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Transmission Planning Engineer I, II, III, or IV

Company: Tucson Electric Power Co Inc
Location: Tucson
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

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 professionals 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 Transmission Planning Engineer I, II, III, or IV. The successful candidate will perform technical transmission planning functions including development of power flow base cases, conducting contingency analyses, evaluating analysis results, modeling and evaluating alternative solutions to mitigate identified issues, performing transient stability simulations, ensuring compliance with NERC Planning Standards and WECC System Performance Criteria , and recommending projects based on planning studies.

Position-Related Responsibilities

  • Develops long range transmission plans in compliance with NERC Planning Standards, WECC System Performance Criteria, and TEP requirements to meet capital budget and applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Develops and evaluates requirements, specifications, and optimum alternatives for EHV and HV transmission and substation facilities for planning and budgeting purposes.
  • Coordinates with Engineering, System Control & Reliability, Engineering Project Management, Land & Environmental and other groups to facilitate a clear understanding of transmission system issues, thereby developing technically and economically feasible solutions.
  • Develops and updates TEP's EHV and HV transmission planning process and guidelines for long term planning.
  • Performs engineering analysis of future EHV and HV transmission requirements.
  • Develops and maintains an effective level of expertise and understanding of applicable NERC Planning Standards, WECC System Performance Criteria, and TEP criteria. Ensures that standards, criteria and requirements are understood and consistently applied.
  • Develops and maintains an effective level of expertise in the use of power flow, transient and voltage stability, and other related applications and databases as required to perform transmission planning duties.
  • Performs transmission system Feasibility, System Impact and other studies related to generator and transmission interconnection requests, and/or transmission service requests, in accordance with the TEP or UNSE Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT). This activity involves timely coordination of multiple requests with the transmission coordinator and personnel in the Legal, Engineering, System Control & Reliability, Land & Environmental and Engineering Project Management areas. Directs professional consultants who conduct these studies.
  • Coordinates with WECC and other appropriate entities on development, testing, validation and implementation of FACTS, renewable generator, composite load and other models for use in power flow, transient stability, voltage stability, and other related applications.
  • Conducts or directs professional consultants in studies of individual or cumulative impacts of renewable generation design and operating characteristics on the stable operation of the transmission system.
  • Provides required data in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Participates in regional transmission planning activities with WECC, regional and sub-regional planning groups, and other utilities in accordance with applicable FERC regulations.
  • Provides technical support as necessary for TEP's involvement in Open Access Transmission Tariff and Two County requirements.
  • Trains and assists new personnel within the section.
  • Reports to the Transmission Planning Manager and performs 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)

  • Requires a BS in Electrical Engineering or related educational equivalent. Combination of education and experience may be considered. Master's degree preferred.
  • Requires familiarity with and the ability to run power flow and stability programs (GE PSLF preferred), Microsoft Office, and other applicable programs.
  • Requires the ability to present study results and recommendations before company and other personnel as well as the ability to write professional technical reports.
  • Ability to travel as required to support the Transmission Planning Department.

Transmission Planning Engineer I

  • Develops WECC base cases. Able to work on part of large study.

Transmission Planning Engineer II

  • Performs planning type studies. Able to attend inter-company meetings and report activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out functions of Engineer I.

Transmission Planning Engineer III

  • Performs both planning and operating type studies; performs more complex studies or completes multiple phases of a study. Able to develop workplans for small projects; serves as user interface with system operators. Able to represent Transmission Planning at inter-company meetings and report activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out functions of Engineer II

Transmission Planning Engineer IV

  • Able to develop workplans for larger projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out functions of Engineer III

Keywords: Tucson Electric Power Co Inc, Tucson , Transmission Planning Engineer I, II, III, or IV, Other , Tucson, Arizona

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