Technical Project Manager – Automation & Communication (Electric Utility)
City of Naperville
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Salary: $68,393.00 - $88,188.00 yearly
Years of Experience:
5 - 10
Depends on Qualifications
Internal Number: 9020
The City of Naperville seeks a professional possessing five or more years’ experience leading technical projects to become Project Manager for the City’s publicly-owned Electric Utility, focusing on projects related to Utility Automation & Communication.
Reporting to the Automation & Communication Manager, this newly created position will successfully manage various projects for the Electric Utility with an emphasis in the design of the electric utility automation & communication system, and metropolitan area network development and improvements. The Technical Project Manager – Automation & Communication(A&C) reviews plans and specifications for electric utility system construction, and provides professional fiber optic design consultation on construction in progress. This position supports the start-up and commissioning of new automation & communication systems.
The Electric Utility As a public utility owned by the customers it serves, Naperville’s electric utility has proudly served the community for 120 years. Bringing power to 60,000 customers each month, the utility provides reliable, quality, responsive and cost-efficient services in support of the health, welfare & growth of the City. This is achieved principally by effective operation, maintenance and replacement activities; a well-planned and executed capital improvement program; an active employee safety and training program; and continuous public information. Locally controlled and managed, the Naperville Electric Utility provides rates that are among the lowest in the state. Other benefits of local management include greater reliability, efficiency and quicker responsiveness to customer concerns.
Naperville is the 4th largest city in Illinois. Its electric utility maintains 16 substations, 60 miles of transmission and 1000 miles of distribution lines (of which 93% are underground), and has a 350 MW peak demand / 1,400,000 MWh annually. A decade ago, Naperville modernized its electric grid via the installation of 60,000 smart-meters and a wireless & fiber-optic backbone. This City-wide Smart Grid allows the utility to better analyze electricity consumption and offer an energy portal to its electric customers. The electric utility further deployed conservation voltage reduction tools and other advanced automation equipment integrated with SCADA.
The Automation & Communication Project Manager applies his/her project skills knowledge, tools & techniques to Automation and Communication project activities in order to meet project requirements. He/she coordinates activities of contractors in the construction of automation and communication systems, and prepares correspondence & communicates with contractors, developers, the Electric Operations division and other departments.
Primary duties include: Preparing and maintaining planning drawings and documentation.
Field-verifying construction in progress.
Preparing cost estimates; ordering required materials; and reviewing invoices.
Drawing 2-dimensional construction plans, prints & standards utilizing current AutoCAD system.
Programming 14.4kV automated switchgear configurations, working with Electric Distribution (Operations) division to map out distribution team function for balanced feeder distribution as required for automation and communication systems deployment.
Developing manuals and specifications for automation and communication systems construction.
Designing, coordinating and managing the installation and configuration of single mode and multimode fiber optic networks at substations, utility customers and City of Naperville metropolitan area locations.
Working with Transmission & Distribution section to coordinate the deployment of distribution feeders/circuits automation.
Designing, coordinating and managing the deployment of 900MHz/2.4GHz/5GHz wireless mesh, cellular and fiber optic networks, providing backhaul systems for Advanced Meter Infrastructure and Automated Distribution.
Supporting implementation & development of Geographical Information System (GIS).
Providing support for implementation & development of Load Management System, as well as automated system integration.
Reporting project status to management. Maintaining project and personal activity records.
Initiating the scheduling of (and attending) various meetings of value, including pre-construction, coordination and conceptual design.
Providing information to, and answering questions from, the general public.
Preparing and evaluating bidding documents, department’s standards and specifications.
Assisting with maintenance of existing communication networks.
As a professional manager of technical projects, the incumbent successfully engages other Utility staff members, staff from other City Departments, and/or vendor/contractor personnel in order to accomplish assigned project requirements (or pieces thereof); applies knowledge, skills, tools & techniques to Electric Utility project activities in order to meet project requirements; plans, executes and completes utility projects; defines the project, builds a comprehensive work plan, and manages to the budget; and is accountable for the success or failure of projects. He/she directs project teams to meet defined goals; facilitates commitment and productivity from staff and project team members; mitigates obstacles and motivates team members; and manages expectations by aligning projects to business goals, managing stakeholders, and communicating project status, milestones (and unexpected difficulties) effectively.
A dynamic community of 148,000 residents, the City of Naperville is conveniently located 28 miles west of Chicago, and occupies 39 square miles. It has gained national recognition for its family-friendly environment, excellent schools and library system, low crime rate and vibrant downtown area. Money Magazine frequently includes Naperville among its “Best Cities in the United States” in which to live.
It’s also an excellent place to work! The municipal government employs 900 dedicated individuals in a wide range of job categories. In return for your “great service all the time,” we’ll provide you with a collaborative working environment, a forward-looking leadership team, a competitive benefits package, plus access to the employee fitness center.
PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION PROCESS!
The City of Naperville only accepts online applications. Apply by visiting the City’s main web page (www.naperville.il.us, and simply click “Careers.” Then scroll down and select the job title “Project Manager – Automation & Communication” for information and to apply.
It is important that your application is complete and thorough. Please include all requested education, experience, attachments and other information. Resumes and other supporting documents may be provided at the time of application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Incomplete applications are subject to rejection. Notifications to applicants will be sent electronically to the email address you provide.
The City of Naperville complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals needing accommodations in the recruitment process should notify Human Resources in advance at (630) 305-7066.
At a minimum, applicants must possess:
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (engineering preferred).
Five years’ related experience (leading and/or directing projects, or similar). Professional project management certification or BICSI certification may be substituted for some of the required education and/or experience.
Project management knowledge and previous PMBOK-related training.
Valid State of Illinois Driver’s License.
Preferred credentials include previous experience working for an electric utility, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or BICSI certification, and previous experience obtaining material, supplies or services for an electric utility.
Top candidates will possess knowledge/familiarity of electrical engineering theory, the National Electric Code, DNP communication protocols, ethernet routing protocols, and the National Electric Safety Code. They will possess skills in designing, developing, testing, and optimizing automation and communication systems for electric utility, and metropolitan area network, including distribution lines, transmission lines, fiber-optic media & telecom equipment, substations and automated equipment, plus skills in basic programming and IP networking.
They will also be able to demonstrate strong analytical skills, written & verbal communication skills, problem-solving skills, and will be able to apply a substantial project management skill set. They will possess proven abilities to establish & maintain effective working relationships; to communicate clearly and concisely (verbally and in writing) with technical and non-technical audiences; to maintain focus in a fast-paced, multitasking environment and manage time effectively; and a desire to learn new position-related skills in a diverse, frequently changing environment.
The City of Naperville, Illinois is a dynamic community of 148,000 residents, conveniently located 28 miles west of Chicago. Various publications have named Naperville as one of the best cities in the United States in which to live. The City has gained national recognition for our family-friendly environment, excellent schools and library system, low crime rate, and vibrant downtown area. It’s also a great place to work! Our municipal government employs over 900 dedicated individuals in a wide range of job categories and provides a dynamic & collaborative working environment, a forward-looking leadership team, and a competitive benefits package.