National Grid (https:\\careers.nationalgridus.com)
Full Time Employee
About the Position:
National Grid is seeking an Electrical Engineer for positions within the Retail Connections Engineering Department at our Waltham, MA location specific to Interconnection, Protection, Control, and Substation engineering activities integrating distributed generation (DG) to the electric power system (EPS).
To provide technical expertise and support from an engineering perspective to ensure effective delivery of Retail Connections Engineering objectives responsible for the retail connections engineering studies, installation acceptance review, and compliance verification of complex distributed generation (DG) facilities integrated with National Grid’s electric power system (EPS) from receipt of complete application to energization.
At the lower levels this can encompass a range of duties including maintenance, fault investigation and repair, safety implementation and monitoring and participation in small and large scale engineering projects.
At the higher levels this role will also develop systems and design, plan and engineer works in order to ensure effective operations and ensure other National Grid business units are provided with the appropriate technical expertise to meet local needs.
Conduct specific projects within area of capability and perform engineering studies, analysis and investigations, under supervision, in order to recommend corrective action in problem areas, or to prevent problems.
Independently collate and analyze data within one area using pre-determined tools, methods and formats in order to support the department’s decision making process.
Execute instructions and requests, plan and organize resources and make appropriate arrangements to ensure that work is carried out efficiently and in line with relevant policies and processes.
Test and challenge existing procedures and highlight areas for improvement in order to ensure they are robust.
Develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders in order to obtain and share information that will benefit National Grid.
Undertake specific tasks of varying complexity in order to support colleagues in the design of technical solutions.
Build upon technical/professional skills within own area of specialism or of other processes in order to continually grow your personal contribution to the business.
Specific engineering areas of key accountabilities for the role:
Review/authorize screening reports/feasibility studies for potential impacts
Prepare/develop Planning Analytical Study Report of EPS impacts
Develop Planning Grade Cost Estimates of entire interconnection
Oversight of contractor resources performing interconnection studies
Coordinate quality control review of planning recommendations for studies with Retail Connections Engineering department
Prepare/develop/issue Interconnection Study Report and coordinate issue of same by contractor resources
Initiate project funding and project manager request for interconnection projects upon notice to proceed including those where studies are performed by contractor resources
Lead contact for technical matters on reviewing customer installation and ensure compliance verification for energization of customer installation with Retail Connections Engineering and Technical Sales & Engineering Support departments including those where studies are performed by contractor resources
Review Customer installation and ensure compliance verification for Energization
Report on project status
Prepare/develop protection study model
Analyze/recommend Protective Device Coordination and equipment interrupting ratings
Analyze grounding, anti-islanding, fault sensitivity, and transient conditions for recommendations
Prepare/develop Protection Analytical Study Report
Review Customer protection scheme and verify acceptable settings for Energization
Substation Engineering (Substation, Meter, C&I)
Analyze/recommend operating control and communications media requirements
Develop Planning Grade Cost Estimates of substation, metering, and telemetering impacts
Prepare/develop Substation, Control & Integration (C&I) Analytical Study Report
Prepare/develop Substation, Revenue Metering and Telemetering Study Report
Obtain quality control review of Study Reports from Substation Design and C&I Engineering departments and Meter Engineer
Review Customer service connection facilities, metering and telemetering scheme, and protection scheme witness test compliance for Energization
Other key engineering accountabilities -
Provide technical consultation for simplified DG projects and those online
Monitor state jurisdictional regulatory action related to tariff compliance
Maintain technical guidance documents
Provide technical outreach
Participate in industry codes and standards
Report on project status and metrics
Evaluate engineering processes and systems with consideration to operation, safety and maintenance requirements in order to make recommendations and subsequently develop plans for improvements, where appropriate.
Develop and maintain systems, designs, specifications, standards, models and procedures in order to support design solutions and enhance safety, efficiency and operability and support local decision making.
Develop high level plans for own area and champion innovation through the use of pilots, in conjunction with business partners and service providers in order to test their validity across the business and ensure value-add of initiatives.
Provide technical guidance, support and coaching to others in order to share knowledge and develop technical understanding within discipline.
Develop and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders in order to share best practice, provide technical advice, and build bases of influence.
Keep up to date with market/regulatory developments within own profession/discipline in order to ensure the optimization of best practice for National Grid.
Challenge existing ways of working and continuously seek ways to do things better in order to drive greater efficiencies within assigned area.
Promote and implement procedural best practice in order to ensure all working practice (and where relevant, health and safety standards) are compliant with National Grid policies and regulatory requirements.
Band D employees are expected to deliver on the key accountabilities list above as well as those listed below.
Lead the implementation of engineering design for a specific area through the management of an engineering team and in consultation with other groups within the area in order to ensure design is fit for purpose and benefits National Grid operations.
Make authoritative technical recommendations in order to provide design solutions which have a significant impact on business performance in the short and longer term.
Lead, motivate and develop a professional team of engineering staff, prioritize work and allocate resources in order to ensure results are delivered in line with expectations and customer needs.
Develop processes and review policies relating engineering systems/processes in order to ensure they are in line with strategic business objectives and meet the needs of customers and regulators.
Proactively build and maintain internal and external networks in order to penetrate, absorb, and apply technical best practice to the engineering discipline.
Develop process and policy specifications and criteria and options and evaluate those options to support senior management decision-making in the relevant field.
Work with business units to translate objectives into well defined requirements with clearly defined business cases in order to support change and innovation within National Grid.
Knowledge & Experience Required:
Electrical Engineering Bachelor of Science Degree earned from an ABET accredited school and 2 years of related experience in an entry-level position is preferred, or equivalent work experience.
Working towards/holder of the Registered Professional Engineering License.
Knowledge of National Grid's business operations, company policies and practices.
Knowledge and experience in an electrical engineering environment, preferably a utility.
Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work in a matrix management environment.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of substation design and protection, controls & integration, and metering schemes.
Ability to perform Conceptual Engineering Analysis and Cost Estimating.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of Distribution Protection Schemes.
Ability to perform Distribution Load Flow Analysis.
Ability to perform Protection Coordination Circuit Analysis.
Understanding of generator connections and parallel operation with other electric sources.
Understanding Others: Understands what someone is saying or feeling, even if person is not very clear, and can accurately predict how someone will respond.
Impact and Influence: Adapts approach and considers what is important to the audience, e.g. an engineering customer, by tailoring message accordingly.
Leveraging Networks: Actively builds and maintains a network of relationships, outside normal business contacts.
Customer Orientation: Takes personal responsibility for correcting problems promptly and undefensively and communicates engineering customer expectations to monitor delivery of engineering projects and satisfaction.
Drive for Results: Proactively makes changes to improve performance, efficiency and effectiveness of processes, for example challenge existing engineering procedures and highlight areas for improvement.
National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve.National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.
:Sep 18, 2016, 12:00:00 AM
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