The Engineer II position is an active part of the Engineering team, and is responsible for the proper evolution of the Association’s system and reliability through the preparation of long and short term planning, preparation of system coordination studies, fault studies, voltage drop studies, arc-flash studies, engineer substations, and other major projects of the Association, with or without reasonable accommodation.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Assigned with or without reasonable accommodation.
Develop or direct consultants in producing system long range plans and construction work plans.
Develop or direct consultants in producing system fault, arc flash, and coordination studies.
Assist in designing the Association’s substations, transmission lines and other major projects by producing RFP’s, choosing consultants, and review/approve designs and deliverables.
Review the adequacy of the Association’s facilities to serve new and existing members of the Association based on planning studies and sound engineering practice.
Provide the direction and approval of the activities of outside consultant services related to planning studies, design of major facilities of the Association and other engineering services’ needs.
Assist Project Coordinator with technical support for any substation standards, substation drawings, and Engineering and Construction Standards.
Provide assistance to the Operations Department in system operations, maintenance, reliability, sectionalizing/coordination, switching, voltage studies, and power quality.
Provide assistance to the Distribution Design Department in distribution design, system protection, load inquiries, and design conformance to latest standards.
Provide on-call supervisory services as required.
Provide recommendations on direction and design of the Association’s distribution system automation including but not limited to SCADA, RTU’s, etc. that meets the Association’s goals of automation, control, and reporting.
Coordinate with and support the Operational Technology Department for the functional requirements of the Association’s system automation and controls.
Develop and maintain proficiency with the Association’s system automation and controls software packages and function as the subject matter expert for support and recommendations.
Develop and maintain system models, supporting databases, and load forecasts supporting system planning and operational.
Perform system modeling of voltage, motor starting, fault analysis, coordination, etc. with the use of Milsoft software.
Assist in the implementation and use of the NISC systems such as OMS, FES, CIS, MDM, interfacing with Milsoft model, etc.
Coordinate with the GIS Administrator for requirements and team approach to system needs that drive better documentation and decisions for the Association.
STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE
These duties reflect the cooperative’s mission and purpose, and they are required of all employees:
Work according to the safety rules and company policies, as adopted by PVREA and is responsible for own safety and reports all accidents in accordance with Association policies.
Support the strategic goals of the organization in accordance with the Associations’ Strategic Plan.
Interact with all departments of the Association as well as with members, the general public, other utility personnel, governmental agencies, and equipment vendors in a kind and courteous manner.
Collaborate effectively and successfully with fellow employees to achieve department and company-wide goals and build a team-focused environment.
Assist in the emergency restoration of facilities during storm or general outages.
Regular and predictable attendance are essential functions of the position.
Perform other duties within his or her capabilities as directed by his or her supervisors.
Exhibits integrity and demonstrates ethical behavior in everyday business conduct.
Education and/or formal training needed: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is required, emphasis in Power preferred; Colorado P.E. license is preferred.
Experience needed: Five (5) years of electric utility engineering planning and/or design experience typically consisting of distribution planning, transmission planning, distribution design, substation design, and/or system protection.
Knowledge, skill and abilities needed: Must have extensive knowledge of electric systems and the
Operation; must be familiar with SCADA and communications systems, system design and analysis systems, control systems and computers; must be versed in National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and the National Electric Code (NEC). Must be knowledgeable in rules, regulations, and policies of the Association.
Drug/Alcohol: A drug/alcohol test is administered to all job offer recipients, as well as a background check.
Driving: Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License and operate a company non-DOT vehicle.
Mental Demands: This employee must be able to work well with the public, Association members, and other Association employees. This employee needs to be able to remember what was done and schedule and prioritize future work, stay alert even when the work is repetitious, and be detail oriented. Must be able to learn new procedures and equipment and demonstrate flexibility in all areas. The job may occasionally require ingenuity, problem solving, analytic ability, auditory discrimination, writing ability and imagination. This job can be stressful at times; however, composure must be maintained at all times with members and co-workers.
Physical Demands: Must be capable of performing the Essential Job Functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Approximately 20% of the day walking, 10% of the day in a vehicle, 10% of the day in testing at various sites within the system and 60% of the day sitting at a desk (percentages will vary depending on the work to be accomplished).
Hills must be climbed, streams crossed (with or without a bridge), and fences gone over or under. These obstacles require climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling and reaching.
Electrical testing requires physical dexterity and mental awareness and deductive skills.
May be required to move equipment that may weigh as much as 50 pounds.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT USED
General office equipment, including but not limited to, personal/networked computers, printers, facsimile machines, two-way radios, all manner of small hand tools, electrical and electronic test equipment and various drawing and system planning software.
The work environment will vary from general office conditions to outside job site conditions. He/she must be able to tolerate severe weather conditions and noise levels in the 50-90 decibel range.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and our area has an outstanding public school system. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the Fort Collins area experiences 300 days of sunshine per year and offers exciting recreational opportunities such as hiking, camping, cycling, golfing plus some unique cultural offerings, and is a regional center for employment and shopping. The Fort Collins area offers the convenience of a small town atmosphere with all the amenities of a larger city. If you are seeking a great lifestyle and a community in which you can reinvigorate yourself then the Fort Collins area is it. We are an EEO employer.