To provide transmission and distribution system protection and control to ensure public safety, power quality, and reliability. The general function will be to direct and coordinate system protection and configuration. Responsible for NERC 693 reliability compliance and NERC reporting activities in coordination with other standards with a primary focus on PRC standards. Work with peers on developing load flow and transient studies. Additional function include reporting, protection, operational support to Dispatch, modeling of the BES electrical system, development of system operating limits and other WECC compliance activities.
Essential Functions: -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Initiate coordination studies to assure that all protective devices are coordinated with each other and protect the equipment associated with them for the transmission and distribution systems.
Create and maintain an impedance map of the District's transmission system. Develop new impedance analysis of new and rebuilt transmission lines.
Establish professional engineering services contracts related to system protection. Manage those contracts, audit and approve invoices for the same.
Represent the District at regional meetings and neighboring utilities as required to solve interrelated systems issues. Negotiate solutions to technical issues with regional utilities as required. Be proactive and creative in marketing projects which represent the District's interests to neighboring and regional utilities.
Assure that Standard Operating Procedures are in place to assist Dispatchers with station switching during normal and typical problem scenarios.
Determine power quality criteria and monitor the system to assure compliance.
Provide assistance and training to crews as pertaining to system protection and system operational concerns.
Assist Dispatch in dealing with Electric System problems, as needed.
Coordinate with other staff engineers to establish specifications for major electrical equipment.
Complete or supervise short circuit studies and assure District equipment is operating within criteria as specified by the District or industry standards.
Ensure that District databases remain up to date as corrections and changes are identified in the course performing normal duties.
Supervise the review of work orders prepared by the Engineering Design Technicians and supervise the preparation of motor start letters to customers as required.
Develop design criteria for System Reliability, Guidelines for System Protection, Reliability Policy, and Power Quality.
Coordinate with Planning Engineers to provide assistance and backup in the completion of transmission load flow and stability studies, and evaluate the results for deficiencies or adverse effects to the District's interests. Identify the best economical/functional corrective measures and also recognize and discerned negative effects. Assist in negotiating mitigation as required.
Responsible for NERC 693 PRC Reliability standards. Coordinate and contribute to other standards as needed.
Demonstrated commitment to Grant PUD's mission, vision, values, strategic plan and Vision 2021. The incumbent should be familiar with these organizational priorities and behave in a way that aligns with these expectations.
Understand and adhere to compliance requirements for this position that may include laws, regulations, security guidelines, Grant PUD policies & procedures.
Actively participate in all aspects of our safety program, including but not limited to:
• Following all safety policies and procedures;
• Alerting supervisors and coworkers to unsafe or hazardous working conditions;
• Reporting any safety incidents or close calls within 24 hours to your supervisor; and
• Accepting feedback from supervisors and coworkers regarding your own safety performance.