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Engineer I

Idaho Power is looking for an Electrical Engineer to join our Reliability team in Pocatello. 
It’s an exciting time to work for an energy company, especially Idaho Power. We recently announced a goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. Our work plays a critical role in our customers’ lives and in the communities we serve across Idaho and Oregon.
What does an Electrical Engineer do for us? They plan and lead assignments and projects with internal departments and external organizations under the guidance of other engineers and leaders as needed. These assignments include budgeting, financial accountability and meeting deadlines for their assigned projects.
In addition to the meaningful work we do, we offer work-life balance, competitive pay and benefits, and both a 401k employer-match and a pension plan, making Idaho Power one of the best employers in the state.
Engineer I:
Operating under general supervision and with oversight, an Engineer I is developing technical expertise in their field. This role plans and leads assignments and projects, may interface with internal departments and external organizations, and receives guidance from leaders and other engineers as needed.

General job duties applicable to all areas of expertise:
·        Plan and lead projects, assignments and technical investigations
·        Act as a liaison between other departments and organizations
·        Evaluate progress and results, recommending changes in procedures
·        Exercise moderate technical judgment in decision-making and independent action
·        Are responsible for budgeting, financial accountability and timelines on assigned projects
·        Utilize industry and discipline-related knowledge to interpret and comply with regulations 
as required by NERC, FERC, WECC, EPA, NESC, OSHA, FCC, etc.

Model and analyze power systems during steady state, transient, harmonic, and fault conditions for planning, specification and configuration of power system equipment for transmission and generation, including protection, control, voltage control, transformation, and reactive compensation.
Specific Additional Job Duties:
·        Model and analyze the distribution and sub-transmission systems during steady-state, transient and fault conditions to perform the following:
o   System capacity analysis
o   Primary and secondary voltage analysis
o   Distribution protection and coordination
o   Fault Analysis
o   Reactive support analysis
·        Review, specify and document settings for protection devices including relays, reclosers, sectionalizers, pad-mounted switchgear and fuses per the Idaho Power Protection and Coordination Best Practices and Coordination Process
·        Reviews operations reports and determines whether protection system operations were proper
·        Provide technical support to regional teams including distribution designers, line crews, troublemen, etc.
·        Evaluate and approve customer load requests
·        Specify, review and document voltage control and reactive compensation device settings including load tap changers (LTC), voltage regulators and capacitors
·        Understand, troubleshoot and monitor operations of distribution volt/var control systems
·        Manage regional application of Idaho Power reliability programs
·        Calculate arc flash ratings and provide arc flash support to regional teams and customers
·        Coordinate and closely support Line Operations Technicians (LOT) on line equipment specifications, settings, installation and maintenance
·        Support regional operations by specifying and reviewing planned switching orders and supporting outage restoration activities

Reliability Knowledge of:
·        General knowledge of engineering principles
·        Utilities and their business environment
·        Transmission system operations, generation and power delivery
·        Power system analysis and modeling (both transmission and distribution)
·        Reliability assessment and improvement techniques
·        Electrical theory and advanced mathematics
·        Economic analysis, discounted cash flow analysis and risk analysis
·        Forecast and estimation techniques using statistical methods
·        Urban planning and zoning methods and economic development
·        Geographic Information System (GIS)
·        Team-based philosophies
·        Test equipment
·        Substation operations
·        Protective relay application
·        Symmetrical components
·        Rotating machines
·        Transformers, capacitors, reactors, and control systems
·        Instrument transformers
·        Communications theory

Skills in:
·        Troubleshooting
·        Interdisciplinary skills
·        Effective oral and written communication
·        Use of computers and common software
·        Producing technical reports

Ability to:
·        Create protection systems through the specification, evaluation, setting, and testing of protective relays and associated components
·        Manage and coordinate projects
·        Establish and maintain effective working relationships
·        Work both independently and on project teams
·        Develop alternatives and work with others to evaluate their value and potential for meeting company needs
·        Analyze datasets and databases
·        Prepare and deliver oral testimony
·        Gather, organize and analyze engineering project data
·        Prepare comprehensive written and oral reports of problems, alternatives and recommendations
·        Interpret construction diagrams and drawings

·        Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution (degree must be obtained by May 15th of 2020)
·        Strong preference: Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution

·        Engineer I – 0-2 years related experience

·        Engineer I – Engineer in Training (EIT) designation

Licenses & Certifications:
·        Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position

·        Travel with out-of-town stays may be required

This position is a full-time, regular position with Idaho Power. The successful candidate will join the Reliability Engineering team to backfill for the Pocatello Reliability Engineer who is participating in a two-year temporary duty assignment with the Distribution Planning Engineering team. At the end of the two-year period, this position will likely transition from the Reliability Engineering team to the Distribution Planning Engineering team in Pocatello.

This position is a sedentary job requiring working at a desk/computer for extended periods of time. It requires the use of office equipment, fine motor skills including typing on the computer, dialing phones, filing paper, and working in close proximity to other people. There may be occasional lifts of no more than 10 lbs. Ergonomic accommodations including sit to stand desks are available and installed as needed. The above is a summary of the primary essential functions of the position. This job may require the performance of additional tasks assigned by company leaders or management. Questions regarding job requirements or accommodation requests should be directed to Human Resources.

Work Standards, Communication, Decision Making, Planning and Organizing, Building Partnerships, and Adaptability.

To be considered for this position, please visit our website at and complete our online application.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, and any other status protected by applicable federal and state laws.

If you have questions, or require assistance or accommodation to complete the online application, please contact us at: Phone: 208-388-2965 or Email:
Idaho Power is an Equal Opportunity Employer