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Power Management & Control Engineer – City of Tallahassee

Posted By: Garnie Holmes Career Center ,

City of TallahasseeThe City of Tallahassee – Your Own Utilities has an immediate opening for a Power Management & Control Engineer in our Electric & Gas Utility System Operations Technical Support Team.  E&G’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in Tallahassee by providing quality energy services and being leaders in our organization, community, and industry

ABOUT TALLAHASSEE

Tallahassee is a vibrant City that is home to Florida’s state government, two major universities – Florida State University and Florida A&M University, as well as one of the largest community colleges in the state – Tallahassee Community College.   Centrally located in the panhandle, Tallahassee is only hours away from white sandy Gulf beaches, Walt Disney World, and the Atlantic Ocean.  Tallahassee has one of the top parks and recreation departments in the country and was recently named an All-America City for the 2nd time.  Leon County Schools were recognized by the Florida State Board of Education as an Academically High Performing District for the second year in a row.

Tallahassee’s Electric & Gas Utility provides reliable electric service to over 124,000 customers in a 221 square mile service territory that includes both the City of Tallahassee and portions of the unincorporated areas of Leon County and reliable natural gas services to over 34,000 customers within Leon, Wakulla, and Gadsden counties..  A full service vertical electric utility, Tallahassee has 725 MW of generation located at three sites, 60MW of solar under a Purchase Power Agreement, 224 miles of transmission (115kv & 230 kv), 28 substations with two more in engineering, and 3,631 miles of distribution.  The City’s Electric Utility is registered as a Balancing Authority, Transmission Owner/Operator and Generation Owner/Operator under the NERC Reliability Standards.

Tallahassee Electric & Gas has been recognized nationally and regionally for its strong performance.  These recognitions have included the APPA E. F. Scattergood Award, two APPA DEED Energy Innovator Awards, APPA Reliable Public Power Provider (Platinum level), APGA System Operational Achievement Recognition (Gold), APGA Safety Management Excellence Award, the Public Gas System Achievement Award, and Power Magazine naming the City’s Hopkins Generating Plant one of the Top Six Gas Fired Power Plants in the World.

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITES

As the Power Management and Control Engineer for System Operations Technical Support, you would be responsible for advanced applications engineering work in designing, specification, and managing computer hardware and software support for the City's power management and control systems. Work involves providing and maintaining computer hardware and software support for the City's power management computer system; writing, editing, compiling, various computer language programs for the power management system and its associated peripheral control systems; and planning and evaluating the hardware and software additions necessary to improve the power management and control system's ability to monitor, analyze, and control an interconnected power system. This position also would design, configure, deploy, and maintains the SCADA local and wide area networks (LANs, WANs), including servers, routers, hubs, switches, firewalls, wireless technology, and other associated hardware to ensure safe and reliable operation for fulfilling designated business objectives and processes. Day-to-day responsibilities include: 

  • Ensuring reliable operations of the Electric Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system
  • Maintaining the Electric Utility fiber communications network between the Control Center/Back-Up Control Center and the various substations
  • Subject Matter Expert for NERC Compliance activities

EDUCATION, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, and REQUIREMENTS

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, or related field.
  • Six years of professional work experience that includes electric utility power system controls or related networking/IT operations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of local and wide area network technologies and concepts, including Internet protocol routing and topologies, switching technologies, virtual LANs, etc.
  • Knowledge of IT equipment and operating systems, including the configuration of Servers, Backups, and Anti-Virus in a multi-segment network.
  • Knowledge of editing source code and managing database systems.
  • Experience with one or more of the following languages: Java, C++, SQL, Python, C#.
  • A team player with the ability to communicate with customers of the systems that you support
  • Security and compliance minded to protect OT systems
  • Ability to obtain and maintain throughout their period of employment the required clearances to have unrestricted access to critical facilities consistent with FERC, NERC, and SERC reliability standards.

Individuals in these classifications are:

  • Considered essential employees during emergency/storm events and must be able to work 16 hours per day for extended periods of time and may be required to be away from their family.
  • Must be available to serve on-call and subject to working outside of their assigned shift/schedule to meet operational needs.
  • Must be able to distinguish between red and green.
  • Refer to section SYSTEM OPERATIONS – POWER MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL for special duties.

HOW TO APPLY

A completed City of Tallahassee employment application is required. A resume may be attached to the application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applicants must apply on-line via the internet at https://www.talgov.com/employment/employment.aspx. If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at (850) 891-8214.

Compensation

The City of Tallahassee offers competitive salary and benefits. In addition to competitive salaries, the City offers a full slate of benefits for its employees including a defined benefit pension plan, City contribution to a 401K plan, cafeteria style benefit offerings including Flexbucks, 12 paid holidays, personal leave, sick leave, and catastrophic leave.

The City of Tallahassee is an Equal Opportunity and Veteran’s Preference Employer.

If you have a disability requiring accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, in the Office of Diversity& Inclusion at (850) 891-8950 or at TLHADA@talgov.com. Preference will be given to veterans and spouses of veterans in accordance with Florida Statues 295.085.