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NorthWestern Energy Grid Operations Energy Management Systems (EMS) Engineer or Analyst in Butte, Montana

54000-135200 per year | 17-Apr-2024 to Until Filled (MST) | Butte, MT, USA | Salary | Transmission | Regular Full Time

Grid Operations Energy Management Systems (EMS) Engineer or Analyst

Number of Openings: 2

Work Location : Butte, MT

Pay range : Engineer (must have engineering degree): $62,900 to $135,200 per year or Analyst: $54,000 to $121,800 per year

Employment Status: Regular Full-time

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About this position:

The Engineer/Analyst will primarily be involved with all aspects of Transmission. This position will be responsible to ensure organizational compliance, facilitate centralized training, process improvement and development, cost management and aspects of project management.

We offer great benefits:

NorthWestern Energy is a fully regulated electric and natural gas utility serving Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. We employ over 1,500 amazing people and serve 764,200 customers who are our neighbors in our communities. We are a top employer and offer competitive benefits, including:

  • 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%

  • Healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision for you, your spouse and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)

  • Employee Assistance Programs (Offering up to six free counseling sessions, per person, per issue, per year for employees, spouses and dependents to include financial heath)

  • Life Insurance (Company pays basic employee policy; spouse, dependent insurance also available)

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Competitive pay (Scheduled performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities.)

  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities

  • Paid parental leave

  • Paid bereavement leave

  • Paid training opportunities

  • Paid time off starting on your first day, plus 11 paid holidays

    Benefits may vary by position or as negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

    About this job:

  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics.

  • All Grid Operations Staff are required to understand and comply with applicable FERC, NERC, and WECC standards, including Standards of Conduct, Reliability, and NERC CIP requirements for Cyber Security of Bulk Electric System Assets.

  • Support real-time electric transmission operations at the Control Center

  • Maintain and advance technology used by Energy Management System (EMS)

  • Research, specify, and configure hardware and software to improve the EMS system

  • Perform basic maintenance on computer systems associated with EMS

  • Configure, and maintain data communications between the Grid OPS EMS and field equipment

  • Develop, maintain and support data transfer from the EMSs to other applications and systems

  • Configure and maintain control logic and programming for Automatic Generation Control (AGC) signals and Automatic Generation Dispatch Signals (ADS)

  • Computer programming for SCADA applications and custom built software applications

  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to comply with applicable WECC/NERC standards including cyber security for EMS environments

  • Develop, revise, and edit data visualization tools including real-time charts and SCADA Displays

  • Respond quickly and professionally to support data requests as required

  • Assist in preparing and implementing budgets

  • Callouts and extended hours maybe required

  • Maintain and use all levels of networked computer technology including domain controllers and fileservers

  • Demonstrate proficiency with the computer hardware and software necessary to conduct daily Grid Operations, specifically real-time SCADA and EMS software and associated supporting software.

  • Maintain positive working relationships with NorthWestern Energy internal departments and with other external entities

  • Job time is primarily spent in an office and control center environment, mostly sitting or standing, using a computer terminal and phones with frequent required walking.

    Engineering Position will also include the following duties:

  • Maintain and design Supervisory Controls And Data Acquisition (SCADA) modeling, displays, and point databases used by EMS

  • Design and implement AGC logic and EMS Calculations to support real-time operations and meet NERC Standard Requirements

  • Contribute to solutions that meet technical requirements, applicable codes, and regulatory requirements and follow sound engineering practices

    Am I right for this job? Here's the success profile:

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. Programming experience highly desired

  • Experience troubleshooting and programming SCADA applications highly desired.

  • Must be able to quickly learn to use specialized computer applications.

  • Must be very proficient with computers and related equipment.

  • Good organizational and technical skills are necessary.

  • Ability to plan and prioritize numerous responsibilities.

  • Must be a highly motivated, self-starter with good analytical, interpersonal, and team skills.

  • Must be able to handle high-stress situations and make decisions quickly and accurately.

  • Must have very good attention to detail and be able to consolidate information and ideas.

  • Must work effectively with minimal supervision.

    Requisition #4330

    Posting Dates: April 17, 2024 through May 1, 2024

    Department/Division: Transmission

    Employment Physical: Not Required

    Drug Test: Required

    Background Check: Required

    Relocation Benefit: Negotiable

    Telecommuting: Part-time Negotiable within NorthWestern Energy Service Territory

    We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and statutes. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department at 1-800-245-6977 or at .