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Supervisor of Engineering - Substations

Rochester Public Utilities

Location: Rochester, MN US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: January 20, 2023
Reference Code: 20220106A

RPU, a division of the City of Rochester, MN, is the largest municipal utility in the State of Minnesota.  RPU serves over 57,000 electric customers and 41,000 water customers in a 60 square mile service area, and has revenues nearing $161 million annually. 

The City of Rochester is committed to a community where all members feel a sense of belonging. We commit to recognizing the diversity of our community members, listening to ALL voices and providing equitable services to create an inclusive place to live, play and work.
We believe EQUITY should be at the center of all our work. We strive to represent our community in our teammates, as we know that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, and have an empowering impact on the work, progress and culture of our community.

It takes us all working together

Nature of Work
This professional supervisory position at Rochester Public Utilities is responsible for supervising the electric substation and communications engineering technical sections, and is also responsible for developing budgets and schedules related to these areas. This position also provides project management and technical assistance to utility operating sections, oversees electrical design and construction standards, and oversees studies related to system planning and operation.  The primary emphasis of this position is electric substations, and communications, but this individual can be involved with other engineering areas and systems as necessary. 

Applications will be accepted until the vacancy is filled.

The 2023 salary for this opportunity is $111,639 to $164,178.

Provide Supervision to Assigned Employees

  • Provide work direction to employees relative to the completion of designated assignments; delegate responsibilities as appropriate.
  • Provide employees with ongoing coaching and feedback; conduct annual performance evaluations in compliance with organizational policies; initiate corrective action when appropriate.
  • Partner with the designated human resources business partner to implement effective hiring and selection practices.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of divisional budgets and strategic priorities.

Technical Oversight 

  • Estimate short and long-range electric substation capital requirements. Develop a capital improvement plan and maintenance program for electric substations that meets ensures safety and electric system reliability. 
  • Lead, plan, train, and review the work of staff responsible for performing professional and technical level engineering work including substation capital projects, relay & protection control schemes, SCADA communications, and various other technical issues as needed.
  • Inspect electrical construction, major electrical substation equipment installations, and review electrical equipment maintenance and operating procedures.
  • Review plans of consulting engineers and contractors and make technical engineering decisions and establish technical criteria and standards. 
  • Prepare and check work orders, supporting plans and specifications related to electric substations   Certify the proper completion of these work orders.
  • Monitor available information concerning new techniques in the field of electric substations with effective approaches to more efficient use of existing electric supplies. 
  • Recommend practices, procedures, and standards necessary to accomplish objectives and implement policies pertinent to the electric division. This will include working with electric substation design criteria, relay protection and control schemes, construction standards, material and equipment lists and cost estimates.

Project Management 

  • Serve as project manager on complex construction projects and provide technical oversight to staff assigned less complex projects; administer project from inception to completion including design, review, public meetings, bidding and construction; develop scope of work; serve as liaison to staff, developers, engineers, consultants, the general public and external agencies on projects; develop project timelines and sets priorities; oversee the services of consultants. 
  • Prepare specifications for capital and major maintenance projects, materials and supplies used by the electric utility, review bids and price quotations, and recommend construction/vendor purchase awards.  

Support Functions 

  • Coordinate with other management in formulating overall objectives and specific goals to fulfill the electric division goals. 
  • Prepare Board Action documents and periodic and special reports as required or requested. 
  • Conduct system studies, interpret results, and utilize information in system planning and operation.
  • Evaluate qualifications of and recommend outside consultants, when needed, to provide professional expertise in preparation of project plans and specifications and other studies undertaken by the electric utility.

Perform other duties as assigned or necessary.



Education and Experience 
A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited four-year college or university; AND five (5) years of progressively responsible full-time employment experience in planning, development, and/or design of electric utility substation and controls systems, with at least three (3) years of supervisory/management/leadership experience directing professional or support staff.  

Licenses and Certificates 
Certification as a Professional Engineer (PE) from the State of Minnesota within one year of hire as a condition of continued employment.

Valid driver's license

Experience with supervising technical engineering employees

Experience with designing urban electric transmission distribution systems

Experience with ArcGIS, SAP, CAPE, Synergi, OCALC, EasyPower, or similar computer programs

Position Competencies
Collaborates: Building partnerships and working with others to meet shared objectives.
Communicates Effectively: Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
Decision Quality: Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
Directs Work: Providing direction, delegating, and removing obstacles to get work done.
Demonstrates Self-Awareness: Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represents the physical and environmental demands for this position. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions with or without accommodation.   In consideration of the overall amount of physical effort required to perform this position, the work is best described as Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.   However, there are times when this position will need to lift plans and/or construction documents and navigate the terrain of a construction site.  

Physical demands that may be required continuously (2/3 or more of the time), frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time), and occasionally (up to 1/3 of the time) are noted below:   

Continuous demands: Standing, Sitting, Walking, Fine Dexterity   
Frequent demands: Lifting, Handling, Reaching, Carrying   
Occasional demands: Pushing/Pulling, Kneeling, Crouching, Bending   

Sensory requirements necessary in the performance of the essential functions of this position include: sight, hearing and touch.

Environmental conditions   *Work is primarily performed in an office setting, however inspections of construction sites are occasionally required.