Analyze and plan for the impact of future system developments upon the electric transmission and distribution system. Provide engineering support for on-going electric transmission and distribution, water, technical services, generation, and telecommunications projects as needed.
This position has a level I and a level II grading based on experience and demonstrated abilities. Tasks are performed at each level based on the individual’s knowledge and experience.
Conduct, coordinate, interpret, and prepare electric transmission and distribution system studies, computer models, load flow analyses, and short-circuit This includes:
Develop and maintain both short- and long-range plans of required system Review and maintain outage information database to determine future system improvements.
Apply engineering principles to the evaluation and selection of planning
Review historical load information and forecast future system demand and energy
Maintain coordination of substation relays and line fuses.
Prepare data submittals for MISO and other regional organization’s data requests, including system Coordinate with other departments as needed. Support Utility’s compliance with MRO and NERC Reliability Standards and prepare documentation as required. Participate in MISO and other regional organization committees to stay abreast of upcoming changes.
Provide technical assistance and engineering support for on-going electric transmission and distribution, water, technical services, generation, and telecommunications projects as required. This may include:
Evaluate and recommend ways to improve system
Revise transformer specifications and loss evaluations
Support arc flash studies and supply data for customer
Review power quality recordings, digital fault recordings, event records, and relay data as
Supply data to and review results of customer harmonic
Provide justifications for capital
Assist in the development of the annual operating budget and associated projections for the department.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, power option
Planning Engineer I is an entry-level planning position with a minimum 3 years utility experience preferred. Planning Engineer II is a minimum 5 years utility experience
Knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal codes and standards that govern work on the electric transmission and distribution system, such as NESC, NEC, NFPA, OSHA, NERC, MRO, and MISO procedures, and others as they pertain to specific problems
Working knowledge of, and the ability to stay current in, programming languages such as
Familiarity with CAD and GIS
Excellent verbal and written communication
Excellent interpersonal and listening skills, with ability to build productive professional relationships and promote a team atmosphere.
Good judgment and reasoning
Problem identification, analysis, and
Proficiency with use of Microsoft Office Word at an intermediate level and Excel at an advanced level.
Working knowledge of transmission & distribution planning and analysis software packages such as PSS/E & CYME
Proficiency with information retrieval from databases preferred.
Ability to work as part of a team, either as team leader or a member of a
Ability to drive results and ensure work is accomplished properly, safely, and in a timely
Ability to work independently, effectively prioritize work, manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and adjust work priorities as needed to meet department/organizational
Ability to develop, read, and interpret drawings, schematics, specifications, and technical
Ability to distinguish
Other Position Requirements
Must be able to attend work on a regular basis and work extended hours as
Must be able to travel for
Must maintain a method of communication in order to be contacted by MP&W outside normal work hours.
Work environment is primarily in an office environment. Occasional visits to outside job sites may be required. Fieldwork is completed in all weather
Must comply with all safety and site rules at all
About Muscatine Power and Water
Muscatine Power & Water is located along the Mississippi River in Iowa, about 30 minutes from the Quad Cities metro area. We are a municipal utility providing water, electric, and communications services to the City of Muscatine and surrounding areas.
Each utility was established by a vote of local citizens; Water in 1900, Electric in 1922, and Communications in 1997. We serve to benefit our customer-owners and the Muscatine community.
The Water Utility draws water from the abundant Muscatine Island Aquifer. Water from the aquifer is naturally-filtered by sand and gravel that lines the aquifer. This produces high quality water with little need for chemical treatment. Small doses of fluoride. chlorine, and phosphate are added to the water for dental health, to disinfect the water, and to stabilize naturally-occurring minerals in water. Our Water Utility employs 11 highly trained and DNR/state certified staff to monitor, treat, and maintain our water system. Public health and customer confidence in the water we deliver is a driving force for the Water Utility.
Electricity for our customers is generated in Muscatine. Approximately 120 employees operate and maintain ...three coal-fired generating units at our Power Plant site. With a combined nameplate operating capacity of 293.55 MW, MP&W has the largest generating capacity of any municipal utility in the state of Iowa. Another 40 employees in our Transmission & Distribution department engineer and maintain a reliable distribution and metering system to safely get the power we generate to our customers’ homes and businesses.
The Communications Utility provides cable TV and Internet services to residential and business customers. Advanced business services are offered via MachLink® Metro Ethernet (MME), an innovative city-wide fiber-based network. We know it’s important in today’s world that like electricity, your Internet is always on when you want it. Nearly 30 employees are in the field or in the office supporting our cable and Internet systems and customers. We are proud to offer highly reliable services that are not weather dependent, and with outstanding local service. Unlike other providers, we’re right down the street and here when you need us.
MPW is important to the Community and a focus on keeping rates as low as possible helps other Muscatine businesses be more competitive in their industries and helps Muscatine residents pay a smaller portion for their utility services.
In total, we employ about 285 employees and we want to serve Muscatine for generations to come. To help do so, we regularly reinvest in our plant facilities and distribution systems. In 2014, we were very excited to announce our next investment in the Communications Utility! Our Fiber to the Home (FTTH) project will convert the last-mile of coax cable going to the customer premise to fiber. FTTH will remove current system and equipment limitations and enable us to deliver gigabit speeds to our customers. The project is currently underway and is expected to be completed later this year.