The Substation Engineering Manager Reports to the Director of Engineering Services in the Electric Services Group and is responsible for the development and project management needs of the department. The Department is responsible for providing planning and operational services to the cooperative to ensure orderly and efficient development and maintenance of the electric system as indicated in the essential duties section.
Provide outstanding service to external and internal customers. In all areas of responsibility, treats members and the general public in such a manner as to create the best possible understanding and acceptance of the Cooperative.
Effectively manage the resources available to the department to achieve the agreed on results in all areas assigned to the department and provide the necessary support and assistance to other departments, districts, and groups to achieve the desired systemwide results. Practice participative management and foster its development throughout the organization to assure involvement and input of personnel at all levels in the organization to issues that affect their work.
Hire and coordinate efforts with contractors and engineering consultants for substation sitework, substation design, construction, testing, commissioning, system protection and control. Responsible for selecting protective relays and relaying schemes. Knowledge and experience with complex transmission schemes including permissive overreaching transfer tripping (POTT), directional comparison blocking (DCB), line differential and step distance.
Oversees and manages all protective relay settings and testing.
Creates system coordination standards and recommends settings for non-standard installations. Investigates relay mis-operation events, determines causes and recommends solutions. Assists with substation site selection and determines substation site layout. Prepares substation equipment specifications. Prepares Rural Utilities System (RUS) Construction and Equipment Contracts and RUS contract closeouts for substation projects. Keep the Director of Engineering Services fully informed of all progress, problem areas, and actions taken to meet problem areas and participate in group staff meetings to provide information and assist in resolving group problems.
Maintains corporate substation drawings, files and records.
Provides construction management for substation projects (including sitework).
Recommends substation and relaying upgrade projects and provides project estimates.
Develops and manages department capital and expense budgets.
Prepares and/or reviews all switching orders (transmission, substation and distribution).
Provides engineering support to substation maintenance personnel.
Responsible for the system studies including:
System Coordination Study
Arc Flash Study
Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan
Construction Work Plan (substation projects)
Assists with power quality investigations.
Creates and maintains transmission line system model.
Provides line technicians with substation training in each district twice a year.
Provides outage assistance including providing recommended actions for restoration.
Coordinates additional resources for substation outage restoration (including use of mobile substation, heavy hauling, crane services, etc.)
Coordinates mobile substation usage and participation on NC Statewide Association (NCEMC) Mobile Substation Pool.
Must be experienced with the following software plaforms:
Easypower- Transmission line modeling software
CYMTCC- Overcurrent relay coordination software
ProVision- PMI power quality analysis software
SEL- Schweitzer relay software
AcSELerator- relay settings
TEAMS- device manager
SynchroWave- fault analysis
Education: B. S. degree in electrical engineering with power option or equivalent required. Equivalent experience will be considered.
Experience: Minimum of eight to ten years experience required as an engineer for an electric power transmission and distribution system (cooperative, municipally-owned, public power, consultant or investor-owned utility). Registration as a professional engineer is required.
Job knowledge and skills: Must have complete working knowledge of technical engineering aspects of an electric power distribution system, including transmission and distribution system protection and coordination. Must be able to plan, conduct, and control engineering management areas for the cooperative and schedule work to meet completion dates and technical specifications. Must be able to develop proposals and cost estimates, evaluate progress and results, and recommend changes in procedures or objectives. Must be able to work with considerable latitude for unreviewed action or decisions. Must have a demonstrated knowledge and skills in RUS, NESC and in supervisory management techniques and methods.
Normal work hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Driver's license requirement: Operates own (personal) vehicle as job requirement (reimbursed mileage). Must have current, valid vehicle operator's license.
Overtimes status: exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended - executive definition.
Non-Discrimination: This position shall be filled on the basis of qualifications and ability to perform essential job functions, and without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
EEO Classifications: Officials and managers (1-B)
Physical Activity Requirements (Type): A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, M, O, P, Q
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