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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 Senior Engineer in the System Adequacy team, you will apply your leadership, collaboration skills, and technical expertise to effectively and efficiently lead initiatives to identify risks to the reliability and security of the Western Interconnection’s Bulk Power System (BPS).

The WECC System Adequacy Planning (SAP) department analyzes resource and transmission planning, reliability, and renewable energy integration in the Western Interconnection. Recent energy policies call for additional planning activities to support a better understanding of long-term regional transmission and other infrastructure needs under a broad range of load and resource futures. The Senior Engineer position requires relevant education and experience. This role reports to the Manager, System Adequacy Planning.

You will—

  • Lead production cost, capital expansion, capital cost, and reliability assessments on the Western Interconnection.
  • Support the development of the interconnection-wide production cost model.
  • Act as subject matter expert and work with external stakeholders and WECC staff to accomplish tasks.
  • Evaluate the effects of transmission congestion and utilization for various load, resource, and transmission scenarios in production cost models and identify potential mitigation for these issues.
  • Develop, review, and cross-check load, resource, and transmission project data.
  • Prepare reports on reliability assessments and present the reports at WECC-hosted meetings.
  • Present highly technical results to both technical and non-technical audiences clearly and concisely.
  • Participate in various technical and industry forums representing WECC.
  • Work with technical committees and stakeholders to improve models and perform studies.
  • Assist and mentor associate- and staff-level engineers and lead technical teams as appropriate.
  • Work effectively and independently in a highly dynamic team environment and assist various groups within the company as needed.
  • Evaluate software tools and coordinate with vendors on simulation tool development and improvements.

You will enjoy this role if you have—

  • A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (electrical power emphasis desired) or equivalent combination of education and related industry experience resulting in a demonstrated ability to perform major duties.
  • At least eight years of progressively responsible work experience in electric power system planning, economics, energy policy, or energy marketing fields.
  • Demonstrated initiative to identify and complete needed analytical work.
  • Experience with production cost modeling and other energy modeling software.
  • Proficiency in standard office software applications including MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, and Outlook.
  • An understanding of the current energy industry and trends affecting the reliability of the Bulk Power System.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment as a facilitator and team member. 
  • The ability to set and meet self-imposed deadlines and conclude assignments with minimal external guidance.
  • The ability to perform effectively in high-pressure situations while maintaining focus.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.

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.

Benefits

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.

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Be a part of something that matters!

About Western Electricity Coordinating Council :

The Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) is a non-profit corporation that exists to assure a reliable Bulk Electric System in the geographic area known as the Western Interconnection. WECC has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the Regional Entity for the Western Interconnection. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) delegated some of its authority to create, monitor, and enforce reliability standards to WECC through a Delegation Agreement.

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