Managing Electrical Engineer
City of Idaho Falls, ID - Idaho Falls, ID

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The City of Idaho Falls is currently accepting applications for the position of Managing Electrical Engineer with Idaho Falls Power. This position performs a variety of professional, administrative and complex technical duties related to planning, organizing, and coordinating, the analysis and development of city-wide electric operations, including in-house and contract engineering, infrastructure development, electric service installation, distribution, transmission and maintenance.

Works under the broad policy guidance and direction of the General Manager. Provides general supervision to Design Draftsman(s) and Field Technician(s).

This position is open until filled; a first review of applications will begin March 1.

The salary for this position will depend on the final candidate's qualifications; however, the expected salary range is between $69,597 - $96,803.

Essential Functions:

Acts as technical advisor and liaison to the General Manager, Governing Body, committees, and boards as needed to inform and apprise on electric division issues; provides technical insight and recommendations related to determining electric policies, goals and objectives; receives directives, formulates implementation options and strategies, directs research, converts strategies to action plans with timetables and deadlines.

Attends departmental and council planning meetings to correlate the growth of the city and to review and make recommendations on the approval or disapproval of future subdivisions or similar projects as related to electric system capabilities and impact; coordinates with the General Manager in the planning and approval of electric service extensions; may assist to negotiate for property and easement acquisition.

Directs and manages staff responsible for the design of overhead and underground electrical distribution and fiber optic systems; ensures compliance with design standards; reviews and prepares plans and specifications; analyzes plans and anticipates issues and problems; prepares preliminary project feasibility studies; prepares cost estimates; coordinates with various utility departments to minimize disruption of services; develops electrical system software model and maintains "Run System Model" software.

Maintains and updates utility Capital Improvement Plan (CIP); develops five-year projections in conjunction with various department heads and operations experts within the division; anticipates priority projects and makes recommendations for CIP alterations; acts as a project manager to ensure quality operations and timely completion; procures project materials consistent with project specifications, i.e., poles, power cable, transformers, breakers, mini-digger-derek.

Directs the preparation and development of electrical division budgets for engineering department and CIP and monitors fiscal controls to assure conformity with established financial constraints; develops bid specifications for projects and equipment acquisitions; coordinates bid processing and awards with city finance department; makes recommendations for major purchases and financial commitments.

Oversees power system substation management as relates to load allocations, SCADA, new substation (sizing, placement, project management) and capital improvements; coordinates or directs in-house and/or contracted electrical engineering functions related to system developments, modifications, and enhancements; identifies available resources, negotiates for resource contributions; determines and administers project design, operating and maintenance parameters, schedules, and procedures for system-wide transmission, distribution, infrastructure and related facilities; initiates studies consistent with NEC, NESC, FERC, NERC, EPA and OSHA compliance requirements; assists with critical incident or emergency decision making related to city electric systems and commits city resources.

Acts as safety committee member assisting in reviewing safety manual changes for compliance with various codes (NEC, NESC); assists to monitor the investigating of incidents.

Updates electrical mapping system contributing to city-wide GIS system; ensures accuracy of electrical database; enters related model data into system model data bases, spreadsheet(s) and/or GIS. Performs periodic field duties related to investigation and inspection of power system, staking projects, construction, etc.; participates in field emergency operations and outage repairs.

Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications:

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from college with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering;

B. Eight (8) years of experience performing similar duties in a related field, preferably with an electric utility; experience in the administration and management of materials and personnel

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of general electrical engineering principles and practices; legal environment associated with power utility projects, construction and maintenance; modern methods, principles and practices of power transmission and distribution; NEC, NESC, FERC, NERC, and EPA regulations and various environmental quality laws; equipment and materials used in construction and maintenance operations; current codes, standards, safety practices and principles involved in power utility operations, i.e., substations, generation, transmission, distribution, and fiber optic; various drafting and design instruments and software applications, i.e., AutoCAD; power management and power supply issues as they pertain to the operation of IFP; data base programs, spreadsheets, work processing. Considerable knowledge of SCADA system application software; generating resources and operations; regional power issues and regulations; principles and practices of public administration; office practice and procedure; personal computer applications, i.e., AutoCAD, Excel, Word, Outlook & Access, etc.; principles of fiscal management and employee supervision. Working knowledge of ADA guidelines and terminology.

Skill in negotiation and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to interpret laws, ordinances and regulations common to utility operations; keep operating records and prepare reports; operate and enhance sophisticated utility energy management applications, such as load and generation forecasting, energy accounting, etc.; ability to write formal reports and make presentations; ability to use independent and discretionary judgment; ability to develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, power managers, schedulers, regional policy makers, regional trade organizations, federal and state legislative offices and elected officials; ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of Idaho, or qualified for reciprocity and ability to obtain such licensure within six (6) months of employment.

Must complete NESC certification training as required.

Must possess and maintain a valid Idaho Class "C" Driver's license.

Must work under on-call situations.

Final candidate may be subject to a background check.

Work Environment:

Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls with periodic field work subjected to variable weather. Tasks require variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and lifting (50 lbs). Essential functions require talking, hearing and seeing. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity required. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel required in normal course of job performance. High voltage and mechanical hazards exist in the field. Necessary safety equipment may be required including hard hat, safety glasses & leather gloves. Periodic safety training is necessary.

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