ENGINEER - ELECTRIC UTILITY DISTRIBUTION PLANNER I
(PLEASE DO NOT APPLY IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS)
Under general supervision, assists with distribution service planning by:
designing new and modifying existing overhead and underground electric transmission and distribution facilities; prepares work orders, estimates, material lists, standard drawings, cost of service studies; and performing other related and routine duties that provide support to the Electric Utility’s distribution service planning program.
This is the entry level classification in the Electric Utility Distribution Planner series. Incumbents may be appointed to the classification of Electric Utility Distribution Planner II after successfully demonstrating the ability to independently prepare complete and thorough work orders as required of the journey level position, and upon the recommendations of the Supervisor and the approval of the President.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Conduct field engineering for the purpose of designing new and/or upgrading existing underground and overhead electric distribution and transmission facilities.
2. Examine plans and specifications prepared by other departments, agencies, and consultants; advise, design and coordinate with the general public, City officials, customers, contractors, consultants and architects on matters relating to relocations and new or additional electric loads and advise them of the City's electric service policy, applicable City codes, and applicable City standards.
3. Assist in designing distribution system improvements to provide service, maintain the continuity of service and the overall integrity of the distribution system. Design distribution circuit protection external to substations.
4. In order to maintain and establish system reliability, perform technical research, conduct routine feeder loading and electrical voltage drop calculations, short circuit calculations, customer load studies, phase balancing studies, motor starting calculations, and economic evaluations of alternative service arrangements.
5. Assist in designing new and modifying existing overhead and underground electric distribution and transmission facilities. Determine the effect of proposed work on existing electric utility facilities and the feasibility of alternate construction proposals.
6. Coordinate and prepare routine electrical equipment specifications for contractor bid and prepare the applicable bid documents for contract work.
7. Learn and comprehend Electric Department transmission and distribution, and appropriate public works standards. Research, evaluate, and recommend new distribution products for possible system use.
8. Assist in coordinating and preparing joint facility agreements with other utilities. Obtain any necessary permits, easements, and right of way for electric transmission and distribution.
9. Assist in designing electrical distribution facilities to serve subdivisions, apartment complexes, mobile home parks, commercial buildings, and public facilities.
10. Provide technical support to line construction crews as required and perform related duties as assigned .
Electrical theory, principles, and practices relating to electric distribution and transmission engineering; land use requirements for obtaining permits and rights of way; overhead and underground transmission and distribution construction standards, techniques, methods, equipment, and material; utility policies and practices; personal computers, spreadsheets, word processors, and databases; and a working knowledge of governing agencies codes, regulations, and safety standards.
Interact effectively with the public and employees. Learn and comprehend strategies for transmission and distribution facilities in regards to voltage performance, loading of system components, system operating procedures, system protection, system capacity, and energy losses; read and interpret electrical, mechanical and civil engineering drawings related to municipal and private electric systems; operate personal computers and utilize AutoCad software and MicroStation software; investigate the impact of additional power requirements on the system and the costs for added construction or its modification to accommodate new requirements; and effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
Any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying; typical education would include an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college, university, or equivalent with appropriate technical course work.
Typical experience would include five years relevant experience in the electrical utility transmission and/or distribution fields. Worked with City Public Service in the past is a plus.