TRANSMISSION PLANNING ENGINEER ASSISTANT

LOCATION STUART, FLORIDA

This is an exciting opportunity for an Electrical Engineer to join a growing energy provider. The UKA Group is an experienced developer, owner and operator of wind farms in Germany, who entered the US market in 2017. Currently, UKA North America is looking for an Electrical Engineer to support the Transmission Planning Engineer and grow with the company.

  • Job-Type: Full-time
  • Starting immediately or as agreed.
  • Competitive salary and benefits. Relocation expenses may be covered.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in performing reliability and/or planning studies including generation interconnection studies, transient stability and Electro-Magnetic Transient (EMT) studies for medium/large power networks
  • Assist in running the PSS/E model and make topology changes to achieve design goals and desired outcome
  • Assist in running short circuit analysis and determine solutions to resolve overloads
  • Support identifying MW generation injection capability at point of interconnection subject to reliability constraints in various planning regions such as MISO, PJM, SPP, ERCOT, CAISO, ISO-NE and NYISO
  • Support interconnection feasibility assessment and application for early stage development of wind and solar PV projects
  • Support Business Development to prepare technical aspects of interconnection applications
  • Support the Transmission Planning Engineer in keep all projects on track
  • Engage consultants for development of design drawings, dynamic models, or other specialized deliverables
  • Assist in responding to utility requests and comments during application and agreement process
  • Communicate status, requirements and changes to the engineering and business development teams
  • Develop cost estimates for interconnection activities
  • Review interconnection agreements and related legal documents for unique requirements, risks, and obligations
  • Define interconnection technical scope and design for wind and solar PV projects
  • Work with 3rd party engineering firms, select cost-optimized interconnection protection and monitoring equipment and recurring services that meet the requirements of the interconnection agreements
  • Assess on-going monitoring, forecasting and or SCADA requirements of utility and/or ISO and recommend cost effective solutions
  • Assist in the management of engineering aspects of interconnection projects in progress for wind and solar PV projects
  • Conduct regular meetings and/or conference calls with consultants, contractors and utilities to ensure technical deliverables of interconnection agreements are managed on schedule, scope and budget
  • Identify risks to the interconnection schedule, communicate status and recommend solutions
  • Coordinate with EPC Project managers as necessary to ensure management visibility to detailed and accurate schedules of interconnection activities leading up to interconnection and permission to operate
  • Track the construction schedules and own the information flow with the appropriate utility engineers/contacts
  • Ensure the construction drawings (i.e. one-line diagrams) are approved by the utility are accurately reflected in the Interconnection Agreements
  • Coordinate with Business Development team to ensure necessary easements and right of ways for gen-tie
  • Schedule and coordinate final interconnection with utility including: back-feed power, recloser commissioning, and witness testing
  • Assist in conceptual design of wind farm and solar electrical collection systems (34.5kV), substations (34.5kV – transmission voltage 115kV – 230kV – 345kV), and project owned transmission lines

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Electrical Engineering preferably with emphasis on Electric Power Systems
  • Minimum of 1 year experience or knowledge of transmission system planning analysis including:
    • Transient stability
    • Short circuit, load flow and voltage analysis
    • Generator Interconnection
    • Harmonics Analysis
    • Production costing
  • Familiarity with NERC/NPCC/ISO transmission planning practices preferred
  • Hands-on experience with PSS/E and other transmission planning software applications preferred
  • Willingness and ability to travel, up to 10% of the time
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills