Duke Energy Reliability Engineer (Senior Engineer) in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Location: Cincinnati or Plainfield preferred but may be open to other locations in the Mid-West territory​


The primary focus of the position is to support the evaluation of operations on the Transmission system. The position will analyze data to determine the location and correlation of faults to support real time operations and outage restoration utilizing various software tools and analysis methods. Additionally, this position will review and analyze the protection and control relay scheme performance for all operations to validate correct performance of the scheme. Deficiencies identified through analysis will require follow-up for resolution with the appropriate Asset Management, Engineering, and Relay Maintenance organizations.

The responsibilities also include knowing, applying and supporting compliance with NERC standards for System Monitoring devices such as Digital Fault Recorders (DFRs), misoperations and CIP related issues. This position will support the organization by identifying and prioritizing work for the installation or replacement of related equipment including various Digital Fault Recorders (DFRs), Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) and Protection & Control (P&C) equipment. The incumbent will also provide technical support to the Construction & Maintenance organization regarding DFRs, RTUs, relays and associated communication devices.

Basic Requirements

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from an ABET accredited program or state registration as a Professional Engineer. A Master's degree in engineering will be considered in lieu of the B. S. engineering degree.

  • Minimum of 5 years of engineering experience

  • Registered Professional Engineer.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of Protection and Control design, relay settings and philosophy.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Google Earth, GIS tools, ASPEN, Outage database tools and protection and control equipment vendor software tools.

  • Increasingly proficient in principles of project management.

  • Experience in the utility industry.

  • Transmission specific experience.

  • Proficient in engineering theories and principles.

  • Proficient in practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting recommendations.

  • Ability to deal with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Good written and oral communication skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

Analyze and record misoperations and monitors the accuracy of information in the outage management systems (TOMS and DOMS). Rotational on call 24x7 for fault location and lightning correlation. Provides key troubleshooting direction for the DFRs and P&C relay systems. Coordinate with P&C Engineering on design issues discovered during investigations. Issue Corrective work orders for equipment and communication repairs. Maintains and updates the tools and software needed to perform fault location analysis. Performs evaluations of new technology and products that are applicable for the fault location activity. Identifies locations for DFR & RTU installations and replacements per NERC requirements and other reliability needs. Determines the settings and specifications for the DFRs and RTUs. Identify and prioritize DFR, RTU and P&C equipment installations as required. Support compliance with all applicable NERC Standards, primarily PRC-002, PRC-004 and all CIP requirements.

With very minimal supervision:

  • Provides engineering/technical expertise and guidance in the identification, analysis and resolution of problems of increasing scope and complexity in both inside as well as outside the area of Transmission protection & control, communications and system operation with increasing scope and complexity.

  • Ensures accomplishment of business goals and objectives through effective planning, organizing, estimating, scheduling and monitoring of work activities; decisions may affect the operations or results of the work group and may have some impact on major projects or department results.

  • Prepares thorough and accurate technical reports, correspondence, documentation, calculations and sketches related to defined problems and analysis of increasing scope and complexity.

  • Conducts engineering and related studies; completes non-routine engineering projects with minimal oversight with the ability to independently manage project schedules and interfaces; competent to design, operate and maintain systems with moderate impact on existing systems.

  • Possesses and applies the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures; proficient in technical and analytical competencies necessary to handle assignments of increasing complexity.

  • Develops positive working relationships to effectively coordinate work activities. Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills. Maintains accurate records and files.

  • Supports the company's goals and represents the company positively and professionally.

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)Yes

Represented/Union PositionNo

Visa Sponsored PositionNo

Posting Expiration Date

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

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