UNS Energy Corporation Automation Engineer I, II, III, IV or Senior in Tucson, Arizona

UNS Energy Corporation, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned electric and gas distribution utility in Canada. UNS Energy Corporation’s public utility subsidiaries, Tucson Electric Power Company, UNS Electric, Inc. and UNS Gas, Inc., provide electric and gas service to customers in southern and northern Arizona. For more information about UNS Energy Corporation, visit http://www.uns.com.

Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable electric service to approximately 414,000 customers in Southern Arizona. Although our company has been in business for more than 120 years, we continue to look for innovative ways of providing value, comfort, convenience and security to our customers every day. We’re evaluating cutting-edge energy technologies, reshaping our energy portfolio and expanding our renewable power and energy-efficiency programs. While our line of work can be challenging, it can also be rewarding. Our team of dedicated professional’s values engagement, enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration.

In return, TEP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes a 401k plan with a generous company match, a company-sponsored pension plan, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and much more.

We are currently seeking a talented individual for the position of Automation Engineer I, II, III, IV or Senior. The successful candidate will create engineering designs, construction drawing packages, and related specifications for projects in the assigned engineering group. Performs engineering studies, design calculations and evaluates alternative designs or processes. Provide primary engineering expertise in the design, modification and maintenance of software and schemes associated with automation, control, metering and monitoring of conventional and integrated substations. Oversight and management of the NERC CIP requirements for associated facilities and devices. Specifies material and equipment required for assigned projects and assists in the evaluation of suppliers and products. Provides technical expertise and support to other areas and customers related to automation activities. Acts as a project engineer/manager for automation projects.

Position-Related Responsibilities

  • Develops designs and evaluates possible alternatives to meet major and minor project requirements. The primary design responsibilities encompass automation and control related equipment required for effective monitoring and control of electrical generation, high voltage transmission, distribution systems, interconnections, major equipment and overall material specification and ordering, equipment factory acceptance, device configuration, wiring and communication network design, commissioning checkout creation and functional checkout. Works closely with the project manager on overall project management from inception to energizing.
  • Develops detailed design specifications appropriate for the use in compiling material lists, procurement activities for equipment, materials and service required for project completion.
  • Evaluates, from an engineering standpoint, vendors, manufacturers, equipment and/or components available to meet project specifications and in conjunction with the Materials Procurement Department recommends awards that optimize cost and reliability.
  • Develops and monitors work progress on project schedules to assure proper coordination of events during the design, construction, testing and energizing phases of a project.
  • Specify and evaluate hardware, software and communications networks for integrated / automated substation control, metering and monitoring.
  • Develop hardware and software based control schemes for manual and automated control, monitoring and data logging.
  • Work closely with other engineering groups, Systems Operations and C&M; to assure their needs are met without compromising safety.
  • Develop detailed functional specifications as required to procure necessary hardware and software. Work with outside contractors as required assuring specification adherence.
  • Write and perform functional checkout procedures to verify all substation data and proper operation of all substation human-machine interfaces (HMI’s) and System Control and Date Acquisition (SCADA) functions.
  • Assist protection engineers with data collection and analysis of system disturbances.
  • Assists with departmental and interdepartmental training to assure proper installation, operation and/or maintenance of equipment when requested.
  • Document physical and logical maps of the infrastructure as well as define and follow standards and procedures in relation to the network and its devices
  • Ensure security is maintained on the network and software patches are applied appropriately
  • Ensure change control processes are followed and service levels affected by those changes, are maintained
  • Assist field personnel with troubleshooting of communications networks and control schemes.
  • Keep abreast of ever changing communications technologies, digital protective relay technology, and various other intelligent electronic devices used for substation control, metering and monitoring.
  • Oversee development of standards and procedures to reduce costs and maintain consistency among designs.
  • Assist with section O&M; and capital budget preparation and adherence.
  • Must be familiar with programmable logic controllers and have a thorough knowledge of breaker control, transformer LTC control, metering and protective relay schemes.
  • Must be familiar with various communication network topologies, communications protocols and SCADA systems.
  • Must have strong personal computer skills
  • Assigns, directs and reviews the work of assigned engineers and/or other employees associated with an assignment. Consults on problems of a technical nature encountered during various work assignments.
  • Reports to the section Engineering Supervisor or Superintendent and performs other assignments as requested.
  • This position may provide services to affiliates of the Company subject to the UNS Energy Code of Conduct and the related Policies and Procedures.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

(Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.)

Level I Engineer

*Description *

  • Will have primary responsibility for small modification or revision projects.
  • Will assist more experienced engineers in large projects standards creation or process and procedure creation.
  • Will assist in the review and revision of material and design standards.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering with less than two (2) years professional experience in an engineering role.

Level II Engineer

Description

  • Will have primary responsibility for small to medium sized projects and will assist more experienced engineers in large projects. May require close supervision on new aspects of assignments.
  • Act as the project engineer for assigned projects.
  • Create standards and process or procedures as needed or requested.
  • May be assigned to perform technical studies as needed.
  • May have several projects assigned at the same time.
  • Works well with personnel from Construction, Field Technicians, Procurement, Project Management, and Engineers from various disciplines.

Minimum Qualification

  • Minimum qualifications of Engineer I with two (2) or more years professional experience, or MSEE.
  • Acts as the technical project lead for assigned projects
  • Ability to estimate cost of various types of construction and installation.
  • Physical equipment layouts and elevation drawings.
  • Manufacture drawing review and approval.
  • Develop specifications for construction of various projects.
  • Create and modify devices setting files for design application.
  • Creation of bill of material for project procurement requirements.
  • Must be familiar with programmable logic controllers and have a thorough knowledge of breaker control, transformer LTC control, metering and protective relay schemes.
  • Must be familiar with various communication network topologies, communications protocols and SCADA systems.
  • Write and perform functional checkout procedures to verify all substation data and proper operation of all substation human-machine interfaces (HMI’s) and System Control and Date Acquisition (SCADA) functions.
  • Develop hardware and software based control schemes for manual and automated control, monitoring and data logging.
  • Provide technical support to field crews.
  • Checkout and commissioning procedure creation and execution.
  • Work with more experienced Engineers to provide forensic review of failed equipment or asset health from testing results.
  • On call duty to respond to outage events and provide forensic and technical expertise to rectify and re-engineer the issue for a solution.
  • Shall have strong analytical capabilities and requires close supervision on new aspects of assignments.

Level III Engineer

Description

  • Requires moderate supervision and technical assistance in project assignments.
  • Will have primary responsibility for projects small to large and assigned to perform technical studies as needed.
  • Act as the project engineer for assigned projects.
  • May have several projects or studies assigned at the same time.
  • May assist other engineers in large projects.
  • Requires technical guidance and supervision on non-standard assignments.
  • Works well with personnel from Construction, Field Technicians, Procurement, Project Management, and Engineers from various disciplines.
  • Comfortable with presenting departmental training material in front of others.
  • Can represent TEP when meeting with other companies or organizations as a technical lead.
  • Has successfully completed Fundamentals of Engineering, F.E. exam and registration.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum qualifications of Engineer II with four (4) years or more professional experience in an engineering role with at least two years at an electric utility company or illustrate equal competency.
  • Is a self-starter and has developed good time management skills, completing all assignments on time.
  • Has developed good leadership skills and is fully comfortable leading meetings and speaking in front of others.
  • Factory acceptance testing review and approval of results as a company technical representative.
  • Develops procedure(s) for various functions within department’s range of responsibilities with oversight.
  • Familiar and demonstrated use of NERC CIP standards associated with job function.
  • Develop facility studies for interconnection and operation customers.
  • Ability to evaluate and implement changes that result in process or operating efficiency increases.
  • Scope document creation for budget and schedule creations.
  • Interpret Planning memo requirements for the development of project scope of work with technical, economic and sequencing of project all considered for an optimized design.
  • Requires technical guidance and supervision on non-standard assignments projects.

Level IV Engineer

Description

  • Will have primary responsibility for projects of any size or complexity and act as the project engineer.
  • Follows approved standards in design with minor modifications.
  • Will assist in training of less experienced engineers or technicians.
  • Has attained Arizona Registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum qualifications of Engineer III with six (6) years or more professional experience at an electric utility company in an engineering role or illustrate equal competency. Is able to work independently.
  • Requires minimal supervision in project assignments and requires technical guidance only on unusual or complex problems.
  • Time management, technical knowledge, and economic consideration are exhibited in all assignments.
  • Capable of developing specifications for various equipment and construction practices.
  • Basic technical leadership skills have been developed.

Senior Engineer

Description

  • A top-level individual contributor who may be assigned any project that is within the section’s responsibilities.
  • A top-level individual contributor who may be assigned complex, multiple projects that are within the section’s responsibilities.
  • Approves design changes and creates new design standards. Will be the first option in performing technical studies and applying new designs and technical solutions.
  • Will assist in personnel selection.
  • Provides leadership to the section from both a technical standpoint as well as assumes supervisory responsibility when needed.
  • Provides direct backup support for section Supervisor in allocating work assignments to other engineering personnel and assist in manpower planning.
  • Will be the primary source of training for the section and will share information openly.
  • Will act as a technical mentor to new or less experienced engineers.
  • Primary focus will be on technical development.
  • Primary focus will be on supervisory skills training, but must be technically proficient.
  • Serves as project lead on various technical projects, and is proactive in assisting other sections in finding solutions to complex problems.
  • Keeps abreast of equipment technological advances and incorporates proven beneficial technologies into equipment and design specifications.
  • Maintains liaison with individuals and units within or outside organization with responsibility for acting independently on technical matters.
  • Provide direction for future design and standards criteria and guidelines.
  • Will provide technical guidance and direction to other department engineers and designers.
  • May be assigned as a mentor to new or less experienced engineers in the section from a technical standpoint.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum qualifications of Engineer IV with eight (8) years or more professional experience at an electric utility company in an engineering role or illustrate equal competency.
  • Proficient in all aspects of time management, project organization, and technical analysis.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership skills and supports all decision making with superior technical knowledge and economic analysis.
  • Makes decisions independently and does not require guidance or supervision on any technical or project management activity.
  • Only requires supervision on overall objectives, policy matters, critical issues and new concepts.

Company: Tucson Electric Power

Location: Tucson, AZ

Job Category: Engineering

Position Type: Unclassified