FreeState is the largest rural electric cooperative in Eastern Kansas, with more than 15,000 member-owners. It functions as a democratic, not-for-profit organization. We are controlled by our members who actively participate in setting cooperative policy and making decisions in the best interest of the cooperative. Unlike investor-owned utilities, our profits are returned to our members as capital credits.
The Electrical Engineer is responsible for the design, coordination, overcurrent protection, voltage regulation, load balancing, planning, and troubleshooting of the Cooperative’s electric power distribution and transmission system. Additionally, this position will assist the Enterprise Applications Supervisor with the Cooperative’s Aclara AMI system and the supporting communication infrastructure.
Reviews applications for the installation of distributed generation.
Maintains acceptable distribution system voltages and capacity through assessment, system improvements, and the application of voltage regulators, capacitors, and reactors as necessary.
Conducts system planning studies including load projections and modeling of the distribution system with Milsoft Windmil. This includes keeping an up-to-date winter and summer model.
Assists in the development of all studies required by RUS (Construction Work Plan, Long Range Plan, Sectionalizing Study, Contingencies Study, etc.).
Assures safe, efficient, and reliable transmission, distribution, and substation design for new construction and modifications to existing facilities.
Assists with managing the Cooperative’s peak shave generators and load management.
Assists with the prioritization of work plan projects for Staking Technicians and provides updated information to Management.
Monitors, evaluates and maintains the SCADA system including interpreting data, installing, and specifying system information as necessary.
Assists with the review of completed work orders for compliance with applicable codes and construction practices. If corrective action is needed, documents, distributes and enforces the corrective action.
Advises and assists management on special equipment in addition to the rebuilding and repair of existing equipment.
Recommends specifications of transformers, meters, regulators, and line protection devices.
Assists with the review of EL reports before submission to the KCC and other utilities, in accordance with required procedures.
A Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology is required.
Ability to become knowledgeable in electrical distribution system equipment for the purposes of designing and documenting the new electrical services and system improvements is required.
Ability to become knowledgeable in electrical construction as it interacts with electric distribution systems is required; Experience with a public utility or rural electric cooperative is preferred.
First Aid and CPR certification is required.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
Consistently sits for extended periods of time. Occasionally stands, walks, bends, stoops, squats lifts, unpacks and moves up to fifty (50) pounds.
Ability to perform finger and hand manipulation and perform repetitive motions in order to use a computer keyboard and telephone, as well as other office equipment.
Ability to read computer screens, mail and talk on the phone.
Must be able to walk a mile over uneven terrain, jump ditches, and any other requirement associated with power line construction and right-of-way clearing to observe work.
Professional and deadline-oriented environment involving both indoor and outdoor activities.
May be exposed to outside weather conditions such as extreme cold/heat.
Regular, reliable attendance is required.
Interaction with staff, vendors and members.
Must be able to report to their primary worksite after regular business hours, as soon as possible, in the event of an emergency situation such as electrical outages, inclement weather, etc.
Ability to travel between offices and attend meetings, trainings, workshops, and seminars, as directed.
FreeState is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.
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