This position is responsible for the design for overhead and underground electric service to the utility distribution system and fiber optic facilities and appropriate documentation necessary to meet the needs and requirements of both the Cooperative and our customers.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of essential duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties that may be assigned based on the needs of the Cooperative.
Prepare designs for distribution overhead and underground electric utility line extensions and modifications to the electrical system that include detailed structural and electrical calculations as appropriate.
Prepare designs for overhead and underground fiber optic cable installations on the electric transmission and distribution system. These installations are intended to expand and improve the corporate network of communications to critical assets.
Assist with the acquisition of easements for transmission and distribution projects within assigned areas.
Create detailed plans, construction drawings, topographic profiles, work order layouts, maps and related drawings used in the planning, design and construction of electric facilities; extensive utilization of PC and software applications to prepare and maintain project documentation.
Prepare work plans, specifications and detailed drawings from rough sketches, engineering notes, verbal descriptions, surveys, previous project documents, collected field data and customer plans.
Create and modify Design Manager drawings to support project designs and studies and to help maintain electrical infrastructure records.
Assist with development and maintaining a distribution system load and fault analysis model; records on system performance, system protective devices, and distribution circuit protective device coordination; identifying needs and recommending action.
Assist with the preparation of short- and long-range work plans, including voltage drop studies, sectionalizing studies, maintenance requirements and budgeting.
Perform evaluation of line outage conditions and recommendations for changes and/or improvements.
Assist with SECO’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Distribution Automation (DA) and Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) projects, as needed.
The following includes the minimum job requirements and essential duties for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some job requirements may exclude individuals that cannot be reasonably accommodated or who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or, Civil or Mechanical Engineering degree with utility related experience.
For PE I:
Associates degree AssassMay consider an Associate or two-year technical degree, plus four years directly related experience in the electric distribution utility fieldMay consider MMay.
For PE II:
Minimum four (4) years’ experience with the BS degree and a valid Professional Engineer license in the state of Florida. If not registered in Florida, should become registered within a comparatively short time; or,
Minimum eight (8) years’ experience with the BS degree onlyMay consider MMay.
Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in power systems.
Civil or Mechanical Engineering degree with utility related experience.
Experience with or knowledge of: GE Design Manager or similar design/drawing aids (Auto-CAD, PLS-CAD)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge and understanding of power systems to plan, design, and prepare specifications to meet the Cooperative’s objectives and customer needs.
Knowledge of NEC and NESC codes and how they impact utility project designs; and ability to learn and acquire knowledge of RUS and SECO specifications.
Knowledge of surveying principles and property rights; ability to learn and prepare easements and acquire permits.
Strong math skills and knowledge of electrical calculations.
Computer proficiency with the ability to utilize Microsoft Office applications; ability to learn GE Design Manager and other corporate computer systems applicable to the position.
Effective interpersonal and communication skills including written, verbal and listening to effectively interact with employees, managers, vendors, subcontractors, government agencies and the public; ability to prepare clear and concise reports and documents; work independently and in a team environment to complete assignments with a high degree of accuracy, with attention to detail and meet deadlines.
Excellent customer service orientation; ability to effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work assignment; ability to exercise good judgment, sound reasoning skills and discretion in making independent decisions commensurate with responsibilities.
Ability to maintain confidential information, and effectively manage stress and pressure in a frequently changing environment; ability to multi-task calmly and effectively in all situations.
English is the primary business language. Second language in Spanish is desirable.
SKILLS VERIFICATION: The skills required for this position may be verified through a combination of education, experience, interview questions and technical skills exercise(s).
Valid Florida driver’s license for regular driving privileges of cooperative vehicles; must have and maintain an acceptable driving record as determined by the Cooperative.
Successful completion of SECO Energy’s employment entrance examination and drug screen.
About Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc.
SECO Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative serving over 210,000 families and businesses across seven counties in Central Florida, making SECO the third largest electric co-op in Florida and the seventh largest in the nation.
In both 2017 and 2016, SECO Energy was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Cooperatives” in the J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. In 2015, SECO Energy was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Midsize Utilities in the South” by J.D. Power. SECO refers to the three consecutive awards as its “Triple Crown,” and we are grateful to our members for ranking us #1!