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American Electric Power Smart Grid Engineer Sr. in Ft. Wayne, Indiana



Smart Grid Engineer Sr.

Job Description:

Indiana Michigan Power is looking for qualified Smart Grid Engineers for potential openings in the near future!

The Smart Grid Engineer Sr will be responsible for the planning of future DACR (Distribution Automation Circuit Reconfiguration) and CVR (Conversation Voltage Reduction) schemes. The ideal candidate will possess the knowledge and skills to evaluate existing schemes for optimal performance and be able to identify areas where the schemes/circuits should be enhanced to impact customers to the fullest. This position will conduct studies and analysis on saturation of each of the smart technologies and determine those saturation points where necessary. The Smart Grid Engineer Sr will be key in coaching and mentoring the less experienced engineers and help support in change management throughout the organization. The candidate will help support the Grid Modernization 5-year plan by guiding the team with the experience needed to not only get optimal performance but also develop the most efficient and effective plan. This candidate will also be the SME (subject matter expert) pertaining to automation and lead investigation for root cause analysis.

Essential Job Functions & Tasks:

Technical Expertise:

  • Exhibits journey level proficiency plus advanced knowledge that enables the engineer to serve as a leader within the assigned organization.

  • Keep abreast of new products, developments, technologies, procedures and equipment.

  • Understands and analyzes interrelationships between systems and component equipment.

  • Has vast knowledge of distribution automation but not limited to system reconfiguration and voltage reduction.

  • Interprets codes and regulations and develops standards relevant to the area of assignment.

Leadership & Guidance:

  • Provides guidance and exercises judgment and discretion in providing guidance and direction to other Engineers.

  • Leads, facilitates and coordinates work activities of others within the work group, team, department, corporate entity, or those external to the company as required to perform all routine engineering work.

  • Ensures all work activities are performed in accordance with the policies, practices, standards and rules of the company and complies with the regulations and procedures required by external agencies.

  • Promotes engineering professionalism and standards.

  • Coordinates and conducts training sessions.

Planning & Organization Ability:

  • Participates in the development of plans by establishing measurable goals, objectives and requirements for specific areas of responsibility.

  • Primary focus will be on the saturation of distribution automation on the grid.

  • Coordinates the development of input necessary to establish projected cost of all projects.

  • Proficient in use of scheduling techniques (CPM, PERT, flow charts, etc.) for budget and planning activities.

  • Identifies and initiates appropriate corrective action when objectives are not being met.

Problem Solving & Initiative:

  • Identifies, clarifies, resolves, and initiates solutions to routine and/or complex problems that sometimes involve analysis of inadequate or conflicting data.

  • Demonstrates the ability to divide problems into component steps.

  • Consistently looks for and develops opportunities and presents new ideas and approaches.


  • Coordinates the work of other engineers in an efficient and effective manner.

  • Develops, reviews or prepares reports on complex technical subjects clearly, concisely and effectively, in a manner suitable for presentation to management, professional societies, regulatory bodies, etc.

  • Leads and facilitates meetings effectively.

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Possess collaborative and consensus building skills.

  • Functions as a team leader and member.

  • Networks upward and downward in several disciplines inside and outside the AEP system.

  • Leverages network to get things done.

Decision Making:

  • Makes decisions affecting plans and goals based on analysis of uncertain input and outcomes.

  • Uses diverse approaches to make decisions in the absence of a definite framework or where few precedents exist.

  • Can handle conflicting interests related to approaches on projects or studies.

  • Analyzes options and risks and possesses the experience and knowledge to assess the risk of decisions and act accordingly.

  • Makes decisions that affect the operations or results of the department and may have some impact on a major project.

Business Awareness & Characteristics:

  • Exhibits an awareness of AEP's competitive position and how business decisions impact their organizational unit.

  • Understands the specific goals and objectives of their individual organizational unit and is proficient in establishing measurable goals and objectives.

  • Effectively manages project budgets using cost management techniques and understands how their decisions and recommendations impact AEP's expenses and revenues.

  • Demonstrates an awareness of profit incentives, optimizing growth of customers' businesses and using our services to attract new business.

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Ft. Wayne, IN

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Has typically acquired 6 or more years of related engineering experience along with a Bachelor's degree in engineering in a program accredited by ABET; or 4 years of related engineering experience along with a Master's degree or PhD in engineering from a program accredited by ABET; Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in any U.S. state or Puerto Rico** is encouraged and preferred.

*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.

** Confirmation is required to ensure the PE obtained in Puerto Rico aligns with NCEES standards.

Physical demand level is Sedentary

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Equal Opportunity Employer | Minorities/Females/Disability/Vets