Position Summary: Under the direction of the System Planning and Reliability Manager, responsible for all aspects of the Metering and Substation departments at McKenzie Electric, within the scope of his/her training and certification in a safe and efficient manner within accepted McKenzie Electric Cooperative (MEC) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) operations standards.
Responsibilities and Competencies: The following responsibilities and competency statements are essential functions of this position and are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job function. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified. The person in this position may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by the General Manager/CEO or Direct Supervisor.
Responsibilities include the following. Other duties are as assigned.
Provides direct oversight of the metering and substation departments.
Directly responsible for Metering and Substation employees.
Directly responsible for all aspects of substation maintenance and operations at MEC.
Develops preventative maintenance and testing program for MEC substations including standard operating procedure for detailing MEC substation maintenance standards, annual calendar for all necessary tasks, and provides routine updates on overall status of MEC substations.
Annually assess all substations, develops long range project plan and associated budget.
Works close with employees in the engineering and operations departments to identify underperforming or assets that are at risk, takes steps to resolve/address identified issues.
Coordinates with Compliance Manager to ensure all aspects of MEC Asset Management system are utilized and that all assigned compliance activities are complete, assists with reporting and documentation. Assists with the data management.
Directly responsible for the overall meter department, which includes the maintenance and testing program, MEC metering standards, meter specifications, data management associated with metering, MDM system, and MEC communication platforms.
Establishes metrics on overall meter activity, actively addresses meter issues, reports out on overall health of MEC metering program.
Works closely with Engineering, assists with design and review of substation projects, actively involved in commissioning and turnover of new substation sites.
Works closely with Reliability Engineer to support SCADA system.
Primary contact for all physical communication infrastructure including Radio network, OPGW/Fiber network, and Cellular network
Actively involved in training and mentoring technicians to ensure well versed department; works closely with the Human Resources department to ensure compliance and consistency and enforces policies and procedures are understood and followed.
Responsible for substation and metering budget.
Coordinates with necessary contractors to support both Metering and Substations activities.
Works with closely with members, coordinate outages, support outage requests, respond to member issues, and assist with future substation planning for new member load
Works closely with Operations to support system work.
Responds to member issues.
Works closely with Business Manager on metering issues and takes responsibility for addressing and resolving any metering issues.
Establishes an environment of continuous improvement.
In conjunction with the Operations Manager, Manager of Engineering Services and the Chief Operating Officer, provides leadership support in responding to emergency restoration and storm damage.
Responsible for reporting out and communicating on activities associated with department.
Performs all responsibilities in accordance with MEC’s Policies and Operating Procedures, National Electric Safety Code, National Electrical Code, RUS Standards and OSHA Regulations.
Responsible for all aspects of performance management and adherence to MEC policies and procedures.
Other Duties as assigned by the System Planning and Reliability Manager.
Follows policies and procedures; upholds organizational values; works with ethics and integrity.
Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
Manages difficult or emotional member situations; responds promptly to member needs; solicits member feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance.
Focuses on solving conflicts, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to new and to others’ ideas.
Speaks and writes clearly and informatively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; participates in meetings.
Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; accepts responsibility for own actions.
Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continually build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
Treats people with respect in actions and speech; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; includes appropriate people in decision making process.
Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time effectively; sets and achieves challenging goals.
Adapts to changes in work environment; manages competing demands.
Volunteers readily; asks for and offers help when needed.
Maintains and promotes a positive, professional attitude.
Views the Cooperative as a unit of interdependent functions and assists when needed.
Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education/Experience: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering desired; Bachelor’s degree in some Engineering Discipline required; minimum 7 years’ experience in a highly responsible engineering capacity responsible for the improvements of electrical transmission, substation and distribution facilities, desired.
Ability to maintain a strong sense of propriety concerning confidential matters.
Knowledge of working with control systems and asset management systems
Ability to maintain a good working relationship with members, director, managers, supervisors, fellow employees, representatives of other utilities, outside consultants and the public.
Knowledge of RUS construction specifications, National Electrical Safety Code, OSHA regulations and National Electric Code
Proficient in the use of Excel, Microsoft Word and AutoCAD
Ability to make decisions within established precedent and with limited supervision
Personal characteristics shall include integrity, motivations, positive professional image, courtesy and good attendance.
Abilities & Skills: Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and written, with the capability to effectively teach, mentor, and coach personnel to achieve desired performance. Must relate well with all types of people and have the ability to listen, as well as to present and explain circumstances and results. Must be able to handle confidential information and gain the respect of others. Must be able to positively represent the Cooperative and effectively communicate with and to the general public. Must have the technical aptitude to logically and objectively evaluate obstructions and impediments to plans and programs, make rational independent decision, and develop reasonable solutions to problems. Must have, or be able to acquire, sufficient technical knowledge to understand and relate government regulations and safety issues to achieve the requirements of the position. Must have a general understanding of utility applied technology to proficiently utilize technology applications in support of the department’s and Cooperative’s objectives and requirements.
Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of members or employees of organization.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
Subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions and temperature changes. Some overnight travel to industry trade shows and training conferences is required.
Frequent physical activity to include walking, bending, lifting up to 25 pounds, occasional lifting in excess of 25 pounds, climbing, crouching, kneeling, reaching, crawling, pushing, and pulling. May spend long periods of time driving and/or riding in company vehicles to reach remote areas of the service territory.
Must be able to communicate clearly for work and safety compliance. The noise level in the work environment may range for moderate to loud.