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Staff Engineer, Transmission Engineering

Position Overview
As a Staff Engineer, Transmission Engineering Team, Renewable Electrical Engineering you will support the engineering and construction of cutting-edge long-distance high-voltage transmission lines, HVDC converter stations, and generation interconnection transmission facilities for renewable energy projects. You will be primarily responsible for managing conceptual project designs and the engineering firms selected to complete final detailed designs for projects to be built. Projects are located nationwide with various challenges that will provide you with opportunities to collaborate with experts in development, permitting, renewable engineering, construction, and operations. Transmission systems for these projects will utilize advanced technologies, focus on increasing the reach of low-cost renewable energy, and enhance grid reliability.

Engineering Design:

  • Develop project designs that comply with all critical owner and interconnection requirements. 
  • Conduct thorough design reviews of physical and electrical drawings.
  • Define the scope of all required engineering studies/calculations (electrical and civil) and review results for accuracy and compliance. 
  • Track design schedules, update all stakeholders, and ensure that critical dates related to engineering tasks are met on time. 
  • Support project close out by organizing and transferring all as-built documentation to the final project owner including physical and electrical drawings, schematics, bill of materials, engineering studies/calculations, and relay settings. 
Procurement and Construction Support:

  • Review competitive bids for owner procured transmission, HVDC, and other electrical material. Support the purchasing of this equipment and manage suppliers throughout the engineering and commissioning process. 
  • Monitor construction progress both remotely and via on-site inspections and support resolution of any field issues. Attend on-site meetings with electrical construction contractors and in person coordination meetings with interconnection utilities. 
  • Perform factory/equipment inspection and witness factory acceptance testing for major materials. 
Engineering Group Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing project specific construction, engineering, and equipment specifications.
  • Prepare and validate calculations related to electrical energy including impedances and other line losses, electric and magnetic fields, surface gradient, audible noise, thermal rating, and conductor selection.
  • Prepare and validate calculations related to transmission line structural loading, foundation, hardware, and overhead wire (e.g., clearances, blowout, swing, etc.).
  • Coordinate with independent engineers and project partners to effectively navigate the technical due diligence process. 
  • Assist in the development of new projects by analyzing conceptual designs and Requests for Proposal (RFP) specifications. 
  • Support early-stage transmission development by providing route input, addressing landowner concerns, evaluating environmental and construction impacts, etc.
  • Coordinate with operations engineering to incorporate lessons learned into new design reviews and specifications to continuously improve quality.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry technology through various training sessions and conferences.

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited college/university (Civil, Electrical, Power Systems, or Mechanical Engineering)
  • Basic knowledge and application of principles in area of engineering specialty
  • General knowledge of interpreting and applying common industry standards and codes
  • Ability to work as a team member, to maintain project timelines, budgets, and deliver on commitments
  • Ability to perform effectively in high-pressure situations while maintaining focus with commitment to quality and accuracy
  • Strong organization and planning skills with the ability to manage tasks across multiple projects
  • Strong communication (verbal/written) and interpersonal skills involving the ability to work cross-functionally to understand requirements and provide recommendations
  • Proficient with the use computers, Microsoft suite, and automated tools
  • Engineering internship or other applicable discipline experience
  • Some travel required (up to 25%)
  • Valid driver license and subject to Invenergy’s auto insurance carrier requirements
Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • 1-2 years of relevant work experience is a plus 
  • Proficient knowledge of land survey technology and how to use geospatial data 
  • Proficient knowledge of PLS-CADD design software and its use in transmission line design
  • Proficient knowledge of foundation design and software programs
  • Program specific skills related to Excel Visual Basic, Visio, Global Mapper and Auto CAD
  • Experience with EHV/HV electrical infrastructure (substations/switchyards, distribution systems, transmission lines, transformers. etc.) 
  • Understanding of finite element analysis software (e.g., PLS-CADD software suite)
  • Knowledge of power systems, ideally acquired through specific coursework, job experience, and internships