Gainesville Regional Utilities Principal Engineer/Principal Utility Designer in Gainesville, Florida
Principal Engineer/Principal Utility Designer
Principal Engineer/Principal Utility Designer
$103,640.00 - $155,460.00 Annually
ELECTRIC UTILITY FUND
Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), the 5th largest municipal electric utility in Florida, seeks a Principal Engineer for the Work and Resource Management (WARM) Division who will perform high level, independent, professional and technical work with a focus on Electric Utility Distribution Systems Planning. The primary attribute of this position will include knowledge of planning industry standard electric utility distribution systems. The successful candidate will be required to support a wide variety of large and small projects, both as an individual contributor and team project leader.
GRU, located in beautiful north central Florida, is home to the University of Florida, a diverse, innovative college community rich in culture. The WARM division of Energy Delivery is home to gas and electric utilities' central workgroup that includes GIS mapping, underground line location and electric and gas planning, standards and analytics. Come and be a part of a caring organization working toward smart technology to ensure a better tomorrow for its' customers.
To be considered for this position you must possess a Bachelor degree in Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited educational institute and eight (8) or more years of experience in the electric distribution planning of major electric utility distribution projects.
Appropriate co-op or internship time and/or an advanced degree in engineering, business or other relevant courses (e.g., planning, public administration, etc.) of study may be recognized for up to one year of experience.
Expected to keep abreast of the latest Engineering advancements in the field. Continuing education required to maintain currency in an assigned engineering discipline, regulatory and other related knowledge.
If you want to make an impact with some of your following experience(s) and are looking forward to a meaningful work-life balance, apply today.
Thorough and complete understanding of underground and overhead electric distribution planning, design and permitting process. Extensive experience in large electric utility capital projects is a must.
Comprehensive understanding of design criteria and preparation of electric engineering work orders, construction methods, drawings, materials, and procedures.
Understanding of job costs, materials costs, labor costs and complete cradle to grave electrical engineering job packets and work orders.
Proficient in planning and scheduling of work for multi-year capital projects, maintenance, QA/QC, and initiatives to correct shortcomings.
Experience in performing load flow analysis to identify/review unbalance, overloaded and/or low voltage circuits and make recommendations.
Experience in evaluating thermal limits and performing contingency analysis through modeling of all circuits and transformers to improve efficiency.
Familiarity with substation and relay maintenance planning and scheduling based on asset criticality.
Good understanding of NESC, IEEE standards and other applicable codes and ordinances including rules, regulations, and guidelines established by local regulatory agencies applied to the electric utility industry and its best practices.
Experience in developing electric distribution system reliability program plans through data analytics to identify improvement opportunities and to establish an asset condition monitoring system.
Capable of providing advanced troubleshooting support and recommendations to maintenance and operations for electrical system problems and failure investigations.
Experience in distribution load forecasting, system expansion, and future project planning.
Proficiency in power flow modeling software i.e. Synergi Electric would be an asset.
Experience in performing transmission planning assignments utilizing power system analysis software would be considered additional strength
Knowledge of internal/external business development to improve processes, studies and projects desired.
Excellent organizational and communication skills and build working relationships with other internal utility/City personnel, public and private agencies throughout the community and other utilities throughout the state.
* May fill multiple positions *
* May establish an eligibility list for future hiring. *
* May require additional assessments to fill the position. *
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NATURE OF WORK
Utility specific industry and organization-recognized, independent professional performing advanced technical engineering work requiring knowledge and application of the latest advancements in the field.
Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under general supervision. Work in this class is distinguished from higher classes by its lack of managerial responsibility and from lower classes by its emphasis on the application of intensive and diversified knowledge and advanced engineering skills and coordination of engineering staff to complex and novel projects.
Provides technical guidance on unusual, non-typical, complex problems and projects requiring a high degree of creativity, foresight, mature judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented engineering problems.
Note: It should be understood that the job competencies, duties and requirements of the Engineer IV / Utility Designer IV are inherently included in this position.
EXAMPLES OF WORK**
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Depending on area of assignment:
· Prepares or coordinates the preparation, review, and approval of engineering analyses, specifications, and reports for complex projects.
· Plans, organizes, and supervises the work of engineer(s), utility designer(s), engineering technician(s) and/or consultants. Evaluates progress and performance of the staff and results obtained, and recommends major changes to achieve overall objectives. May involve performance management responsibilities.
· Initiates and maintains extensive contacts with key engineers and officials of other organizations, requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues. Requires guidance by management in addressing customer requirements.
· The individual contributor may serve as a resource or guide by advising others on how to use processes within a system or as a member of a collaborative problem-solving team.
· Represents the organization in conferences to resolve important questions and to plan and coordinate work.
· Develops and modifies engineering theories, precepts, practices, and procedures. Formulates operating policies.
· Keeps abreast of new scientific methods and developments affecting the organization for the purpose of recommending changes in emphasis of programs or new programs warranted by such developments.
· Develops and evaluates plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities to be carried out by others.
· Serves as the technical expert for the organization in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes. Devises and develops new approaches to problems encountered.
· Carries out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures or carries out projects that involve a number of engineering disciplines. Work typically results in the development of new or refined equipment, materials, processes, products, and/or scientific methods.
· Serves as the technical specialist for the organization in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes for an assigned area of responsibility (i.e., subject matter, function, type of facility or equipment, or product).
· Applies knowledge of engineering economic analysis to projects or systems; compares alternatives using appropriate economic analysis. Reviews and approves the economic analysis and engineering recommendations prepared by others and interprets results to support policy, ratemaking or budgeting.
· Provides guidance, assistance, and interpretation to others. Guidance relating largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters.
· Designs and evaluates engineering projects and activities with internal departments, outside consultants, and contractors on complex projects.
· Interprets, organizes, executes, and coordinates assignments.
· Initiates and maintains extensive contacts with key engineers and officials of other organizations, uses skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues, including the initiation and maintenance of extensive contacts with these parties.
· Develops and makes technical presentations.
· Develops, implements, and maintains an annual work plan and annual budget.
· Attends work on continuous and regular basis.
NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
· May coordinate major areas of engineering activities.
· May act in absence of supervisor.
· May be responsible for enforcing the drug policy.
· Will be required to respond under emergency conditions.
· Performs other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor of science in engineering degree from an ABET accredited educational institution and eight (8) or more years of experience in the area of assigned engineering responsibility. Appropriate co-op time and/or an advanced degree in engineering, business or other relevant courses of study may substitute for up to one year of experience.
Valid State of Florida Professional Engineer license may be required.
Must meet the FBPE requirements as defined in Chapter 471 of the Florida Statute and obtain and maintain "Professional Engineer" Licensing as required by Water/Wastewater Engineering, Public Works, Energy Delivery and Principal Engineers assigned to the water/wastewater, and special projects areas of Strategic Planning.
Valid Florida Driver License required.
· May require supervisory experience.
· Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions.
· May work at heights of over 100 feet on open grating or from aerial device.
· Work may require physical strength and agility sufficient to safely perform all essential functions.
· Work may require use of personal protection equipment including hearing protection, eye protection, foot protection, hand protection, and head protection.
· Work may require exposure to hazardous conditions and noxious chemicals.
· Work may require performance of tasks in extreme heat and confined areas.
SELECTION FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES
Depending on area of assignment:
· Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and a proficient knowledge of specialized software utilized in the engineering discipline as required by the individual department.
· Ability to make decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have an important impact on engineering and other activities.
· Ability to receive supervision and guidance that relate largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters.
· Ability to devise new approaches to problems as encountered.
· Ability to exercise sufficient professional experience and subject matter expertise to assure competence in the specific engineering discipline.
· Ability to assume full technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing, and coordinating assignments.
· Ability to plan and develop engineering projects concerned with unique or controversial problems which have an important effect on major programs.
· Ability to apply complex and most current industry engineering theories, practices, and techniques to atypical challenges encountered in the organization.
· Ability to exercise judgment, sensitivity, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental and/or subjective criteria, as opposed to criteria that are clearly measurable or verifiable.
· Ability to resolve a variety of complex problems such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of standard materials, and coordination of personnel.
· Ability to perform in a high-level individual-contributor position that may provide limited supervision or coordination of work among one or more engineer/designer I, II, III or IVs, engineering technicians, consultants and other support personnel who assist in specific assignments.
· Ability to work effectively with elected officials, charter officers, department heads, and representatives of other agencies, other city employees, and the general public.
· Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills including persuasion, consensus building and negotiation of critical issues.
· Ability to perform involved mathematical and engineering computations.
Human Resources Department: Signed Original on File at Human Resources/ 10-8-09 Date
** This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position. The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.
REVISION DATE: 12/01/1994; 08/04/1997; 06/21/2001; 05/21/2007; 10/8/2009
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Do you possess a Bachelor's degree in engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited educational institution?
Please explain below space your experience in performing load flow analysis to identify/review unbalance, overloaded and/or low voltage circuits and make recommendations.
Do you possess a minimum eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in the design of underground distribution systems and overhead to underground conversions?
What experience do you have with substation and relay maintenance planning and scheduling
Provide your experience in developing electric distribution system reliability program plans through
data analytics to identify improvement opportunities and to establish an asset condition monitoring
Do you have electric transmission planning experience?
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City of Gainesville
222 E. University Ave
PO BOX 490
Gainesville, Florida, 32627