Under the general direction of the Senior Planning Engineer and Deputy General Manager, perform professional electrical, mechanical & computer model engineering work related to all phases of the District’s electric and hydro operations. Support MID departments including the GM, water, operations, maintenance, finance and other departments as necessary.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:
Perform complex professional engineering work in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of District electrical, hydroelectric facilities, including system modeling and planning, complex calculations, engineering studies, development of construction standards, and development of operating procedures, material and equipment specifications, cost and scheduling estimates.
Manage engineering and related construction projects through their design and construction phases including project planning, scheduling, coordination, budgeting, and field inspection. Interact with outside entities such as CAISO, PG&E, TID, NCPA, Consultants and Regulators to ensure projects achieve District objectives in a safe and timely manner.
Perform complex field survey work as needed to support construction projects for new customers, new Distribution facilities, existing distribution facilities and substations.
Ensure that the District is in compliance with NERC and WECC standards, including monitoring compliance activities, coordinating audits, preparing reports and developing and maintaining performance metrics.
Prepare complex written reports and presentation for in-house, board, and public use. Manage complex models to forecast performance of the District’s Hydro units and the Energy Resources Distribution system. Perform electrical power system studies such as short circuit and load flow analysis with transmission and distribution systems models.
Provide technical support and direction to MID engineering, planning and other departments’ staff on an as needed basis or as directed by MID management.
Provide documentation during all project construction activities, interpret construction drawings and specifications in the field and effectively provide clarification of technical construction issues to MID staff and contractor representatives.
Assist in short and long-range capital improvement planning and budgeting, including performing inspections and preparing related studies. Assist in forward year revenue and power cost budget preparation utilizing performance models as needed.
Review plans submitted by private engineers for conformance with District standards and requirements.
Represent the District in the community and at professional meetings as required. This may include presenting information on behalf of District and reporting back to management.
Review design packages from developers and generates verbal and written comments for incorporation into design to ensure compliance with District requirements.
Conduct site visits as required.
Comply with and enforce all District rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Respond to emergency situations and be on call as assigned. Coordinate emergency situations with appropriate agencies and personnel as required
Perform other duties as requested, directed or assigned.
Necessary Special Requirements:
A valid California Class C Driver License and the ability to maintain insurability under the District’s vehicle insurance program.
Abide by all District policies, guidelines and rules.
California registration as an Engineer in Training (EIT), or the ability to acquire within one year of employment.
Two (2) years of engineering experience with background in the electric transmission, distribution, substation, design, and operation and the preparation of technical reports and studies associated with electric transmission and distribution projects.
Significant working knowledge of engineering production and design software including MS Office Suite and AutoCAD or other Engineering programs.
NERC and WECC regulatory compliance experience a plus.
CAISO and TID Tariff and Cost structure knowledge and experience preferred.
Work closely with all MID Engineering Department staff and management, constituents, consultants, contractors, other governmental agency representatives and the general public.
Exercise leadership, authority and management tactfully and effectively.
Assist with the negotiations of agreements with various entities.
Interact effectively with City and County governments serving MID’s best interests.
Independently solve problems and make recommendations regarding the incorporation of standards, procedures, and policies to best serve District constituents.
Provide prompt and proper response to public concerns and complaints.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Work cooperatively with staff, employees and employee organizations.
Handle confidential information appropriately and professionally.
Effectively utilize various engineering software associated with spreadsheets, word processing and other typical office software programs.
Build consensus with the public, be it on a cooperative project or District standard enforcement.
Appreciate and be sensitive to the political reality in a small public agency.
Apply common sense based on best engineering practices in resolving nonstandard situations, and field adjustments.
Attend District directed course work related to daily activities.
Learn new computer engineering software when the need arises.
Electrical Engineering practices related to electric transmission, distribution, and substations including NERC and WECC standards and rules;
NERC and WECC compliance standards.
CAISO rules, regulation, and methodologies as they pertain to grid management and settlements;
Above average knowledge of AutoCAD, knowledge of Civil 3D is a plus;
Project initiation, CEQA and NEPA requirements, design and construction;
Have a thorough understanding of basic PC computer systems and MS software including, but not limited to, Word, Excel, Project, Power Point, and Access;
Bid specifications principals, bid and contracting processes and applicable laws.
Research and analysis methodologies;
Technical Report Preparation; S
Supervisory skills to effectively lead and direct subordinate engineering staff.
About Merced Irrigation District
The Merced Irrigation District (MID), located in California’s agriculturally-rich Central Valley, is the leading provider of clean, affordable irrigation water for its 2,200 growers. The District is also the 25th largest public utility in the State, supplying electric service to commercial, industrial and residential customers in Eastern Merced County. The District also owns Lake McClure and Lake McSwain and operates five recreation areas adjacent to these facilities. Lake McClure, on the Merced River, is formed by New Exchequer Dam, a rock filled dam with a reinforced concrete face. At the base of the dam is a hydroelectric generation facility with a capacity of 94.5 MW of power. MID is within two hours of San Francisco, Sacramento, Monterey and Yosemite.
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