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Electrical Engineer

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City of Farmington, New Mexico

Farmington, NM

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JOB DUTIES The City of Farmington reserves the right to hire at either the Engineer or Senior Engineer level depending on experience and qualifications. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Perform administrative and field advising work to coordinate and supervise the development, installation, and maintenance of existing and new construction of the Electric Department's transmission, substation, and main distribution feeders. Work under the administrative supervision of the Engineering Manager. Plan, prepare, recommend and design the expansion and modification of the Electric Utility's main distribution, substation, and transmission system. Use computer power flow analysis for forecasting future system and circuit loading requirements. Determine if adequate facilities exist for new system loads. Determine voltage regulator and capacitor requirements and calculated control settings. Design distribution substations and switching stations, including but not limited to, grading, foundations, grounding, steel structures, equipment, connectors, and conductor requirements and design. Design transmission pole line facilities. Design and recommend the placement of transmission and distribution switches for line sectionalizing. Analyze motor starting requirements for new and existing loads. Develop equipment specifications and lists for material purchasing. Develop transmission and distribution construction standards. Evaluate material bidding documents and recommend material purchases. Provide NESC code assistance and interpretation. Coordinate assignments with Surveying and Drafting Departments and Protection Engineer. Provide assistance and make recommendations for the annual construction budget and become familiar with the annual operating budget. Keep abreast of all local, state, and federal regulations with regard to environmental matters that affect the Electric Utility and advise all Electric Utility personnel of their duties and responsibilities with regard to environmental programs, rules and regulations, including a critique of all new regulations for the Engineering Manager. Reviews switching procedures and power plant tagging to ensure personnel and equipment safety and proper and safe operation of equipment. Performs feeder load studies. Assists in the installation and start up of switches and breakers. Designs foundation for substation structures and steel poles. Responsible for reviewing, completion, and dissemination of \as built\ drawings. Ability to use standard Microsoft Word and Excel software. Using excellent customer service skills, establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and all members of the general public. Operates a motor vehicle to assist in carrying out the business of the department and the City. Attendance at work is an essential function of this position. TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED: Motor vehicle, personal computer including word processing, spread sheets, AutoCAD, Alcoa Sag and Tension software, load flow analysis and engineering software, telephone, fax, and copier. NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Occasional travel required to attend schools and meetings. May assist in diagnosing and repairing malfunctioning substation equipment. Keep assigned vehicle clean and responsible for scheduling maintenance. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. QUALIFICATIONS This position is subject to the City's Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Program. This includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing. Extensive background checks required. Senior Electrical Engineer: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in electrical engineering and a minimum of five years previous experience within an electrical utility and five additional years of experience in an electric utility, consulting, or entity associated with the operation of a high voltage electric system. Ten years minimum electrical engineering experience. Electrical Engineer: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in electrical engineering and a minimum of five years previous experience within an electrical utility. At least part of the experience in an electric utility, consulting, or entity associated with the design of a high voltage electric system. Qualifications for both positions: A minimum of two years experience in the design, installation, maintenance, and use of specialized substations and transmission. Experience in the use of electrical sag and tension charts, manufacturer's instruction books, and load flow. Specialized experience in electrical transmission and substation design. Knowledge of personal computer and software packages. Experience with AutoCAD or other drawing software. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license with acceptable driving record. Ability to work under stress and handle stressful situations. Ability to meet deadlines. Must demonstrate ability to communicate with others through oral and written media. Must respond to night and weekend call-out for system emergencies. Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, outside entities, and the public. Ability to operate tools and equipment listed. 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 the 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 frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift 25 pounds and occasionally lift and\/or move 60 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 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 occasionally works in outside inclement weather conditions. During field work the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and\/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, traffic, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. May occasionally have to work for extended periods on ladders, in confined spaces, standing or lying on back. Equipment installed in substations may be in proximity to energized, high-voltage equipment requiring knowledge and utilization of safe working practices. The noise level in the field work environment is occasionally moderate to loud. The noise level in the office setting is quiet. WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, M\/F\/D\/V.

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