District Engineer

Company Name: Matanuska Electric Association
Phone Number: (907) 761-9300
City: PALMER
State/Provence: Alaska
Zip: 99645
Job Title: District Engineer
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: February 17, 2017
Salary: DOE
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

PURPOSE
This position is responsible for supervising the District Engineering section, which provides the engineering required to extend, improve, and maintain the Association’s electric distribution system.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
1. Supervises the daily activities of the Big Lake, Eagle River, and Palmer district Engineering Technicians and Coordinators including: planning and assigning work, determining techniques to be used, and monitoring equipment needs.
2. Reviews and approves work order designs produced by Engineering Technicians and engineering consultants.
3. Supervises the inspection program of the District Engineering section.
4. Manages the development and work of assigned engineering personnel and communicates Association management policies, tariff, directives and goals to employees. Evaluates, encourages, and coaches directly reporting employees. Handles complaints and recommends/implements disciplinary action for positions supervised within these sections as outlined in Association policies and collective bargaining agreements. Reviews and approves time sheets of assigned personnel.
5. Manages new subdivision activity including: coordination of developers, engineers, and contractors; design review; agreement preparation; project closeout; and other activities necessary to comply with the subdivision agreements.
6. Handles customer complaints and advises customers on Association tariffs, policies and applicable design and code requirements. Responds to customer phone requests in a timely manner.
7. Conducts field meetings with residential customers, commercial developers, engineers, and builders.
8. Participates in the interview and selection of job applicants for all positions supervised.
9. Applies and follows the terms of applicable collective bargaining agreements.
10. Coordinates project construction and inspection and reviews inspections for construction acceptance.
11. Assists in studies and preparation of customer communication including construction and tariff policies related to distribution systems, improvements and recommends appropriate corrective measures.
12. Prepares, as requested, special reports on both the status of current construction projects and actual cost evaluations.
13. Prepares written correspondence from the Association’s Engineering Department, as necessary for construction. Prepares documents for the Association’s Senior Electrical Engineer, Division Director or others as assigned.
14. Assists the Senior Electrical Engineer and Division Director in preparing design analysis and construction standards and related training for the Association. Prepares special analysis for construction or design improvements as assigned.
15. Analyzes work processes and procedures and recommends improvements to efficiently complete work assignments to Engineering Technicians, Coordinators and Consultants.
16. Performs the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner.

The above items are not intended to be all inclusive of the essential functions or requirements of this type of work as they are subject to change based on operating necessity. The incumbent will also perform other related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent will be required to:
– Use a computer to input data, analyze, and produce professional written contracts, documents, spreadsheets, and reports.
– Communicate through speech and hear conversations with others by telephone and in person.
– Visual acuity to discern writing on paper to include communication with others electronically, and reading, comprehending, reviewing, and performing complex analysis from technical information, documents and reports via paper and computer format.
– Visit field worksites and travel to other Association offices and organizations to attend meetings, programs, seminars, etc.
– Occasionally travel over uneven terrain.
– Exert up to fifty pounds of force occasionally, and/or exert a force of up to twenty pounds frequently to move objects.
– Frequently operate a vehicle.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
• The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an incumbent encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• This position primarily works in an office setting; however, this position may require field work in variable weather conditions. The incumbent must be able to work in variable weather conditions including, but not limited to rain, high winds, temperatures in excess of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, large amounts of snow, possibly over long periods of time and in darkness, etc.
• This position is subject to bee stings and insect bites.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS
This position is classified as an exempt, nonrepresented position, and therefore is not eligible for overtime compensation. All Association employees are expected to work widely varying amounts of time outside the normal shifts to assist in power restoration or other needs of the Association.

Experience Required:

ESSENTIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS
• Qualified candidates for this position are required to have a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Project Management.
• Qualified candidates are required to have five years of directly related electric utility experience
• A minimum of five years of progressively responsible supervisory experience is required.
• Additional related experience in the electric utility distribution area may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year for year basis.
• Proficiency with RUS construction specifications is desirable.
• Preference will be given to those candidates whose prior experience evidences responsible engineering experience in electrical distribution facilities or related areas.
• Prior experience administering and interpreting collective bargaining agreements is desirable.
• Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska driver’s license (or ability to obtain as required under State of Alaska regulations) and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by the Association and the Association’s insurance carrier at standard group rates.

NOTE: Complete achievement of certain of the above specifications may not be required if, in the opinion of the Association hiring supervisor, a particular candidate possesses significant offsetting characteristics, such as past accomplishments, experience, education, or estimate of future potential. Should an applicant be deficient in certain educational achievements, offsetting experience may be substituted or vice versa.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Exhibit strong commitment to safety performance and working safely in the work place including active safety leadership and advocacy.
• Able to direct all engineering phases of distribution system design, construction, and inspection.
• Meet and deal effectively with a wide variety of people.• Possess strong leadership skills; develop a strong work ethic within the groups supervised.
• Solve problems in a thorough and logical manner.
• Proven ability to translate engineering knowledge into sound, economical design.
• Drive problem-solving, decision-making and accountability within team.
• Proven project management and organizational skills. Able to organize and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, effectively delegate and coach others to accomplish assignments, and manage and direct groups of individuals and achieve a consensus.
• Skilled in effective, professional verbal and written communication with the ability to work functionally across all levels of the organization.
• Able to write a wide variety of detailed reports and translate technical information to language that is comprehended by management or the public about complex issues such as large line extension problems, various cost estimates, alternative line extension options, complex electrical problems, major accidents, etc.
• Read and comprehend complex utility related literature, abstracts, financial reports, technical journals, and legal documents.
• Write effective instructional manuals.
• Administer company policies and collective bargaining agreements.
• Conversant in the theory, principles and methods of effective and persuasive speaking.
• Effectively represent the Association’s interests at community council meetings and other venues.
• Working knowledge of personal computers in a Windows environment, particularly the use of Excel and Word.
• Basic understanding of electronic relaying, metering, and the ability to read and understand electronic schematic and wiring diagrams.
• Requires mathematical development sufficient to be able to use a high level of mathematics, exponents, logarithms, linear equations and quadratic equations.
• Embrace and embody the Association’s Core Values through decisions, actions, attitude and behavior to directly contribute to the success of the organization.
• Respect and support a culture focused on safe work practices.

How to Apply:

MEA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Individuals with disabilities who wish to apply and who require reasonable accommodations to participate in any portion of the application or interview process should advise MEA in advance.

Please visit mea’s website at www.mea.coop to complete and submit an mea employment application

Posting End Date: March 20, 2017