Executive Engineer - Transmission System Planning

Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: Phoenix, AZ, US

Company: SRP

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

Salt River Project’s transmission system is located at the heart of a regional shift toward renewable energy. As such, SRP is engaged in a long-term effort to identify and manage the technical challenges of an inverter-based generation fleet. SRP is also looking at ways to identify strategic opportunities and leverage its transmission assets in new ways. We are seeking a highly experienced transmission planning engineer that can act as a technical leader in these areas.  The successful candidate will apply their expertise to craft SRP’s strategies using applied research, technical leadership, and analysis.

General responsibilities will include project/program management for organizational projects/programs of major scope and importance with full technical and program responsibility. These functions are fulfilled in a technically sound, safe, timely, and cost effective manner to enable SRP to realize its goals and objectives for providing water and energy related services.

Job Responsibilities

  • Acts as a technical liaison to executive management, internal research and development groups, academic and industry research entities, specialty consultants, and regional transmission planning entities.
  • Demonstrates substantive thought leadership to further new ideas, products, services, and/or business processes to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and/or customer satisfaction.
  • Demonstrates substantive leadership in organizational change management to foster the success of new business products, services, and/or business processes.
  • Performs as a technical staff consultant and/or advisor with respect to transmission planning and the application of advanced concepts, principles and processes. May be consulted extensively by associates and others with a high degree of reliance placed on the engineer’s interpretations and advice.
  • Performs as an engineering project/program leader/engineer on projects/programs which are large or have many complex features.
  • Prepares specifications, evaluates bids, and prepares recommendation materials for management consideration when evaluating large or complex procurements.
  • Provides engineering discipline leadership when administering and reviewing work performed by consultants and others.
  • May prepare and/or conduct written and oral reports and presentations.
  • When required/requested, serves on industry committees and task forces as a representative of SRP.
  • Active leadership role in promoting safety within department.
  • Actively develops and trains engineers on technical, project management, and/or best practices related activities. Identifies or creates development opportunities.
  • Establishes standards and facilitates Standards Change Processes in the discipline when required.
  • Leads collaboration across SRP.
  • Represents SRP in legal and regulatory matters or proceedings of technical nature when required.
  • Performs as a staff consultant and/or advisor with respect to a technical specialty in the application of advanced concepts, principles and processes.
  • Provides full technical leadership when administering and reviewing work performed by consultants, outside agencies, and others.
  • When required/requested, serves in a leadership role within external organizations and represents SRP’s position on issues of importance.
  • Company spokesperson in communicating technical subject matter to the public when required.
  • Defines strategic direction, opportunities and methods to ensure SRP’s vision is realized. Uses advanced knowledge of how the business works to achieve results

Experience

16 years professional experience actively engaged in engineering plus professional recognition.

 

Must have demonstrated the successful accomplishment of work as defined for this position.

 

Authored internal and/or external technical papers.

 

Presented on internal and external technical papers.

Additional Information

If internal, Candidates must attain a Valued Contributor or better rating on their annual performance review for the last three years.

 

Responsible for budgets, schedules, and management of resources for programs and projects of major scope. Demonstrated network of internal and external contacts including customers, outside agencies, and suppliers of significant equipment and services. Occasional travel to suppliers' facilities, industry functions, and SRP facilities. Ability to work effectively with various organizations within SRP. Ability to use engineering tools required for the job. Must have a valid driver's license.

Ability to work effectively with SRP executive management.

 

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited curriculum

 

And

 

1) Additional specialty training (MS Engineering, MBA, or 36 graduate level college semester hours in an engineering related field)

 

Or

 

2) State Professional Engineering Registration plus additional specialty training (MS Engineering, MBA, or 18 graduate level college semester hours in an engineering related field)

 

Additional Information

 

Very strong power engineering background and Transmission Planning experience. Knowledge of the application and usefulness of transmission planning modeling tools; power flow, stability, and short circuit. Ability to convey highly technical information to management and/or to public, in either written or oral format. Knowledge and direction of the application of industry technical committee results for improved system modeling.

Expert Knowledge in: Power Flow analysis, Transient Stability Analysis, VAR Margin Analysis, WECC Path Rating Methodology, WECC SOL Methodology, Short Circuit Methods, WECC Committee Structure NERC Standards applied to Transmission Planning & Renewable Integration challenges.

Thorough knowledge of Advanced Power System topics, including, Transient Recovery Voltage (TRV) applications, Sub-synchronous Resonance (SSR) analysis, Small Signal Analysis (Eigenvalue analysis), Electro - magnetic transients (EMTP) applications & P - V curve analysis.

Complex problem solving of power systems; including, directing and managing determination of parallel transmission path impacts, interconnecting generation impacts, regional transmission impacts of SRP and WECC policy and criteria changes, providing leadership to Regional Planning emerging issues and WECC wide leadership in Transmission Planning and the development and implementation of Power System related research with Universities and the publishing of IEEE papers related to that research.

Participation in WECC technical committees, providing leadership related to emerging and enhancing power system modeling techniques and reliability analysis. Participation in NERC committees in development Standards relevant to Transmission Planning. Engaged in research with Universities improving modeling and techniques used in Transmission Planning. Understanding of Complex Load Model and migration to and application of FIDVR load modeling and voltage criteria.

Responsible for budgets, schedules, and management of resources for programs and projects of major scope. Demonstrated network of internal and external contacts including customers, outside agencies, and suppliers of significant equipment and services. Occasional travel to suppliers' facilities, industry functions, and SRP facilities. Ability to work effectively with various organizations within SRP. Ability to use engineering tools required for the job. Must have a valid driver's license.

Ability to work effectively with SRP executive management.

Certifications or Testing Required

Must possess the appropriate valid Arizona driver’s license.

 

Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 8730

EOE - SRP encourages a diverse workforce

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.

 

Why Work at SRP

 

SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:

 

• 401(k) plan with employer matching
• Retirement pension
• Paid vacation
• Parental leave
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave
• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
• Wellness programs
• Pre-tax benefits
• Short and long-term disability plans
• Tuition assistance

 


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