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T&D Engineer

  • Owensboro Municipal Utilities
  • Evansville, IN, USA
  • May 18, 2024

Job Description

(Senior) T&D Engineer

Salary Range $38.60-55.44 per hour



The intent of this description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees on this job. Employees may be required or assigned other related activities, projects, or tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability needed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Under the general direction of the T&D Engineering Manager, this position is responsible for all phases of the design, troubleshooting, coordination, and construction of new and existing transmission, distribution, substation, water distribution facilities and fiber optic communication facilities. Position requires strong technical, communication & project management skills. Position requires extensive knowledge with relay protection schemes for transmission, distribution & substation protection. Position requires a high level of judgment, analytic ability and creativity investigating moderately complex situations and recommending solutions.



  • Directs & Supervises activities of Engineering Technicians.
  • Applies technical expertise in the design of electric transmission, distribution, substation facilities; fiber optic communication facilities; water distribution facilities and associated equipment, which will meet all codes and regulatory requirements.
  • Performs studies to determine standards for construction, operation and maintenance of electric transmission, distribution substation facilities; water distribution facilities; fiber optic communication facilities.
  • Perform studies and analysis as required for the specification and installation of equipment.
  • Assists T&D Engineering Manager in planning studies to determine future changes and additions to transmission, distribution and substation facilities.
  • Prepares contract specifications on major construction projects and administers contract terms in the field.
  • Performs network analysis and computer simulations for determining load flows in the transmission and distribution system and water flows in the water distribution system.
  • Assures that all protective relaying is properly coordinated, maintained, tested and records are clearly documented.
  • Ensure electric transmission, distribution, substation facilities; water distribution facilities; fiber optic communication drawings and records are kept current and accurate.
  • Investigates all electric transmission, distribution and substation events or other events as requested to evaluate system performance, and implement corrective action plans.
  • Prepare budgets, prepare estimates, manage and implement approved projects, and provide reports as required.
  • Participate on special project teams as needed.
  • Assists T&D Engineering Manager in preparing budgets and forecasts relating to future expenditures for electric transmission, distribution, substation, and water distribution facilities.
  • Attends coordination and construction meetings with local private, city and state officials.
  • Attend seminars, technical expositions, and continuing education classes to stay abreast of new technologies and operations procedures.
  • Rotates as Duty Supervisor for after hours emergency management responses.
  • Ensures organization's adherence to all OMU Health & Safety policies, regulations and programs.
  • This role requires a 30 minute response time.
  • Assist T&D Engineering Manager, jointly with Director of Telecommunication, in preparing budgets, expansion plans, and system upgrades for the telecommunication system.
  • Assists T&D Engineering Manager in maintaining and updating construction standards, historical construction records, material specifications, and approved vendor lists as well as the review of bid submittals involving products which may vary in rated characteristics and/or dimensions prior to award (i.e. Transformers, light fixtures, etc.).
  • Studies and evaluates all proposed interconnections or services requests by third parties which may adversely impact transmission or distribution facilities or their operation (i.e. Motors, generators, solar, etc.).
  • Assists Substation department with preparation and maintenance of wiring diagrams for equipment replacements.
  • Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.



Technical degree required in such disciplines as Computer Engineering, CPA, etc, plus 3 years related experience and/or training, and 12 to 18 months related management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.



Ability to read, analyze, and understand common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents; ability to respond to complex or difficult inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.




Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



Valid Driver's License



Not indicated.



Intermediate: Spreadsheet

Basic: Presentation/PowerPoint, Word Processing/Typing




Under direction where a definite objective is set up and the employee plans and arranges own work, referring only unusual cases to supervisor.



Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work; may also occasionally assist in the planning of work assignments performed by others within a limited area of operation.



Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of minor importance and also frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance; the latter of which would affect the work operations of other employees and/or clientele to a moderate degree.



Very close mental demand. Operations requiring very close and continuous attention for control of operations which require a high degree of coordination or immediate response. Operations requiring intermittent direct thinking to determine or select the most applicable way of handling situations regarding the organization's administration and operations; also to determine or select material and equipment where highly variable sequences are involved.



Directed. Supervisory and/or professional skills using structured practices or policies and directed as to execution and review. Interpolation of learned things in moderately varied situations where reasoning and decision-making are essential.



Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include but not limited to interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Supervises a small group (3-7) of employees, usually of lower classifications. Assigns and checks work; assists and instructs as required and performs same work as those supervised, or closely related work, a portion of the time. Content of the work supervised is of non-technical nature, but presents numerous situations to which policies and precedents must be interpreted and applied.

Positions Supervised: Engineering Technician



Occasionally responsible for organization's property where carelessness, error, or misappropriation would result in moderate damage or moderate monetary loss to the organization. The total value for the above would range from $150,000 to $1,000,000.



Probable errors would normally not be detected in succeeding operations and could possibly affect organization-patron relationship, involve re-work, or additional expenditures in order to properly resolve the error. The possibility of such errors would occur quite frequently in performance of the job. May also cause inaccuracies or incomplete information that would be used in other segments of the organization as a basis for making subsequent decisions, plans, or actions.




Directed. Freedom to complete duties as defined by wide-ranging policies and precedents with mid to upper-level managerial oversight.



The amount of annual dollars generated based on the job's essential duties / responsibilities. Examples would include direct dollar generation, departmental budget, proper handling of organization funds, expense control, savings from new techniques or reduction in manpower.

Small. Job creates a monetary impact for the organization from $100,000 to $1mm.



Moderate impact. Job has a definite impact on the organization's end results. Participates with others in taking action for a department and/or total organization.



Regular contacts with patrons where the contacts are initiated by the employee. Involves both furnishing and obtaining information and, also, attempting to influence the decisions of those persons contacted. Contacts of considerable importance and of such nature, that failure to exercise proper judgment may result in important tangible or intangible losses to the organization.



Contacts with other departments or offices and also frequently with individuals in middle level positions; consulting on problems which necessitate judgment and tact in presentation to obtain cooperation or approval of action to be taken. Also, important contacts with associates as required in advanced supervisory jobs.



Regular use of highly complex machines and equipment; specialized or advanced software programs.



Periodically exposed to such elements as noise, intermittent standing, walking, pushing, carrying, or lifting; but none are present to the extent of being disagreeable.



The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, work in high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions, risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

Moderate diversity, low physical. Work activities which allow for a moderate amount of diversity in the performance of tasks which are not as varied as those positions with high-level diversity and decision-making.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or hear; frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms; and occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception; and ability to adjust focus.



Knowledge and Abilities

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering required. Strong written and verbal communication skills necessary in dealing with a wide range of personalities both inside and outside the organization. Extensive knowledge of personal computers and ability to quickly learn specialized software applications needed. A valid Kentucky driver's license required. Professional Engineering registration or ability to obtain desired.



Minimum of three (3) years Utility Engineering associated with electrical transmission, substation, and distribution and twelve to eighteen months of supervisory experience.

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