Applications will be accepted through September 28, 2022 - Apply on-line at www.wfec.com
A Generation Engineer I, II, III, or Senior in the Generation Engineering Department is open for placement. This one position could be filled at an Engineer I, Engineer II, Engineer III, or Senior Engineer level based on the applicant's education and experience, see the Qualifications section for additional requirements.
SUMMARY: Under general supervision of the Manager, Engineering & Technical Services, the Generation Engineer assists with the technical evaluation, project management, and execution of projects relating to new construction, increased efficiency, increased capacity, or other projects relating to the improvements in overall performance of WFEC's power plants. The incumbent may be asked to maintain or obtain preferred additional knowledge for various major power plant components, such as turbine/rotating equipment, boilers, electrical and/or controls.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Include the following: Other duties may be assigned. Supports company safety programs and initiatives. Manages multiple projects and associated budgets, schedules, and resources to ensure projects get completed timely and on budget. Prepares engineering analysis for projects. Evaluate, recommend, and implement modifications to maintain general health of plant equipment as requested and approved. Lead and participate in plant issues involving or related to equipment and related systems to ensure corrective actions, repairs or modifications are appropriate and timely in their execution. May serve as a Technical Subject Matter Expert. Develop and review the Preventative Maintenance activities of equipment and systems to ensure all Preventative Maintenance is correctly aligned to maintain plant reliability. Assists in planning tests, checkouts, and start-ups of equipment and facilities. Reviews plant inspection reports of equipment to identify potential or existing problems. Assures that all design specifications conform to the latest national and local codes, rules, and regulations. Collaborates with staff and management of other departments in the implementation of the overall objective of safe, efficient power system operation. Work with and train maintenance and plant operations personnel in the most reliable, safe, and efficient methods of equipment and system maintenance and troubleshooting. Interfaces with Senior Management and the Board of Trustees. Uses and supports Rural Utilities Service procedures related to work orders, construction work plans, long range planning, board presentations and supports the budgeting process. Attends meetings and conferences and researches, as necessary, to keep informed of technical development in the generation industry. Applies knowledge gained in the evaluation of WFEC power plant modifications and improvements. Constructs, maintains, and documents the elements necessary to support end user requirements. Periodic overnight travel, occasionally on short notice.
COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Analysis/Design: Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures; Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.
Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Professional Knowledge: Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into applications; Uses feedback to modify recommendations; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Oral and Written Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Writes clearly and informatively; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.
Project Management: Develops project plans; Coordinates projects effectively; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change; delays, or unexpected outcomes.
Customer Service: Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments to customers.
Cost Consciousness: Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
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 education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required. At the option of the hiring official, a candidate will be placed in one of the following Generation Engineer levels based on education, experience, knowledge, skills, and behaviors required.
Education and Experience:
Generation Engineer I- ($80,145 - $124,306): A Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical Engineering preferred), is required. Entry level engineer in a large power plant environment that provides technical and engineering support for daily operations, plant improvements, equipment acquisitions, plant breakdown analysis, outages and upgrades, and basic project design. Position works under the guidance of a more experience engineer.
Generation Engineer II- ($88,396 - $138,552): A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, (Mechanical or Electrical Engineering preferred), and two (2) years of engineering experience in a power plant facility are required. Performs engineering work pertaining to the mechanical and/or electrical operation and maintenance of a large power plant facility to attain the highest level of plant efficiency. Provides engineering support for operations, plant improvements, design changes, equipment acquisition, planned and unplanned outages, and analysis of operational or maintenance issues. Monitors and directs the design of new systems or the modification of existing systems to support the mechanical and electrical operation of the power plant. Gathers and evaluates data on power plant systems and components. Prepares project management documents, project budgets, and closes out projects. Gathers and maintains cost information.
Generation Engineer III- ($97,025 - $153,686): A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, (Mechanical or Electrical Engineering preferred), and five (5) directly related experience, of which three (3) years must be engineering experience in a power plant generation environment is required. Performs the more complex engineering work pertaining to the mechanical and/or electrical operation and maintenance of a large power plant facility to attain the highest level of plant efficiency. Provides engineering support for operations, plant improvements, design changes, equipment acquisitions, planned and unplanned outages, and analysis of operational or maintenance issues. Monitors and directs the design of new systems or the modification of existing systems to support the mechanical and electrical operation of the power plant. Gathers and evaluates data on power plant systems and components. Prepares project management documents, project budgets, and closes out projects. Gathers and maintains cost information.
Senior Generation Engineer- ($106,021 - $169,717): A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, (Mechanical or Electrical Engineering preferred), and eight (8) years of directly related experience, of which three (3) years must be engineering experience in a power plant environment and a Professional Engineer's (P.E.) license are required. Top technical engineering position without formal supervisor responsibilities. Acts as project or team leader on specific generation projects. Uses extensive generation engineering experience to handle the more difficult or challenging projects. Also serves as the coordinator for projects requiring multiple engineers. Functions as the staff specialist in application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of employees, managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Math Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts, such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and differential equations. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
Computer Skills: Proficient at operating personal computers using Microsoft Office Suite, MicroStation, and other computer-aided engineering software.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: This position requires a current driver's license. P.E. required for senior level.
WORK SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: This position may require a work schedule in excess of 40 hours a week and travel on short notice.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision. Vision and hearing must be normal or corrected to normal.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to occasional risk of electrical shock and moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. In accordance with WFEC Administrative Procedure 805-Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace this position is classified as "safety sensitive".
MUST MEET ALL PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
WFEC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER
WFEC is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative, headquartered in Anadarko, Oklahoma, was organized in 1941, when western Oklahoma distribution cooperatives found it necessary to secure an adequate power supply at rates that farmers and rural industrial developers could afford. Throughout its history, WFEC’s membership has grown to include 21-member cooperatives, plus Altus Air Force Base. These members are headquartered in Oklahoma and New Mexico. Today, with seven generating facilities, and a total power capacity exceeding 2,200 megawatts, including contract power purchases, WFEC owns and maintains over 3,700 miles of transmission line to over 330 substations and switch stations. Generating facilities are located at Mooreland, Anadarko and Hugo, Oklahoma and Lovington, New Mexico. For more information, visit www.wfec.com.