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National Grid Engineer, Control Room ADMS in Buffalo, New York

About us

National Grid is hiring an ADMS Control Room Engineer for our Control Room in Buffalo, NY.

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

The ADMS Control Room Engineer will be accountable for the day to day maintenance and support of the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), Distribution SCADA system and required data interfaces. The selected candidate for this role will become a key resource required to work in parallel with the wider grid modernization organization to ensure consistency between developing technologies and ADMS requirements. The ADMS will leverage data from an exponentially increasing number of field devices and supports the wide spread enablement of distribution automation, volt-var optimization, fault location and the broader utilization of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs).

As the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) Control Room Engineer, you will play a key role in the day to day operation of system applications such as Closed Loop Fault Isolation and Service Restoration (CL FISR), Voltage Var Optimization (VVO) and Volt Var Control (VVC), Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR). Other supporting systems in scope will be Outage Management System (OMS), DSCADA, and Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS). This role will also support interface support, and GIS Feeder Modeling support and require that you understand the procedures and expected system performance associated with the introduction of new application integration technologies.

Key Accountabilities

Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

Support Control Center operations and use of ADMS applications.

Continuous improvement in tuning the system to expand ADMS coverage and provide the most accurate results possible

Provide engineering and technical support to the Control Centers for the safe, economic, and reliable operation of the electric generation, transmission and substation system.

Analyzes and reports to the appropriate department, malfunctions or problems associated with ADMS/DSCADA system.

Promote and implement procedural best practice and ongoing process improvement to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the system outage coordination process.

Interface with various divisions and departments in resolving and tracking the progress of resolutions to operating problems in support of reliable system operation.

Provide technical support to the Control Centers in the resolution of system failures and equipment problems to ensure reliable system performance.

Perform system and operating studies as required for planned work and for real time operations to support peak load and other unique system configurations assuring reliable operation.

Support Operator training.

Develop and maintain systems, designs, specifications, standards, models and procedures in order to support design, solutions and enhance safety, efficiency and operability and support local decision-making.

Build and nurture relationships with industry peers and other external industry influencers to keep abreast of technical innovations and their potential benefits.

Attends industry related conferences / events

Practices and demonstrates the ability to create new concepts or solutions that are not always obvious to others.

May be required to provide off hour and severe weather support (rotating on call basis)

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Good personal organization and attention to detail.

Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree is required, in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science strongly preferred, or 5+ years of relevant experience in troubleshooting and/or operation of 3 phase electric systems.

Knowledge of electrical distribution circuit maps and hierarchy of electrical distribution circuits

Knowledge of distribution system planning & operations including power flow and load analysis, voltage quality, and fault analysis

Understanding of alternative energy sources (PV and Wind) and its effect on the distribution grid

Well versed in the operations of computers and database management

Experience creating new ways to plan and operate the electric supply and distribution systems using advanced analytics and emerging technologies and industry trends

Requires deep understanding of the opportunities for National Grid inherent in emerging technologies

Familiarity with relational database systems

Domain / Industry Knowledge surrounding control room software platforms is a plus

Knowledgeable of system integration challenges

More Information

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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