Senior Project Engineer

Company Name: Matanuska Electric Association
Phone Number: (907) 761-9319
City: Palmer
State/Provence: Alaska
Zip: 99645
Job Title: Senior Project Engineer
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: April 27, 2018
Salary: $113,555
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 5
Work Time Type: Days
Duties:

PURPOSE

This position oversees the design and construction of transmission and switch yard/substation facilities.  The position coordinates project activities with various internal and external personnel to ensure on budget and timely completion of reliable, high quality transmission and switch yard/substation facilities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION

  1. Prepares and directs preparation of detailed plans and specifications for project construction, as assigned.
  2. Monitors and reports the progress of assigned projects relative to schedule and compares the results to current budget and work plan.
  3. Prepares and maintains transmission and substation unit cost data for various types of evaluations.
  4. Evaluates transmission and substation cost data for effectiveness or method and scheduling of construction.
  5. Assists in the preparation of the transmission and substation capital projects portion of division budgets, work plans and long-range plans, as assigned.
  6. Develops special studies to support project selection and technical operation, as assigned.
  7. Establishes design criteria for the facilities to be constructed.
  8. Maintains Quality Assurance in the work of engineers, technicians, consulting engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and vendors/ manufacturer’s representatives on transmission and substation construction project sites.
  9. Coordinates outage switching and clearance requirements with Power Control.
  10. Reviews engineering, manufacturer and contractor submittals, specifications and other written material to ensure conformance with project requirements.
  11. Directs and performs inspection of projects during construction and upon completion, as assigned.
  12. Provides direction to consulting engineers, staff engineers and technicians performing engineering services for transmission and substation projects, as assigned.
  13. Prepares or directs preparation of contract documents and administers contracts for procurement of transmission and substation equipment and materials, engineering services and construction.
  14. Prepares or directs preparation of project and contract close out documentation.
  15. Reviews and recommends contractor/vendor invoices for approval, within authorized limits.
  16. Prepares construction change orders and negotiates the cost of change orders with contractors for transmission and substation projects, within authorized limits.
  17. Verifies equipment acceptance tests in conformance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  18. Participates in external committee assignments on behalf of the Association, as directed.
  19. Consults and coordinates with Federal, State and local agencies regarding location of facilities, construction methods and schedules to minimize conflict.
  20. Provides technical assistance to member-owners and other concerned parties to resolve substation/transmission voltage/outage problems and recommends corrective action to be taken.
  21. Reviews and makes recommendations for operation and maintenance practices and activities
  22. 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.
  23. 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 employee will also perform other related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel.

ESSENTIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Qualified candidates are required to have:
  • A Bachelor of Science in electrical or civil engineering.
  • Ten (10) years of experience in a highly responsible electrical engineering capacity responsible for the improvement of electrical systems in an electric utility, including transmission lines and substations.
  • State of Alaska Professional Engineering (PE) license.
  • 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
  • Preference will be given to candidates with:
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

NOTE:  The Association will consider, in its sole discretion, relevant work experience in lieu of required education qualifications or other required certifications or qualifications.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIESSupport a culture of safety excellence through active involvement in safety improvement and promote a sense of shared responsibility for safety.

  • Effectively communicate with internal and external personnel.
  • 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 limited supervision.
  • Knowledge of the FERC Accounting System and the ability to interpret the National Electrical Safety Code and other relevant codes and regulations
  • Extensive knowledge of workflows pertaining to design, permitting, and construction. Ability to track costs, schedules and other data as necessary on projects.
  • Knowledge of substation operations and procedures, Company policies and procedures, and applicable codes and policies of local City, County, State, and Federal Regulatory Agencies.
  • Broad knowledge of construction methods and standards, materials, and equipment used in electrical design and wiring, maintenance procedures and practices, and safety procedures and practices.
  • Ability to organize, coordinate and schedule various projects; interpret union contract; prepare comprehensive reports; and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to develop and document new procedures and techniques to assure quality and expedite response of service to internal and external customers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with directors, managers, supervisors, fellow employees, representatives of other utilities, outside consultants and the public.
  • Ability to maintain a strong sense of propriety concerning confidential matters.
  • 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.
  • Effectively represent the Association’s interests at community council meetings and other venues.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers in a windows environment, including the use of the Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD, and GIS software. 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.
  • Ability to facilitate cooperation between work groups and work functionally across all levels of the organization.
  • Self-motivated improvement based on successes and failures.
  • Analyze processes for efficiency and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Excellent collaborative leadership and organizational skills.
  • Ability to effectively delegate and collaborate with others to accomplish assignments.
  • Innovative, creative, and agile in developing solutions to assignments.
  • 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.
Experience Required:

ESSENTIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS
• Qualified candidates are required to have:
– A Bachelor of Science in electrical or civil engineering.
– Ten (10) years of experience in a highly responsible electrical engineering capacity responsible for the improvement of electrical systems in an electric utility, including transmission lines and substations.
– State of Alaska Professional Engineering (PE) license.
– 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
• Preference will be given to candidates with:
– Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
NOTE: The Association will consider, in its sole discretion, relevant work experience in lieu of required education qualifications or other required certifications or qualifications.

How to Apply:

PLEASE VISIT MEA’S WEBSITE AT WWW.MEA.COOP TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AN MEA EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION BY THE CLOSING DATE

Matanuska Electric Association, Inc.
163 East Industrial Way (P.O. Box 2929), Palmer, Alaska 99645
Telephone: (907) 761-9319/ Facsimile: (907) 761-9264
Website: www.mea.coop

MEA IS AN EEO/M/F/D/V EMPLOYER

Posting End Date: May 25, 2018