Component Electrical Eng Mgr
Energy Future Holdings Corp. - Grand Prairie, TX

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Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings , formerly TXU Corp., is the largest competitive power generation business in Texas. Its operations also include mining, wholesale marketing and trading, and development. Luminant has more than 15,400 megawatts of generation, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is one of the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in Texas and the nation. Luminant has mined and restored over 60,000 acres and planted over 25 million trees in a land-reclamation program that has been recognized with over 120 awards for environmental conservation. At Luminant, we are committed to improving our environment by serving our customers and communities through more efficient- and cleaner sources of energy. We are also committed to our values of honesty and integrity, mutual respect, innovation, competitive spirit and diversity.


This position is the Electrical Component Engineering Manager who manages electrical equipment specialists within the Fossil Generation Engineering Services department. This working manager reports to the Director, Engineering Services and manages specialists at senior engineering level or higher who are registered professional engineers in the State of Texas.

The electrical component engineering group provides subject matter expertise for process, system, system protection, and electrical equipment to fossil generating plants, regulatory, and other corporate functions. The primary function of the engineers in this group is to mitigate risk for the corporation by applying electrical engineering expertise and providing technical direction for the fossil fleet regarding risk associated with electrical equipment. Equipment supported by this group includes, but is not limited to, generators, exciters motors, transformers, switchgear, breakers, bushings, critical/emergency power equipment, electrical systems, and system protection (generator differential, transformer differential, generator breaker failure protection, transmission line, plant-switchyard interface, and electric auxiliary system protection).

The manager is a working engineer and individual contributor, and achieves business goals by providing direct engineering knowledge, directing electrical equipment specialists and securing appropriate expertise from industry as required. The manager develops and maintains qualified subject matter experts in this workgroup to ensure corporate objectives are met.


In this position, either directly or through others, the incumbent will:

Ensure that all work complies with safety, environmental, and engineering regulations, policies, standards, and procedures.
Assign personnel to specific tasks and work assignments.
Routinely reinforce high standards of safety, Human Performance, communication, teamwork, and professionalism, for the organization and individuals.
Promote utilization and proficient usage of the Corrective Action Program (CAP), utilize CAP as the engineering work process, and demonstrate proactive leadership for CAP.
Provide and maintain the functional electrical and system protection design philosophy relative to power plant systems.
Provide technical guidance and recommendations to management to manage and mitigate risk associated with electrical equipment.
Ensure that the plant Operations, Maintenance, and Engineering Departments have accurate information regarding technical requirements for operation and maintenance of equipment and that these departments understand the information.
Ensure benchmarking and long-range planning for assigned equipment and relevant auxiliaries effectively mitigates risk and maintains or improves reliability and performance.
Ensure the deployment of cost-effective and optimal solutions are initiated in a timely manner.
Provide engineering and construction support to implement Capital and O&M projects.
Promote a teaming approach with Luminant and third party contributors and stakeholders to resolve issues and ensure consistent and effective technical services.
Manage engineering studies, conceptual designs, and development of equipment specifications.
Assist in establishing appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs) for the Component Engineering Department and individual personnel.
Select, develop and maintain qualified and trained subject matter expertise in the workgroup and ensure personnel maintain awareness of industry events, best practices, and new technologies. Actively search for and screen potential outside engineering expertise.
Evaluate performance, identify and implement individual development plans, and administer compensation.
Develop a work group budget and administer resources to that budget.

Minimal background and knowledge requirements:
Qualifications sought in successful candidates include the following:

Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering or related field Ten years experience in fossil power plant or mining design, construction, operation and maintenance related positions that develop the individual’s abilities in the areas described in the job’s major competencies and accountabilities, or equivalent industrial experience.
Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas

Preferred background and knowledge requirements:
Recognition as a Certified Reliability Engineer or Certified Maintenance and Reliability professional
Experience in the application of statistical risk analysis

NECESSARY SKILLS - For this position, the following skills and abilities must be demonstrated at a proficient level:

Communications – Effectively utilize communications skills to keep the client, team members, team leaders, and support personnel informed. Clearly demonstrate decisions and directions within the department and with the client community. Deliver clean and concise presentations. Gather and disseminate information in a timely and effective manner. Keep department informed of management directions through regular staff meetings.

Creativity/Innovation – Generate new ideas and approaches to client and/or business needs. Anticipate changes in the business environment and take appropriate action. Seek non-traditional solutions to problems. Find and implement new approaches from other industries. Take calculated risks after discussing with stakeholders. Anticipate changes in business needs.

Leadership – Define and encourage high standards of performance and leads by example. Guide and inspire others to accomplish goals, both individually and as a team. Develop the potential of team members. Capitalize and build on workforce diversity. Viewed by peers and subordinates as a mentor and resource. Demonstrate consistent positive work ethic and outlook. Motivate employees to achieve the highest of standards. Possess and demonstrate coaching and teamwork skill. Work to expand the skills and job knowledge of the department.

Client Orientation – Develop/enhance partnerships, networks and coalitions with clients, peers, and others. Readily and clearly express ideas, comprehend and process information with perceptual objectivity. Probe to discover clients’ underlying needs and match available or customized services and resources to those needs. Advise clients of available services. Assist in developing long term goals and customization of services to focus on client need on a cost competitive basis. Periodically meet with client community to understand business needs. Adjust department resources in response to changing client needs.

Organization, Planning, and Control – Plan for and effectively implement and/or accommodates change that contributes to the achievement of objectives. Establish a course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a specific goal: sequences and prioritizes tasks, plans proper assignment of personnel, allocates other resources. Establish controls, monitors performance and take corrective action to ensure that objectives are achieved. Proficient in cost and schedule management. Develop long range plans for department development. Make long range plans to develop client relations. Develop annual budgets and manage costs within budgets. Establish and communicate goals for departmental performance and development.

Problem Solving/Decision Making – Identify problems, consider alternatives, determine appropriate solutions. Render timely decisions and take action. Willing to make decisions. Identify issues and problems. Compare data from different sources. Consider alternatives and develop options.

Job Knowledge – Possess the skills, knowledge, and expertise required to perform the essential aspects of the job as well as any other job specific educational and/or certification requirements. Possess a comprehensive knowledge of power generation equipment, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Stay current on technologies applicable to Fossil Generation.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS : This position requires the ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities in the following environment:

Frequent long, irregular hours.
Use of a PC, computer terminal and/or telephone usually more than 6 hours a day.
Frequent travel between company facilities and occasional overnight travel.
Frequently required to provide risk analysis and make technical recommendations under pressure.
Occasional outdoor activities.
Occasional need to wear a respirator.
Occasional noise levels warrants hearing protection.
Occasionally in the vicinity of high energy equipment, rotating machinery, hot surfaces and heavy equipment.
Occasional bending, twisting, crouching, pulling, pushing, and/or reaching to access job-related materials.
Open workspace office environment.


Independent Judgment/Autonomy : Broad organizational goals and objectives, which are reviewed annually.
Managerial Responsibility : Responsible for management of a key functional area. Provide industry contacts to supply supplemental needs outside the capabilities of discipline specialists; stay abreast of technologies applicable to Fossil Generation
Interpersonal Responsibility : Interacts with all levels within the organization and has frequent external contacts. Must be able to convince others with opposing views to accept/approve, while maintaining relationships. Dealings can be in an adversarial environment.
Internal/External Interfaces: Luminant Power Operations, Mine Operations, Environmental Services, Risk Management, Legal, Procurement Services, Contracts, Accounting Support, Information Technologies, Safety/Architect Engineers, Major Equipment Manufacturers, Equipment Repair Shops, Contractors, IEEE, NFPA, ISA, TSPE, various Vendors
Scope of Coverage : Twelve (12) lignite/coal fired generating units at five (5) plant sites, fourteen (14) gas/oil fired generating units at eight (8) plant sites, fifteen (15) simple cycle combustion turbines, and one (1) nuclear plant site.
Capital Budget : Provides technical support for multiple Capital Projects with a total value of up to $150 million annually and the 6 Year Capital Plan with a total value of up to $500 million.
Gross Margin : May lead or assist in the development and execution of transactions resulting in significant addition of gross margin to existing business. It is the policy of Energy Future Holdings, Luminant, and TXU Energy to comply with all employment laws and to afford equal employment opportunity to individuals in all aspects of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, military service, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under the law.