Electrical Engineer

Company Name: Tacoma Public Utilities
Phone Number: (253) 502-8649
City: Tacoma
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98402
Job Title: Electrical Engineer
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Electrician
Posting Start Date: January 25, 2017
Salary: $77,563.20
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

Tacoma Power is an innovative, citizen-owned electric utility that generates, transmits and distributes electricity, and provides energy and telecommunication services in the Pacific Northwest. We are committed to providing high-value, environmentally responsible, and competitively priced products and services for the benefit of our customers. Learn more about Tacoma Power at www.tacomapower.com.

Tacoma Power’s Transmission & Distribution (T&D) section is accepting applications for an Electrical Engineer to perform complex system studies including power flow, transient stability, and short-circuit to support T&D system planning and operations.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Design, Maintain, and Analyze the Tacoma Power Electric Power System:
    • Manage, maintain, and provide updated system data to WECC and Columbia Grid for the compilation of the base cases used for system modeling, studies, and analysis.
    • Perform annual system stability, power flow, and short-circuit studies per NERC requirements.
    • Support the real-time applications such as state estimator, contingency analysis, voltage stability and transient stability.
    • Ensure robust, high quality solutions by tuning the network model and correcting issues with real-time telemetry, models, etc.
    • Perform new EMS model validation tests and ensure that the models that are moved to the production systems are high quality and well-tested.
    • Perform system analysis and provide recommendations in support of system operators/dispatchers in the planning and coordination of upcoming planned transmission outages to ensure that system
      performance and reliability criteria are maintain during the planned events.
    • Perform power flow, stability, short-circuit and capacity studies and make recommendations in support of internal and external customer requests impacting Tacoma Power’s transmission and distribution systems, including leading teams to participate in the study, writing the report, and providing recommendations for implementation.
    • Independently conduct engineering studies and projects and to make recommendations to enhance and improve the efficiency, performance, and reliability of Tacoma Power’s distribution and transmission systems.
    • Distribution planning development such as area and system feeder enhancements, downtown infrastructure, etc. Work with other groups to develop ideas, alternatives, cost, timeframes, and consensus for project integration and implementation.
    • Develop and maintain the software of the power system models for the transmission and distribution systems.
    • Conduct surveys, load forecasts, plans, studies and cost estimates related to various projects and programs.
    • Plan, design, and assist in implementing new distribution and transmission facilities.
    • Transmission planning development such as new or revised interconnections with BPA, bus reconfiguration at major transmission substations, nomogram updates, etc.
    • Support other departments of Tacoma Power as needed for design and analysis.
Experience Required:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Professional Electrical Engineer License
  • Five or more years of experience as a licensed Professional Engineer
How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only at www.cityoftacoma.org/jobs

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that highlights job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. Applicants whose backgrounds most closely reflect the current needs of the department may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.  Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.  A valid driver’s license with maintenance thereafter is a condition of employment.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591-5400 before the closing date of the job announcement.

Posting End Date: February 10, 2017