Transmission System Reliability Engineer | Western Farmers Electric Cooperative


Posted: 24-Jun-22

Location: Moore, Oklahoma

Type: Full Time

Required Education: 4 Year Degree

Salary: $97,025 to $169,717

Applications will be accepted until July 8, 2022 – Apply on-line at

SUMMARY: Serves as a point of contact and provides technical expertise between the WFEC Engineering Department, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Regional Transmission Organization (RTO). Specifically, but not limited to, providing engineering data and information applicable to certain mandatory FERC regulations and NERC Reliability Standards, reporting, and modeling as well as representing the WFEC Engineering Department on applicable SPP Committees, Workgroups, and Taskforces. Lead and provide technical expertise to ensure WFEC’s obligations to the SPP RTO related to transmission planning, load flow, modeling, engineering, construction, and modifications of WFEC’s power system are fulfilled. Develop and compile data, models, studies, plans, drawings, and documentation to support the planning of reliable, low-cost transmission for WFEC’s member cooperatives. Evaluate the transmission planning practices and procedures for WFEC and ensure it meets reliability, performance, and market requirements within the SPP footprint. Responsible for analyzing regional transmission system planning including load/zone planning and baseline reliability planning to ensure reliable operations under various operating scenarios in compliance with regulatory planning orders, standards, and guidelines. Interfaces with load-serving entities, generation entities, regulatory agencies, regional reliability councils, and other transmission providers. Obtains necessary inputs into the planning process and evaluates the capabilities of converting radial transmission into looped transmission lines for the regional transmission system and its compliance with the planning criteria.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Include the following: other duties may be assigned. Serves as a point of contact for WFEC Engineering Department and leads the development of new and/or existing FERC, NERC, and/or SPP RTO procedures for data compilation, data modeling, planning, engineering, construction, modification of, and for, WFEC’s system. Performs FERC, NERC, and SPP-RTO guideline, policy, and procedure analyses to evaluate the implications of changes to WFEC’s policies and procedures, in consultation with the WFEC NERC Compliance Team. Ensures compliance with FERC orders, NERC Reliability Standards, and WFEC transmission planning criteria. Acts as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) during internal or NERC audits as required. Assists WFEC Engineering Department in the performance and technical application to meet certain compliance requirements, while assisting the WFEC Compliance Team to ensure activities follow FERC orders, NERC standards, as well as SPP Regional Entity (RE) specifications. Participates in the development of new standards, regulations, etc., as needed, before FERC, NERC, Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), SPP and other entities as applicable. Researches best practices on documentation procedures by gathering information internally and/or externally. Crucial to have solid understanding of SPPs Open Access Transmission Tariff language (OATT) that applies to transmission issues. (Attachment O, Attachment Y, Transmission Planning (TPL) Standards, Business Practices 7060, Network Integration Transmission Service (NITS).etc.) Takes the Lead in coordinating, analyzing, and fulfilling requests for various operational & facilities data submittals and reports to regional organizations, other utilities, and management to ensure timely and accurate responses; compliance with all regulatory requirements; and support of transmission business functions. (WFEC workbook, FERC 715, IFSs, DISISs, GIAs, NTCs.etc.) Comprehensive knowledge and exhibited abilities to work on portfolio strategies with ACES, FERC, NERC, and SPP regional task forces and committees as well as attend face-to-face meetings located in and out of state as relevant or assigned. Involved with dynamic studies and reports to identify and justify needed transmission facilities in support of capital improvement project budgets and documentation including preliminary engineering, design, and construction plans of transmission and substation facilities. Completes economic analyses to evaluate transmission or distribution upgrades and expansion alternatives. Works with others inside and outside of WFEC to reach consensus on transmission upgrades, additions, SPP generation interconnections, and service requests. Issues engineering documents to communicate planning studies and conclusions. Writes technical reports, user manuals, processes and guidelines as well as contributes to developing and evaluating transmission planning processes and criteria. Coordinates joint activities on FERC orders, NERC Reliability Standards, and SPP Criteria and Protocol Compliance for planning and study issues companywide, as well as outside organizations as it relates to the Engineering Department.

COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analysis/Design: Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures; Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify solution alternatives; Applies power system analysis principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.

Problem Solving: Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Professional Knowledge: Electrical engineering principles; Power system operations experience; Power generation and transmission concepts; Familiar with NERC reliability standards; Translates concepts and information into applications; Uses feedback to modify recommendations; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Oral/Written Communication: Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Reads and interprets written information.

Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.

Project Management: Project Management: Develops project plans; Coordinates projects effectively; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.

Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change; delays, or unexpected outcomes.

Customer Service: Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments to customers.

Cost Consciousness: Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors required of this position.

Education and Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical engineering or a related field with a minimum of five (5) years’ directly related experience in power system engineering and detailed analysis of power systems. Professional Engineering registration or its equivalent, a Master’s Degree in advanced engineering or management degrees are desired.

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of employees, managers, clients, customers, and the public.

Math Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and differential equations. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills: Working knowledge of applicable computer programming languages related to electrical engineering such as PSS/E, Milsoft, and Aspen. Proficient at operating personal computers using Microsoft Office Suite.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: This position prefers an Engineer Intern and requires a current driver’s license.

WORK SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: This position may require overtime and travel on short notice.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, feel and reach with hands and arms; to move about the facility; and may be required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. Vision and hearing must be normal or corrected to normal.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to occasional risk of electrical shock and moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. In accordance with WFEC Administrative Procedure 805-Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace this position is classified as “safety sensitive”.






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