You will be responsible for commissioning transmission and distribution substations and ensuring that additions or modifications are installed, function, and energized correctly. This role will serve as a safety net to ensure that any errors introduced by incorrectly engineered design packages, installation errors, or equipment failures, are corrected before the equipment is energized and released for service. Ultimately the Commissioning Engineer prevents errors from compromising the reliability of the T&D system and the safety of employees involved in operating the system. Senior Engineer is responsible for training new engineers/technicians in relay testing, equipment testing and substation commissioning.
- Review specification and engineering drawings to understand the purpose and functionality of substation.
- Schedule the installation and commissioning with subcontractors and customers.
- Provide safety analysis and proper equipment isolation procedure.
- Provide a day-to-day outage plan for customer.
- Develop detail test procedure and sign-off sheet for each piece of equipment.
- Monitor the construction and be available to address technical questions as they arise during construction, installation and testing.
- Identify and resolve design errors.
- Assist field crews and dispatch in developing, switching to properly sequence in equipment, making sure proper hold points for testing are incorporated.
- Directly witness or perform critical tests such as DC Functional Trip Testing prior to energization and in-service.
- Direct crews as necessary during critical work junctures. This typically occurs during final commission, just prior and through initial energization.
- Acknowledge substation modification is complete and functional and formally turns it over to Dispatch to be operated within its design limits.
- Senior Commissioning Engineer is expected to support several capital projects occurring at the same time. Accordingly they rotate amongst the jobs, keeping abreast of the construction activities, reviewing test results and monitoring the work so as to anticipate any problems and gauge their level of involvement from a technical support perspective.
- Develop and maintain strong working relationships with customers, demonstrates an awareness of customer needs, preferences, and time and financial constraints.
- Management of resources and services required to install electrical equipment.
- Proven customer service, sales ability, and ability to handle difficult situations with customers and gain satisfaction.
- Assists in the development of estimates for client proposals and further business development.
- Developing testing requirements and procedures for AC and DC wiring.
- Develop standard testing documentation, training procedures and maintain all project documentation.
- Technical lead on projects and guide lower level engineers/technicians.
Education, Experience, and Skills
- · Bachelor or Associates degree in engineering (electrical, mechanical or engineering technology)
- · Able to obtain NICET certification or equivalent.
- · Leading crews to test and commission new and modified substations
- · Three-phase power systems
- · Protection and control schemes and implementation
- · Equipment testing – circuit breakers, transformers, circuit switchers, MOABS, CTs, PTs, batteries and chargers, transfer switches, line tuners, wave traps, carrier relays, etc.
- · Testing, troubleshooting, evaluating, and servicing electrical distribution and control systems is highly desirable.
- · Utilizing relay secondary injection test sets
- · PQ measurements
- · Rotating machinery, including generators and excitation systems
- · SCADA, RTU, and DFR systems
- · AutoCAD is also desired