This is a highly responsible engineering supervisory position that requires the mastery of knowledge, skills and experience required to develop and implement settings and maintain the Utility’s protective relays. Supervises and performs highly advanced technical and electrical work involving of the design, installation, commissioning, testing and repair of protective relays, switchboard and panel meters, watt-hour meters and related electronic and electro-mechanical equipment. Assists in the determination of project schedules, vendor selection, equipment designs, personnel procedures and budgeting. Subject Matter Expert (SME), for compliance with all FRCC and NERC standards and requirements related to protective relaying. Work may be performed under emergency situations or during inclement weather. Responsible for the training of assigned subordinate personnel. Work is performed independently under the general direction of the Assistant Vice President of Engineering and Operations. Work product is reviewed through observations, conferences, reports, and by results obtained.
Develops, troubleshoots, coordinates, and deploys system protection settings. Supervises and performs calibration, preventative maintenance, equipment inspections, and testing functions at remote sites, power plants and operating centers. Supervises and performs the testing, maintenance, and installation of other related equipment such as transducers, converters, switches, current and potential transformers, and auxiliary equipment. Supervises and maintains documentation of the performance of skilled troubleshooting and analysis of protective relay circuits and related facilities for all transmission, distribution and generation system protective relay operations. Maintains an accurate and complete set of records and files of test results, equipment status, misoperation’s investigations, equipment settings and programming details and other appropriate data on all equipment related to the relaying systems. Performs the daily scheduling of activities for relay personnel and plans and coordinates relay substation and generation projects. May provide supervision and/or guidance to other engineering staff, field personnel and contract forces. May provide performance management and recommend the hire, transfer, promotion, grievance resolution, discipline and discharge of subordinate personnel. Must possess an expert knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions taken to protect personnel and equipment in high voltage generation and transmission equipment. Ability to work independently and to supervise subordinates. Maintains a master level of knowledge of technology, FRCC and NERC compliance standards and industry trends applicable to power systems, protective relays and associated facilities. Advises the System Operations Division on protective relay related issues to assure the reliable operations of the power system. Trains and supervises subordinate personnel and provides support to internal and external Engineers, contractors, and electrical personnel. Serve as a representative on the FRCC System Protection and Control Subcommittee and may be asked to serve on other FRCC and/or NERC groups. Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Must be able to work during emergencies and/or during inclement weather conditions. Must be able to respond quickly to ongoing work demands and/or emergencies.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must have knowledge of the standard methods, practices, tools, equipment and materials used for the repair and maintenance of protective relaying, metering, and related equipment. Ability to test and develop programs for the calibration of multiple types of microprocessor, solid-state and electro-mechanical relays using complex computer generated microprocessor based test equipment. Knowledge of power systems and their operation, design and circuitry including all related mechanical and electrical equipment. Ability to interpret, redline and perform preliminary design of electrical blueprints, schematic diagrams, logic diagrams and service manuals and experience in the complete planning of relay projects. Must have a thorough knowledge of math as it relates to power systems and be skilled at conducting power system calculations. Familiar with the implementation of NERC standards as related to protective relays, SCADA and communications. Must have an expert level of understanding of safety practices and occupational hazards for all power system equipment and facilities. Skilled at establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other personnel, vendors and utilities. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form. Ability to work independently and to supervise subordinates. Ability to work well under pressure. Must have a high level of analytical and problem solving skill. Ability to exert 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently.
Education and Experience:
Possession of a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university and five (5) years directly related experience in the protective relaying profession are required for this position. Possession of a master’s degree in engineering may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Florida is desirable.
Possession of a valid appropriate driver's license issued by the State of Florida.
May be required to work outside of normal working hours during system outages, emergency situations or during assigned projects.
KUA owns, operates and manages the municipal electric system established by the City of Kissimmee in 1901. KUA is the sixth largest utility in Florida. KUA's 300 employees serve approximately 77,000 customers in Kissimmee and surrounding areas.