ATTENTION! Those looking for a career that helps make Oregon’s electrical utilities safer, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) has an excellent opportunity you don’t want to miss! PUC has an opening for an Electrical Engineering Analyst to join our team in the Utility Safety, Reliability, and Security Division.
Do you have in-depth knowledge and expertise in the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), Electrical Transmission and Distribution System Operations and Reliability, and enjoy working in a team and with the public? If this sounds like you and you desire to become a public steward and make your community a safer place, then apply now!
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Electrical Engineering Analyst ensures the safety and reliability of electric utility service through engineering analysis of electric utility transmission and distribution data. This person serves as the Commission’s primary subject matter expert to evaluate regulatory issues, policies and system adequacy or performance. This ensures the Commission’s decision making and regulatory practices are supported by electrical engineering principles and practices. In addition, the Electrical Engineering Analyst provides theoretical and practical explanations to the public, utility operators, and both internal and external stakeholders, regarding reliability standards, safety standards, National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), industry best practices, and applicable administrative rules.
Major duties include:
Ensures utilities are applying the calculations to determine length and number of interruptions in electricity distribution (e.g. SAIDI, SAIFI, MAIFI, and Major Event Days) correctly.
Prepares annual reliability report of the state’s Investor Owned Utilities (IOU).
Compares IOU reliability metrics with national averages.
Tracks the IOU utilities major events. Evaluates the utility provider’s response to and recovery from those events.
Collaborates with utility providers to ensure utility reliability calculations are correct.
Identifies when the utility’s reliability metrics indicate system issues (poor design, inadequate maintenance, aging infrastructure, etc.). As directed by the Supervisor, develops and implements a plan(s) to drive improvement.
Electric Transmission and Distribution Theory and Operations:
Partners with Utility Analysts in policy- and rates-focused positions to guide policy development regarding renewable generation, distributed energy resources, and storage. Serves as a subject matter expert regarding current hardware, software, and general operating abilities of the state’s transmission and distribution systems.
Provides operational and theoretical reasoning behind the National Electric Safety Code (NESC), industry best practices, and other related standards.
Participates in workshops and forums to increase knowledge and expertise on transmission and distribution issues, particularly with respect to the physical and operational capabilities and limitations of systems.
As needed, requests and reviews data from utilities to evaluate system outages and reliability trends.
Conclusions from this analysis may result in discussions with utilities regarding maintenance needs, recommendations, or operational changes to specific facilities.
Responds to complaints received in the agency’s Consumer Services Program regarding power quality and reliability that requires engineering knowledge of operations and theory.
Other professional duties:
Conducts research, analysis, and composes reports.
Leads the cooperation and joint planning processes with various energy and telecommunications operators, utility associations, other state agencies, and members of the public to get needed programs into operation and ensure that they are functioning effectively.
Represents the PUC, to other state or federal agencies, industry associations, utilities, local governments, community organizations, and members of the public. In this role, attends meetings, workshops and conferences; frequently makes topic-specific presentations.
Provides professional-level consultative services to the following utility industry organizations and agencies: Oregon Utility Safety Committee (OUSC), Oregon Joint Use Association (OJUA), Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC) and Oregon OSHA.
On occasion, may prepare formal written testimony, defend findings, or make recommendations in formal Commission administrative hearings.