serve as a City representative, or supervise participation by other City staff, on City, PRPA, and other industry committees. Provide in-depth database and systems architecture expertise for integration between various CIS, GIS, OMS, Electric System Modeling, Project Tracking, Financial, Asset Management, AMI, and HR systems.
Working Environment:
EE: Work is performed primarily in an office environment, but requires field visits and inspections. The job entails constant sitting; ability to read and understand detailed documents, blueprints, maps, and other printed and digital materials. Requires the ability to use language and math, reason and solve problems, communicate clearly and concisely with co-workers and the public. Must be able to work under stress, manage multiple tasks concurrently, and handle frequent interruptions. The job also entails frequent light (under 5 lbs.) lifting and carrying, reaching and bending or stooping, twisting, driving, and the use of near and far vision. Work may require occasional moderate (15-40 lbs.) lifting and carrying, pulling, pushing, climbing, crawling and kneeling or squatting. Employees may be exposed to noise, dust, fumes, solvents, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, machinery and moving vehicles, working in and around water. The job requires working alone, as well as working closely with others. Must remain current with all utility safety standards.
Sr EE: Work is performed primarily in an office environment, but requires field visits and inspections. The job entails constant sitting; ability to read and understand detailed documents, blueprints, maps, and other printed and digital materials. Requires the ability to use language and math, reason and solve problems, communicate clearly and concisely with co-workers and the public. Must be able to work under stress, manage multiple tasks concurrently, and handle
frequent interruptions. The job also entails frequent light (under 5 lbs.) lifting and carrying, reaching and bending or stooping, twisting, driving, and the use of near and far vision. Work may require occasional moderate (15-40 lbs.) lifting and carrying, pulling, pushing, climbing, crawling and kneeling or squatting. Employees may be exposed to noise, dust, fumes, solvents, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, machinery and moving vehicles, working in and around water. The job requires working alone, as well as working closely with others.
Qualifications:
EE: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an ABET-accredited (or international equivalent) college or university with major coursework in Electrical Engineering or a related field and three or more years of experience performing professional electrical engineering work experience in an electric utility. Special Qualifications: Possession of a valid State of Colorado Driver’s License is required. Possession of an Engineer-In-Training certificate is preferred.
Sr EE: Bachelor’s Degree from an ABET-accredited (or international equivalent) college or university with major coursework in Electrical Engineering or a related field and five or more years of professional electrical engineering work experience in an electric utility. Special Qualifications: Possession of a valid State of Colorado Driver’s License is required. Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado is preferred. Advanced college course