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Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation System Protection Engineer in Burlington, Kansas

JOB TITLE: System Protection Engineer
DEPARTMENT: System Protection- Wichita Service Center or Topeka General Office
Topeka, KS
Engineer I: $58,400 - $73,000
Engineer II: $71,200 - $89,000
Staff Engineer: $79,600 - $99,500
Sr. Engineer: $80,600 - $107,500
Lead Engineer: $84,800 - $113,000

Scheduled Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Other hours as required)

Position Overview:
Under the direction of the Manager, System Protection Engineering, performs various technical studies and engineering design related to the company’s electric substation, transmission line, and generation equipment control and fault protection systems. Works closely with other Technical Operations groups, Electric Distribution Engineering, System Planning, Generation Services, and Marketing in assisting with a wide variety of technical issues. Assists in troubleshooting of protection problems. Initial duties will include familiarization with the engineering documents and drawings.

Summary of Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform fault analyses studies, develop protective relay settings calculations for protective relay settings, and develop protective relay settings files.
  • Develop logic for protective relays.
  • Perform design relating to the company’s electric substation, transmission line and generation equipment control systems and fault protection systems to ensure reliability and safety.
  • Specify substation equipment using substation ratings (e.g., bus, ground mat, conduit, switches, power circuit breakers, transformers, relay panels, instrumentation, capacitor banks, reactor banks) to ensure reliability and safety.
  • Design protective relay systems, metering and SCADA by referencing standards, past projects, new research, regulations and system requirements in order to ensure reliability and safety.
  • Gather and analyze system ratings (e.g., voltage, power ratings, ampacity, system impedance, CT ratios, and relay settings) by researching substation current conditions and configurations to provide data to reporting agencies (i.e., SPP, NERC, FERC) and meet new system requirements.
  • Develop system one-line diagrams by utilizing relevant information specified by other groups and standards.
  • Produce detailed system protection and control project scopes and cost estimates to assist in multi-year projects and budget planning by using data from previous projects, bids, and research in order to ensure accuracy and completion of tasks on time and on budget.
  • Support both operations and construction personnel as needed in troubleshooting, failure analysis, mis- operations, testing assistance, commissioning assistance and other technical duties by analyzing data and providing findings in order to resolve problems (e.g., equipment failures, construction issues, drawings, event reports).
  • Prepare and study technical drawings and specifications of electrical systems and equipment to ensure that installation and operations conform to requirements (e.g., Company, protection, code).
  • Create alternative system designs by utilizing engineering principles, knowledge and experience in order to improve system performance.
  • Direct designers and technicians by reviewing work and monitoring progress in order to ensure compliance with safety and regulations.
  • Act as a technical resource for internal customers by answering questions and providing information in order to support Company projects.
  • Visit project sites to collect design information, troubleshoot and ensure project commissioning

Education and Experience:
Requires a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited program. The preferred candidate will have utility experience directly related to electric substation, generation, and transmission line equipment control and fault protection systems.

  • Engineer II - 2 or more years of engineering experience
  • Staff Engineer - 4 or more years of engineering experience
  • Sr Engineer - Typically possesses 8 or more years of engineering experience and an active member of a recognized industry committee or published in recognized technical journals or at minimum has two related career experiences or clearly demonstrated team leadership abilities on critical projects.
  • Lead Engineer - Typically possesses 12 or more years of engineering experience, demonstrate specialized expertise in key areas and meet requirements of Sr. Engineer. Professional Engineer Licensed preferred.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Successful candidate requires knowledge of basic engineering principles and advanced mathematics. Requires knowledge of and skills in electric power engineering including:
  • Knowledge of per unit calculations.
  • Experience using ASPEN One-Liner or equivalent fault analysis software.
  • Experience utilizing communication relay schemes such as directional carrier blocking and permissive overreach transfer trip.
  • Ability to perform coordination studies for various voltage levels.
  • Understanding of schematic, wiring, and logic diagrams.
  • Requires the ability to learn major systems in a timely fashion.
  • Knowledge of Transmission, Distribution, and Generation system relays and associated protection schemes.
  • Ability to develop elementary drawings, relay logic and settings for system protection designs.
  • Knowledge of NERC system protection standards preferred
  • Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented and have excellent organizational and proofreading skills.
  • Must possess the ability to work and communicate effectively with other company personnel.
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and databases preferred.
  • Must be able to handle multiple priorities and operate efficiently and effectively in high stress environment

Licenses, Certification, Bonding and/or Testing:
Valid driver's license required. Professional Engineering registration is desirable but not required.

Working Conditions:
Most work is performed in an office. Requires some field work within energized substations, operating powerplants, utility right-of-ways, and construction sites in general. Position may require routine travel between the General Office in Topeka, KS and office in Wichita, KS. Some work may be required beyond normal working hours depending on workload, project deadlines, and service restoration efforts. Must have a satisfactory work record including good attendance.

Evergy has a clear mission – To empower a better future. Evergy chooses to live this mission by valuing People First. We know to accomplish becoming the most innovative and reliable energy company, we need a team with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. So, our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We are committed to celebrating diversity and building a team where everyone – regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status – has a voice and can bring their best every day. We know that the more diverse and inclusive we are, the better we will be. Evergy is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Job: *Engineering

Title: System Protection Engineer

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Requisition ID: SAF004B