Duke Energy Engineering Technologist III - Asset Manager in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Engineering Technologist III

Position Summary

Relay and Transformer Testing Services (RTS) exists to provide calibration and Testing support to the FHO Generation relay and large oil filled transformer assets. We embrace and diligently pursue the vision of zero major events for these assets resulting in substantial and sustained improvements in station availability/reliability and exceptional long-term shareholder value. RTS is committed to relentlessly and purposefully leveraging people, organizations, information, technology and analytical techniques to identify, evaluate and address any issue that could contribute to a major event. Because every person on the RTS team is critical in achieving our mission, each job description is written to capture our current understanding and expectations regarding the position’s responsibilities, duties, deliverables, qualifications, interfaces, etc.

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies for the Fossil Hydro Operations department existing and growing base of relay and large oil filled transformer assets. These strategies need to address our corporate strategic objectives, financial goals, regulatory requirements, technology limitations, and OEM relationships. These strategies typically include components that are very complex and overlap in the areas of financial analysis, technical evaluation and operational impacts.

As we invest millions of dollars annually to maintain and expand our fleet of generators, this position is responsible for ensuring the appropriate vendor relationships are in place, strategies are approved and funded to deal with the identified significant fleet issues, as well as respond to emerging threats such as newly realized chronic fleet issues, inadequate designs, end-of-life, etc.

The position must be capable of interpreting and analyzing the business implications of these components. This demands broad business knowledge, industry experience, analytical abilities,

The position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to lead the preparation of complex reports and presentations. The position will need to present this information to all levels of management including GMs, VPs, Senior VPs, and the senior management groups such as the MBR.

This position requires a high level of technical expertise in power generation systems as well as a proficiency in financial or economic analysis. The position requires a high level of coordination skills as well as the ability to manage complex technical projects involving other departments, outside consultants and industry groups. Projects could include multi-year upgrades to power generation assets, developing an evaluation of capital investment, engagement in asset retirement approaches, and much more.


Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage existing and develop new contracts and business relationships with OEMs and other vendors to ensure our business and other needs are being met (such as safety, quality work, good value, financial needs, warranty, etc.). Contracts can be exceed $1M+ with complex terms and multiyear durations.

  • Lead large teams comprised of individuals from across the company to evaluate and respond to emerging issues, develop solutions to complex technical problems, address operational issues that impact the fleet, develop strategies, change business processes, or justify and initiate projects such as: emergent technical issues, end of life management, supply chain and inventory evaluations, and optimization of processes/practices across the fleet.

  • Develop, maintain, and communicate plans for strategic issues facing our generator fleet for issues such as low run forecasts (long layups) or cyclic operation due to low gas prices, generator rewind and upgrade programs, OEM contractual relationships.

  • Effectively communicate the results of initiatives to senior management and other stakeholders. Build consensus through these efforts and secure project approval when appropriate.

  • Prepare reports, whitepapers, and/or presentations which address technically complex and financially significant issues.

  • Continually evaluate changing and emergent fleet events, industry developments, supplier changes, environmental legislation, regulatory drivers, corporate strategic direction, plant operations performance and identify opportunities to improve the cost effectiveness and performance of the fleet. Lead industry peer groups to ensure company engagement with emerging issues.

Working Conditions

  • Corporate office or plant environment

Basic/Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology with a minimum of three (3) years of industry experience, OR an Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology with a minimum of five (5) years of experience, OR a minimum of nine (9) years of experience in lieu of a degree

Desired Qualifications

  • Engineering background

  • Field experience with major maintenance

  • High level of understanding of combined cycle and fossil generator operations and maintenance practices

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)Yes

Represented/Union PositionNo

Visa Sponsored PositionNo

Posting Expiration Date

Monday, May 21, 2018

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

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