Function: To assist in assuring that the present and future requirements of the electrical system are met by applying technical knowledge, sound engineering judgement, and skills; and to provide accurate data and recommendations to the Manager of Engineering for the purpose of determining the electrical system’s present and future requirements.
Reports to: Manager of Engineering
Responsible for: Non-supervisory position
Responsibilities and Authorities:
Within the limits of approved board policies, operating guides and procedures, assumes responsibility and has commensurate authority for the following activities.
Produces Long Range Engineering Plans and Construction Work Plans, by consulting with the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), consulting engineers, the Manager of Engineering, Engineering and Operations personnel, and the General Manager, and acquires RUS approval of these plans as required.
Reviews Long Range and Construction Work Plans for needed modifications or additions, prepares amendments as needed, and seeks RUS approval.
Completes Borrower’s Environmental Reports (BERs) for all Construction Work Plans and amendments as required by RUS.
Performs and reviews studies and prepares plans relating to sectionalizing, overcurrent protection, device coordination, overvoltage protection, voltage improvement, power factor correction, load balancing, and system reliability. Approves the results of these plans and studies, and recommends changes in consultation with the appropriate Engineering and Operations personnel.
Routinely analyzes the electrical transmission and distribution systems by utilizing engineering planning and analysis software to identify system problems and abnormalities.
Prepares or directs the preparation of system data used for system analysis studies.
Assigns Construction Work Plan reference codes to completed Work Orders.
B. Other Duties
Maintains records of system equipment such as capacitors, voltage regulators and overcurrent protection devices.
Maintains files on substations and other important facilities.
Calculates and assigns line extension charges and sets up new service locations in the Association’s customer information system.
Reviews and analyzes the Association’s rates.
Reviews and analyzes the Association’s monthly power bills from Tri-State Generation & Transmission, Inc. (TSGT), for accuracy.
Reviews information gathered from monthly substation readings, the SCADA system, engineering and operations personnel, and consumers to identify problem areas on the electrical distribution system; makes recommendations to eliminate problems and improve reliability where possible.
Prepares power line switching reports and forwards them to TSGT.
Maintains an accurate system engineering analysis model and digital system map.
Develops specifications, assists in evaluating quotes, and makes recommendations regarding the purchase of power transformers, distribution transformers, voltage regulators, overcurrent protection equipment, and other equipment or materials to be used on the electrical system.
Designs power systems to serve subdivisions and large commercial and industrial customers to ensure that they are electrically and economically well designed and are in accordance with good engineering practices and RUS specifications.
Develops, administers and closes labor and material contracts for construction, engineering or other services required by the Association.
Obtains estimates from consulting engineering firms, contractors, and vendors for needed services or assistance.
Stays abreast of all standards and developments regarding the application of electrical equipment, devices, cables, etc. as they apply to the Association’s electrical system.
Works with engineering personnel, sales engineers and manufacturer’s representatives to prepare specifications, resolve problems, and investigate new product developments and technologies as they relate to the Association’s electrical and automation systems.
Consults with Engineering and Operations personnel to plan and implement alternate feed arrangements and switching operations to allow for voltage conversion, construction, planned maintenance, and power restoration.
Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
This position with Highline Electric is stationed in Akron, Colorado, to work out of the Y-W Electric Office.
About Highline Electric Association: Highline Electric Association was incorporated in 1938 and is headquartered in Holyoke, Colorado, with additional offices in Sterling and Ovid. A team of 55 employees provides reliable and affordable electric service to approximately 10,500 meters on 5,100 miles of line throughout Northeastern Colorado and Southwestern Nebraska. To learn more about our cooperative and the communities we serve, please visit our website at www.hea.coop.
About Y-W Electric Association, Inc: Y-W Electric Association was incorporated in 1945 and is headquartered in Akron, Colorado. With just under 50 employees, YWEA provides reliable and affordable electric service to approximately 9,000 meters on 3,800 miles of line throughout Washington and Yuma Counties. With friendly people and a quiet community, Akron is a great place in which to raise a family with small-town values. To learn more about our cooperative and the communities we serve, please visit our website at www.ywelectric.com.
Education/Experience: A Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) is required. Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado is highly desirable. Additional training in RUS Work Order and Loan Procedures is preferred. Experience may be substituted for preferred registration. A minimum of two (2) years experience with an electrical distribution system, preferably an electric Cooperative system desired. Will require three (3) years in this position to become proficient.
Job Knowledge: Should have an effective working knowledge of RUS specifications, requirements, procedures, and accounting as they apply to planning, purchasing, construction, retirement, operations, and maintenance associated with an electrical distribution system. Must have an effective working knowledge of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC). Should be familiar with the general requirements of the National Electrical Code (NEC). Must be able to obtain a working knowledge of GIS and analysis software, AMI/Load Management software, and Unix and Windows operating systems.
Abilities and Skills: Must be a problem solver, organized, and future-oriented. Ability to isolate problems and use resolution skills is required. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form is mandatory. Ability to quickly adjust to schedule changes and to set and follow priorities necessary. Must be able to initiate and complete projects without supervision. Written and verbal skill in communicating Association practices, policies and programs to Association employees needed. Should be skilled in working and communicating with members and the public. Must be skilled in planning, designing, and preparing specifications to meet the Cooperative’s requirements for electrical distribution. Must have a good understanding of automated technologies and how to apply them to the Cooperative’s needs. Ability and desire to work in a team environment as well as individually needed. Must maintain a valid Colorado driver’s license at all times.
About Highline Electric Association
Application along with resume for System Engineer is due by July 28, 2019.
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