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NorthWestern Energy Substation/Relay Compliance Engineer (Butte, MT preferred. Location Negotiable within Montana Service Territory) in Butte, Montana

61400-132100 per year | 13-Sep-2023 to 27-Sep-2023 (MST) | Butte, MT, USA | Salary | Transmission | Regular Full Time

Substation/Relay Compliance Engineer

Work Location : Butte, MT preferred (Location Negotiable within Montana Service Territory)

Pay range : $61,400 to $132,100 per year

Employment Status: Regular Full-time

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About this position:

The engineer plans, reviews and documents testing and maintenance of substation/relay equipment for the safe and reliable operation of electric transmission, distribution, and generation facilities. Responsible for managing the NERC and WECC compliance testing programs.

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:

  • Project management - adhering to scope, schedule, and budget for protective relay projects.

  • Develop, or Modify protective relay test procedures that meet the NERC/WECC requirements

  • Ensure Substation Operations performs all required regulatory compliance work

  • Maintain and develop compliance records management applications

  • Maintain and develop testing applications

  • Review the results of the relay tests and document solutions for failed results

  • Assure all testing procedures and test results are documented for regulatory/internal audits

  • Support the Substation/Relay Operations Management team with the following:

  • Development and execution of annual maintenance/testing plans

  • Reporting current status of maintenance/test plans

  • Coordinate with the Company's Manager of NERC Compliance for:

  • Regulatory audit requests, and annual compliance progress

  • Coordinate Shop and Field testing with Technicians

  • Promote a spirit of teamwork within the department and with other departments to achieve the objectives necessary for optimum reliability

  • Promote the use of safe work practices in the design, construction, and maintenance of facilities.

  • Overnight travel up to 30%

  • Majority of job is performed in an office environment mostly sitting, with occasional lifting of office materials weighing up to 50 pounds

  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards

  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

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

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

  • Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills

  • BS in electrical engineering or other engineering field is required

  • A strong understanding of electric power systems, electrical circuit analysis, and a general understanding of microprocessor based equipment and logic design is desirable

  • Experience working with database applications is desirable

  • Must be able to work closely with other individuals and cooperate with other departments

  • Self motivated and positive outlook

  • Good communication, analytical, organizational, and planning skills are required

  • Working knowledge of the NERC and WECC Guidelines is desirable

    Requisition #4134

    Posting Dates: September 13, 2023 through September 27, 2023

    Department/Division: Transmission/Substation Operations

    Employment Physical: None

    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 .