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American Electric Power Distribution Project Design Engineer Assc - Engineer in Canton, Ohio



Distribution Project Design Engineer Assc - Engineer

Job Description:

Position Summary:

As a Distribution Project Design Engineer, you will be responsible for engineering distribution power systems and infrastructure within AEP Ohio. The scope of the position includes oversight and engineering of all electric power system facilities from the distribution substation to the customer’s electric meter. This work may include performing load flow analysis, performing coordination studies, developing circuit reliability and improvement strategies, assisting with regulatory reporting requirements and customer complaints, assisting with storm assessment, designing and analyzing electric distribution infrastructure to support existing and new customer demand, investigating power quality issues, developing distribution automation schemes and additional duties or assignments as directed by supervision.

Essential Job Functions & Tasks:

Technical Expertise: Possesses entry-level knowledge and experience in the application of theory to solve well-defined problems or provide analysis, with guidance from higher-level engineers. Assists higher-level engineers in handling well-defined portions of more complex problems and analyses. Exhibits fundamental understanding of standards, codes and regulations relevant to the area of assignment. Gains familiarity with standards, codes (NESC, NEC, OSHA, etc.) and regulations relevant to the area of assignment. Gains familiarity with pertinent equipment, materials, systems and business processes.

Leadership & Guidance: Coordinates work activities of others as required to resolve routine engineering tasks. Demonstrates working knowledge of appropriate policies and procedures; however, activities are generally monitored by higher-level employees to ensure work is performed in accordance with established guidelines. Performs work activities as assigned and coached by higher-level employees. Demonstrates ability to work with others in both supplying information and seeking assistance as necessary. Demonstrates willingness and capabilities to assume leadership roles.

Planning & Organization Ability: Provides input to routine project planning documents related to scheduling and understands the use of scheduling techniques (CPM, PERT, flow charts, etc.) for budget and planning activities. Monitors project status and recommends action accordingly. Prepares cost estimates using established standards. Develops understanding of the workflow for routine engineering projects. Accomplishes work according to plans and schedules established by higher-level employees.

Problem Solving & Initiative: Actively seeks out information and understanding of engineering problems and solution techniques applicable to area of responsibility. Applies basic techniques to perform analysis associated with the resolution of routine technical problems. Uses initiative in looking for opportunities and presenting new ideas and new approaches.

Communication: Assists and participates in the preparation of reports and technical papers. Assimilates information and instructions readily. Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing and presents ideas clearly. Listens to and understands instructions, and requests clarification as required.

Interpersonal Skills: Begins networking with peers to share information and encourage cooperation. Understands the agendas and perspectives of others. Develops effective give-and-take relationship. Demonstrates the ability to be a team player. Relates to people in an open, friendly, and sincere manner.

Decision Making: Knows which decisions they are authorized to make. Develops decision-making skills under guidance of higher-level employees and makes routine decisions subject to review and contributes to team decision-making.

Business Awareness & Characteristics: Demonstrates an attitude and desire to listen to and satisfy both internal and external customers who use and depend upon their organizational unit's work. Applies economic analysis techniques in problem solving. Pursues effective ways to protect and enhance the environment while providing reliable electricity at a competitive cost. Active participation in professional and business organizations is encouraged. Develops an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the department.

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Canton, OH

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Minimum Requirements

NOTE: This position will be filled at the title/salary level commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate as compared to the minimum requirements stated below:

Education/Training: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering (EE), Electronic Engineering Technology (EET), or Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) in a program accredited by ABET*; Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering examination in preparation for future licensing as a Professional Engineer (PE) is encouraged and preferred.

Engineer Associate (Grade 5): Possess intermediate level knowledge and experience in distribution power. Communicates and coordinates activities with internal and external customers & departments. Effectively works with others by both supplying information and seeking assistance. Provides input to project planning meetings. Typically possesses 0-2 years of experience in the industry/position.

Engineer (Grade 6-7): Engineer Associate level and possesses intermediate level of knowledge of job-specific duties. Solid knowledge of application of distribution power capacitors, voltage regulators, fuses, reclosers and relays. Performs engineering functions with minimal guidance. Capable of providing training and guidance to lower level employees. Coordinates work activities with internal and external groups. Initiates corrective action on projects when objectives are not being met. Typically possesses 2-5 years of experience in the industry/position.

Other Requirements – Additional Information:

Candidates should demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, be able to work in a self-directed environment, be flexible to and supportive of change, and should be willing to work remotely, in the field, and in the office.

Prefer experience with CYMDIST and CYMTCC

Prefer experience with distribution overcurrent protection

*ABET - Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Acceptable alternatives are (1) a Bachelor's degree in engineering (non-ABET), plus a Professional Engineers (PE) license in any state of the U.S. or (2) a Bachelor's degree in engineering (non-ABET) plus a Master's degree or PhD in engineering from a university with an ABET accredited Bachelor's program.

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Canton Eastern Reg Office

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