Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Engineer III, IV or Senior (System Protection) (IRC24786) in Montrose, Colorado
The System Protection Engineer is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the engineering support for transmission system protection system equipment and disturbance monitoring equipment applied at voltages up to and including 500 kV class. Investigates outages, collects data, and assists with system restoration following disturbances and prepare reports as required. Directs the preparation of protection system coordination studies at periodic intervals and following outages.
Note: This position is based at our Montrose, CO field facility. It will be filled at either the Engineer III (NB22) or Engineer IV/Senior Engineer (NB23) level. This decision will be based on the qualifications of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Review protection system equipment and coordination at new and/or existing substations, and develop protection system settings.
- Investigate outages, collect data, and assist with system restoration following disturbances and prepare reports as required.
- Direct the preparation of protection system coordination studies at periodic intervals and following outages.
- Coordinate the preparation and distribution of present and future system fault current studies.
- Specify and monitor the use of fault recorders, fault locators, and sequence of event recorders.
- Provide protection system engineering support to other Tri-State personnel and other utilities.
- Coordinate, perform, and/or support various studies including electromagnetic transient, motor starting, arc flash, and power quality.
- Train engineers in system protection, as assigned.
- Provide field engineering support/assistance for the testing and energization of new and modified substations, as required.
- Comply with applicable North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Western Electricity Coordinating Council reliability standards and collect and prepare evidence to document functional area-wide compliance.
- Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
- Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
- Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
- Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
- Planning: ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
- Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
- Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
- Commitment to company values.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
- Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.
- Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Training:
- Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or related area, power option preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
- Extensive knowledge of relays, testing equipment, computer programs, terminals, and fault recorders.
- Working knowledge of an interconnected power system.
- Working knowledge of government regulations, reliability standards, and industry codes affecting electric utilities.
- Working knowledge of safety policy and procedures.
- Ability to direct the work of others.
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships.
- Willingness to work outside under any conditions, as necessary.
- Willingness to work around high voltage.
- The Engineer IV/Senior Engineer requires a minimum of eight (8) years of progressive experience in related area, with electric utility transmission system protection system engineering support experience desired. Supervisory experience desired.
- The Engineer III requires a minimum of five years of progressive experience in related area,with electric utility transmission system protection system engineering support experience desired.
- Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
- Willingness to travel up to 35% of the time on an annual basis.(Must possess a valid driver's license.)
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level up to 10 lbs. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Incumbent must have finger dexterity, good vision, good color vision, good hearing, and ability to speak clearly, and handle intricate work.
- Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
- Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to dust and exposed to electrical risks, works around large industrial operating equipment.
Job Title: Engineer III, IV or Senior (System Protection) (IRC24786)
Location: Montrose, CO, US
Base Location: Montrose Field Facility - Montrose, Colorado
Amount of Travel: Up to 30%
Equal Opportunity Employer – Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran