Substation Protection & Control Engineer

Wichita, Kansas
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JOB TITLE: Substation Protection & Controls Engineer
DEPARTMENT: System Protection- Wichita Service Center 1900 E Central Wichita, KS 

Scheduled Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Other hours as required)

Position Overview:

Under the direction of the Manager, System Protection Engineering, performs various technical studies and engineering design related to the company’s electric substation, transmission line, and generation equipment control and fault protection systems. Works closely with other Technical Operations groups, Electric Distribution Engineering,System Planning,Generation Services,and Marketing in assisting with a wide variety of technical issues. Assists in troubleshooting of protection problems. Initial duties will include familiarization with the engineering documents and drawings.

Summary of Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform fault analyses studies, develop protective relay settings calculations for protective relay settings, and develop protective relay settings files.

  • Develop logic for protective relays.

  • Perform various technical studies by collecting, analyzing and verifying data using software to ensure reliability and safety.

  • Perform design relating to the company’s electric substation, transmission line and generation equipment control systems and fault protection systems to ensure reliability and safety.

    • Specify substation equipment using substation ratings (e.g., bus, ground mat, conduit, switches, power circuit breakers, transformers, relay panels, instrumentation, capacitor banks, reactor banks) to ensure reliability and safety.

    • Design protective relay systems, metering and SCADA by referencing standards,past projects, new research,regulationsandsystemrequirementsinordertoensurereliabilityandsafety.

    • Gather and analyze system ratings(e.g.,voltage,power ratings, ampacity, system impedance,CT ratios, and relay settings) by researching substation current conditions and configurations to provide data to reporting agencies(i.e.,SPP, NERC, FERC) and meet new system requirements.

      • Develop system one-line diagrams by utilizing relevant information specified by other groups and standards.

      • Produce detailed system protection and control project scopes and cost estimates to assist in multi-year projects and budget planning by using data from previous projects, bids, and research in order to ensure accuracy and completion of tasks on time and on budget.

      • Supportbothoperationsandconstructionpersonnelasneededintroubleshooting,failure analysis, mis-operations, testing assistance, commissioning assistance and other technical duties by analyzing data and providing findings in order to resolve problems (e.g., equipment failures, construction issues, drawings, event reports).

        • Prepare and study technical drawings and specifications of electrical systems and equipment to ensure that installation and operations conform to requirements(e.g.,Company,protection,code).

          • Create alternative system designs by utilizing engineering principles, knowledge and experience in order to improves system performance.

          • Direct designers and technicians by reviewing work and monitoring progress in order to ensure compliance with safety and regulations.

          • Act as a technical resource for internal customers by answering questions and providing information in order to support Company projects.

          • Visit project sites to collect design information, troubleshoot and ensure project commissioning.


Education and Experience:

Requires a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited program. The preferred candidatewillhaveutilityexperiencedirectlyrelatedtoelectricsubstation,generation ,and transmission line equipment control and fault protection systems.

  • Engineer II - 2 or more years of engineering experience

  • Engineer III - 4 or more years of engineering experience

  • Sr Engineer - Typically possesses 8 or more years of engineering experience and an active member of a recognized industry committee or published in recognized technical journals or at minimum has two related career experiences or clearly demonstrated team leadership abilities on critical projects.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Successful candidate requires knowledge of basic engineering principles and advanced mathematics. Requires knowledge of and skills in electric power engineering. Requires the ability to learn major systems in a timely fashion. Prefer knowledge of Generator, Line, Transformer and Breaker protection and control schemes and designs. Ability to perform coordination studies for various voltage levels. Knowledge of microprocessor relays, function, logic and settings calculations is required. Must be competent in general computer skills with a working knowledge of database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications. Knowledge of business environments and understanding of common business procedures. Must exhibit good written and verbal communication skills.

Scope includes the ability to develop professional work including detail design of various protection related projects. Specific roles include development of elementary drawings, relay logic and settings for system protection designs. Must have knowledge and abilities enabling the application of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria in carrying out a sequence of related engineering tasks. Limited exercise of judgment is required on details of work and in making preliminary selections and adaptations of engineering alternatives.

Licenses, Certification, Bonding and/or Testing:

Valid driver's license required. Professional Engineering registration is desirable but not required. 

Working Conditions:

Most work is performed in an office with field work as necessary to perform the job. Travel to other locations within the company is required. Position requires work beyond normal working hours depending on workload, project deadlines, and service restoration efforts. Must have a satisfactory work record including good attendance.

Evergy has a clear mission – To empower a better future. Evergy chooses to live this mission by valuing People First. We know to accomplish becoming the most innovative and reliable energy company, we need a team with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. So, our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We are committed to celebrating diversity and building a team where everyone – regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status – has a voice and can bring their best every day. We know that the more diverse and inclusive we are, the better we will be. Evergy is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.



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