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Omaha Public Power District Lead Civil Engineer (Substation Engineering) in Elkhorn, Nebraska


OPPD is seeking a Lead Civil Engineer who is both an individual technical contributor and an assistant to the Manager in directing and monitoring the work, training, and quality of results of the Substation Engineering design team Structural/CivilElectrical staff in support of departmental engineering, design, specifications, drawings, work orders and operational support for the construction or modification of the District¿s substations. Support the manager with motivation, coaching and mentoring of departmental personnel, evaluating their performance and identify strengths and weakness within core and technical competencies while developing activities, training opportunities, goals and objectives to improve them. Work through close collaboration with Substation Engineering Manager and Principal Engineer for all design processes and execution of engineering assignments. Performance is measured by the safety, reliability, operability, regulatory compliance, project performance and the engagement of the design team.


  • Provide and coordinate engineering efforts.

  • Represents OPPD as a technical expert for industry groups.

  • Establishes themselves as a technical expert and resource.

  • Works on programs and initiatives with complex features.

  • Demonstrates creativity, foresight and mature judgement in planning, organizing, guiding, and solving problems.

  • Oversees the resources and financial issues of a work group and associated projects.

  • Accountable for design safety, personnel safety, reliability, operability, economy, timely completion, and within budget of District and customer substation assigned projects.

  • Participate in engineering, planning, estimating, design, drafting, analysis, permitting, specification development, contracts, work orders, and close-out activities.

  • Provide critical support for generation station transformers and related high voltage equipment.

  • Maintain effective relationships with corporate personnel, consultants, equipment vendors, and contractors to ensure project integration.

  • Coordinate substation design efforts with collocated neighboring utilities or customer utilities to provide for integrated and reliable substation designs.

  • Identify project risk, potential contingencies, and align resources to meet requirements.

  • Assist manager with the day-to-day coaching, feedback, reporting, performance evaluation and assignment of work priorities/workloads for team members. (As Assigned By Manager; 40% or less of role)

  • Lead, support and provide technical direction and task assignments for the engineering, procurement, contracted construction, contract administration, construction management, and records/drawings management of assigned projects to ensure completion within budget, schedules, and regulatory requirements.

  • Lead, support, prepare and review the writing of material specifications, material contracts, outside service contracts, construction inspection and any related contract management for assigned projects.

  • In the absence of management, evaluate workloads and priorities and assign appropriate resources to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of departmental products and services.

  • Assist with the resolution of escalated issues, questions and work stoppage situations. (As assigned by or in absence of Manager)

  • Monitor, coach and recommend additional training solutions for team members to develop the skills, knowledge and experience to be effective in role.

  • Perform quarterly quality checks on job functions/individual outputs in area. Report findings to management quarterly.

  • Act as a detailed Subject Matter Expert with regard to the work and roles of the team. Assist in the training of new staff and cross training of existing staff. (As Assigned by Manager)

  • Provide input to the development of performance management documentation.

  • Encourage design innovation and creativity.

  • Participate with the department¿s coop program.



  • Four (4) year Bachelor of Science degree in (Structural / Civil Electrical) Engineering degree (ABET-accredited degree)

  • Professional Engineer (PE) certificate, NERC, or other relevant industry-level education / certification or means for reciprocity within six months.

  • Generally five (5) years of equivalent engineering work experience. Master's degree may be considered for up to two years of experience

  • Demonstrated capability to work in a team environment while completing independent tasks and assignments.

  • Demonstrated design capability of all aspects of installations within discipline.

  • Demonstrated capability to lead, motivate, and develop technical team members including the ability to encourage diverse ideas and concepts and effectively deal with conflict.

  • Advanced MS Office Professional Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • A valid driver’s license


  • Five years of experience in substation design, project management, system planning or operations. Extensive knowledge and understanding of substation components and their functions.

  • Familiarity and experience with Ventyx (Asset Suite), Cognos, AutoDesk (CAD, Inventor, Vault), Bentley MicroStation, PeopleSoft, MS Project, SharePoint

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Business

  • Completion and understanding of Emergenetics, Strength Finder or other strength/behavior awareness measurement tool.

  • Thorough knowledge of OPPD’s transmission, distribution and substation system.

    Closing Statement

    At Omaha Public Power District , we’re passionate about three things: power, the people who make it, and the people who rely on it.

    WE ARE: Where the Light Starts. OPPD is the 12th-largest public power utility in the U.S., serving over 850,000 people across 5,000 square miles and 13 counties.

    WE’RE COMMITTED TO: Each other and the people we serve. This commitment drives us. We’re dedicated to providing our communities with affordable, reliable, and environmentally sensitive energy services today, tomorrow, and well into the future.

    OUR JOB: To provide power with a purpose. We have real impact - on people’s lives, on the environment, and on the future of energy. We’re always looking for bright, capable people who want an opportunity to lead from where you are—wherever you are— and know that your ideas will be heard. If you want to be a source of real, positive change for the community and the people who live in this region, then working for a company acknowledged for caring about these same things is likely a priority for you as well.

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    EOE: Protected Veterans/Disability

    Salary: s7

    Foundation: $111,826

    Mid-Point: $139,783

    How To Apply

    Apply online at on or before October 21, 2023.

    Recruiter: Andrew Ray - #LI-RA

    PLEASE NOTE - Your application has not been submitted unless you have applied for a specific requisition. If you have not chosen a specific opening, your application will remain in 'DRAFT' form and will not be viewed by our Human Capital staff.