Applications will be accepted through September 23, 2021 – Apply on-line at www.wfec.com
SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Supervisor, Transmission Engineering, the incumbent provides engineering services for the power transmission and substation areas, including design and construction of transmission assets. Incumbent acquires and retains current knowledge for all appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements, regulations, laws, standards, and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to RUS, IEEE, and company standards, environmental, and NESC code. Plans and forecasts projects independently, developing practical action plans to successfully complete project goals and objectives.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Include the following: other duties may be assigned. Designs transmission lines, substations, and switch stations according to Rural Utility Service (RUS) rules and procedures. Coordinates activities with consulting engineers concerning project design. Provides in-depth reports on the status of project milestones and adjusts schedules accordingly. Assists in closure of work orders. Coordinates preparation and delivery of project deliverables, design documents and bid packages. Prepares detailed specifications for the purchase of construction material and equipment. Reviews project design for compliance with engineering principles, standards, contract requirements and related specifications. Evaluates and approves design changes, specifications, and drawings. Provides status and progress reports to management. Assists with preliminary line routing and site selection and coordinates with environmental and right-of-way personnel during the development of the line route or station site. Travels to and performs on site assessments of projects. Works with the protection engineer to obtain and maintain system data and computer programs necessary to provide all information required for relay, fuse, and recloser coordination of the transmission system. Prepares project management documents, project budgets and creates documentation for completion. Also closes out projects according to RUS guidelines. Attends meetings and conferences and performs research as necessary to stay informed of technical development in the power transmission industry. Coordinates with member distribution cooperatives regarding new and existing facilities. May oversee, monitor or coordinate the work of consultants or technicians and train personnel. Learns and maintains current advanced knowledge for all appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements, regulations, laws, standards, and best practices deemed applicable to any assigned work. Ensures the timely planning and forecasting of projects and the development of practical action plans which allow for the successful completion of assigned project goals and objectives.
COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Analysis / Design: Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures; generates creative solutions; translates concepts and information into images; uses feedback to modify designs; applies design principles; demonstrates attention to detail.
Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Professional Knowledge: Generates creative solutions; translates concepts and information into applications; uses feedback to modify recommendations; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
Oral and Written Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings; writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; sets goals and objectives; develops realistic action plans.
Project Management: Develops project plans; coordinates projects effectively; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time and budget; manages project team activities.
Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected outcomes.
Customer Service: Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments to customers.
Cost Consciousness: Works within approved budget and budget processes; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors required.
Education and Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering or a related field is required. Entry level engineer assisting higher classifications or more experienced engineers in engineering work pertaining to design of the transmission system, including checkout of new facilities, engineering support to technicians and modifications to improve existing substations and transmission lines. Includes basic project management. Develops positive communication and productive relationships with fellow employees, industry contacts, member cooperatives and WFEC management.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations, as well as respond to questions from groups of employees, managers, industry contacts, clients, customers and the general public.
Math Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts, such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry, trigonometry, calculus and differential equations. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
Computer Skills: Working knowledge of applicable computer programming languages related to electrical engineering such as PLS-CADD, PSS/E, Milsoft and Aspen. Proficient at operating personal computers using Microsoft Office Suite, MicroStation and other computer-aided engineering software.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: This position requires a current driver’s license.
WORK SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: This position may require a work schedule more than 40 hours a week and travel on short notice. WFEC has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable service to its customers, the ability to work additional hours at any time of the day or week is required.
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 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 talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision. Vision and hearing must be normal or corrected to normal.
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 exposed to occasional risk of electrical shock and moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. In accordance with WFEC Administrative Procedure 805-Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace this position is classified as “safety sensitive”.
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