Company Name: ColumbiaGrid
Phone Number: (503) 943-4940
Job Title: Transmission (Grid) Planning Engineer
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: July 11, 2016
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time Type: Hours
- Performs, documents, evaluates, and interprets (electric transmission) grid planning studies (e.g. power flow stability analyses, and sensitivity scenarios) to: identify needs for transmission facilities; to produce annual system assessments of ColumbiaGrid’s grid planning footprint; and to identify potential transmission solutions in order to develop biennial transmission expansion plans and updates to the biennial transmission expansion plans of ColumbiaGrid’s grid planning footprint.
- Performs transmission grid planning studies in compliance with regulatory requirements and standards pertaining to coordinated transmission expansion planning, such as of FERC (e.g. Order 1000), NERC, or WECC.
- Represents ColumbiaGrid’s interests in various WECC, Peak Reliability, NERC, NWPP and other transmission planning organizations and forums.
- Reports to the Manager of Grid Planning and performs roles and responsibilities as directed by the Manager of Grid Planning.
- At least three (3) years of current electric utility transmission planning experience.
- Included in the minimum experience, at least two (2) years of direct experience conducting power flow studies using commercial power flow application software (e.g. PowerWorld, PSLF, or PSS/E) pertaining to real-world transmission planning activities.
- Knowledge of power system stability concepts and experience in conducting grid stability studies.
- Experience and proficiency in developing computer programs or scripts (e.g. Python) for application software related to, and to support, grid-planning studies.
- Experience and proficiency in analytical and database tools such as Microsoft Access, including Excel.
- Knowledge of electrical substations, transmission lines, and high voltage equipment.
- Knowledge and understanding of local and federal regulatory requirements and compliance standards (FERC, NERC, and NERC’s reliability regions) that impact grid planning.
- Ability to set and meet deadlines and to work effectively with minimal supervision.
- Ability to provide timely assessments with limited information or assumptions.
- Demonstrated and inherent ability to be inquisitive and intuitive about data and results.
- Ability to work effectively within a team of engineers.
- Self-starter and invests effort in enhancing and improving individual and team job-related skills and expertise.
- Experience using standard software office tools, such as MS Office.
Additional Desired Experience / Qualifications: Preference will be given to the candidates who have the following qualifications in addition to the experience described above:
- Knowledge of, and experience in, transmission grid planning in the Northwest, including the Federal Columbia River Transmission System (Bonneville Power Administration), public power electric utilities, or investor-owned electric utilities.
- Professional contacts and relationships within the Northwest and Western Interconnection.
- Experience in transmission projects development such as conducting technical studies to identify the needs of new transmission projects and the development of plan of services to address transmission needs.
- Understanding of production cost analyses (e.g. GridView, Plexos, or ProMod) and their applicability to transmission grid planning.
- Basic knowledge of new technologies, major development, or trends of power industry.
- Familiarity, knowledge, and experience regarding RTO’s / ISO’s such as CAISO.
- Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE).
Minimum Requirement: Bachelor of Science degree in either electrical engineering or in an equivalent engineering discipline.
How to Apply:
For more details and to apply, go to www.columbiagrid.org
Posting End Date: August 11, 2016