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Engineer V - Transmission System Planning 

Req Number ENG-19-00013  
Salary $90,355.20-$158,121.60 (DOE)  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Ephrata Headquarters  
Shift Days  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Number of Openings 1  

Position Summary

Under limited supervision, this position is responsible for performing technical transmission planning functions including development of power flow base cases, conducting contingency analyses, evaluating analysis results, modeling and evaluating alternative solutions to mitigate identified issues, performing transient stability simulations, ensuring compliance with NERC/WECC reliability standards and recommending capital projects based on planning study results.

Job Responsibilities

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:

  • Train and mentor junior engineers on transmission planning principles.
  • Develop and retain expert level knowledge of the Grant PUD electric transmission system configuration, electrical characteristics and its interaction with the interconnected network;
  • Participate in regional transmission planning meetings with WECC, regional planning groups, and other utilities.
  • Conducts or directs consultants in performing study work on the Grant PUD's transmission system.
  • Perform transmission system feasibility, system impact and other studies related to load service and generation interconnection requests.
  • Maintain an effective level of expertise and understanding of applicable NERC Standards, WECC System Performance Criteria, and Grant PUD planning guidelines. Ensure these standards, guidelines, and criteria are consistently applied to Grant PUD planning processes.
  • Maintain an effective level of expertise in the use of power flow, transient and voltage stability, and other related applications to perform transmission planning duties.
  • Perform engineering analysis of future transmission projects and requirements.
  • Develop and/or update Grant PUD's transmission planning processes and guidelines related to transmission system planning.
  • Develop long range transmission plans in compliance with NERC Planning Standards, WECC System Performance Criteria, and Grant PUD guidelines.

Actively support and participate in all aspects of our safety program, including but not limited to:

  • Understands and adheres to compliance requirements for this position that may include laws, regulations, security guidelines, Grant PUD policies & procedures.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Grant PUD's mission, vision, values, strategic plan and Vision 2021.Ā
  • The incumbent should be familiar with these organizational priorities and behave in a way that aligns with these expectations.
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.

Actively support programs and actions that improve our Safety Culture by:

  • Accepting feedback from supervisors and coworkers regarding your own safety performance.
  • Reporting any safety incidents or close calls within 24 hours to your supervisor; and
  • Alerting supervisors and coworkers to unsafe or hazardous working conditions;
  • Following all safety policies and procedures
    • Acknowledging compliant safety behaviors and good safety performance from members of your team(s).
    • Being viewed as a safety champion by stopping work if necessary, promoting safety activities (Continuous improvement team processes, Safety & Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) activities, etc.).
    • Ensuring supervisors are monitoring the safety actions of their teams (such as completing safety training, reporting incidents timely, etc.).
    • Supporting the presence of safety in your Department (e.g. Include safety messages in business conversations; begin meetings as appropriate with a safety minute).
Position Requirements

Job Requirements

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in an engineering field, electrical engineering with a power systems emphasis preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

Knowledge of Power system engineering principles and their application to electric utility operational practices; electric system power flow studies for purposes of planning, compliance and connection of new load or generation; technical competencies with an attention toward detail.

Skill in – power flow and stability programs (PowerWorld preferred); presenting study results and recommendations to other engineers and management; writing professional technical reports; exercising good judgement and making well informed decisions under pressure; written and oral interpersonal communication; workflow and time management; utilizing MS office products.

Experience - ten (10) years of power engineering experience with (5) of those years on transmission system planning

Special Requirements

A valid Washington State driver’s license is required. A Washington State Professional Engineer license preferred.

Physical/ Requirements

Majority of work is performed in a standard office setting, with some field work that may require operation of a vehicle. Ability to travel to regional meetings as required to support Grant PUDs transmission planning objectives.

*applicant/incumbent should refer to the Physical Capacity Evaluation (PCE).

Open Until Filled

Excellent Compensation and Benefits Package

Equal Opportunity Employer

References and Background Checks are done as part of our employment process.

About the Organization Employees are our greatest assets at Grant PUD. Our dynamic team of skilled individuals define this utility. We welcome your unique experiences, skills and passion

As an equal opportunity employer, we strive for an environment of mutual respect that values diversity. We recruit, hire, train and promote all job classifications. A variety of exciting challenges and growth opportunities exist at Grant PUD. We offer training, benefits and multiple opportunities to serve the diverse needs of our regional community.

Our Mission:
To efficiently and reliably generate and deliver energy to our customers.

Our Vision:
Excellence in service and leadership
We continually ask how our performance aids in improving service quality, reliability and care for the environment in the most cost-effective manner.

Safety: We believe that employee and public safety is paramount

Innovation: We make decisions that best serve present and future generations

Service: We are committed to excellent customer service

Teamwork: We are one team with the same mission

Respect: We honor the rights and beliefs of those we work with and serve

Integrity: We hold ourselves and others accountable to professionalism in our actions and words

Heritage: We protect, preserve and perpetuate the spirit of the PUD and the Wanapum relationship  

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