Electric Utility Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Services & Ops
Organization:  Infrastructure & Operations
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106441
Job Code: Technical Services & Ops MTS 3 (TSS.3) / Technical Services & Ops MTS 4 (TSS.4)
Date Posted: November 21 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for an Electric Utility Engineer.  You will perform a variety of senior-level engineering, planning, design, protection, maintenance, operations, construction, and modification activities on the transmission, substation, and distribution facilities (115kV, 13.8kV, 12kV, and 4kV) serving the LLNL Main Site and Site 300 (located in Tracy, California).  This position is in the Electric Utility Division within the Facilities & Infrastructure Department.

This position will be filled at either the TSS.3 or TSS.4 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Identify short and long-range electric utility system capability deficiencies by analyzing complex system component capability and projected load growth.  Provide economic and timely solutions for system reinforcements to eliminate identified system capability deficiencies and to maintain LLNL’s electric utility systems service reliability and quality goals.
- Conduct electric utility system load-flow studies and economic studies to support engineering recommendations.
- Analyze electric utility system protection requirements and make protection scheme recommendations for transmission lines, substations, metal-clad switchgear, and distribution circuits.  Set and coordinate all protective relays and provide supporting fault-duty studies.
- Develop and implement electric utility system equipment maintenance and system operations procedures and standards.
- Review and approve electric utility system equipment test reports, as-built switchgear drawings, system one-line diagrams, associated system drawings, and Switching Orders to ensure system load parameters are within limits during abnormal circuit configurations.
- Monitor existing electric utility system parameters and provide engineering recommendations to maintain the system within allowable limits.
- Perform electric utility system arc-flash assessments and determine appropriate in-field personal protective equipment.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the TSS.4 Level
- Lead technical teams in the development of detailed engineering designs and construction packages for electric utility system equipment upgrades and replacements.
- Perform project coordination duties and provide construction oversight for Electric Utility Division projects.
- Lead the review process for site-wide electric utility systems projects from initial concept through construction including design, code conformance (NEC, NESC, IEEE, ANSI, California State General Orders 95 and 128), LLNL safety and environmental standards, equipment specifications, and acceptance testing specifications.

- Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (power systems concentration) or an equivalent combination of education and related experience, and professional registration as an Electrical Engineer in the State of California or reciprocity from another state within 12 months.
- Advanced knowledge of and significant experience in electric utility substation and distribution system engineering, maintenance, and operations; significant knowledge of electric utility distribution system switchgear; ability to read electric utility system drawings (one-lines, three-lines, schematics, etc.).
- Significant experience in electric utility system safe work practices in accordance with the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).
- Advanced knowledge of California Public Utility Commission General Orders 95 and 128, and other applicable codes and standards (IEEE C37, C57, etc.); knowledge of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70E, and IEEE 1584.
- Advanced knowledge of electric utility system analysis software (SKM Power Tools preferred) to perform load-flow, fault-duty, protective device coordination, and arc-flash studies; experience performing engineering economic studies and making recommendations to management and stakeholders.
- Ability using AutoCAD to prepare design drawings; demonstrated ability using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment (with engineers, electricians, administrative staff, project management, and construction personnel) and present and explain technical information to management.
- Proven ability to provide superior and effective customer service.
In Addition at the TSS.4 Level
- Significant experience preparing engineering designs and construction packages for electric utility system equipment upgrades and replacements.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively interact with all levels of scientific, technical, administrative, and management personnel and present, explain, and advise senior management and external sponsors on electric utility system engineering, maintenance, and operation issues.
- Significant experience overseeing project coordination and construction oversight of electric utility system projects.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.