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NorthWestern Energy Planning Engineer (Helena preferred; other major office locations in MT considered) in Helena, Montana

61400-132100 per year | 22-Jun-2023 to Until Filled (MST) | Helena, MT, USA | Salary | Distribution Operations - MT | Regular Full Time

Planning Engineer

Work Location : Helena preferred; other major office locations in MT considered.

Pay range : $61,400 to $132,100 per year

Employment Status: Regular Full-time

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About this position:

T he Distribution System Planning Engineer will monitor and manage the performance of electric and/or gas distribution systems, collaborating with multiple stakeholder groups to develop and implement system long-range performance improvement plans, ensuring continued safe and reliable energy delivery.

We offer great benefits:

NorthWestern Energy is a fully regulated electric and natural gas utility serving Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. We employ over 1,500 amazing people and serve 764,200 customers who are our neighbors in our communities. We are a top employer and offer competitive benefits, including:

  • 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%

  • Healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision for you, your spouse and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)

  • Employee Assistance Programs (Offering up to six free counseling sessions, per person, per issue, per year for employees, spouses and dependents to include financial heath)

  • Life Insurance (Company pays basic employee policy; spouse, dependent insurance also available)

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Competitive pay (Scheduled performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities.)

  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities

  • Paid parental leave

  • Paid bereavement leave

  • Paid training opportunities

  • Paid time off starting on your first day, plus 11 paid holidays

    Benefits may vary by position or as negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

    About this job:

  • Develop and maintain distribution system models to simulate system performance in alternatively variable planning scenarios.

  • Analyze historical load data, projected load data, and growth patterns with system capacities to identify anticipated system needs and actions.

  • Identify and prioritize system deficiencies, define strategies to monitor and manage deficiencies, while defining strategies and timelines for mitigation of deficiencies.

  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders to optimize system performance and ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards.

  • Innovate planning processes.

  • Other Duties & Details:

  • Technical support to Construction and Operations personnel.

  • Participate in 24-hour on-call supervisor rotation.

  • Both office and field assignments anticipated.

  • Intermittent travel and extended work hours anticipated.

    Am I right for this job? Here's the success profile:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering required (or soon to be obtained).

  • Professional Engineer (PE) license (or ability to obtain), preferred.

  • Creative and analytical problem-solving skills, capable of making sound engineering decisions.

  • Proficiency in computer programming, analytics, and data visualization is a plus.

  • Self-motivated team player that is capable of working independently.

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Effective organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple conflicting tasks simultaneously.

  • Valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record required

    Requisition #4057

    Posting Dates: September 7, 2023 through Open Until Filled

    Department/Division: Asset Manaement

    Employment Physical: Required

    Drug Test: Required

    Background Check: Required

    Relocation Benefit: Negotiable

    Telecommuting: Part-time Negotiable within NorthWestern Energy Service Territory

    We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and statutes. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department at 1-800-245-6977 or at