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Wildfire Mitigation and Reliability Engineer

Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc.

Location: Big Bear Lake, California US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: August 6, 2020
Reference Code: 11B.20


POSITION DEFINITION:  Under the direction of the Utility Engineer & Wildfire Mitigation Supervisor, the Wildfire Mitigation and Reliability Engineer implements the appropriate risk-based decisions, oversees the management of critical O&M programs, and supports updates to BVES, Inc.’s Wildfire Mitigation Plans and associated reports.  Ensures that BVES, Inc.’s operations and staff are in compliance with major Commission decisions on the management of risks, wildfire mitigation, safety, and reliability of the BVES, Inc. sub-transmission and distribution system.



  • Act as single point of contact for gathering operations and engineering data needed to support Wildfire Mitigation Plans, CPUC, and authorized external entity data requests. 
  • Develop and maintain quantitative data analytics that supports General Rate Case testimony and Wildfire Mitigation Plan development.
  • Develop and maintain metrics and management reports to evaluate effectiveness of inspection and maintenance programs to ensure deficiencies are corrected in a timely manner.  Including:  GO-165 inspections, GO-174 inspections, preventive maintenance of electrical equipment, vegetation management, and other contracted inspections such as LIDAR surveys.
  • Develop and maintain strategies to manage, mitigate, and minimize risks on equipment utilized in substations and assets installed within the BVES, Inc. sub-transmission and distribution system.
  • Utilize metrics and analysis of data provided from internal and external programs to forecast equipment failures and forecast future capital expenditures costs for budgeting of Capitol budgets.   
  • Manage the risk based decision making program.
    • Coordinates meeting with Operations Team as required by the Risk Management Program.
    • Periodically identify and re-evaluate threats and characterize sources of risks.
    • Develop/re-evaluate risk control measures to mitigate identified risks.
    • Quantify risks (consequences & likelihood/probability of occurrence).
    • Utilize Risk Control Matrix (RCM) impact (risk reduction).
    • Select and implement RCMs and recommend allocating resources as applicable.
    • Monitor effectiveness of RCMs, determining adjustments as necessary, and preparing internal management reports.
  • Coordinate with the BVES, Inc. Field Inspector and Substation Technician to execute the following programs or meet the following standards:
    • Planning and tracking maintenance management (preventative and corrective).
    • GO 165 (Inspection Requirements for Electric Distribution and Transmission Facilities) program.
    • GO 174 (Rules for Electric Utility Substations).
    • Pole Loading Program (PLP).
    • Tree Attachment Removal Program (TARP).
  • Record, analyze, and develop appropriate corrective actions for equipment based on system parameters, inspections and testing results.
  • Plan, schedule, track, and document completion of corrective actions.
  • Prepare internal equipment and system data reports.
  • Track vegetation management costs.
  • Manage the reliability program including data collection, analysis, and reporting.
    • Collect and record outage data to support reliability indices (SAIDI, SAIFI, MAIFI, and CAIDI) in accordance with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standard 1366.
    • Calculate reliability indices in accordance with IEEE Standards.
    • Analyze the reliability indices and outage data for trends; evaluate causation of reliability issues and develop projects and programs to improve system reliability.
    • Produce annual reliability report per CPUC guidance.
  • Identify gaps between current business practices and stated objectives and provide recommendations for process improvements to address any identified gaps.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or other related technical discipline.
  • Prior electric utility experience preferred.
  • Understanding of statistical analysis and probabilistic methods preferred.
  • Prior experience working with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software or asset management software, Oracle based accounting systems, Outage Management Systems, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and SCADA systems preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook).
  • Excellent communication (both oral and written) and analytical skills. Strong presentation skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, customers, colleagues and management staff.
About this Employer‍

At Bear Valley Electric, we work hard to provide you, our customers, with superior customer service, and dependable power. We do it each and every day, safely and with confidence. We are there for you, day and night, through the summer and the winter. We are your neighbors, your family, and your friends. You can always count on us.

Bear Valley Electric Service has served the Big Bear Valley since 1929. When Golden State Water Company acquired the company in 1938, we served a total of 147 customers. Today, we provide electric power to approximately 23,000 customers in the community, including:

  • Big Bear Lake
  • Big Bear City
  • Fawnskin
  • Erwin Lake
  • Moonridge
  • Sugarloaf
  • Lake Williams
  • Baldwin Lake

We serve a resort community with a mix of full-time and part-time residents. These 20,000 residents represent more than 87 percent of our customers. We also serve approximately 2,500 commercial, industrial and public authority customers, including the Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts.

Our employees have more than 300 years of combined experience in the electricity business. In addition to providing excellence in customer service, they are responsible for engineering, system operation and maintenance, planning, meter reading, accounting, and purchasing quality.