This is advanced, responsible, professional engineering and supervisory work involving complex coordinating, planning, designing, estimating and preparing specifications for the building of electrical transmission & distribution, fiber optic and gas utilities. In addition, must be able to responsibly manage transmission and substation projects. This position must be able to work independently in a multi-project environment. Reports to the Supervising Engineer or designee.
Essential Job Functions:
(NOTE: There are also secondary functions that the employee will be required to perform.)
Work closely with the Supervising Engineer on the identification of and planning for electric, gas, and fiber capital projects including construction of new facilities and expansion of existing facilities. Assist the Supervising Engineer in preparation of a long and short term Capital Improvement Plan and annual budget to include cost estimates and work justifications.
Prepares, manages and approves design and construction plans for overhead & underground electrical distribution, fiber optic and gas utilities. Specifies items for purchase and furnishes detailed design information.
Serves as project manager for system improvement projects through effectively coordinating contract document preparation; city, county, state and federal permitting; administration and inspection of contractor forces on engineering projects to insure compliance with plans and specifications; coordination with other utilities. Directs activities of consulting engineers used to supplement department’s resources.
Prepare, develops and maintains material and labor estimates and technical specifications for electric, fiber and gas systems.
Assist Supervising Engineer with Specific Authorizations with FPUA’s continuing contract engineers or Requests for Qualifications for other engineering firms to perform engineering services to design, permit and provide construction engineering services for capital projects. Provide direction to contract engineers from project conception through project completion and closeout.
Works closely with architects or engineers on larger constructions of a commercial nature for pre-planning of the electrical, gas and fiber systems. Work closely with developers of new subdivisions concerning utility locations and standards required by FPUA.
Comply with all applicable National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards requirements, Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC) reliability standards requirements, and all FPUA reliability standards.
Prepares, updates and coordinates the use of computer programs to perform complex electrical engineering calculations and accurate modeling of the electric system.
Assist the development of geographic information system (GIS) maps and databases and the preparation of design drawings for electric, gas and fiber systems.
Furnish good sound engineering advice to customers, electricians and staff. Provide technical assistance to other departments.
Assist in review of consulting engineering design for electrical, natural gas, and fiber communication needs of FPUA lift stations, water production facilities and wastewater treatment facilities.
Assist in training department personnel in the various functions of the department. Supervises and schedules other engineers, drafting/engineering technicians and inspection personnel as required. Provides technical guidance to department personnel.
Essential Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree accredited by ABET in electrical, civil or mechanical engineering. Minimum of two (2) years of experience with an electric utility or a Consulting Engineering firm in utility power engineering is required.
Registration as an Engineer Intern (EI) is required or must be able to obtain within 12 months. Registration as a Professional Engineer with the State of Florida is desirable but not required.
A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.
A valid State of Florida Driver’s License is required.
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of modern practices, methods, techniques and equipment, including computer hardware and software, used in activities involved in utility engineering. Basic knowledge of AutoCAD software is desirable.
Ability to develop one-line diagram and schematics. Must have high degree of self-checking, self-quality control completeness and attention to detail, documentation and accuracy.
Must be able to independently manage all aspects of electric, gas, and fiber utility improvement projects including preparation of technical specifications, project schedule, regulatory compliance, budgets, construction management, and oversee preparation of record drawings.
Knowledge of accepted supervisory practices, safety standards and safe work methods.
Ability to write technical reports and to give reliable advice on difficult engineering problems.
Knowledge of surveying practices and ability to take field notes for use in the drawing of plans and specifications.
Ability to plan, prepare cost estimates, make inspections, conduct engineering research, and prepare progress and accomplishment reports.
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
Ability to make presentations/speeches before public bodies and civic groups
Ability to maintain records, supervise subordinates, and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, contractors and the general public.
Prepare short circuit, load-flow and relay coordination studies, arc-flash, and power quality studies is a plus.
Knowledge of Milsoft (EA), EasyPower, Aspen or other power system modeling software is a plus.
May require announced or unannounced overtime work and the ability to respond to call-out work during non-working hours or emergencies.
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