Transmission Planning Engineer

Company Name: Chelan PUD
Phone Number: (509) 663-8121
City: Wenatchee
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98801
Job Title: Transmission Planning Engineer
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: June 16, 2016
Salary: $69,700 - $107,600
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

This position performs electrical engineering and project management related to the planning, operation and reliability of the Bulk Electric System (BES), including all aspects of work scope in conducting transmission and sub-transmission studies; power flow, transient stability, voltage stability and post-transient analysis. The incumbent will plan and coordinate operating studies and planning studies, generate reports, manage projects, and act as the technical specialist for transmission system performance.

Chelan County Public Utility District is committed to operating the Bulk Electric System in accordance with all reliability compliance standards to ensure reliable power is generated, transmitted and delivered to customers throughout the region. This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with NERC and WECC reliability standards.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily.  Essential functions (EF) are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position.  Secondary functions (SF) are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability.

1. EF Transmission Planning & Operational Studies and Support:
Perform technical study work to provide operating guidance to system operators, the Reliability Coordinator and District management. Study work includes planning studies, seasonal studies, next-day studies, and planned and unplanned outage studies for BES and underlying facilities. Participate in regional planning groups; produce reports for study results that include findings, planned mitigation options to remain within allowable operating limits, and development of operating procedures. Maintain accurate, up to date system model, steady state and dynamic, in accordance with reliability requirements. Requires coordination with various functional entities within the NERC Reliability Functional Model. Verifies accurate solutions to the Real-Time Contingency Analysis (RTCA). Works with the reliability coordinator and neighboring utilities to correct errors and fine tune the network model.  Provide training and support for operators to use EMS offline study environment to run power flow and contingency analysis, and to simulate planned outages.

2. EF Reliability Compliance:  Assigned as the compliance owner for multiple NERC Reliability Standards by the Managing Director of Generation and Transmission.  Responsible for ensuring the District meets its overall compliance obligations for each assigned standard.  Oversees the development of required technical processes related to assigned Standards.  Stays abreast of changes and modifications to assigned Standards.  Actively monitors compliance with assigned Standards.  Ensures controls are in place and documented to provide assurance of compliance with assigned Standards.  Performs annual compliance self-assessments of assigned Standards.

3. EF Performs engineering planning, feasibility studies (including technical report writing), cost estimating and economic analysis. Develops alternatives to determine solutions to operational problems, regulatory concerns, efficiency improvements, etc.

4. EF Performs conventional design engineering, analysis, and project management related to transmission systems in one or more of these primary areas:  transmission planning, system protection, or substation/switchyard design.  Leads project teams and perform project management activities including development of project schedule, budget and execution of complex projects.  Write technical purchase and construction specifications, including construction drawings.  Prepare material, professional service and/or labor bid document packages.  Follow engineering QA/QC procedures.  Review submittals and respond to requests for information during construction.  Develop inspection and testing plans.  Inspect construction activities, work products and resolve field construction problems.  Prepares start-up and training plans for operation and maintenance of projects and assets.

5. EF Ongoing:  Maintain regular and predictable attendance.  Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.  Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

6. EF Ongoing:  Is required to drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Language Skills:
Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment:

To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have knowledge of Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Maximo Asset Management; Internet Explorer Internet software; and general office equipment including computers, printers, peripherals and telephones.  Advanced skill required with PowerWorld, GE-PSLF, Alstom RTCA, or Aspen One-Liner software applications.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and perform repetitive hand or arm motion.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arm; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or twist torso; and pull, push, or exert force.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions and risk of electrical shock.  The noise level is usually moderate.

Experience Required:

Bachelor’s degree (B. S.) in Electrical Engineering.

Preference given to individuals with utility engineering experience.  Senior level incumbents are required to have a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience  in transmission planning or engineering related to transmission operations.

Specific KSA’s: A fully skilled incumbent (Senior level) will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities (if filled at a lower level, the following will be developed):
Based on level of incumbent skills and abilities, employee will perform complex design and calculations.  Requires extensive knowledge of engineering principles, tools and software.  Requires the ability to interpret, develop and apply codes and standards, including NERC and WECC reliability standards, as well as the NESC, IEEE, NFPA, NEC, ANSI, etc.  Provide field support for complex designs and construction activities.  Develop cost and schedule estimates for major projects including review of junior level estimates.  Ability to resolve complex problems, and to interpret engineering problems and solutions for non-engineers.  Mid to senior level incumbents will effectively train and mentor junior engineers;  establish company and industry policies, procedures and standards related to engineering.  Will learn disciplines outside of transmission planning, such as protection and control. Requires the ability to perform project management activities including development of schedule, budget and execution of complex projects.  Requires the ability to lead multi-disciplinary and multi-functional teams.  Requires strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively.

How to Apply:

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and resume detailing interest in the community, position and related experience. To expedite the process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF or WORD document and upload electronically when requested in the online application process.

Although the position is Open until Filled, applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

Interested parties are also invited to contact Ruth Erwert, Recruiting Manager at

Posting End Date: July 16, 2016