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Engineer- System Operations

East Kentucky Power Cooperative


Location:
Winchester, Kentucky 40391
Date:
02/06/2018
2018-02-062018-03-08
Job Type:
Employee
Job Status:
Full Time
Shift:
1st Shift
Categories:
  • Power Engineering
  • Energy
East Kentucky Power Cooperative
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Job Details

Key Roles

System Operations helps to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the transmission system to maintain continuity of transmission service to the sixteen Member-Owner distribution cooperatives.  The Engineer- System Operations supports this business objective by running power flow studies to identify potential reliability issues under transmission and generation outage conditions.  The Engineer – System Operations also helps meet this business objective by developing and maintaining computer models, databases, and EMS applications that are used by the system operator to maintain situational awareness of real-time system conditions.
 
Key Responsibilities

Engineer I:  Assists in identifying transmission system operating limits for first contingency and other abnormal system conditions.  Under direction, assists in developing operating procedures to ensure reliable operations under abnormal conditions.  Helps to identify limiting transmission elements associated with TLRs affecting EKPC and helps to coordinate efforts to have them upgraded or replaced.  Assists with the preparation of short-term (1 to 2 months) and long-term (2 to 12 months) studies required to support Power Delivery Expansion and maintenance processes in scheduling transmission projects.  Supports state estimator and contingency analysis models and their integration into realtime system operatives.  Supports the activities associated with maintaining and tuning EKPC's automatic generation control system (AGC).  Provides support in maintaining and communicating facility ratings in accordance to NERC standard FAC-009-1.  Supports the databases and computer processes required for incorporating real-time ambient adjusted facility ratings in the EMS.  Obtains working knowledge of NERC standards; assists in developing processes and procedures to ensure compliance.  Uses personal computer to perform various functions; assists in developing detailed computer models to aid in the analysis of the transmission system.  Performs other duties as required or assigned.
 
Engineer:  Identifies transmission system operating limits for first contingency and other abnormal system conditions and develop operating procedures to ensure reliable operations under these conditions.  Identifies near-term transmission congestion scenarios due to limiting transmission facilities and coordinate efforts to have those facilities upgraded or replaced.  Provides short term (1 to 2 months) and long-term (2 to 12 months) studies required to support Power Delivery Expansion and maintenance processes in scheduling transmission projects.  Supports state estimator and contingency analysis models and their integration into realtime system operatives.
 Coordinates with PJM in day-to-day activities and support of their operational models for real-time and next day analysis.  Coordinates with external utilities in day-to-day operations and support of system maintenance and repair.  Maintains and communicates facility ratings in accordance to NERC standard FAC-009-1.  Supports the databases and computer processes required for incorporating real-time ambient adjusted facility ratings in the EMS.  Maintains working knowledge of NERC standards and develops processes and procedures to ensure compliance.  Develops and maintains computer models, databases, and EMS applications Responsible for the training and development of other less experienced engineers.  Performs other duties as required or assigned.
 
Senior Engineer:  Maintains working knowledge of NERC standards and develops processes and procedures to ensure compliance.  Develops, implements, and maintains state estimator and real-time contingency analysis models.  Identifies near-term transmission congestion scenarios due to limiting transmission facilities and coordinate efforts to have those facilities upgraded or replaced.  Identifies transmission system operating limits for first contingency and other abnormal system conditions and develop operating procedures to ensure reliable operations under these conditions.  Provides short-term (1 to 2 months) and long-term (2 to 12 months) studies required to support Power Delivery Expansion and Maintenance processes in scheduling transmission projects.  Coordinates all scheduled generator outages with Mid-Term Planning personnel to ensure reliable operations.   Coordinates with MISO, PJM & TVA Reliability Coordinator in day-to-day activities and support of their operational models for real-time and next-day analysis.  Coordinates with external utilities in day-to-day operations and support of system maintenance and repair.  Develops, maintains, and communicates EKPC’s facility ratings in accordance to NERC standard FAC-009-1.  Develops, implements, and maintains the databases and computer processes required for incorporating real-time ambient adjusted facility ratings in the energy management system.  Uses personal computer to perform various functions and create programs as necessary or coordinates the activities of others in this task.  Is responsible for the training and development of other less experienced engineers.  Performs other duties as required or assigned.

Requirements

Key Requirements

Engineer I:

Education:  Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET-accredited school.

Experience:   No related experience

Skills and Abilities:  Basic understanding of standard electric utility system operations and planning practices.  Ability to gain working knowledge and experience with computer application tools such as state estimator, contingency analysis, and automatic generation control.  Ability to gain working knowledge of NERC standards.
 Good written and oral communication skills.  Good interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with other technical and nontechnical contacts, both inside and outside the Cooperative.  Ability to plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate personal work activities.  Ability to creatively apply technical skills to projects and activities that will support the attainment of department, business unit, and cooperative objectives.  Ability to think logically and creatively and to understand instructions on specific objectives, complex features, and possible solutions.  Ability to learn both technical applications and concepts as well as work planning/management.  Good assessment and problem-solving abilities.  Knowledge of computer programming and use of common software applications, especially spreadsheet and database applications.   Must be capable and willing to learn on the job and advance to the next level of engineering responsibility, and to work toward acquiring EIT and PE status.
 
Engineer:

Education:  Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited school required.  NERC System Operator Certification is preferred, or must be obtained within the first year of employment

Experience:  A minimum of three (3) years of related experience is required

Skills and Abilities:  Must have a good understanding of standard electric utility system operations and planning practices and must have developed expertise in load flow analysis (complex and linear).  Must have the knowledge and skill to apply computer programming techniques to automate engineering related activities and to enhance the system operators’ situational awareness.  A working knowledge and experience with state estimator and contingency analysis is very desirable.  Well-developed written and verbal communication skills are required.  Must have the ability to develop other less experienced engineers and system operators in understanding of abstract concepts pertaining to power system analysis.  Must have the ability to plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate detailed phases of projects affecting transmission operations.  Must be able to creatively apply technical skills to developing projects that will aid in the attainment of overall process, business unit, and cooperative objectives.  A working knowledge of NERC standards is desirable.  Advanced computer programming skills using Visual Basic, C++, or similar object-oriented languages are strongly preferred.  A working knowledge of creating and maintaining SQL Server databases is preferred.  Knowledge of Emergency Management Systems (EMS)  Experience with spreadsheet and database applications is required.  Typing skills and familiarity with computer operating systems and languages desirable.
 
Senior Engineer

Education:  Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (from a ABET accredited school) required.  Registered Professional Engineering License in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is preferred.  NERC System Operator Certification is required or must be obtained within the first six months of employment.


Experience:  A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible engineering work experience is required, with the majority of this experience in the area of electric power system operations planning/engineering.

Skills and Abilities:  Must have a good understanding of standard electric utility system operations and planning practices and must have developed expertise in load flow analysis (complex and linear).  Must have the knowledge and skills to apply computer programming techniques to automate engineering related activities and to enhance the system operators’ situational awareness.  A working knowledge and experience with state estimator and contingency analysis is required.  Well-developed written and verbal communication skills are required.  Must have the ability to develop other less experienced engineers and system operators in understanding of abstract concepts pertaining to power system analysis.  Must have the ability to plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate detailed phases of projects affecting transmission operations.  Must be able to creatively apply technical skills to developing projects that will aid in the attainment of overall process, business unit, and cooperative objectives.  A working knowledge of NERC standards is required.  Advanced computer programming skills using Visual Basic, C++, or similar object-oriented languages are strongly preferred.  A working knowledge of creating and maintaining SQL Server databases is preferred.  Experience with spreadsheet and database applications is required.  Typing skills are desirable. 
 
Key Competencies  Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills  Contributing to Team Success  Decision Making  Communication   Customer Focus  Adaptability  Initiating Action
 
Working Conditions  This is primarily an inside position with usual office conditions.  Travel in and outside the system and work outside normal hours may be required with some travel being overnight.  Subject to 24 hour call in.