The System Planning Engineer 2 is a skilled position that assists with activities within the system planning department. The System Planning Engineer 2 works closely with other departments to develop a high level of competence and accuracy in preparing the expansion of the electric distribution and substation system.
Primary Position Responsibilities • Complies with established CoServ safety and operating rules, procedures, and guidelines. Responsible for reporting unsafe practices to a supervisor. • Prepares many of the fundamental elements of the 2-year Construction Work Plans on an annual basis. This includes projecting the 2-year load growths for substations, as well as individual feeders. Determining the electric substation and distribution facilities needed to meet growth and customer needs for electrical power. Solving system overloads by proposing and prioritizing distribution circuit upgrades, new feasible circuit routes, new circuit tie points, and switching. • Assists with completion of the 10-year transmission and substation plan. This includes projecting the 10-year load growth for all substations and providing information to CoServ’s generation and transmission supplier for preparation of the six-year transmission and substation budget. • Support other CoServ departments by performing various system studies such as saturation studies, substation justification studies, coordination studies, long range studies, power factor studies, switching studies, and voltage studies. • Maintains a general knowledge of equipment and devices used in the field. Assists with field verification, operation, trouble shooting and testing of distribution devices. • Assists with researching and procuring new, innovative, efficient, and cost effective devices to be used in the field. Assists with providing training for these new devices. • Assists with distributed generation inspections insuring that the members connections, wire size, and disconnects are in compliance with CoServ’s Standards. • Assist the Power Quality group (based under the Operations department) with investigation of outage or power quality related issues including but not limited to equipment failure, insufficient grounding, harmonics, ferro resonance, voltage sags and swells, flicker, animal protection, tree trimming, recloser and breaker trips, etc. • Use Milsoft’s WindMil program to analyze and report to Dispatch fault current analysis and fault location prediction. Also prepares system-wide fault current maps for use by Dispatch after hours. • Review designs; recommending and assigning proper fuse size and phasing, proper placement, ID numbers, proper primary wire size and material, as well as correct duct bank size. • Assists with the programming of reclosers, capacitors, and regulators; and proper primary wire size and material, as well as correct duct bank size. • Assist with loading, voltage, and motor analysis of potential future large or sensitive loads, routing of onsite facilities, and direction and options of feeds. This can include recommending two-way feed systems. • Maintain a general knowledge of the transmission and distribution system within the service territory in order to provide service options for new major loads. • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending meetings and schools to be informed of the latest equipment available; keeping abreast of the latest technology as reported in professional periodicals, journals, and engineering associations; following NEC, NESC, ANSI standards, IEEE recommendations, cooperative safety procedures, and local in the conduct of all work. • Maintain a database of jobs touched, whether approved or rejected, that can be easily referenced. • Maintain a safe and secure work environment. • Complies with established CoServ safety and operating rules, procedures, and guidelines. Responsible for reporting unsafe practices to a supervisor. • Complies with established CoServ Information Security Handbook, policies, procedures, and guidelines. Responsible for reporting suspected information security incidents to Tech Support.
Secondary Position Responsibilities • Ability to create and maintain databases within the mapping software • Attends power distribution conferences and other meetings to stay abreast of the latest developments in the transmission and distribution of electricity • Must have the ability to mentor new engineering staff employees • Must be self-motivated, take ownership of job responsibilities, and be pro-active in seeking solutions for the department • Ability to promote teamwork concepts and get along cordially with customers and co-workers • Attend Engineering meetings and other duties as assigned by the Director of Engineering or Manager of System Planning • Comply with all federal, state, and local standards/laws that affect the safety of its employees and the general public. • Meet or exceeds department standards on a consistent basis
Position Requirements Education and Certifications Required
• BS in Electrical Engineering or related field from an ABET-accredited university or equivalent work experience
Education and Certifications Preferred • EIT certification and working towards PE certification
Experience Required • Two-years experience in Electrical Distribution
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Required • Knowledge and understanding an electric distribution system; and a general knowledge of the equipment needed to build, maintain, and distribute power through that system. • The knowledge and ability to perform a load growth analysis, and provide a system forecast. • The knowledge and ability to provide solutions to various system issues such as low voltage, overloads, poor power factor, and poor coordination of protective devices. • Knowledge and ability to use Milsoft, or other engineering analysis software tools, to perform trend analysis, mapping, curve plotting, and various power system studies. • Ability to apply trigonometry, calculus, algebra, and analytical geometry to the design, and analysis, of an electric system and infrastructure. • General knowledge of electrical overhead and underground specifications • Understands and follows maps, system maps, Grid Map, line design books and manuals • Good written and oral communication skills • Ability to multi-task
Physical Requirements • Operates office equipment such as a computer, telephone, fax machine, copier, etc. • Ability to lift a minimum of 25 pounds • Ability to drive occasionally • Ability to sit for long periods of time • Works both in the office and outdoors • Works in areas with possible exposure to poison oak, poison ivy, and insect stings
Other Requirements • Must have and maintain a valid Texas driver's license
CoServ is an electric and gas distribution company serving North Texas since 1937. Doing business as CoServ Electric since 1998, we now have over 9,800 miles of electric infrastructure serving more than 221,000 meters across Denton, Collin, Cooke, Grayson, Tarrant and Wise counties. Our natural gas affiliate, CoServ Gas, was established in 1998 and serves more than 113,000 gas meters in Denton, Collin and Kaufman counties.
North Texas is growing, and so is CoServ. We value innovative and dedicated Employees and are committed to providing them with a stable work environment filled with opportunities to learn and grow. Guided by our Core Values—Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Safety—we serve each other as we serve our Members and Customers. We offer a wide variety of careers—from Customer Care Representatives and Billing Clerks to Linemen and Engineers. CoServ is a company you can believe in.