Electric Distribution Systems (EDS) receives electric energy from both the local utility provider, Duke Energy, and the UNC-CH Cogeneration Facility. The electricity from both sources is delivered to four (4) substations, three (3) of which have been recently expanded and upgraded. The substations have a total power capacity of 251 megawatts or approximately enough power for 26,000 homes. Three substations are connected using an entirely new technology in high voltage switchgear, Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS). This is the first of its type on the Duke Energy system. This special state-of-the-art switchgear technology provides the means to completely enclose the necessary high voltage conductors and switchgear inside housings that are insulated with a special gas, sulfur hexafluoride. These upgrades provide significant improvement in system reliability and some redundancy in the event of any system problem or failure, while allowing for continued growth and expansion of the University electric energy delivery system. The University owns and operates an electrical distribution system extending from the substations to each of the individual buildings served. This system is comprised of 988 electric and telecommunication manholes tied together through 43 miles of duct bank containing 79 miles of underground cable and 5 miles of overhead electric lines – operating at 12,470 volts. The electric energy is delivered using 59 high speed automated switches and 144 manual switches serving 418 transformers. Protective relays in substation breakers, high speed switches, and 338 power quality meters report to SCADA and metering servers over 60 miles of fiber optic cable via communications switches.
Electric Distribution Systems is also responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of all roadway, parking lot and area lighting systems, presently comprised of 3,319 lights. This position serves at the Electric Distribution Systems Field Engineer and will manage construction/obsolescence projects. This position will also serve as an mentor/coach to technicians and Engineers that are learning the University Electrical Distribution System.
This position must be familiar with the Geographic Information System (GIS), Electrical Distribution System switching procedures, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA), Electrical Distribution System Single Line Diagrams, Meter System, and Field experience with the Electrical Distribution System circuits/configurations.
In addition to the above duties, this position will be required to manage assigned projects and write work orders. This will require knowledge from the IBM Maximo system (work management system) to produce work orders, produce sketches and the ability to work with contractor/designers on the EDS system.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in the engineering discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience Some positions may require licensure by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Positions in this banded class are responsible for consultation, investigation, evaluation and planning, design, design review and approval, and/or determination of environmental and safety impacts of work processes and products (buildings, utilities, systems, sites, mapping, or infrastructures); provide project management oversight, which may include supervision of lower level staff; oversee or review environmental, infrastructure and geomatic projects; and manage implementation of projects/plans according to codes and regulations, which may include approval authority. Work assignments may involve unique factors and be lacking in precedence on which to base decisions and may be technically complex as evidenced by a high number of variables and inter-related considerations. Work is often performed independently requiring professional knowledge of complex and/or detailed technical procedures. Work may require considerable public contact to explain standards and regulations, or appearance before a regulatory/judicial body, provide consultation and technical assistance, and may require negotiation to determine the feasibility of project implementation or continuation. Work may require professional licensure or other certifications. Work performed includes exercising judgment and decision-making that directly impacts life, health, safety and/or the environment.
Positions at this level perform engineering or geomatics work of a limited to moderate degree of complexity. Positions may review/evaluate/prepare plans, specifications, calculations, and/or other engineering documents, provide recommendations to higher-level engineers for action; conduct inspections/audits/investigations; provide consultation; and may analyze or design projects of limited complexity and scope.
Work at this level may require contact with private consultants, industry-specific owners and operators, local governmental officials and others for the purpose of explaining standards, gaining compliance to standards and providing technical assistance. Work is performed under the supervision of a higher-level engineer or manager.
Knowledge – Professional: -Possession of a designated level of technical engineering skill or knowledge and the ability to keep up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise. May be acquired through academic, apprenticeship or on-the-job training or a combination of these. -Possession of knowledge of statues/codes/regulations, including program procedures, methods and practices and their application to specific situations, usually acquired on the job or in lower-level positions in the same or similar career path. -Ability to understand and apply the basic engineering concepts, practices and theories involved in the design/development/review/permitting, construction, maintenance, operations or repair of, projects/sites and their potential environmental and safety impacts.
Program/Project Management: -Ability to coordinate and administer programs, activities and protocols. Ability to manage resources, monitor activities and assess environmental risk, safety, and quality control associated with the program. -Ability to prepare/review small or less complex engineering/technical plans and/or data for completeness, compatibility, compliance with engineering principles, standards, codes and design needs; ability to make recommendations to higher level engineers or managers on project concerns/issues. -Ability to ensure sufficient coverage/resources for proposed program/project, under the guidance of a higher-level engineer or manager. -Ability to monitor, inspect, and/or manage small or less complex programs/ projects for completeness, compatibility, compliance with engineering principles and design needs and standards. May require the ability to monitor budgets and/or schedules.
Engineering Review, Decision Making and Analysis: -Knowledge of and ability to use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions and/or reaching conclusions. Ability to make decisions and take action consistent with available facts, constraints, and anticipated consequences. Ability to identify issues, obtain relevant information, relate and compare data from different sources, and identify alternate solutions. -Ability to make decisions on routine engineering matters or other areas requiring technical engineering knowledge. (Decisions are subject to review). May require ability to make recommendations to approve routine engineering/technical designs and/or program/project specifications of other engineers to meet desired compliance with engineering principles, standards, codes, designs and statutes.
Communication: -Ability to communicate, in written and oral form, detailed and technical engineering information, guidelines and standards/statutes/codes/regulations to various audiences to ensure that they understand the information and the message, and to seek compliance. Ability to deliver presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience such as negotiating solutions among different parties or providing expert testimony. -Ability to express basic engineering concepts and related facts in a clear, concise and organized manner. -Ability to write clear, concise and organized documents and reports addressing basic engineering concepts and facts. -Ability to present detailed technical information, guidelines and standards to seek compliance and/or approval. -Ability to assist in consultation and gather information in response to an inquiry.
Engineering Design and Analysis: -Ability to identify, develop, and analyze engineering designs and/or specifications; ability to plan and modify methods. Ability to identify and plan for resources. Ability to approve engineering designs and/or program/project specifications of other engineers/design professionals to meet desired compliance with engineering principles, standards, statutes, codes, regulations and design. Ability to monitor and ensure program/project meets specification and design. Ability to negotiate design changes. -Ability to apply mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences to routine services or creative work as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, and design of engineering/geomatic projects. -Ability to plan methods and resources.
Leadership: -Ability to coordinate, facilitate, and participate in a collaborative approach to the completion of tasks or assignments. -Ability to serve as a member on a program/project team and helps develop project solutions. May require ability to serve as a team leader. -Ability to promote program goals and objectives. -Understand electrical protection principles of the 12 kV or higher utility electrical systems. -Ability to interpret and understand engineering drawings. -Ability to learn new concepts, particularly in the electric power discipline. -Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines. -Ability to work effectively on projects, and in different campus settings, with a wide range of professionals. -Fluency with the Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and the ability to utilize them to make effective reports and presentations. -Desire and capacity to work toward registration as a Professional Engineer. -Understand electrical protection principles of the 12 kV or higher utility electrical systems. -Ability to interpret and understand engineering drawings. -Ability to learn new concepts, particularly in the electric power discipline. -Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines. -Ability to work effectively on projects, and in different campus settings, with a wide range of professionals. -Fluency with the Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and the ability to utilize them to make effective reports and presentations.
Experience with a municipality underground electrical system. Experience working with a utility electrical system. Familiarity with Schweitzer Electric relays.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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