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Engineer, Transmission Services / Generation Interconnection

SouthWest Power Pool

Location: Little Rock, Arkansas US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: October 8, 2021
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Positions are based in Little Rock Arkansas.   We offer a hybrid work environment between the office and home. Great benefits, great culture! 

Overview

The Engineer in Transmission Services and Generation Interconnection and  is responsible for performing the modeling of the SPP electrical transmission system, engineering analyses supporting Tariff Services and coordination of any special studies for Southwest Power Pool Inc.  Additionally, the Engineer is expected to work closely within SPP and with SPP Tariff Customers and Members to collaboratively support all functions within the Transmission Services / Generation Interconnection department.  

As such, the Engineer must have a good understanding of the SPP Transmission Grid or be able to develop this understanding quickly in a fast-paced environment.  The Engineer II must be able to apply engineering theory to real world situations and perform complex engineering analysis or develop and improve those engineering techniques.

The Engineer supports the overall objectives, new concepts, policy matters, and any other relevant issues to the planning process, including support of the new planning techniques, and process improvements. The Engineer will develop knowledge about the SPP’s power systems, understand the concepts of powerflow and the processes of the Transmission Services department.

This position requires the ability to work under deadlines in a fast-paced environment while also working with Tariff customers on a day-to-day basis.   The Engineer will have the ability for working across the organization in order to coordinate and implement the Tariff Services provided by SPP.

Essential Functions

  • Maintain and develop expertise and proficiency with the SPP power system, analysis tools, software and processes
  • Develop intermediate understanding of powerflow and Transmission Services concepts and studies
  • Develop, maintain and improve engineering processes and procedures
  • Detailed understanding of specific governing documents and processes will be required
  • Support the SPP Stakeholder Process
  • Develop positive stakeholder technical, supervisory, leadership, and management level relationships as necessary to accomplish SPP objectives and assigned directives
  • Develop necessary technical stakeholder relationships to collect data and share results. In these cases, facilitate stakeholder feedback discussions to reach a positive stakeholder consensus, to the fullest extent possible
  • Exercise intermediate decision making skills for technical studies and services to adapt between standard and non-standard techniques
  • Provide initial feedback to more experienced engineers and/or management, explaining the process and provide recommended solutions for the analysis.
  • Assist more experienced engineer with advanced studies and technical process with appropriate supervision
  • Provide key technical support in a teamwork environment, including onboarding and training of new and/or less experience Transmission Services staff
  • Develop basic project management skills by taking responsibility for the completion of any assigned independent projects
  • Provide key technical support in a team environment and work to becoming a Subject Matter Expert
  • Independently handle several SPP technical processes, studies or tasks with limited scope and minimum supervision
  • Embrace and promote the SPP Culture, Mission and Core Values in attitude toward stakeholder relationships, current work assignments as well as long term goals and strategic initiative of the organization
  • Understanding of and compliance with SPP Policies and Procedures

Qualifications

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited university. Degree should be in a calculus-based engineering field such as: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Systems Engineering

Experience Requirements:

  • Sr. Engineer – Five (5) years of relevant engineering experience
  • Engineer II - Two (2) years of relevant engineering experience
  • Engineer I – no experience required

Required:

  • Intermediate proficiency with most SPP power systems analysis tools with a solid command of several SPP tools and/or processes
  • Practical understanding of the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff, FERC & NERC governing documents, SPP By-Laws, SPP Criteria and the SPP Committee structure
  • Flexibility and ability to function with constantly changing and multiple priorities
  • Strong inter-personal and team work skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Competent working skills with communication and data handling software such as Microsoft Office© Word, Excel, Access

Preferred:

  • Registered with a state Professional Engineering Board as an Engineer-In-Training (EIT)
  • Graduate level degree in related field of study
  • Electric Utility Industry experience

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands:

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to make decisions, interpret data, and problem solve.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand or sit for extended periods; use hands to operate a computer keyboard and standard office equipment.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 10 pounds.
  • Requires the ability to work and collaborate with managers and employees at all levels to exchange ideas, information, and opinions to facilitate the task.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of workweek are Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Working extended hours may be required.

Travel Requirement:

This position requires minimal travel (approximately 10%).

Should you elect to apply for this position SPP will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days, but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.

Southwest Power Pool is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “reasonable accommodation” as a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows a qualified individual with a disability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of a particular job, and does not cause an undue hardship for the employer.  SPP adheres to the ADA and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions.