Job TypeFULL TIME/EMPLOYEE
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO), headquartered in Hughesville, Maryland, is a rapidly growing transmission and distribution cooperative with about 500 employees that serves over 162,000 consumers just south of Washington, D.C. SMECO has a peak load of almost 1000 MW, assets in excess of $980 million, with over 400 miles of transmission lines serving 71 substations.
SMECO has employment opportunities in our Transmission, Distribution, and Operations Departments. SMECO is aggressively pursuing electrical engineers required to fill recent promotional vacancies, retirements, and new positions required to meet the demands of operating a robust electric system with innovation and technology.
SMECO is seeking candidates with up to five years of experience including new electrical engineering graduates. We have also been very successful at transitioning electrical engineers from other industries into the electric utility business.
We are searching for electrical engineers to support our Distribution Planning, Metering, Engineering, and Design needs:
System Planning and Distribution Engineering
Facilitates electric distribution system planning studies, electric system power flow and short-circuit software model development, customer generation interconnections, distribution protection device selection and coordination, construction and material standards, distribution automation technologies, data analytics, 15kV equipment selection and application, primary 15 kV electric system capital improvement project concept designs, and customer power quality issue resolution.
Electric Meter Engineering
Is a subject matter expert (SME) technical resource regarding the understanding and implementation of distribution and transmission electrical metering and automated meter data reporting infrastructure. Applies electrical theory knowledge to real-life electric metering issues , meter test services, installation and troubleshooting, Tariff policy, and procedural metering direction for customer billing and utility substation metering services, metering equipment selection, automated meter reading and meter data management software platforms, and intelligent grid “smart meter” technologies.
Electric Distribution Commercial Service Design
Design residential, commercial, and industrial project 600V class electrical services including transformer sizing, load requirements, phasing, primary and secondary cable selection, fuse/coordination device selection, and design documentation. Directs, coordinates, and monitors engineering project, program, permit, and contract requirements to meet customer electric service schedule needs.
We are searching for electrical engineers to support our Transmission Engineering, Construction, Operations, and Maintenance needs:
Substation and Transmission Projects
Engineering and design of new and existing substations and transmission including drawing development, specifications preparation, and electrical calculations. Preparing material and construction contracts including drawings, material lists, and specifications, and managing the procurement process. Coordination of various consultants, contractors, and internal SMECO departments during the execution of the planning, engineering, procurement, construction and operations of the defined project.
System Protection and Commissioning
Provides technical resource in the major functions of design, installation, testing and maintenance of SCADA system, 230kV transmission, 69kV sub-transmission, and substation protective relaying schemes. Prepares specifications for microprocessor based protective devices and controls for utilization in the electric system (LTC, protective relay, var controllers, etc.). Develops procedures and assists with the testing and commissioning of protective relay systems and SCADA equipment for transmission, substation and distribution equipment. Test and Commissions local and communication-assisted differential, impedance, directional/non- directional overcurrent, sync-check, and voltage/frequency based protective relaying schemes for 230, 69, and 13 kV systems.
Transmission System Operations
Supervise the operation and administration of the EMS/SCADA systems, including development and maintenance of databases, displays, and transmission system models. Perform load flows, contingency analysis, state estimation and administer Operator training simulations. Develop, maintain and implement department procedures to ensure safe and reliable operation of 230kV and 69kV transmission and substation systems in compliance with NERC/ReliabilityFirst standards and requirements, PJM Manuals, NESC codes and Maryland PSC regulations, including outage scheduling, system restoration and system operations (steady state and emergency).
$65,100 - $84,300
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Job Related Qualifications
An engineering position candidate will have a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from an accredited program and be or able to become a registered Professional Engineer with experience in the Electric Utility industry.
Specific experience in the electric utility industry is ideal but SMECO is prepared to recruit from other areas of the electrical engineering industry.
SMECO is looking for qualified technical resources to focus on the investment, maintenance, and operations of the SMECO Electric System. We are looking for motivated electrical engineers ready to seize the opportunity to ensure SMECO is a technically strong Cooperative.
SMECO offers an excellent salary and benefit program as well as opportunities for advancement through responsibility and growth.
Notice of Equal Opportunity Employment
We expect employees to be honest, trustworthy, and operate with integrity. Discrimination and all unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment) in employment is not tolerated. We encourage success based on our individual merits and abilities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or employment status. We support and obey laws that prohibit discrimination everywhere we do business. We fully consider all qualified applicants including those with a criminal history.