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Electric Standards Engineer/Specialist - Substation

Location: Merrillville, IN, United States
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Req ID: R00935510

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Description

Electric Standards Engineer / Specialist Job Family – Substation Focus

Job Summary

Develop and maintain Company Electric Standards relating to materials, construction practices, and engineering processes for transmission and distribution substations from 765 kV to 12.5 kV. Manage all assignments in accordance with national standards and codes, ensuring safe, constructible, and cost-effective construction practices for the electric system. Communicate effectively with all major stakeholders including Power Delivery, Design Engineering, Major Projects, and equipment manufacturers and their representatives.

Principles Duties and Responsibilities

Standards Creation and Revisions

  • Drive modernization of substation material and construction standards.
  • Develop and maintain standards for the operation, maintenance, design, construction, and materials used in NIPSCO T&D substation facilities.
  • Engage stakeholders, subject matter representatives (SMR), subject matter experts (SME), and Company peers in evaluating the merits and challenges of each new standard or standards revision, in order to achieve a level of consensus that addresses aspects related to technical needs, safety, compliance, cost, and operational needs. 
  • Research, interpret, and apply state, local, and federal codes and policies as they relate to NIPSCO Electric Standards.
  • Produce deliverable work product in the form of Construction Standards, Material Standards, Material Alerts, and other guidance materials. 
  • Facilitate SMR meetings on different Electric Substation Standards or Standards Evaluation (SEAS) requests. 
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance in the identification and resolution of problems in area of expertise.
  • Support Corrective Action Program (CAP) to resolve Condition Reports (CR), as assigned.

Materials Approvals and Failure Investigations 

  • Coordinate Material Standard changes with Supply Chain, Engineering, and other stakeholders. 
  • Perform new product evaluations by attending demonstrations, auditing manufacturing facilities, and organizing trial installations with Substation Operations and Training groups.
  • Meet routinely with manufacturers and distributors to stay current with changes in materials in our industry.
  • Conduct material failure investigations and root cause analysis.
  • Provide support for materials inventory management and non-standard material acquisition.
  • Lead approval process for material/equipment approval requests.  
  • Aids in efforts to address material and equipment issues that have wide impact. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Business/Compliance

  • Complete Learning Management System (LMS) Modules prior to due date.
  • Comply with all Safety Standards and Practices.
  • Submit timesheets and expense reports on their due date.
  • Understand Incident Reporting Procedures.
  • Review Electric Outage Reports to recognize failure trends and make recommendations on remediation.
  • Work a flexible schedule, including overtime, as needed to meet engineering needs.
  • Provide support to Operations during electric system interruptions and outages, including storm restoration.

Required Qualifications for Position 

  • Graduate from a college or university with a Bachelor of Science degree in a four-year ABET accredited Engineering program OR four-year ABET accredited Engineering Technology program.
  • 2+ years’ engineering experience working with/for an electric utility.
  • Knowledge of computer applications, i.e., AutoCAD, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and/or civil engineering
  • Understanding of basic engineering/technical theories and principles
  • Understanding of basic practices of researching technical design issues, evaluating alternatives, and making sound recommendations.  
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Comfort and ability to lead meetings with large audiences.
  • Ability to work effectively in diverse teams.
  • Support Company goals and represent the company positively and professionally.

Preferred Additional Qualifications for Position 

  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and/or Professional Engineer (PE) licensure 
  • Project management capabilities and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification 
  • Previous substation design experience.

Disclaimer 

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position. 

Inclusion and Diversity

  • Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others' perspectives/convictions, engaging others' opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners. 
  • Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds. 
  • Treat others with respect and consideration.  Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment. 

Safety: 

  • Promote a safe work environment by actively participating in all aspects of our employee safety program.   
  • Report any unsafe conditions and take actions to prevent personal injuries.   
  • Support our interdependent safety culture by ensuring the safety of your co-workers.   
  • Stay focused on the task at hand and promote productivity through good work habits. 

This position will be filled based off of the skillset & education of the candidate and will be filled as one of the below titles:

  • Engineer/Specialist II ($77,400-$116,200)
  • Engineer/Specialist III ($91,000-$136,600)
  • Sr. Engineer/Specialist ($107,000-$160,500)

Work Authorization

Authorized to work in the United States without requiring sponsorship.

Inclusion & Diversity 
Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others perspectives/convictions, engaging others opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.

Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Treat others with respect and consideration. Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.

By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities. 

Safety Statement
Promote a safe work environment by actively participating in all aspects of our employee safety program.  Report any unsafe conditions and take actions to prevent personal injuries.  Support our interdependent safety culture by ensuring the safety of your co-workers.  Stay focused on the task at hand and promote productivity through good work habits.

Salary Range:

$77,400.00 - $160,500.00

Posting Start Date:

2024-06-13

Posting End Date (if applicable):

2024-06-17
Please note that the job posting will close on the day before the posting end date.
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