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Black & Veatch Power Systems Studies Engineer in Pierre, South Dakota

Power Systems Studies Engineer

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Company : Black & Veatch Corporation

Req Id : 19107

Job Title : Power Systems Studies Engineer

Location : USVRTL


Opportunity Type : Staff

Relocation eligible : Yes

Full time/Part time : Full-Time

Project Only Hire : No

Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

Job Summary

Ability to function as a technical specialist and lead in the execution of power systems studies projects. Ability to manage and assign power system studies tasks to a team of qualified professionals to meet project requirements. Expereince working directly with clients with minimal supervision to complete defined project scope.

Key Responsibilities

Experience in preparing a variety of complex electrical engineering deliverables, including:

  • Management of budget, schedule and quality to ensure successful completion of power system studies projects.

  • Perform complex research and develops recommendations for equipment and/or materials selection.

  • Perform power systems analysis including transmission planning and feasibility studies to analyze the impact of proposed generation expansion on the transmission system.

  • Perform steady state load flow analysis for system intact and contingency conditions. Analyze any limiting constraints such as thermal overloads and arrive at recommendations for the transmission upgrades based on various build-out configurations and cost estimates.

  • Prepare generation Interconnection Request Forms (IRF) to be submitted to ISOs/RTOs such as MISO, CAISO.

  • Develop PSS®E dynamic models based on the machine models for thermal, combined cycle plants and wind farms.

  • Develop detailed transmission system models in Electromagnetic Transients Program (EMTP) software suite.

  • Perform electromagnetic transient analysis such as Transient Recovery Voltage (TRV) analysis, switching surge transient analysis and lightning protection studies for electric substation insulation coordination.

  • Perform EMTP Transient Overvoltage (TOV) studies relating to OSHA regulations.

  • Perform Root Cause Analysis (RCAs) for equipment failure such as instrument transformer failures, line reactor failures.

  • Perform EMTP temporary overvoltage analysis during system disturbances.

  • Perform system impact dynamic study to assess the impact of time varying loads on power quality.

  • Perform Distributed Generation, Hosting Capacity analysis and Volt-VAR optimization using software such as CYME, Synergi, Milsoft and OpenDSS.

  • Perform system short circuit (fault) analysis for protection system design and coordination.

  • Perform quality checks on power system studies models.

  • Work with power systems simulation software such as PSS®E, PSS®MUST and Power World Simulator for system planning, ASPEN OneLiner™ for fault analysis and system protection coordination, PSCAD™ and ATP for electromagnetic transient studies and MATLAB®.

  • Write proposals and provide client presentations.

  • 20% travel is required

Management Responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or higher in Electrical Engineering plus five to ten years of related experience in the Power System Studies including transmission system planning and analysis for voltages of greater than 69 kV, and distributed generation analysis in the electrical power transmission industry. Must have good written and verbal communications skills in English. Must be a licensed Professional Engineer in the United States. Experience must include at least three of the four following items:

  • Transmission planning studies including: Load flow studies, short circuit (fault) analysis, generation interconnection impact and feasibility studies based on NERC criteria, system transient and dynamic stability studies and reactive power compensation analysis using PSS®E, PSS®MUST and PSLF.

  • Electromagnetic transient analysis including: Detailed transmission system modeling and simulation in PSCAD™ and ATP software suites for insulation coordination studies, transient overvoltage studies, power quality analysis and root cause analysis for equipment failure.

  • Power system protection analysis including physical assessment and relaying coordination studies using ASPEN OneLiner ™.

  • Distributed generation analysis using CYME, Synergi, Milsoft or OpenDSS with the ability to work with python scripting.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing. Minimum of 8 years related work experience. All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.


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