UNS Energy Corporation Civil/Transmission Engineer II, III, IV, Senior in Tucson, Arizona

UNS Energy Corporation, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned electric and gas distribution utility in Canada. UNS Energy Corporation’s public utility subsidiaries, Tucson Electric Power Company, UNS Electric, Inc. and UNS Gas, Inc., provide electric and gas service to customers in southern and northern Arizona. For more information about UNS Energy Corporation, visit http://www.uns.com.

Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable electric service to approximately 414,000 customers in Southern Arizona. Although our company has been in business for more than 120 years, we continue to look for innovative ways of providing value, comfort, convenience and security to our customers every day. We’re evaluating cutting-edge energy technologies, reshaping our energy portfolio and expanding our renewable power and energy-efficiency programs. While our line of work can be challenging, it can also be rewarding. Our team of dedicated professionals values engagement, enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration.

In return, TEP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes a 401k plan with a generous company match, a company-sponsored pension plan, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and much more.

We are currently seeking a talented individual for the position of Civil Transmission Engineer II-Senior. The successful candidate will create engineering designs, construction drawing packages, and related specifications for projects in the assigned engineering group. Performs engineering studies, design calculations and evaluates alternative designs or processes related to, company facilities, land resources, sitting requirements, substations, communication towers, transmission lines, underground electrical systems and associated Civil, Structural and Transmission Standards. Specifies material required for assigned projects and assists in the evaluation of suppliers and products.

**Position-Related Responsibilities

  • Develops designs and evaluates possible alternatives to meet both major and minor substation, communication tower or transmission line >25kV project requirements.The primary design responsibilities encompass site preparation of the substation or pole location of the communication tower or transmission line, foundation design, steel support design, writing material specification and ordering various structures as needed. Works closely with the project manager on overall project management from inception to energizing.

  • Develops detailed design specifications and standards appropriate for the use in compiling material lists, procurement activities for equipment, materials and service required for project completion.

  • Evaluates, from an engineering standpoint, vendors, manufacturers, equipment and/or components available to meet assignment specifications and recommends awards that optimize cost and reliability.

  • Provides budgetary estimates of projects for departmental or interdepartmental incorporation into the Capital Budget.

  • Develops and monitors work progress on project schedules to assure proper coordination of events during the design, construction, testing and energizing phases of a project.

  • Initiates job tasks (work orders) and tracks expenditures as may be required to complete Capital Budget project assignments.

  • Leads formal and informal meetings concerning assigned projects and is able to communicate effectively with all levels of personnel both in the office and field crews.

  • Assists with departmental and interdepartmental training to assure proper installation, operation and/or maintenance of substation or transmission equipment when requested.

  • Assigns, directs and reviews the work of assigned engineers and/or other employees associated with an assignment.Consults on problems of a technical nature encountered during various work assignments.

  • Provide forensic review of failed structure and soil erosion issues to provide technical guidance for rectification as a technical expert.

  • Reports to the section Engineering Supervisor or Superintendent and performs other assignments as requested.

  • This position may provide services to affiliates of the Company subject to the UNS Energy Code of Conduct and the related Policies and Procedures.

_Knowledge, Skills & Abilities_

Engineer II


  • Will have primary responsibility for small to medium size projects and will assist more experienced engineers in large projects. May require close supervision on new aspects of assignments.

  • Create standards and process or procedures as needed or requested.

  • May have several projects assigned at the same time.

  • Works well with personnel from Construction, Field Technicians, Procurement, Project Management, and Engineers from various disciplines.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural related classes.

  • Preferred - M.S. degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural related classes.

  • Shall have strong analytical capabilities with good personal computer skills.

  • Two or more years of professional experience in a Civil or Structural engineering role.

  • Acts as the technical project lead for transmission line projects.

  • Competent in use of Southwire SAG10 program.

  • Skilled at use of CAISSON program and interpretation of its results.

  • Familiarity with MFAT program is a plus.

  • Capable of developing test criteria for evaluating structures, material or component thereof.

  • Skilled at interpreting requirements of NESC.

  • Good understanding of ASCE-7-10, ACI-318 and IBC.

  • Working understanding of geotechnical parameters and capable of using these to develop and complete various shallow and deep foundations.

  • Skilled at identifying loads, their application of various substation structures, analyze these structures and develop an economical design.

  • Skilled at use of AISC, ASCE and AWS Standards to evaluate and design connection for various structures and attachment thereof.

  • Must be able to apply requirements of AISC and ACI to design various steel or reinforced concrete structures.

  • Land development skills such as grading, cut and fill, pavement design are a plus.

  • Capable of using NESC and ASCE codes to develop loading for various Distribution or Transmission structures and design these structures and associated foundations.

  • Capable of using NESC and ASCE codes to develop loading for various Substation structures and design these structures, and foundation.

  • Ability to estimate cost of various type of construction and installation of transmission and substation structures.

  • Develops specifications for geotechnical investigations of sub-surface soil conditions.

  • Develops specifications for construction of various transmission and substation projects.

  • Work with more experienced Engineers to provide forensic review of failed soil and structures to rectify the failure.

  • On call duty to respond to structure and soil failure events and provide forensic and technical expertise to rectify and re-engineer the issue for a solution.

Engineer III


  • Requires moderate supervision and technical assistance in project assignments.

  • Will have primary responsibility for projects ranging from small to large and may be assigned to perform technical studies as needed.

  • May have several projects or studies assigned at the same time.

  • May assist other engineers in large projects.

  • Requires technical guidance and supervision on non-standard assignments.

  • Works well with personnel from Construction, Field Technicians, Procurement, Project Management, and Engineers from various disciplines.

  • Comfortable with presenting departmental training material in front of others.

  • Can represent TEP when meeting with other companies or organizations as a technical lead.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum qualifications of Engineer II and four (4) years or more professional experience in an engineering role with at least two years at an electric utility company or illustrate equal competency.

  • Has successfully completed Fundamentals of Engineering, F.E. exam and registration.

  • Is a self-starter and has developed good time management skills, completing all assignments on time.

  • Has developed good leadership skills and is fully comfortable leading meetings and speaking in front of others.

  • Good understanding of ASCE-113, ASCE-48 and ASCE-74.

  • Moderate understanding of use and operations of PLS-CAD software.

  • Must have 2 years’ experience in developing and implementing Substation Civil/Structural and Overhead Transmission Line Standards.

  • Familiarity with Transmission material for voltages ranging from Distribution to 500kV Transmission is a plus.

  • Develops procedure(s) for various functions within department’s range of responsibilities with oversight.

  • Must have experience in conducting physical tests to verify structure, material or component thereof capabilities.

  • Skilled at manupilating and modifying tubular structures for other applications than originally intended to in re-use, new application and refurbishment of these structures.

  • Working knowledge of IEEE 980-1994, 970-1994 Substation Fire Protection and Oil Containment Guidelines.

  • Ability to evaluate and implement changes that result in operating a given transmission line at a higher rating or voltage.

Engineer IV


  • Will have primary responsibility for any small, large or complex projects.

  • Will assist in training of less experienced engineers or technicians.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum qualifications of Engineer III and six (6) years or more professional experience at an electric utility company in a Civil/Transmission engineering role or illustrate equal competency.

  • Is able to work independently

  • Requires minimal supervision in project assignments and requires technical guidance only on unusual or complex problems.

  • Time management, technical knowledge, and economic consideration are exhibited in all assignments.

  • Must possess working knowledge of PLS CADD.

  • Moderate understanding of use and operations of Civil 3D software.

  • Must possess working knowledge of STADD software..

  • Has attained Arizona Registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.).

  • Capable of developing specifications for various structures, material, and construction practices.

  • Ability to design foundations for oil containment, rock anchors, wall footings, and slope stabilization structures.

Engineer Senior


  • A top-level individual contributor who may be assigned any project that is within the section’s responsibilities.

  • Approves design changes and creates new design standards. Will be the first option in performing technical studies and applying new designs.

  • Will assist in personnel selection.

  • Provides leadership to the section from both a technical standpoint as well as assumes supervisory responsibility when needed.

  • Provides direct backup support for section Supervisor in allocating work assignments to other engineering personnel and assist in manpower planning.

  • Will be the primary source of training for the section and will share information openly.

  • Will act as a technical mentor to new or less experienced engineers.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum qualifications of Engineer IV and eight (8) years or more professional experience at an electric utility company in a Civil/Transmission engineering role or illustrate equal competency.

  • Proficient in all aspects of time management, project organization, and technical analysis.

  • Demonstrates leadership skills and supports all decision making with superior technical knowledge and economic analysis.

  • Makes decisions independently and does not require guidance or supervision on any technical activity.

  • Only requires supervision on overall objectives, critical issues and new concepts.

Company: Tucson Electric Power

Location: Tucson, AZ

Job Category: Engineering

Position Type: Unclassified