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Senior Engineer- System Operations- HQ

East Kentucky Power Cooperataive

Winchester, Kentucky 40391
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EKPC Company Information

East Kentucky Power Cooperative is an electric generation and transmission company headquartered in Winchester, KY, just 15 minutes east of Lexington.  We also have facilities across the state of Kentucky that generate electric power and service centers for local power lines and substations support.

EKPC offers a wage and benefits package that ranks among the best in the state. EKPC provides a 401(k) retirement plan; a medical and dental plan; competitive vacation package; and a professional work environment.

EKPC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer  Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veteran

Key Roles
  • Ensure safe and reliable operation of the transmission system within the compliance requirements of FERC, NERC, and SERC while maintaining the continuity of transmission service to the member distribution cooperatives.  Provide the Transmission Operators an assessment of the predicted impact of contingencies on the transmission system under current real-time conditions.  Enable the Transmission Operations Team to better manage transmission congestion and associated costs due to transmission system reconfiguration or re-dispatch of generating units.  Analyze real-time and scheduled transmission system outage conditions to ensure reliable operation of the EKPC transmission system.  Develop, implement, and maintain computer application tools such as AGC, state estimator, contingency analyzer, dynamic limits, and operator training simulator to enhance the system operators’ situational awareness of current real-time system conditions.
Key Responsibilities
  • 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.


Key Requirements


  • 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.


  • 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/or 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.


  • Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills
  • Contributing to Team Success
  • Decision Making
  • Communication
  • Customer Focus
  • Adaptability
  • Initiating Action
Conditions of Employment
  • This is primarily an inside position with usual office conditions.
  • Subject to 24-hour call-in.
  • Travel in and outside the system and work outside normal hours may be required with some travel being overnight

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