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Electric Transmission and Distribution Engineer

  • Job Description
  • General Summary
  • Supervisor Info
  • Essential Job Functions
  • Qualifications
  • Work Environment

Electric Transmission and Distribution Engineer

The City of Zeeland Board of Public Works is accepting applications to fill the position of an Electric Transmission and Distribution Engineer. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and five years of utility distribution or substation experience, including supervisory or management experience. This position will assist in a variety of engineering duties involving operations, maintenance, design and construction of electric utility transmission, distribution, and substation systems. This position will also include protection and control relay systems especially in our substations.

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Cover letter and resume will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Human Resources
21 S. Elm
Zeeland, MI 49464
clerk@cityofzeeland.com

EOE

General Summary

Responsible for performing a variety of engineering duties involving design, operations, maintenance, protection and control, performance, construction, project management and maintenance of electrical transmission and distribution systems. Assists the Electric Transmission & Distribution Manager in supervising electric utility personnel and contractors.

Supervisor Info

Supervised By: Electric Transmission & Distribution Manager

Supervises: Assists in the guidance and supervision of operations staff as assigned.

Essential Job Functions

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  1. Develops technical design for new and modified electrical distribution and transmission systems and coordinates the construction of such designs. Assists in the development of procedures and improved design standards. May include responsibilities such as preparing specifications, contracts and bid evaluations, allocating materials, preparing work orders, sketches, estimates and proposals. Performs project management duties including scheduling, planning, engineering, estimating, ordering supplies, and monitoring. Provides technical support to construction personnel and performs field checking of work in progress.
  2. Assists in the planning, coordinating, operating and maintenance of the utility’s transmission and distribution systems, including substations.
  3. Assists in planning and coordinating of transmission and distribution system outages and creating switching orders. Interacts with electric metering personnel to ensure meter readings and Customer Information System integration of meter data are performed on an accurate and timely basis. Administers metering software, including existing and potential the Advanced Metering Infrastructure solutions along with associated metering system design, construction, operations and maintenance.
  4. Assists in establishing and implementing programs for the continual training and safety of Electric T&D Department employees.
  5. Assists in training, supervision and evaluation of Electric T&D Department personnel.
  6. Assists in planning, coordinating and supervising development and maintenance of transmission and distribution records and related GIS mapping, and outage management infrastructure and data.
  7. Analyzes outage data to develop necessary system improvements and oversees emergency outage response efforts.
  8. Develops construction material specifications and evaluates new products used by the department. Establishes standards for design and construction of the electric utility system, evaluates standards and recommends revisions.
  9. Assists in the development of annual work programs for repair, maintenance and construction of utility’s electric facilities.
  10. Coordinates and supervises BPW systems including SCADA, GIS, CAD and other engineering systems.
  11. Responsible for customer contact for transmission and distribution systems. Meets with potential and existing customers to determine new or modified electrical service requirements and as needed to inform of anticipated changes. Acts on behalf of the Electric T&D Manager during his/her absence.
  12. Works on-call as required.
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.

August 2020

This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of a person so classified.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited program.
  2. Minimum five years related experience/training in power distribution engineering and/or substation engineering, including two years supervisory or management experience.
  3. Professional Engineering license or ability to obtain preferred.
  4. Valid State of Michigan driver’s license.
  5. Considerable knowledge in the theory and techniques associated with electrical power generation, transmission and distribution.
  6. Comprehensive knowledge of electric circuits.
  7. Ability to plan, coordinate and supervise the work of subordinates engaged in a variety of specialized duties.
  8. Considerable skills in communicating with contractors, vendors, employees, customers (particularly large industrial customers) and the general public.
  9. Ability to direct the work and work with outside engineering and construction contractors.
  10. Interpersonal skills necessary to establish credibility with customers, interact with outside entities, and exercise clear written and verbal communication.
  11. Possession of decision making, negotiation, analytical and problem solving skills.

August 2020

This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of a person so classified.

Physical Demands and the Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods. The employee is required to talk or hear; walk, sit or stand; and travel to other locations. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move light weight items. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in an environment subject to extreme cold or heat, wet and/or humid, and with frequent temperature changes. The work environment occasionally contains hazards. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

August 2020

This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of a person so classified.