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Entry-Level Electrical SCADA/Studies Engineer

Company: Power Engineers
Location: Boise
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Job Description:

Entry-Level Electrical SCADA/Studies Engineer

Roles and Responsibilities

POWER Engineers, Inc. is seeking Entry-level Electrical SCADA/Studies Engineers. The successful applicant will responsible for performing electrical studies and/or developing and troubleshooting supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems for utility and industrial/commercial clients. Applicable power systems primarily include conventional and renewable generation facilities, substations, transmission systems, and distribution systems. Activities will include one or more of the following:

Protective Relaying: short circuit and symmetrical component analysis, time-current coordination, protection scheme and criteria development, relay settings calculation, integration with SCADA systems, NERC compliance, and arc flash analysis. Applicable software: AcSELerator Quickset (SEL-5030), AcSELerator Architect, GE Enervista, ASPEN Oneliner, SKM-PTW, ETAP, RSCAD/RTDS

Power System Planning Studies: steady-state real and reactive power flow including outage contingencies, generation interconnect feasibility, P-V and Q-V analysis for voltage stability margins, dynamic stability performance, automation of large batch simulations, working with models from NERC regional entities (WECC, MRO, SERC etc.), NERC compliance. Applicable Software: PSS/E, PSLF, PowerWorld, Python Scripting

Infrastructure Design Studies: substation grounding, corona and electric and magnetic fields, insulation coordination (lightning, switching surge, and contamination performance), transient (time domain) simulation, power quality (harmonics, voltage flicker, over/under voltage, etc.), motor starting, AC interference (transmission line interaction with railroads and pipelines). Applicable Software: CDEGS, ATP-EMTP, PSCAD

Networking and Communications: design and configure network and communication paths for Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), protective relays, meters, Human Machine Interface (HMIs), PLC's and other SCADA system equipment; develop basic specifications for fiber optic, microwave, power line carrier, or radio communication paths; travel to project sites to troubleshoot and commission network and communication systems. Applicable network and communication protocols: DNP, Modbus, SEL Communication Protocol, Goose Messaging, IEC 61850

Logic and Control Systems: develop and implement logic and control schemes for remote and local operation of power system equipment; develop programs on various platforms for implementation of these schemes; travel to project sites to test and commission the control schemes. Applicable Logic and Control Platforms: SEL RTAC, Orion, Cooper SMP, GE-D20

Data Acquisition: Prepare points lists of all data to be transferred between control centers and controlled apparatus, assign and program data addressing and routing information, develop Human Machine Interface (HMI) screens, travel to project sites to test and commission data transfer schemes. Applicable Software: Wonderware, Clearview, AcSELerator RTAC, Visual Basic, OSIPI, Python scripting, etc.

The successful applicant must demonstrate aptitude in the following:


  • Integrity

  • Initiative and self sufficiency

  • Spoken and written communication

  • Troubleshooting and problem solving

  • Interpersonal relations

  • Organization

    Required Education/Experience


    • Must be a recent BSEE graduate, or enrolled in a university pursuing a degree in electrical engineering (BSEE)

    • Must have strong troubleshooting skills

    • Must be willing to travel on occasion

      Desired Education/Experience

      Preference is given to applicants with any of the following:


      • Within one (1) year of graduation

      • GPA above 3.0/4.0

      • Power system courses covering topics such as three-phase power, load flow and reactive compensation, protective relaying, symmetrical components, transmission line theory, power system transients, dynamic stability, and power system electromagnetics

      • Internships and experience in the technical areas and software listed in the Job Description section

      • Engineer In Training (EIT) certification, with the expectation to work toward professional engineering registration (PE)

        At POWER Engineers, Inc. you can have a rewarding career on every level. In addition to challenging and meaningful work, you'll have the chance to make a positive impact on the environment, participate in a range of diverse and unique initiatives, and find the support, coaching, and training it takes to advance your career. We encourage new ideas and fresh approaches and most importantly, we strive to be our clients' first choice. These traits - and deep technical skill - account for our success.

        Have fun, do good work, make money. As an employee-owned company, we strive to make POWER Engineers an appealing place to work, where we perform projects that we find challenging and in which we excel. We provide competitive compensation, a full benefit package, professional development, and an appealing work environment. POWER Engineers is a unique and fun engineering firm, which may be contradictory to some, but it works well for us.

        EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled

Keywords: Power Engineers, Boise , Entry-Level Electrical SCADA/Studies Engineer, Professions , Boise, Idaho

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