To manage the Engineering Department in a manner that produces maximum efficiency in providing electric service to members, designing the optimum electric system consistent with good economics, safe practices, current laws, codes, and sound engineering principles, while in accordance with established objectives, policies, and plans.
Reports To: Director of Operations and Engineering
Supervises: Engineering Technical Coordinator
III. RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES:
Directs the development of System Long Range Plans and presents them to the Manager and Board, and RUS for approval.
Directs the preparation of the four-year Construction & Engineering Work Plan, providing detailed information and resources about specific and non-specific system improvements, specifying necessary expenditures and presents to Manager, the Board, and RUS for approval.
Develops a one-year Work Plan of systematic system improvements Required, based on the four-year work plan and yearly items, to provide adequate electric service to all members, and with sufficient growth capacity for foreseeable new members. Secures necessary approvals from the Manager, the Board of Trustees, and RUS; establishes general routes, methods, and priorities. Continually updates the plan and priorities as necessary.
Assists the Director of Operations and Engineering in the establishment of an annual Departmental Expense and Capital Expenditures Budget.
Reviews and recommends guidelines which determine system design criteria for both overhead and underground construction.
Initiates studies of equipment, operating practices, or procedures, to determine optimum performance. Recommends implementation of necessary corrections or changes.
Controls proper operation of Engineering and Mapping (GIS) Departments.
Insures proper system design and construction in accordance with RUS Bulletins, Construction Standards, National, State and Local codes and standards and apply good operating and engineering practices, by review of staking sheets and work order inspections.
Develops and modifies construction practices by developing or modifying Construction Standards as necessary.
Develops and directs records and mapping (GIS) systems, and provides guidance, as deemed necessary.
Directs the administration of the Joint Pole Use Contracts and billing.
Directs the securing of necessary rights-of-way, easements, and permits, and ensures all documents are properly executed, filed and recorded (Company & County) as necessary.
Recruits, interviews, selects new employees, and disciplines when necessary.
Prepares annual payroll budget for approval by the Director of Operations and Engineering.
Performs annual performance appraisals of the Staking and Mapping personnel.
Reorganizes duties, personnel, assignments, and equipment as necessary.
Insures adequate staffing levels to meet Department assignments.
Trains and directs engineering staking personnel in electric system design, power line construction methods and practices, drafting, surveying, the National Electrical Code (NEC), the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), applicable Federal, State and Local codes and standards and Cooperative policies, rates, and terms and conditions of service for both new connects and system improvements.
Insures that Engineering personnel understand and accept the responsibilities and authorities described in their position descriptions.
Directs the Cooperative in monthly work order inspection and certification to RUS with the Consulting Engineer chosen by the Board of Trustees.
PERFORMS PERSONALLY ACTIVITIES UNIQUE TO THIS POSITION
Functions as Chief Engineer for the Cooperative and represents the Director of Operations and Engineering in all technical matters. Closely coordinates activities with RUS Field Engineer, power suppliers’ engineers, and operating personnel, plus other utilities.
Is responsible for the proper design of all new distribution facilities and necessary changes, in the present distribution facilities of the Cooperative.
Provides technical advice to customers and potential customers concerning all facets of distribution power supply and use. Personally provides member service functions and advice to large residential developments on power use, damage claims, or coordination problems.
Informs the Director of Operations and Engineering relative to progress, plans, programs, and activities, so that he may determine adequacy, effectiveness, and conformity to established policies, objectives, and budgets.
Encourages among the members a sense of ownership of, and responsibility for the Cooperative. Also informs them of the advantages of making maximum beneficial use of the Cooperative’s services.
Coordinates with wholesale suppliers the need, location, and capacity of all substations as required, including coordination of protective devices. Assists suppliers in the selection of substation sites, keeps distribution system operating records as requested, including voltage and load graphs of substation and circuit demand.
Directs the application of the rates, rules, and regulations, as they concern the individual consumer, through the staking technicians.
Determines the optimum arrangement, configuration, location, design, and capacity of the distribution system, and turnover approved construction drawings to Operating Department for construction, maintenance and operation of the distribution system. (Operating Department has authority to make necessary temporary changes in the electric system, but normal operation shall be as prescribed by the Engineering Department.) All permanent circuit changes shall be initiated by the Engineer, and the circuit records shall be maintained by the Engineer for the Operating Department.
Performs coordination studies and recommends size and type of line sectionalizing devices. Maintains adequate distribution system grounding; makes fault current, loading, and voltage calculations, and specifies interruption capacity for Cooperative-owned equipment.
Actively assists Purchasing Agent in selection of proper equipment and suppliers.
Directs the investigation and reports of accidents involving personal injury or property damage; prepares testimony for possible legal action; and directs the preparation of exhibits.
Insures Cooperative’s compliance with specific regulations, such as PCB control (EPA), and PURPA Cogeneration, SPCC, etc.
Coordinates work of consulting engineers for various studies and analysis’ and as work load requires.
Prepares necessary RUS reports and approvals, including the Borrower’s Environmental Report and assists in preparation of annual Operations and Maintenance report.
Assists in development of plans for Annual and District Meetings, special projects.
Performs other duties as directed by the Director of Operations and Engineering.
Director of Operations and Engineering Works closely with the Director concerning all phases of the Engineering Department and electric system design and operation; keeps him advised of all current and pending developments, expenditures, work plans, etc.
Other Staff Members
Operations Department: Works closely with Superintendent of Operations in all phases of line design and construction; specification and purchase of materials, transformers, meters, capacitors, sectionalizers, etc.; keeps Superintendent informed of special construction needs, scheduling of contractors, hazardous waste control, PURPA regulations. Solves technical problems and trains Department personnel as requested.
Finance Department: Keeps Accounting advised of ending financial requirements for the purchase of special equipment; checks and keeps advised of status of adherence to annual budget and financial planning.
Office Services: Works closely with Director and personnel of Office Services Department concerning member service requests, billings, collections, and consumer records.
Director of Member Services: Keeps them informed of any proposed new load that needs marketing assistance or should be brought to the attention of the general public and of member/owners. Writes technical articles for member newsletter. Works closely on service to potential customers and pending trades with other utilities.
Meter Department Supervisor: Keeps Supervisor advised of special equipment requirements and assures that proper suppliers and RUS-approved materials have been selected. Directs proper application of equipment and assists in operation and maintenance difficulties.
Superintendent of Purchasing & Materials: Advises Superintendent and Materials Accountant of special material requirements; keeps them advised of any changes in approved RUS construction materials; specifies unusual materials; assists them by working with suppliers and pursuing the availability of equipment and materials. Assists in product or loss evaluation before material purchase.
Consulting Engineer: Seeks his/ her advice and assistance as required. Accompanies him/her on field inspection of completed work orders. As necessary, coordinates all phases of system design, annual work plan, long range forecasts, voltage drop studies, or other related functions.
Outside Contractors: Advises contractors of any special construction requirements; inspects completed work and assures that any corrections that need to be done are carried. out.
Other Utilities: Works closely with other utilities with regard to territorial boundaries; determines the location and extent of line purchases and sales; exchanges technical information, advice and assistance as requested.
Other Cooperative and Statewide Groups: Works closely with other Cooperative engineers and superintendents, in such a way that will result in more economical, feasible electric line design; assist the Statewide Group by communicating with the Statewide Engineers’ Association to the benefit of all Cooperatives in the State.
Represents the Cooperative, and provides pertinent data concerning operating problems, design considerations, proposed rate changes and regulations as required.
Represents the Cooperative in the Oklahoma Power and Communications Association to promote cooperation between utilities.
Actively participates in community and civic groups in such a manner that will promote the most desirable public relations for the Cooperative.
Attorney: Seeks legal advice and instruction on matters pertaining to the Cooperative at Manager’s request, and advises Attorney on technical matters. Represents the Cooperative on technical matters in any legal action, when required.
Meets the member/owners and the public, and advises or directs the correction of any technical or operating problem.
EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.
POSITION SPECIFICATIONS ENGINEERING MANAGER
EDUCATION: A Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering is required. Additional specialized training in utilities construction planning and accounting preferred. Must be able to become a registered professional engineer in the State of Oklahoma, within a reasonable time.
EXPERIENCE: Six (6) years of progressively responsible engineering design experience including supervisory responsibility. This experience must include thorough understanding of distribution lines and facilities, special loads, such as electric vault rooms, under-ground systems, transformer banks, feeder lines, capacitor installations, and similar type facilities. Familiarity of the design of distribution substations, is plus. Construction experience is most helpful. Must have experience in organizing and supervising work groups, coordinating service restoration during major disasters.
JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have a thorough knowledge of utility systems, operations and construction, the National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, standard utility specifications, construction materials and practices, and governmental regulations.
ABILITIES & SKILLS: Must be highly dependable, self-starting, amiable, and able to express himself/herself well verbally and in writing. Must be able to supervise and direct department staff in designing all outside plant facilities required for the efficient operation of the electrical distribution system. Must have the skill to recognize and anticipate the system needs and to prepare designs that can meet the electrical and mechanical demands, while also fulfilling aesthetic, economic, and environmental requirements. This would include reviewing plans and designs of small substations; distribution lines and facilities for both overhead and underground systems; transformers, regulators, capacitors and sectionalizing banks and installations, and other special projects and loads. Must be able to cooperate with other departments and still be effective in controlling necessary changes. Must be able to transmit information over the telephone and two-way radio. Must be able to develop plans and specifications. Must have the ability to work with other department personnel and supervisors in carrying out plans, contracts, construction, etc. Must be able to innovate new methods and designs for improving system and plant facilities. Must have the ability to organize and train an efficient work group. Must be able to function alone, drive alone, climb stairs to retrieve records in attic, walk across all types of terrain while carrying necessary equipment to perform surveying and staking functions alone. Must be able to remove and replace a 35 pound tire to allow replacement of flat tires in the field. Must be able to perform user routine maintenance checks on the vehicle assigned. Must thoroughly understand and interpret procedures and policies of the Cooperative. Must be able to meet and communicate effectively with the public and member/owners.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Majority of work will be within Cooperative office. Considerable field work trips will be required for inspection and data acquisition, in varying weather conditions. Outside meetings will be necessary, occasional out-of-town trips and meetings. Can expect periodic technical seminars, conferences, civic, and professional meetings. This position requires “on call” at any time for operating problems.
Interested candidates must complete online application on the East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative website and submit an updated resume. Resumes without the application will not be considered.