To provide Longmont Power & Communications with in-house skills in some or all of the following areas: Coordination and management of major electric and broadband engineering projects; SCADA and relay control systems design, programming, and testing; Substation design and equipment upgrades; AMI support; Smart Grid and microgrid design and implementation; Distributed Energy Resources; System Modeling and Planning; Power quality and reliability assessments; Information Systems Analysis, Design, and Integration; and Setting Design Standards and Equipment Specification.
Electric Utility System Planning and Operational Duties
Provide technical or supervisory support for various electric outage restoration functions including reconnaissance, dispatching, OMS operation, SCADA, and GIS program support. Review and develop electric system configuration recommendations for efficiency and improved operating conditions. Design and implement Smart Grid and microgrids. Perform voltage drop, flicker, fault current, and arc flash calculations. Create, review changes, validate, and update underlying data for system models. Perform system feeder analysis, contingency studies, coordination studies, and load forecasting using LPC’s engineering analysis and modeling software. Review, update, and create substation electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, one-line diagrams, and three-line diagrams. Provide AMI support. Review and maintain LPC standards and specifications. Assist substation technical staff with the testing of and/or troubleshooting of substation breakers, relays, controls, and protective devices. Make recommendations for substation equipment upgrades. Create associated wiring schematics and wiring diagrams appropriate for substation technical staff to make the recommended upgrades. Develop, review, and implement electric system switching procedures. Calculate reliability indices, participate in APPA’s benchmarking program, and make recommendations for improved system reliability. Assess Distributed Energy Resources. Assist with document development and audit materials preparation for NERC Reliability Compliance efforts. Serve as project engineer or project manager on major Capital Improvement, complex, and high profile projects. Responsible for project quality, scheduling, project finances, and providing first-level supervision to project staff. Act as technical resource expert in engineering matters. Assist in the development of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and budget. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; and stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of Electric Utility Engineering. Serve as a City representative, or supervise participation by other City staff, on City committees and PRPA. Analyze material or system failures; consult with manufacturers and other utilities regarding failures; and report results. Analyze distribution system behavior to identify and correct abnormal operations. Assist with the design, maintenance, and operation of LPC’s fiber-optic and communication networks. Provide in-depth database and systems architecture expertise for integration between various CIS, GIS, OMS, Fiber Management, Electric System Modeling, Project Tracking, Financial and HR systems. Assist in the implementation and use of the Department’s Outage Management, Field Staking, and Mapping systems.
SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition)
Perform regular technical programming of the SCADA system and provide programming and troubleshooting assistance as needed during special testing and operations. Confer with dispatch operators, project engineers and supervisors regarding SCADA and relay issues. Provide general and technical support to staff. Develop, implement and maintain procedures for documenting activities in instrumentation and control areas related to programming of RTU’s and HMI software, field implementation of programming changes, and process control improvements. Performs essential duties and additional tasks in a manner which enhances City Attributes.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Electrical Engineering or a related field and a minimum of five years of professional engineering work experience in an electric utility Special Qualifications: Possession of a valid State of Colorado Driver’s License is required. Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado is preferred. Advanced college course work, advanced degree, or specialized certification in the electric utility field is preferred.
Internal Number: 2020211
About Longmont Power & Communications
Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) is the City’s not-for-profit electric and internet services utility. Our goal is to deliver outstanding electric and internet service experiences to our customer-owners while providing exceptional value and benefit to our community. For more than 100 years, we have provided innovative service that has kept electric rates low while improving reliability and convenience for Longmont businesses and citizens.