Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2021 - Apply on-line at www.wfec.com
A Transmission Planning Engineer position in the Transmission & Distribution Engineering department is open for placement. This one position could be filled at an Engineer II, Engineer III, or Senior Engineer level based on the applicant's education and experience, see the Qualifications section for additional requirements. This position could be located at our Headquarters office in Anadarko or at our satellite office in Moore, Oklahoma.
SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Manager, Transmission & Distribution Engineering, the Transmission Planning Engineer develops long-range transmission plans in compliance with NERC Standards, provides system operating support, performs complex system studies including power flow, transient stability, short-circuit, contingency analysis, generation dispatch, and others to determine the feasibility of interconnections, planned transmission upgrades, generation additions, facilities necessary to accommodate Southwest Power Pool (SPP) transmission service requests, generation interconnection requests, and others as needed.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Includes the following; other duties may be assigned. Conducts system planning studies, including power flow and short-circuit studies, using models of different seasons from the present to many years into the future. The studies examine system conditions under normal and contingency scenarios to determine any potential system operating limits (SOL) violations and provide corrective action plans or operating procedures to ensure that the SOL's are maintained in compliance with NERC standards. Performs real-time studies as necessary to maintain SOL in compliance with NERC standards as requested by operations personnel. Develops company work plans (both long-range and construction) to ensure the continued supply of quality power to our customers. These work plans will include necessary additions and upgrades to the WFEC transmission system to meet regional reliability needs defined by SPP as well as WFEC's own reliability criteria as defined by our board. Provides project justifications that are included in submittals to the Rural Utilities Services (RUS) to seek their approval. Provides technical support to WFEC staff and customers in the area of transmission planning and operation. Creates and maintains system data that is used by PSSE, ASPEN, One-Liner, and other software tools used for system studies. Provides updates to SPP modeling database as the WFEC system changes. Responds to customer requests to determine the feasibility of increasing their power consumption. Studies these conditions to arrive at their effect on the WFEC system (line overloading and voltage excursions). Supports budget estimates for all projects being considered or planned over the budget horizon. Performs research as necessary to keep informed of technical development in the power transmission industry.
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 workflows 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; 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. At the option of the hiring official, a candidate will be placed in one of the following Transmission Planning Engineer levels based on education, experience, knowledge, skills, and behaviors required.
Education and Experience:
Transmission Planning Engineer II ($80,408 - $126,031): A Bachelor's degree in Electrical (preferred), Civil or Mechanical Engineering or a related field and a minimum of three (3) years of qualifying engineering experience in an electric utility environment. Develops long-range transmission plans, system studies of interconnection feasibility, transmission upgrades, and generation expansion to accommodate SPP transmission service requests and generation interconnection requests. Serves as point of contact for technical issues, engineering information, reporting, and modeling. Assists transmission system planning, including load/zone and baseline reliability studies. Develops and maintains positive communication and productive relationships with fellow employees, industry contacts, member cooperatives and WFEC management.
Transmission Planning Engineer III ($88,257 - $139,797): A Bachelor's degree in Electrical (preferred), Civil, or Mechanical Engineering or a related field and five (5) years of qualifying experience in an electrical utility environment. Develops long-range transmission plans, system studies of interconnection feasibility, transmission upgrades, and generation expansion to accommodate SPP transmission service requests and generation interconnection requests. Serves as point of contact for technical issues, engineering information, reporting, and modeling. Assists transmission system planning, including load/zone and baseline reliability studies. Develops and maintains positive communication and productive relationships with fellow employees, industry contacts, member cooperatives and WFEC management.
Senior Transmission Planning Engineer ($96,440 - $154,379): A Bachelor's degree in Electrical (preferred), Civil or Mechanical Engineering or related field, certification as a Professional Engineer (P.E.), and ten (10) years of professional engineering experience in an electric utility environment. Top technical engineering position without supervisory responsibility. Provides professional engineering support in development of long-range transmission plans, system studies of interconnection feasibility, transmission upgrades, and generation expansion to accommodate SPP transmission service requests and generation interconnection requests. Serves as subject matter expert for technical issues, engineering information, reporting, and modeling. Performs transmission system planning, including load/zone and baseline reliability studies. Functions as a staff specialist in application of advanced theories, concepts, principles and processes. Serves as the technical expert on engineering planning and reliability matters, assisting other individuals and departments in the accomplishment of their duties.
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 and respond to questions from groups of employees, managers, 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 PSS/E, Milsoft, and Aspen. Proficient at operating personal computers using Microsoft Office Suite.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: This position requires a current driver's license. A P.E. is required for employment at the Senior Level.
WORK SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: This position may require overtime and travel on short notice.
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 and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, feel and reach with hands and arms and to move about the facility. The employee may occasionally be required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision 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".
MUST MEET ALL PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
WFEC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER
MINORITIES, FEMALES, DISABILITY, AND
VETS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
Internal Number: 291021
WFEC is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative, headquartered in Anadarko, Oklahoma, was organized in 1941, when western Oklahoma distribution cooperatives found it necessary to secure an adequate power supply at rates that farmers and rural industrial developers could afford. Throughout its history, WFEC’s membership has grown to include 21-member cooperatives, plus Altus Air Force Base. These members are headquartered in Oklahoma and New Mexico. Today, with seven generating facilities, and a total power capacity exceeding 2,200 megawatts, including contract power purchases, WFEC owns and maintains over 3,700 miles of transmission line to over 330 substations and switch stations. Generating facilities are located at Mooreland, Anadarko and Hugo, Oklahoma and Lovington, New Mexico. For more information, visit www.wfec.com.