P&C Lead Field Commissioning Engineer
About the job
We strive to create an environment where our field teams operate safely, delivering excellent technical service, leading to a high degree of client satisfaction. We share lessons learned and keep our safety and technical skills sharp through training and application. If you are interested in a long-term engagement with a high-performing team, please send us your resume.
This position reports to the East Region Department Manager or Area Lead. The successful candidate will lead and perform inspection, testing, and troubleshooting of moderately complex electrical systems and associated apparatus in medium or high voltage power systems. The candidate will lead and perform protection and controls testing, operate test equipment, and utilize and share their experience in the fundamentals of electrical system components and overall structure. The ideal candidate has; solid planning, organizing, time management, communication, and problem-solving skills and completes work with a focus on safety, quality, human performance, and a sense of urgency.
The work for this position is primarily located throughout the Eastern region, however support for work in other U.S. regions may be required. This position will require up to 85% travel. Candidate may be located in any mutually agreeable location.
Roles And Responsibilities
- Lead medium and high voltage substation protection and control (P&C) system and equipment testing and commissioning projects of varying complexity, both greenfield and brownfield.
- Lead daily pre-job briefs, perform job hazard analyses, promote safety and Human Performance Improvement (HPI) awareness, recognize error precursors, and accurately identify and apply HPI tools.
- Develop detailed, and often complex, testing and commissioning plans, including, but not limited to, identification of required testing, circuit isolation and restoration, project sequencing, construction coordination, scheduling, outage and energization planning, in-service checks, and associated roles and responsibilities.
- Oversee, coordinate, direct and assist other testing and commissioning personnel or electrical contractors.
- Perform hands-on testing and commissioning of medium and high voltage P&C systems and schemes, including IEC 61850.
- Read, interpret, troubleshoot, and effectively utilize electrical drawings and schematics during the testing and commissioning process to meet the design intent.
- Review, interpret and troubleshoot equipment test results.
- Perform energization and in-service checks to validate electrical quantities.
- Approve P&C systems and equipment readiness for service.
- Prepare project tracking, progress and status reports and documentation.
- Prepare and maintain project logs, including discrepancies and issues and requests for information.
- Maintain and control an accurate set of commissioning drawings and project testing documentation.
- Interface with company Department Managers, Area Leads and Project Managers for active project support, proposals and budgets, estimating, scheduling, change order support, request for information, discrepancy logs, etc.
- Interface with Client or Owner’s Engineer field and engineering personnel.
- Provide excellent customer service by developing and maintaining professional and respectful client relationship.
- Mentor less experienced department personnel on all the above.
- Perform clerical responsibilities such as timecards, expense reports, and project reports.
- Other duties as assigned.
Desired Experience and Skills
- Five or more (5+) years of total professional experience in substation electrical testing and commissioning, including experience as defined below, and a minimum of two (2) years leading projects.
- Electrical and construction safety hazard recognition and mitigation
- Human Performance Improvement principles and tools
- Experience, demonstrable knowledge of and troubleshooting skills related to:
- Testing and commissioning of electrical transmission and distribution, substation projects with voltage levels ranging from 15 kV to 500 kV
- Three-phase power system and related mathematical calculations
- Transmission, generation, and distribution protection and control philosophies, schemes and applications
- Substation electrical drawings and associated design interdependencies
- Transmission, generation, and distribution relays (ex. SEL, GE, Basler, Beckwith)
- Testing and application of IEC 61850 standard and associated protocols
- Testing of microprocessor protective relays and schemes associated with, but not limited to, transmission lines, busses, power transformers, capacitor banks, feeders, breakers, etc.
- Microprocessor relay manufacturer proprietary software and associated functions and file management (ex. AcSELerator Quickset, GE Enervista/UR)
- Relay settings and logic, settings basis documents and application intent
- Relay test sets including, but not limited to, Omicron CMC 256/356 or Doble F6150 and associated software (ex. Doble ProTesT, Doble Protection Suite, ENOSERV RTS, Omicron Test Universe)
- Functional testing of DC protection and control circuits and instrument transformer secondary circuits
- Testing medium and high voltage substation apparatus including, but not limited to, instrument transformers, circuit breakers, transformers, and capacitor banks
- Testing of AC and DC station service systems including, but not limited to, transfer switches, panelboards, battery systems and battery chargers
- Substation apparatus test equipment including, but not limited to, Omicron, Doble, Alber, Megger, AEMC, Fluke, HV, DILO, Biddle, Vanguard, etc.
- Proven experience with Electrical Field-Testing standards, practices, and procedures such as NETA, IEEE, NFPA applicable standards
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
- Detail-oriented with excellent analytical skills
- Administrative software: MS Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Desired Education, Training and Credentials
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Technology degree from an accredited school or University
- Licensed Professional Engineer
- Electrical Safety Training (OSHA 10/30, NFPA 70E, etc.)
- Must be willing to travel (up to 85%), regionally and nationally.
- Ability to stand for long periods of time and lift 50+lbs with or without a reasonable accommodation
- Valid driver’s license in good standing, issued by the state of residence
- Ability to meet minimum insurability standards based on a Motor Vehicle Report
- Ability to pass drug and alcohol test
- Ability to pass seven (7) year background check
- U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Resident Status
At POWER Engineers, you can have a rewarding career on every level. Our philosophy is simple: Do Good. Have Fun. Build Success.
You’ll work on fun and challenging projects and initiatives. You’ll have the chance to make a positive impact on society and the environment. And you’ll find the support, coaching and training it takes to advance your career.
Since We’re Employee-owned, We Get To Make POWER a Great Place To Work. That Includes Providing Competitive Compensation, Professional Development And a Full Benefit Package
- Paid Holidays
- Vacation/Paid Sick Leave
- Voluntary Life Insurance
- Telehealth Benefit covers all providers
- Maternity and Paternity Leave
- New Dads and Moms Benefit program
- Fertility Benefits
- Gender affirming care
POWER is a fun engineering firm. That might seem contradictory to some, but it works for us!