Senior Electrical Engineer

Company Name: Matanuska Electric Association
Phone Number: (907) 761-9348
City: PALMER
State/Provence: Alaska
Zip: 99645
Job Title: Senior Electrical Engineer
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: March 31, 2017
Salary: DOE
Salary Per: Per Week
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

PURPOSE
This position is responsible for engineering services that are required to improve and maintain the Association’s electrical transmission and distribution system.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
1. Supervises personally the District Engineer, Senior Design Engineer, and Design Engineer I. Makes recommendations related to hiring, terminations, etc. Sets goals and objectives for employees, develops criteria, coaches, and monitors employee’s progress on goals. Prepares and administers employee evaluations and resolves personnel issues as necessary. Communicates management directives and goals to employees. Applies and follows the terms of applicable collective bargaining agreements as directed by Senior Management.
2. Directs a wide variety of engineering services. Reviews designs of others and assists with oversight of construction projects or field staking, including those in the Construction Work Plan (CWP), resultant Long Range Plan (LRP) improvements, overhead and underground distribution extensions and system improvements, transmission line and substation improvements, reconstruction and new line extensions. Prepares, leads, or assists in design and planning document activities, LRP activities, studies, and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), Power Supply studies, etc. Makes recommendations of manpower resources needed to meet the Association’s recommended schedule. Prepares special studies and reports on both the status of current design and construction projects and actual cost evaluations. Activities may include load flow, short circuit and protective coordination studies, economic evaluations for the Associations assets, or oversight of contractors or consultants to the Association on similar activities. Coordinates with Operations and Planning staff for the same.
3. Project Manager for assigned tasks. Makes physical general arrangements, works with electrical one-line diagrams, details physical layouts, selects and specifies materials along with their estimated quantities and costs, recommends equipment and construction specifications, and prepares all associated electrical calculations and studies.
4. Develops technical specifications and project design basis. Ensures design schedule is met and provides status updates to the Director of Engineering.
5. Performs complex electrical computations to determine the size, type, and number of pieces of equipment needed for projects such as transformers, circuit breakers, reclosers, sectionalizers, fusing, disconnects, and lightning arresters.
6. Assists the Senior Design Engineer on technical matters and with the contracting process on design and construction projects as required.
7. Reviews and makes recommendations for operation and maintenance practices and activities, including dispatch, protective relaying, switching, communication and/or SCADA or other communication systems, whether design or operational revisions or improvements.
8. Recommends proper technical procedures based on industry standards, codes, and techniques while following the tariff and other Association policies and procedures.
9. Reviews and maintains transmission and distribution construction standards. Conducts office and field meetings with members, including residential customers, commercial developers, builders, independent power producers, and government or agency officials and prepares related written communication. Responds to customer phone requests in a timely manner.
10. Assists in resolving construction issues and tariff issues related to transmission and distribution system repairs, improvements, and planning and recommends appropriate direction and corrective measures.
11. Provides oversight, analysis, and/or studies of annual requisitions for major plant items, including substations, transmission, and distribution assets, or discrete items like poles, transformers, conductors, and cable.
12. Assists the 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.
13. Performs the duties of the District Engineer during their absence or position vacancy.
14. May represent the Association on various utility committees and present information to various government and community bodies.
15. Promotes a safety culture in which safety is a value. This culture is based on joint and individual engagement, ownership, and accountability regarding job safety and responsibility to perform work safely and adhere to safe work practices.
16. Performs the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner.
17. Integral member of the Association’s Emergency Response Team. Responsible for duties as outlined in the Association’s Emergency Response Plan.

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 employee will also perform other related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel.

• Skilled in effective, professional verbal and written communication with the ability to work functionally across all levels of the organization.
• Excellent collaborative leadership and organizational skills.
• Exemplary relationship building skills.
• Able to effectively delegate and collaborate with others to accomplish assignments.
• Innovative, creative and agile in developing solutions to assignments.
• Self-motivated improvement based on successes and failures.
• Lead the corrective action and continuous improvement processes within area of responsibility.
• Drive problem-solving, decision-making and accountability within team.
• Embrace and embody the Association’s Core Values through decisions, actions, attitude and behavior to directly contribute to the success of the organization.
• Supports a culture of safety excellence through active involvement in safety improvement and promotes a sense of shared responsibility for safety.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee 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 employee will be required to:
– Communicate through speech and hear conversations with others by telephone and in person.
– Use a computer to input data and prepare documents.
– Visual acuity to discern writing on paper to include communication with others electronically, and reading, comprehending and performing complex analysis from technical information, documents, diagrams, and reports via paper and computer format.
– Occasionally walk over uneven ground under a wide variety of conditions.
– Exert up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or exert up to fifty (50) pounds of force occasionally to move objects.
– Frequently operate a vehicle.
– Travel to various work site locations and other businesses and organizations as needed.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
• The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee 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. 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 are required to have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree and ten (10) years of directly related experience in the utility engineering area. Candidates must possess a State of Alaska, Professional Engineer (PE) license or obtain within one (1) year of employment.
• Preference will be given to those candidates whose prior experience evidences responsible engineering experience in electrical substation, transmission and/or distribution facilities or related areas.
• 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 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
• Meet and deal effectively with a wide variety of people.
• Solve problems using facts and personal judgment.
• Proven ability to translate engineering knowledge into sound, economical design.
• Capable of carrying several simultaneous projects through from inception to completion as expeditiously as practicable with a minimum of supervision.
• Organize assigned projects and effectively and efficiently utilize personnel and equipment.
• Direct all engineering phases of distribution extension project.
• Meet and deal effectively with contractors and members.
• Strong supervisory, motivational, and persuasion skills.
• Able to write a wide variety of detailed reports to management or the public about such complex issues as large line extension problems, various cost estimates, alternative line extension options, complex electrical problems, major accidents, etc.
• Read and understand complex utility related literature, abstracts, financial reports, technical journals, and legal documents related to essential job functions.
• Communication Skills: Clearly articulate the key points of an issue; keep the attention of others; takes recipient’s needs into account when speaking or writing.
• Customer Focus: Address customer needs in a timely manner, communicate effectively with customers and establish customer rapport.
• Initiative: Demonstrate a high motivation for succeeding; show effort and drive in the face of obstacles; set aggressive goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals.
• Planning and Organizing: Produce timely, comprehensive project plans; set clearly defined objectives; clarify action steps for achieving objectives. Keeps others that are directly or indirectly involved informed on an ongoing basis.
• Problem Solving: Work systematically to analyze problems and issues; identify underlying causes; anticipate implications and identify effective courses of action.
• Understand advanced principles of electric power system generation, transmission and distribution engineering.
• Understand principles of physics and related sciences. Proficient in engineering theories and principles.
• Understand and apply the concepts of analytical geometry, differentiations, and integration of algebraic functions, and application to power distribution. Includes application of mathematical operations to frequency distributions, reliability, and validity of tests, normal curve, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, etc.
• Proficient in practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting recommendations.
• Write effective instructional manuals.
• 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.
• Basic understanding of electronic relaying, metering, and the ability to read and understand complex electronic schematic and wiring diagrams.
• Operate personal computers, spreadsheet, databases, word processors and file management programs, and engineering and project management software tools. Requires ability to understand and quickly learn new software related to power networking analysis, transmission and distribution modeling analysis, or any other smart-grid software used for the purpose of optimizing the reliability and efficiency of the Association’s power system.
• Exhibit knowledge and proficiency in working with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Office, MS Outlook, MS Power point, Project Management software, Milsoft Windmil (or equivalent), PTI PSS/E and other software as identified by the Director of Engineering. Must be familiar with the following types of computer programs: electrical system design analysis, spreadsheets, databases, word processors, and file/disk management. Must be proficient in creating and manipulating spreadsheets and in word processing.
• Requires mathematical development sufficient to be able to use a high level of mathematics, exponents, logarithms, linear equations, quadratic equations, mathematical induction and binomial theorem, and permutations; ability to apply concepts of analytical geometry, differentiation and integration of algebraic functions with applications; ability to apply mathematical operations to frequency distributions, reliability, and validity of tests, normal curve, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, etc.

How to Apply:

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Posting End Date: May 31, 2017