The Engineering Manager is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, reviewing, and monitoring the activities of the Engineering Department at FreeState Electric Cooperative ("Cooperative") including the design and planning of the electric system to ensure reliable, safe and cost-effective projects are planned, constructed and maintained at the lowest reasonable cost in accordance with engineering and business best practices. Additionally, this position manages, supervises, coordinates, directs and assists the Engineering Department employees with the knowledge and expertise needed to provide our members and other departments the necessary tools and information needed to complete projects efficiently and effectively while maintaining a safe work environment.
Organizes, evaluates and directs activities involving, but not limited to, sectionalizing, OCR maintenance, AMI system operation and maintenance, regulator placement, specification and maintenance, substation inspections, transformer specification and maintenance, mapping program, Milsoft program, Load Research program, meter specification and maintenance, Load Management program, SCADA system operations and maintenance, project management, engineering files, and engineering computer programs.
Directs the development of construction work plans to ensure adequate service capability within FreeState’s electrical system.Oversees the Engineering Department which includes interviewing, hiring, and training employees, in addition to addressing complaints, implementing corrective action, and resolving problems.
Assists in the development of all studies required by RUS (Construction Work Plan, Long Range Plan, Sectionalizing Study, Contingencies Study, etc.).
Appraises the performance of Engineering Department employees and coaches employees on performance. Identifies training/professional development needs and prepares employee development plans to ensure adequate skill levels are maintained across the department.
Reviews completed work orders for compliance with applicable codes and construction practices. If correction action is needed, documents, distributes and enforces the corrective action.
Oversees and monitors value-added service programs for members including distributed generation installations, assists in promoting energy efficiencies, and manages peak shave generators.
Oversees the reviews of service orders, work orders and outage reports for accuracy and completion and ensures all work procedures and service order tasks are consistent across both districts.
Evaluates all engineering related software/hardware to ensure employees have the correct tools available and installed to complete their jobs effectively and efficiently.
Enforces all Cooperative safety rules, policies, and procedures for the Engineering Department and takes corrective action when necessary.
Prepares, plans, and presents engineering related presentations to help educate and inform the Board of Directors, staff and our members.
Oversees the annual capital and operating budget for the Engineering Department.
Complies with the proper operating practices in the use of the Cooperative’s two-way radio system.
Recommends specifications of transformers, meters, regulators, and line protection devices.
Reviews EL reports before submission to the KCC and other utilities, in accordance with required procedures.
Determines and coordinates major system improvements with the Operations Manager.
Attends meetings, workshops and seminars as directed.
Performs additional duties as assigned by the Assistant General Manager.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology is required. Degree in Electrical Engineering is preferred.
Must have or obtain a Kansas Professional Engineering (PE) certification within one (1) year of employment.
At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in electrical engineering, with an emphasis on project planning, scheduling, supervising and budgeting, is required.
Knowledge of electrical distribution system equipment for the purposes of designing and documenting the new electrical services and system improvements is required.
Knowledge of electrical construction as it interacts with electric distribution systems is required; Experience with a public utility or rural electric cooperative is preferred.
Knowledge of employee practices and related laws, regulations and standards.
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership techniques and the coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of the maintenance and operations of computer systems, engineering computer applications, and basic engineering economics.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
Demonstrated knowledge of project management.
Advanced proactive customer service and follow-up skills with the ability to maintain a professional relationship with members and staff, including times during frequent demands.
Ability to delegate authority and achieve results through the motivation and effective performance of others.
Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Ability to organize, multi-task, plan and set priorities with minimal supervision.
Ability to encourage and build mutual trust, respect and cooperation amongst team members.
Ability to exercise good judgment with a strong attention to detail.
Ability to handle confidential information with integrity.
Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of the Cooperative.
Detail oriented with a high degree of accuracy and thoroughness.
Demonstrate poise, tact, and diplomacy in daily interaction with Cooperative members and staff.
Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
Ability to read computer screens, mail and talk on the phone.
Must be able to walk a mile over uneven terrain, jump ditches, and any other requirement associated with power line construction and right-of-way clearing to observe work.
Ability to unpack and move supplies up to fifty (50) pounds.
Professional and deadline-oriented environment in an office setting.
Interaction with staff and members.
Some nighttime and out-of-town work necessary.
Some outside work in all types of weather.
Must be able to report to their primary worksite after regular business hours, as soon as possible, in the event of an emergency situation such as electrical outages, inclement weather, etc.
FreeState is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.