SMUD Internships – Senior Electrical Engineer

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Job Description:

To provide electrical engineering design expertise and project coordination for major generation plant electrical modifications, equipment testing, repair and installation and provide engineering support for 16 generation units and related equipment, including hydroelectric, geothermal, photovoltaic, and gas turbine units, to ensure reliable and efficient unit operations and meet District power generation requirements.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Diagnoses generation unit or subsystem problems and provides engineering support to correct malfunctions and minimize costs of new and replacement equipment; maintains awareness of standard design criteria, including previous generation, existing and state-of-the-art equipment and methods; maintains databases and records on system and equipment performance, tests and past malfunctions to support timely, accurate problem identification; prepares bid packages which utilize state-of-the-art materials and fabrication processes; maintains documentation of procedures and applications for existing equipment repairs.
  • Plans, designs and specifies electrical protection systems and oversees system procurement, installation and testing; models electrical system protection schemes and recommends system settings; integrates new protection systems with existing systems and coordinates system operation and monitoring with System Protection and Control (SPAC).
  • Conducts analysis of generation plants and operational data to identify system and equipment needs; provides designs to modify existing power house systems; performs detail design and analysis; supervises drafting of designs and modifications; prepares bid proposals and evaluates vendor bids; administers contracts supervises construction work.
  • Determines the operating limits and efficiencies of electrical generators and other powerhouse subsystems by developing test plans and procedures, including referencing historical data, industry standards and manufacturer specifications, and supervising and coordinating actual testing and data capture with operating personnel.
  • Plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, guides, reviews and conducts work activities associated with department internal/external projects in accordance with established task objectives and schedules as outlined in the project plan/contract.
  • Provides on-the-job training for department engineering staff on prevailing design methodologies, state-of-the-art equipment, generation unit operating efficiencies, controls, safety codes and proper electrical safeguards and other relevant information; reviews work of other engineers and provides feedback and advice; develops, maintains and orients staff to analytic tools, code requirements and design aids; provides consultation and expert advice.
  • Coordinates engineering and planning of major equipment components scheduled for replacement during annual overhaul periods; oversees preparation of drawings; provides bid packages for equipment vendors to ensure completion of necessary components on schedule; coordinates test and inspection of components to ensure manufacture meets design specifications.
  • Builds and maintains positive internal work relationships and assists in the coordination of the Power Generation Department’s need for major modifications and equipment replacement or overhauls; interacts with the department engineering group; provides contract administration and construction coordination on modifications and installations designed by the engineering group; develops plans for major overhauls with maintenance staffs.
  • Provides required engineering data, designs and specifications for procurement, contract award, planning and installation phases of generation plant modification projects; prepares engineering bid packages for new and replacement equipment with detailed specifications; coordinates with SMUD purchasing and vendor representatives to clarify material, equipment and quantity/pricing details; develops plans for installation of project equipment by outside contractors or maintenance personnel; coordinates project work with scheduling/dispatch to minimize the impact of installation and testing procedures on existing unit or power systems.

Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge Of: Advanced electrical theory and electrical engineering design principles; advanced principles and practices involving the design, installation, operation, repair and economic evaluation of electrical features of a power system, including generation, station services, transformers, switchyards, high voltage transmission systems and integrated systems for control, protection systems, protection relays, measurement, regulation and operation; advanced principles and practices of generation and transmission systems operations; SMUD generation and transmission capabilities; inter-tie and interchange features of SMUD generation and transmission system; federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations governing electrical codes and standards; methods and techniques for planning, organizing, directing and controlling work activities; procedures and practices for monitoring and managing projects; techniques and concepts related to team management; principles and practices for motivating, coaching, mentoring, training and developing; basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Skill To: Utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; collect, analyze and interpret test data; analyze data pertinent to electrical power systems; analyze power system operations; prepare technical specifications; read and interpret engineering documents and drawings; evaluate complex vendor bid submittals; estimate time, material, and labor costs for electrical engineering projects; plan, oversee and review the work of others; analyze and interpret regulatory codes and regulations

Qualification & Experience:

  • Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in electrical engineering or a related field.
  • Experience: 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in electrical engineering at generating facilities with responsibility for planning and directing electrical maintenance, design and analysis.

Job Details:

Company: SMUD

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Sacramento, CA, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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