Electronic Field Engineer
- WVPA Corporate Office - Indianapolis
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Full Time
- Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package
Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA) is an electric cooperative headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. WVPA generates and transmits wholesale electricity to 23 distribution cooperatives in Indiana, and Missouri that reaches over 300,000 homes and businesses. WVPA has grown to serve the wholesale power needs of local distribution cooperatives in a three-state area and is a member of the PJM Interconnection (PJM) and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and a founding member of Touchstone Energy®. WVPA also provides a broad variety of business services such as technical services, economic development, engineering and marketing/communications to help its member systems better leverage their own resources and benefit from joint efforts with other nearby co-ops.
As an Electronic Field Engineer you will install, maintain and repair Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and related computer systems operated by Wabash Valley Power Association to ensure transfer of accurate and reliable load data. Secondary responsibilities involve assisting member systems by interfacing the SCADA system to member-owned substation equipment. Additional responsibilities include providing technical assistance and guidance to member systems (cooperatives) related, but not limited to, computer systems, network environments, Automated Meter Reading/Infrastructure, telecommunications, and metering.
The Electronic Field Engineer will be responsible for:
• Installing, modifying, and maintaining the SCADA systems for the Member Systems and cooperatives. This includes engineering and managing projects, configuring and testing communications equipment, Remote Terminal Units (RTU's), fiber optics, Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED's), Front End Processors, and SCADA Servers/Workstations as well as performing System Administration and Database Administration duties on server/workstation environment and Network Administration duties on network equipment.
• Creating and managing software programs and functions to address programming needs on systems. Position occasionally works with other departments to assure metering equipment is accurate.
• Training and instructing Member Systems personnel on the operation and proper use of all installed equipment such as the SCADA system. Troubleshoots and maintains communications of the end user devices that connect to the Members' SCADA systems.
• Providing technical assistance and guidance to member systems related, but not limited to, computer systems, network environments, Automated Meter Reading/Infrastructure, telecommunications, and metering.
• Providing technical support for WVPA metering including installation, programming, maintenance, and potential replacement of metering equipment.
• Performs related administrative responsibilities such as credit card reconciliations, creation of weekly reports and time sheets, and maintaining an inventory of spare parts. This may also involve maintenance of the field office, service van, and equipment and tools. May be required to perform other duties as assigned.
• Exceptional customer focus and communication skills: Able to clearly present information through the spoken or written word, reads and interprets complex information, talks with customers or clients, and listens well. Is also able to demonstrate a high level of service delivery; does what is necessary to ensure customer satisfaction, deals with service failures, and prioritizes customer needs.
• Problem Solving Ability: Able to apply systems thinking to generate solutions; understands process but can focus on isolated events; obtains multiple assessments of a situation and identifies trouble spots; evaluates alternative solutions
• Strong technology skills: Able to quickly learn and understand technical aspects of the position; embraces technology; appreciates and understands a high level of complexity, technology and innovation.
• Organization and Planning skills: Able to handle multiple projects effectively; able to prioritize tasks in a logical manner. Skill in applying resources in an efficient and practical way.
• Strong attention to detail: Able to follow detailed procedures and ensures accuracy in documentation and data; carefully monitors processes; concentrates on details and organizes and maintains a system of records.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Technology or Computer Technology.
• Two to five years of prior experience in an electronic technology capacity or Military technical training required.
• Previous experience with metering equipment and previous electric utility experience highly desirable.
• Previous experience with Remote Terminal Units (RTU's), Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED's), Radio Communications equipment, as well as EMS/SCADA System maintenance, preferred.
• Operational understanding of computer technology and networking required.
• Previous Utility experience is a plus.
CULTURE AND BENEFITS:
At Wabash Valley Power we have diverse employment opportunities such as information technology, accounting, marketing, engineering and operations, to name a few. You can feel good about what you do as our staff receives satisfaction knowing that their work makes a difference by directly improving people's lives.
Our company is big enough to allow you the opportunity to stay educated on the latest technology and training, yet small enough to maintain a personal connection with our employees. Wabash Valley Power puts a lot of corporate energy into our employees' personal growth and skills development. We recognize that our employees are our most valuable assets, so we have developed a culture which takes care of our employees by offering an excellent benefit package and by providing opportunities for the future.