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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Associate Distribution Operations Engineer(E/J) in Sacramento, California

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Posting/Working Title:

Associate Distribution Operations Engineer(E/J)

Department:

Grid Strategy & Operations

No. of Openings:

1

Purpose:

To provide real-time engineering support for the operation of the distribution system including troubleshooting, testing and maintenance support of Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) and Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS).

This position will be filled at either the entry or journey level depending on candidate pool.

Entry:$85,161-$112, 172

Journey: $101,166-$134,057

*Note: This position requires on-call availability

This classification is comprised of two levels: Level "E" is the entry-level where incumbents are provided formal training and/or certification for progression to the journey-level of the classification. The incumbent is promoted/progressed to the journey level "J" upon successful completion of all training and/or certification requirements for the classification. Incumbents hired at the entry-level are required to successfully progress to the journey-level within 18 to 60 months, depending on the length of the training and/or certification program. If an employee is unsuccessful with progressing to the journey-level they will return to last class held or separate from SMUD.

Job Code:

50051539 ASSOC DISTRIB SYS ENGR (J)

Desirable Qualifications:

Experience and expertise with SCADA and Distribution Automation

Experience and expertise with Distribution System Modeling and Analytics

Experience with Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS)

Experience and understanding of operational issues related to Distributed Energy Resources

Base Salary Annual Low:

$85,161

Base Salary Annual High:

$134,057

Selection Process:

N/A

Pay Scale Group:

PAS0059O

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Electrical Engineering or related field.

Experience :

Entry:

1+ years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the planning, design, and operation of electric utility distribution systems.

Journey:

3+ years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the planning, design, and operation of electric utility distribution systems.

Knowledge of:

Concepts and principles relating to distribution system construction, planning, and operation; circuit analysis; short circuit calculations; load flow; grounding; protective relaying and its application to distribution systems; electrical power planning, theory; and practice including steady state and transient circuit analysis, electrical equipment design and application, grounding, protection and coordination; electric distribution system planning, theory. and practice; electric system analysis and forecasting methodologies; data analysis and forecasting methodologies; computer aided modeling and analysis; techniques and practices for problem research and resolution; techniques and practices for cost benefit analyses; scientific methods and approaches to problem solving; principles and practices of economic analyses of projects and programs; principles of statistics; principles of complex mathematics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus; federal, state, and local laws governing power distribution; techniques relating to customer relations; safety policies, practices, and procedures; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary standards.

Skill to:

Solve complex mathematical problems; analyze complex issues and develop alternative resolutions; conduct effective meetings; manage several assignments simultaneously with changing priorities; develop and conduct oral presentations to internal/external audiences; express ideas/facts clearly and concisely to individual or groups, taking into account the audience and nature of information; respond to and resolve customer issues, concerns, and needs; utilize state-of-the-art computer-aided modeling and analysis tools; perform complex distribution engineering analysis and forecasting; anticipate problems and apply innovative and creative techniques to resolve problems; perform economic analysis; compile and prepare technical, statistical, and/or analytical reports and presentations; develop preliminary cost estimates for project proposals; set work priorities; communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally.

Licenses/Certificates:

A valid Driver's License .

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Position Location:

Sacramento - Bradshaw

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

Under the guidance of a Senior or Principal Distribution Operations Engineer:

  • Utilizes distribution system modeling and analysis tools to determine optimum system configuration to maximize substation and circuit utilization. Perform N-1 studies by analyzing system deficiencies, evaluating technical and non-technical impacts, performing power flow analysis and fault studies to assess system performance under normal and abnormal conditions and proposing alternative solutions. Obtains and analyzes system performance data to improve reliability, reduce losses and optimize the grid.

  • Performs detailed analysis of power quality data and recommends solutions to improve customer experience and resolve power quality related problems.

  • Reviews proposals for customer generation interconnection and evaluates operational impacts to the distribution system. Evaluates system impacts from distributed energy resources (DERs) such as customer sited PV, energy storage, electric vehicles, and demand response, under various deployment scenarios.

  • Provides engineering and technical support, troubleshoots, tests, and maintains ADMS and DERMS and advanced applications such as Fault Locations Isolation and Service Restoration, Volt VAr Optimization, Distribution Power Flow and State Estimation, Feeder Reconfiguration, Operator Training Simulator, and Switch Order Management. Provides real-time support for database administration, power and network changes and outages, and system performance issues for ADMS and DERMS. Develops functional and technical requirements of DERs for grid management and optimization.

  • Configures and maintains real-time communication datalinks to Energy Management System (EMS) as well as develops and maintains imaging of Remote Terminal Units (RTUS). Supports lab testing, commissioning of new substations and monitoring, maintaining and troubleshooting issues, and day-to-day communication with D-SCADA and Distribution Automation devices. Tracks existing tickets, issues new tickets, and follows through on SLAs, to ensure full availability of D-SCADA. Orders new equipment and work with vendors for warranty support. Supports commissioning of substations, and develops one-line diagrams in ADMS/D-SCADA.

  • Collaborates well with various groups such as Distribution System Operators, engineering groups, and other operational support organizations.

  • Performs other related work as required.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

SMUD is committed to ensuring we're a workplace where diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), are part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act.

Introduction:

This dynamic engineering position provides engineering and technical support, troubleshoots, tests, and maintains ADMS and DERMS and advanced applications such as Fault Locations Isolation and Service Restoration, Volt VAr Optimization, Distribution Power Flow and State Estimation, Feeder Reconfiguration, Operator Training Simulator, and Switch Order Management. Configures and maintains real-time communication datalinks to Energy Management System (EMS) as well as develops and maintains imaging of Remote Terminal Units (RTUS). Supports lab testing, commissioning of new substations and monitoring, maintaining and troubleshooting issues, and day-to-day communication with D-SCADA and Distribution Automation devices. Supports commissioning of substations, and develops one-line diagrams in ADMS/D-SCADA. Develops functional and technical requirements of DERs for grid management and optimization. Performs N-1 studies by analyzing system deficiencies, evaluating technical and non-technical impacts, performing power flow analysis and fault studies to assess system performance under normal and abnormal conditions and proposing alternative solutions. Performs detailed analysis of power quality data and recommends solutions to improve customer experience and resolve power quality related.

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