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Electrical Engineer I/II/III - Controls and Automa

Location: 

Columbus, NE, US, 68602-0499

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Electrical Engineer I/II/III - Controls and Automation located at the Columbus General Office in Columbus, Nebraska.  Position closes December 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. 

 

Position Summary

Level I to Level III is considered a progression and is approved by the appropriate manager. All District engineering positions are managed under the Engineering Technical Career Path document.

 

Position provides daily support for Operations and Maintenance, trending system performance and initiating actions to restore/improve system performance and reliability, troubleshooting off-normal system conditions, failure and root cause analysis, evaluating proposed configuration changes, recommendations to maintain asset value, and coordinating maintenance-related projects.

 

Assignments are designed to develop general knowledge of professional engineering practice in the electric utility industry and introduce customer/supplier communication skills.

 

In addition to the general engineering activities above, job-specific knowledge and expectations for this individual role will include: 

Control and Automation: Design control panels, create electrical schematics and wiring diagrams, and incorporate all into accurate design packages. Create Remote Terminal Unit, Programmable Logic Controller programming, and Human Machine Interface development and programming for substations; develop and maintain Distribution System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) hardware; manage electronic Reclosure Settings and control firmware upgrades; support Distribution Irrigation Load Management system; provide startup, Operations support, and training; procure equipment on assigned projects; perform engineer analysis on Best Controls, SCADA, and Intelligent Electronic Device equipment available; provide technical assistance on intra-substation communication and networking and protocols, such as Distributed Network Protocol 3.

Education, Training and Experience

Level I to Level III is considered a progression and is approved by the appropriate manager.

 

Level I:

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited college/university is required OR Professional Engineering License and Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from a Non-ABET accredited school is required.  

 

Entry level position with assignments designed to develop general knowledge of professional engineering practice in the electric utility industry and introduce customer/supplier communication skills.

 

Level II:

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited university or college OR Professional Engineering License obtained by accredited examination.  

 

Second level position with assignments designed to develop competent technical knowledge within an engineering discipline, develop customer relations skills, and introduce project management skills.

 

Level III:

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited university or college OR Professional Engineering License obtained by accredited examination.  

 

A fully competent engineer in conventional aspects within the specific discipline with expertise in specific areas of past assignments. Assignments designed to expand the areas of expertise within the discipline, develop project management skills, and develop a general knowledge of other disciplines.

Licenses and/or Certifications

None

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Level I:

Performs tasks of limited and specific scope under the direction of experienced personnel. Applies standard engineering practices and techniques, utilizing prescribed methods in carrying out a sequence of related engineering tasks. Judgment is required on details of work such as correlating data and recognizing discrepancies in results. Communicates with customers and suppliers as directed by supervision.

 

Level II:

Perform tasks of limited and specific scope under the direction of experienced personnel. Plans and conducts detailed phases of work in support of multiple assignments, as well as managing assignments of moderate scope. Independently selects and applies standard engineering techniques and procedures, utilizing prescribed methods in carrying out a sequence of related engineering tasks. Includes some complex features. Work requires a broad knowledge within the discipline and development of expertise in specific areas of work assignment. Judgment is required on details of work such as correlating data and recognizing discrepancies in results. Communicates with customers and suppliers as needed.

 

Level III:

Performs detailed development, planning, and implementation of numerous concurrent assignments of moderate scope. Performs work which includes a variety of complex features such as unique operating conditions, conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials or methods, or difficult coordination requirements. Performs as a consultant in technical specialties to determine and assess technical and economic feasibility and soundness of proposed engineering solutions, as well as analysis of unusual operating conditions. Communicates with customers concerning needs and work status. Work generally requires a broad range of knowledge within the specific engineering discipline with expertise in numerous areas and general knowledge of other engineering disciplines.

Accountable for other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity & Inclusion
Integrity/Excellence
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship
Safety

Salary Information - Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary with opportunities for growth. 

Pay Grade:

Engineer I - Exempt Pay Grade 12

Engineer II - Exempt Pay Grade 13

Engineer III - Exempt Pay Grade 14

 

Typical Pay Grade Starting Salary Range:

Exempt Pay Grade 12: $6,017 - $7,599 per month

Exempt Pay Grade 13: $6,748 - $8,523 per month

Exempt Pay Grade 14: $7,674 - $9,883 per month

 

Travel Required: Up to 25% (With no or minimal overnight stays, less than 3 per month, typically within state of Nebraska)  Travel required may fluctuate by business need. This is an estimate and will be discussed further with candidates that receive an interview.

 

Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical, training opportunities and more.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force. We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

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