Summary: This position makes long- and short-range plans to meet the Cooperative’s needs: monitors and makes necessary adjustments in distribution load; ensures proper maintenance of distribution system; monitors substation and demand metering systems; ensures safety standards and safe work practices; provides other services to the Cooperative as required.
System Maintenance - Inspects substations, switched capacitors, voltage regulators, completes and maintains appropriate inspection forms. Determines substation equipment maintenance needs; supervises and/or assists with maintenance; inspects line voltage regulators; coordinates the replacement /repair of regulators; Plans and coordinates changes in distribution system protective equipment; coordinates the sizing to operate properly in isolating faults. Determines the sizing of fuse links used as protective devices on transformer banks, capacitor installations and short primary lines; assures that all operating personnel are informed of the appropriate sizes. Plans and coordinates maintenance of line reclosers. Obtains samples and coordinates the annual testing of oil samples from power transformers. Recommends and implements new or improved engineering standards, practices or methods. Engineers systems, estimates costs, and stakes work related to customer service requests.
Load Management - Monitors electrical loads at each substation to maintain a balanced loading condition on each phase; changes loads as necessary. Monitors the substation power factor at peak load for each substation to assure that it is 98% or greater. Coordinates the replacement of or changes in switched capacitors as necessary to maintain a 98% power factor for the system. Reviews all operations of circuit breakers; verifies that the cause has been determined and that any necessary corrections have been made. Assists operating personnel in restoring service by determining when electrical loads can be served from alternate sources.
Planning - Develops safe and adequate designs, selects materials and equipment, constructs and inspects overhead and underground distribution line facilities. Performs long and short-range planning of the electric power distribution system; Develops engineering data files and information for use in planning for system changes. Develops programs, procedures, and practices which encourage the efficient use of electricity. Completes an annual loading study of distribution transformers using data on winter and summer peak loads. Works closely with consulting engineers on specific studies/projects and in design of work plans to accomplish goals. Prepares routine and special studies and investigations including voltage levels, customer voltage and flicker complaints, phase balancing, capacitor and voltage regulator applications, economic sizing of conductors and transformers.
Metering/Billing - Maintains a record of any temporary load transfers between substations and communicates changes to PowerSouth in order to avoid duplicate billing for the same capacity. Reviews and approves the monthly power bill for each substation. Reviews print-outs of demand meters for discrepancies. Annually field tests demand meters. Designs and installs all instrument rated equipment for new loads. Coordinates maintenance of existing equipment and replaces as needed. Communicates to members concerning operating problems, rates, and other technically related areas.
Safety - Attends and participates in safety meetings. Participates in training programs to maintain skills in first aid, CPR, and bucket truck rescue. Instills in workers an attitude of safety and ensures compliance with all safety rules and methods, making frequent field checks on work in progress to ensure adherence to safety requirements.
Other duties as assigned
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering required; degree in Electrical Engineering preferred
Experience: Minimum of 1-2 years of experience with an electric utility preferred, but not required. Familiarity with the NEC, NESC, OSHA. Valid driver’s license.
Functional Competencies: Excellent communication and relationship skills, analysis, judgment, planning, organization, problem solving, detail oriented, team focus, collaboration, cooperation.
Special Requirements: Willing to take a turn in supervisory standby on a rotational basis. Willing to work overtime, holidays and weekends in emergency situations. Willing to participate in special training programs/classes as requested. Must reside within the designated residency area as per current policy and have four (4) Mb of internet service available at residence.
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Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, including veterans and disabled.
About Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Pioneer Electric Cooperative (PEC) is a member-owned, electric cooperative that provides reliable service to more than 11,000 members in southeast Alabama. PEC's coverage territory encompasses four primary counties including Butler, Dallas, Lowndes and Wilcox and reaches parts of Autauga, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Covington and Monroe counties. Having offices in Greenville and Sardis, Pioneer services over 2,700 miles of power line and distributes over 200 million kilowatt hours a year. In 2018, Pioneer celebrated 80 years of serving its members and PEC looks forward to serving members faithfully for many more years to come.