Be a Part of Something that Matters
At WECC, we affect the lives of 80 million people by mitigating risks to a reliable power system in the West. The grid is changing quickly as environmental regulations, economics, technology, and customer demands continue to push the power industry to new limits. As a Staff Engineer in the System Stability Planning team, you will apply your leadership, collaboration skills, and technical expertise to effectively and efficiently identify risks to the reliability and security of the Western Interconnection’s Bulk Power System (BPS).
As Staff Engineer, you will provide support for WECC’s System Stability Planning Department. The System Stability Planning department, working with the WECC Reliability Assessment Committee (RAC) and its subcommittees, develops power flow and transient stability models that are used both internally and externally to evaluate the BPS and identify risks to the reliability of the Western Interconnection. In addition, System Stability Planning provides power system subject matter expertise from an interconnection-wide perspective to support industry and research activities.
- Develop interconnection-wide power system models in PSLF, PowerWorld, and PSS/E formats.
- Perform power system power-flow and stability studies.
- Identify reliability risks by performing reliability assessments and work with industry to address the risks.
- Coordinate and collaborate with other departments on various tasks and activities.
- Develop high quality datasets and assessment reports.
- Work closely with WECC stakeholders and committees to develop data requests, requirements for models, data quality metrics, and reliability assessments.
- Engage with software vendors to ensure tools, methods, and software can meet the reliability needs of the Western Interconnection.
- Support and facilitate stakeholder meetings of WECC and NERC committees, task forces, work groups, and applicable stakeholder groups; provide technical support for and coordinate with these groups.
You will enjoy this role if you have—
- A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (power courses desired) or equivalent combination of education and related industry experience resulting in a demonstrated ability to perform major duties. An advanced degree in engineering is preferred.
- At least four years of experience in power systems engineering, power system planning, or other large grid studies.
- Experience using PSLF, PowerWorld, and PSS/E formats for reviewing models and performing power system analysis.
- Power system database experience, SQL would be ideal.
- Experience with large grid models and modeling details.
- Proficiency in standard office software applications including MS Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
- Ability to adapt presentations to meet needs of audience.
- Ability to work effectively in a highly dynamic team environment and work with a wide range of people, including other departments as well as industry stakeholders.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to facilitate stakeholder–member groups with potentially divergent interests.
At WECC we—
- Seek information and ask for help,
- Are accountable,
- Embrace the challenges and rewards of change,
- Treat everyone as a colleague,
- Pursue continuous learning,
- Focus on results over completing activities.
WECC offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, a 401(k) plan, and paid personal time.
Be a part of something that matters!