Technical Engineering and Reliability Director Primary Functions:
Directs the Cooperative’s electric system performance relating to: adequate facility capacity margins, normal and contingency system response, operability, safety, reliability, engineering and construction standards, protection and sectionalizing practices, and power quality.
Directs the scope, engineering analysis, methodology, construction coordination, documentation, timeframe, and associated activities for completing Cooperative electric system studies, associated software model development, and electric system interconnections.
Directs system planning and engineering activities to ensure corporate compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), PJM, and Maryland State Public Service Commission (PSC) reliability regulations, Pepco-SMECO Transmission Owner Interconnection Agreement statutes, and the Cooperative internal compliance program (ICP).
Ensures the cooperative’s electric system is configured, engineered, constructed, and operated in a manner that ensures normal and contingency facility capacity margins, operational flexibility, system reliability, and safety meets customer-member, PSC, and NERC reliability expectations.
Performs conceptual engineering, issues circuit protective sectionalizing directives, prepares project scope documentation, and serves as a subject matter expert (SME) liaison for engineering, right-of-way, and construction project coordination activities that enhance the Cooperative electric system.
Develops and directs Cooperative Electric System Studies and report documents such as but not limited to: construction work plans (CWP), Plant Improvement Plans (PIP), system losses, power flow, short circuit protective coordination, sectionalizing, outage contingency, and motor start / flicker studies.
Bachelor of Science degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university in an engineering discipline is required, with some business administration, computer, management services, power systems engineering, and technical writing courses preferred. Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland is essential. Candidates with registrations from states maintaining reciprocity with Maryland must obtain Maryland Registration within one year of employment.
Must have eight or more years of increasingly responsible experience in the engineering, construction, or operations department of an electric utility or engineering consulting firm, with supervision preferred. Familiarity with electric utility transmission, station, and distribution facility design, planning, construction, operations, maintenance, specifications, power systems software, and administrative principles and practices is required.
Starting salary ranges between $112,000-$151,100. SMECO offers and excellent benefits program including a 401k 6% dollar for dollar match and additional 3% non-elective company contribution.
Interested candidates should apply via SMECO’s website at www.smeco.coop/careers
About this Employer
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative was founded in 1937. Through the Rural Electrification Administration, the co-op received a loan of $165,000 to construct 175 miles of line to serve 600 customer-members. SMECO operated a generating plant at Popes Creek, Maryland, from 1938 to 1953. SMECO has had five general managers: 1938, Forrest Coakley; 1974, Walter H. Smith; 1989, I. Wayne Swann; 2003, Austin J. Slater, Jr.; and 2020, Sonja Cox. As of January 2020, SMECO served 165,000 customers and is one of the largest electric co-ops in the country. SMECO serves all of Charles and St. Mary's counties, the southern portion of Prince George's County, and all but the northeast portion of Calvert County. For more information, go to https://smeco.coop/