Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO), headquartered in Hughesville, Maryland, is a rapidly growing transmission and distribution cooperative with about 500 employees that serves over 162,000 consumers just south of Washington, D.C. SMECO has a peak load of almost 1000 MW, assets in excess of $980 million, with over 400 miles of transmission lines serving 71 substations.
Transmission & Substation Operations Managing Director Primary Functions:
- Directs the resources of the Transmission & Substation Operations Division in the areas of (1) Power Systems Control, Protection, and Data Acquisition (SCADA/AMI), (2) 230, 69, and 13 kV substation maintenance and operation, (3) microwave, fiber optic, licensed VHF radio, and licensed 900 MHz radio communication systems and associated multiplexing equipment, (4) 230 and 69 kV transmission system maintenance and operation, (5) revenue-class automated metering systems (AMI), and (6) transportation and power operated equipment fleet procurement and maintenance.
- Adheres to the SMECO Internal Compliance Program (ICP).
- Directs the overall functions of design, installation, testing, and maintenance of the Cooperative’s essential communications, control, substation apparatus, and protective relaying systems.
Education – Four-year college degree in electrical engineering; some power system electives preferred. Professional Engineer Certificate also required.
Minimum 15 years progressive work experience in electric utility systems design, protection and control, with knowledge of relative power systems applications.
Starting salary ranges between $129,600-$181,200. 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/