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Distribution Protection Engineer – Technical Leader

Electric Power Research Institute

This is a Full-time position in Mascot, TN posted May 22, 2021.

Job Title:

Distribution Protection Engineer – Technical Leader

Location:

Knoxville, TN

Job Summary and Description:

Power system protection engineer in Distribution Grid Operations and Planning research team. The role will involve working with distribution grid owners and operators across North America and the wider world to solve modern and exciting grid protection challenges.

While experience with setting relays and performing coordination studies is essential, it is important that the candidate be interested in and capable of analyzing larger scale problems. These may include supporting fault and disturbance investigations, coordination and interaction between DER and grid protection devices, and the impacts of inverters and decreasing inertia on protection performance. Through project experience and training the role will enable the candidate to build and develop their expertise in grid protection, protection relays and their applications, settings, and testing. The successful candidate will join a growing team performing protection R&D who are focused on tackling major protection challenges and delivering practical solutions from concept all the way through to deployment in the field.  Candidate will work directly with senior EPRI staff and will have significant interaction with members and the power system industry.

Conducts research efforts in particular scientific disciplines or technologies and participates the development and application of products and services in those areas through contractors and departmental or cross-functional teams.  Applies technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines.  Develops technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. Organizes the external and interdepartmental activities ensuring completion of the project/product on schedule and within budget.  May conduct research directly in complex, high impact technical or scientific fields.

• Ability to apply technical knowledge to industry issues and gain input on needs from members/stakeholders and identify current and emerging technical issues.

• Develops research or services opportunities of value to EPRI members that fit EPRI’s mission and capabilities.  This will include solving customer problems, producing insights and information vital to the members, and delivering information in a manner that members and customers can and will apply.  

• May provide oversight of a project team to assure technical and financial milestones are met.

• Provides assistance to the EPRI sales staff in Member Services and EPRI International.

• Broaden technical expertise and interface with national and international technical networks with manufacturers, consultants, and academia and research organizations.

• Communicates strategies and results, written and verbal, to program members, potential members and external stakeholders through guidelines, reports, meetings, webcasts, workshops and conferences.

• Manages small or medium (less complex) projects including budgets and resources

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field or equivalent experience required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• 5 -7 or more years of research and development project and promotional experience, including development of advanced concepts for internal research or equivalent experience.

• Shows technical expertise and assumes responsibility for highly specialized technical objectives using creative imaginative solutions.

• Experience in performing and/or managing research activities.

• Incumbents must be able to exercise judgment, diligence, and attention to detail and demonstrate an aptitude for carrying out responsible technical assignments.

• Good verbal and written communication skills.

• Manages projects and may work in conjunction with a technical specialist.

• Developing technical depth in 1-2 areas

• Understand how work fits across EPRI programs

• Typically individual contributor, may begin handling supervisory activities for lower level positions.

Additional Job Information:

Power system protection engineer in Distribution Grid Operations and Planning research team. The role will involve working with distribution grid owners and operators across North America and the wider world to solve modern and exciting grid protection challenges.

While experience with setting relays and performing coordination studies is essential, it is important that the candidate be interested in and capable of analyzing larger scale problems. These may include supporting fault and disturbance investigations, coordination and interaction between DER and grid protection devices, and the impacts of inverters and decreasing inertia on protection performance. Through project experience and training the role will enable the candidate to build and develop their expertise in grid protection, protection relays and their applications, settings, and testing. The successful candidate will join a growing team performing protection R&D who are focused on tackling major protection challenges and delivering practical solutions from concept all the way through to deployment in the field.  Candidate will work directly with senior EPRI staff and will have significant interaction with members and the power system industry.

The Ideal Candidate

Required Experience

  • Understanding of power system faults and sequence components
  • Extensive experience with recloser and relay types
  • Relay logic design and testing
  • Experience running short circuit simulations and protection coordination studies such as in CYME, Synergi, PSS-CAPE, ASPEN OneLiner, or Digsilent PowerFactory

Beneficial Experience

  • Experience working in distribution grid operations or planning studies related to power flow, power quality, EMT studies etc.
  • Fault Location Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR) scheme design
  • Understanding of inverter technologies, controllers

EPRI participates in E-Verify, an online system operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration (SSA). EPRI uses the system to check the work status of new hires by comparing information from the employee’s I-9 form against SSA and Department of Homeland Security databases.

Note: To ensure compliance with U.S. export controls, please indicate your U.S. citizenship or (for foreign citizens) your U.S. visa/immigration status in your resume or cover letter.

EPRI is an equal opportunity employer. EEO/AA/M/F/VETS/Disabled

Together . . . Shaping the Future of Electricity.

www.epri.com

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