Distribution Engineer

UPPCO seeks a Distribution Engineer to join their team in Ishpeming, Michigan.  This position is a member of a design team that is involved in engineering, scoping and estimating to produce short-term budget projects and longer-term expansion plans for the electric distribution system. The Distribution Engineer oversees technical planning functions and coordinates special studies; evaluates equipment performance and applications for integration into the distribution system; coordinates distribution system planning functions; as well as provides technical support as needed to company operations groups.  This position reports to the Manager of Distribution Engineering.


COMPENSATION/BENEFITS. Salary based on your knowledge and experience in addition to a comprehensive benefit package.




Distribution Engineering

  • Analyze unusual customer loads and technical effect on the distribution system and make recommendations for mitigation.
  • Coordinate distribution system design efforts with those of other intra- and inter- departmental work groups, external companies and agencies, and the public.
  • Determine distribution system equipment application, specify equipment, and evaluate supplier proposals.
  • Develop and review protective device settings that coordinate substation, distribution, generation protection systems and interconnections to the transmission system to ensure safe and reliable operation that protect company assets.
  • Provide field support for field testing and equipment commissioning.
  • Answer questions and advise personnel within home department and in other departments in the company regarding high voltage system and components.
  • Analyze electrical distribution system & equipment performance for effectiveness, reliability & safety.
  • Provide input on the creation/maintenance of applicable electrical drawings and maps (i.e. line designs, standards, schematics, wiring, grounding, details, etc.).
  • Provide engineering for distribution systems utilizing available modern technologies.


Reliability/Compliance & Records Management

  • Develop/implement strategic business plans and processes, including analysis & reporting, to insure regulatory compliance (NERC, MPSC, FERC, etc.).
  • Manage/maintain engineering documents such as customer outage records, system one lines, relay target reports, switch designation diagrams, protective relay diagrams and outdoor lighting records.
  • Assist w/development of MPSC tariffs, rate cases & rules. Provide MPSC w/power quality and reliability reports and support other departments with the technical aspects to legislative issues as needed.
  • Assess future market and technical trends in the electric utility business and ensure facilities and practices comply with regulations, codes (NEC, NESC, etc.), and company policies.
  • Technical support for meter testing records compliance and MPSC reporting.



 Forecasting, Planning & Budgeting

  • Develop distribution reinforcements for the annual construction budget process: analyze voltage levels, equipment capacities, VAR requirements, circuit configuration, and operational considerations of the distribution system.
  • Develop long-range distribution plans by studying reinforcement alternatives, conducting economic analysis and make capital project recommendations regarding distribution system reliability.
  • Coordinate distribution planning requirements with Substation Design Engineer, Electric Distribution Operations, and other departments and entities as appropriate including protective relays and interconnections to the transmission system.
  • Meet with external customers, contractors, agencies, and vendors to resolve issues.


Standards, Training & Safety

  • Develop electrical facility systems/processes by advocating the use of best engineering practices.
  • Establishes equipment specifications that are code compliant & process for equipment field testing data analysis.
  • Provide technical support to filed personnel on distribution line equipment maintenance strategies that align with engineering designs and manufacture specifications.
  • Develop and maintain distribution line construction standards.
  • Assist in the development & maintenance of drawing control standards for GIS mapping, customer service manuals, distribution system electrical drawings (one lines, schematics, wiring, maps, etc.).
  • Provide technical support as needed for Line Work Methods, Substation Work Practices, Metering Work Practices and Safety Rules.


Projects, Construction & Contract Management

  • Utilize project management methods to meet project scope, change tracking, schedule & budgets.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college; a power option is preferred.
  • 3 years electric utility engineering experience related to distribution and/or substation systems
  • 3 years design and operation of power systems including creation/maintenance of electrical utility construction drawings, standards, and specifications
  • 2 years project management experience involved in coordinating resources for multiple concurrently running projects is
  • Professional Licensed Engineer – Michigan,
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage a diverse workload and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to travel amongst the Upper Peninsula.


APPLY ONLINE AT uppco.sdsjobs.com.

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