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(Engineer - Engineer Sr.), West Transmission Planning (WTP)

at American Electric Power

Posted: 8/21/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 460823

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(Engineer - Engineer Sr.), West Transmission Planning (WTP)

Job Description
West Transmission Planning (WTP) department

Based on education and experience, this job opportunity will be filled at either of these job titles/classifications in the Engineer job family: 

Engineer Sr. = bachelor's degree in engineering
(electrical and computer engineering (ECE) preferred) + 6 years' experience.  Registration as a PE in any U.S. state or Puerto Rico is encouraged and preferred.  Confirmation is required to ensure the PE license in Puerto Rico aligns with NCEES standards.    

Engineer (intermediate) = bachelor's degree in engineering (electrical and computer engineering (ECE) preferred) + 2 years' experience; OR, may be considered as entry-level with a graduate degree in engineering

Responsible to the assigned supervisor for performing intermediate to senior-level engineering work activities and projects requiring the application of engineering knowledge in a safe, effective, efficient and economic accomplishment of assigned objectives.

This position is in the Transmission Regional Planning team within AEP’s Transmission System Planning Group that covers AEP’s western footprint and multiple regions across the US. Transmission Planners (they) are responsible for performing analysis and developing projects to address reliability violations. They lead, participate in, and support various activities to ensure adherence to internal and external processes and compliance requirements.  In addition, they also work on process improvement initiatives and help develop various software based applications to support day to day activities.

Transmission Planners (they) must become knowledgeable in the collection and application of various building blocks essential for analysis of load flow and short circuit models in order to develop sound projects. These building blocks include but are not limited to loads, impedances, equipment capabilities (ratings), generation dispatch, and reactive/capacitive shunt/series devices (capacitors, reactors). They frequently work with various groups across AEP including but not limited to: Project Management, Substation Engineering, Transmission Line Engineering, Transmission Operations, Protection & Control Engineering, Compliance officers, and various other internal and external stakeholders. In addition, they are expected to work closely with external stakeholders such as the regional transmission organizations (SPP, ERCOT, etc.), and regional reliability councils (RF, MRO, etc.). 

Transmission Planners (they) are expected to provide written and verbal reports, write and define processes and methodology changes, and make presentations to AEP management. Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are required for this position. Preference will be given to candidates that have experience in use of software based applications such as PSS/E, PowerWorld, ASPEN, CAPE, ETAP, PROMOD, and TARA.

Technical Expertise:
Possesses intermediate to senior-level knowledge and experience in the application of theory to solve well-defined problems or provide analysis, with guidance from higher-level engineers. Assists higher-level engineers in handling well-defined portions of more complex problems and analyses. Exhibits fundamental understanding of standards, codes and regulations relevant to the area of assignment. Gains familiarity with standards, codes and regulations relevant to the area of assignment. Gains familiarity with pertinent equipment, materials, systems and business processes.
Leadership & Guidance: Coordinates work activities of others as required to resolve routine engineering tasks. Demonstrates working knowledge of appropriate policies and procedures; however, activities are generally monitored by higher-level employees to ensure work is performed in accordance with established guidelines. Performs work activities as assigned and coached by higher-level employees. Demonstrates ability to work with others in both supplying information and seeking assistance as necessary. Demonstrates willingness and capabilities to assume leadership roles.
Planning & Organization Ability: Provides input to routine project planning documents related to scheduling and understands the use of scheduling techniques (CPM, PERT, flow charts, etc.) for budget and planning activities. Monitors project status and recommends action accordingly. Prepares cost estimates using established standards. Develops understanding of the workflow for routine engineering projects. Accomplishes work according to plans and schedules established by higher-level employees.
Problem Solving & Initiative: Actively seeks out information and understanding of engineering problems and solution techniques applicable to area of responsibility. Applies basic techniques to perform analysis associated with the resolution of routine technical problems. Uses initiative in looking for opportunities and presenting new ideas and new approaches.
Communication: Assists and participates in the preparation of reports and technical papers. Assimilates information and instructions readily. Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing and presents ideas clearly. Listens to and understands instructions, and requests clarification as required. Interpersonal Skills: Begins networking with peers to share information and encourage cooperation. Understands the agendas and perspectives of others. Develops effective give-and-take relationship. Demonstrates the ability to be a team player. Relates to people in an open, friendly, and sincere manner.
Decision Making: Knows which decisions they are authorized to make. Develops decision-making skills under guidance of higher-level employees and makes routine decisions subject to review and contributes to team decision-making.
Business Awareness & Characteristics: Demonstrates an attitude and desire to listen to and satisfy both internal and external customers who use and depend upon their organizational unit's work. Applies economic analysis techniques in problem solving. Pursues effective ways to protect and enhance the environment while providing reliable electricity at a competitive cost. Active participation in professional and business organizations is encouraged. Develops an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the department. Refer to attached matrix for required qualifications.

Willing to travel occasionally 5-10%.


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Minimum Requirements: Has typically acquired 2 or more years of related engineering experience along with a Bachelor's degree in engineering (electrical and computer engineering (ECE) preferred) in a program accredited by ABET*; Individuals with a Master’s or Doctorate degree in engineering may be considered for entry into the organization at this level.

*ABET - Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Acceptable alternatives are (1) a Bachelor’s degree in engineering (non-ABET), plus a Professional Engineers (PE) license in any state of the U.S. or (2) a Bachelor’s degree in engineering (non-ABET) plus a Master’s degree in engineering from a university with an ABET accredited Bachelor’s program.