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Ameren Consulting Engineer - Technology Applications Center in Champaign, Illinois

If end date is listed, the posting will come down at 12:00 am on that date:Wednesday June 23, 2021

About The Position

Career/Consulting Engineer – Technology Applications Center (TAC) position is responsible for managing and operating the TAC infrastructure as required by the AIC Modernization Acton Plan (MAP) as well as identifying technology solutions that could improve the utilities electric distribution system in the future. The preferred location for this position is the Champaign/Urbana area, however, the Bloomington, Decatur, or Mattoon Operating centers will be considered.

Key responsibilities include :

  • Obtain technical and operational (including economic) understanding of TAC and microgrid components.

  • Analyze and approve Ameren and Vendor sponsored technology solutions for testing at the TAC. This includes development of test scope, assessment of infrastructure requirements, and creation of testing contracts that define test/analysis plans, cost estimates and labor requirements.

  • Review utility industry trends and identify potential technology solutions to be tested at the TAC.

  • Creation of quarterly TAC reports as required by the Energy Infrastructure and Modernization Act.

  • Review technology solutions hardware, software and network communications requirements against exiting TAC/microgrid infrastructure capabilities. Develop and submit proposals for infrastructure improvements/integration to enable technology solutions testing. This includes integration to existing TAC systems such as ADMS, IPERC, etc.

  • Assess technology solutions cybersecurity risk level and work closely with Ameren's cybersecurity department to mitigate solutions risk through infrastructure/architecture change requests.

  • Engage Ameren's IT department to research new developments, trends in network communications & security and create practical solutions that can be tested within the TAC infrastructure.

  • Develop relationships as well as identify collaboration/partnership opportunities with other technical research entities (EPRI, DOE, Universities, etc.).

Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college or university required. Advanced degree is preferred.

  • A minimum of five or more years of electrical systems engineering experience required. Engineering of utility electrical systems is preferred.

  • Three or more years of experience with standard network infrastructure technologies (switches, routers, firewalls, etc. and networking protocols is preferred.

  • Experience with utility scale communications protocols such as DNP3, Modbus, ICCP and GOOSE is preferred.

  • Knowledge of cybersecurity risk mitigation strategies (e.g. network intrusion detection, event log monitoring, vulnerability management etc.) is preferred.

  • Experience with utility scale power electronics (smart inverters, energy storage, etc.) is preferred.

  • Ability to script or program in at least one language (e.g. Perl, Python, .Net, Java) is preferred.

*Salary depends upon individual credentials, experience, and position market pay level. Internal incumbents currently in the existing or similar career path will be considered only as lateral transfers.

In addition to the above qualifications, the successful candidate will demonstrate:

Product evaluation and vendor management skills; Strong research and analytical skills; Proficiency with MS Office Suite; and the following Ameren competencies: Think Customer, Inspire and Engage, Foster Innovation, Drive Results, Champion Learning, Build Trust, and Be Strategic.

Additional Information

Ameren’s selection process includes a series of interviews and may include a leadership assessment process. Specific details will be provided to qualified candidates.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, genetic information, military service or status, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other class, trait, or status protected by law.

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric transmission and distribution service and natural gas distribution service. Ameren Missouri provides electric generation, transmission and distribution service, as well as natural gas distribution service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois develops, owns and operates rate-regulated regional electric transmission projects. For more information, visit Ameren.com, or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenCorp, Facebook.com/AmerenCorp, or LinkedIn/company/Ameren.

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