Asset Maintenance Engineer

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Location: Remote, Rutland County,
About the Job

Serve at the heart of grid transformation amidst stunning scenery and a safe, supportive environment. Vermont Electric Power (VELCO) is seeking an Asset Maintenance Engineer to join our Team. VELCO is committed to the safety of our people, grid reliability and creating a sustainable Vermont. We are a for-profit company with a cooperative-like financial structure that returns profits to customers. Our owners are among the most innovative utilities in the world. In addition to our transmission assets, VELCO owns and operates a statewide fiber optic network and a statewide radio network. Our Asset Maintenance team consists of our transmission line and substation maintenance crews, and dynamic devices as well as asset maintenance engineering. Our team regularly collaborates with numerous other departments, including: Engineering and System Protection, Compliance, System Planning, and System Operations. We are engaged in innovative digitization work with two National Labs, operate in a state with a 40% renewable power mix, and are collaborating with national partners on policy-driven transmission projects. If serving on a highly nimble, cohesive team willing to adapt processes and utilize new tech to accelerate a changing grid appeals to you, please apply!

Why you should join our team

The Asset Maintenance Engineer will develop asset maintenance and management strategy by evaluating and instituting best practices, creating and implementing asset maintenance manuals, and ensuring compliance with established policies and procedures. The Engineer guides asset maintenance with root cause analysis, training, and analysis of equipment data trends. This role provides engineering and technical support to the VELCO maintenance teams while ensuring safe, reliable, and efficient operating of the transmission system.

This recognizes the talent and skills of a practicing engineer capable of making experienced engineering recommendations, decisions, and managing technical projects with a minimum level of oversight. It is expected that expertise in a majority of the systems and subsystems of asset maintenance has been developed. The Engineer will consistently demonstrate the knowledge to fully and competently complete engineering assignments using the appropriate procedures, templates, and change management processes.

How you will make an impact

• Develop and maintain asset management and maintenance strategy, utility best practices, and asset health manuals as related to transmission system assets — primary equipment, relays and controls, and structures.

• Review and apply industry standards to asset management processes and methodologies. Keep up-to-date on industry best practices and work to incorporate same.

• Assist in root-cause analyses of complex equipment failures and ensure that equipment failure analysis is performed timely and consistently.

• Determine and implement system-wide equipment replacement strategies.

• Analyze assets to determine performance and track operation of critical assets and their impact on the transmission system performance.

• Conduct audits of existing substation and transmission facility configurations to determine opportunities for improvements in design, operational flexibility, and reliability. Document and present opportunities for design, operational, and maintenance improvements. Facilitate discussions with Engineering, Maintenance, Operations, and other stakeholders.

• Develop and track preventative maintenance and corrective maintenance orders to ensure adherence to approved practices and aid maintenance personnel in prioritization of open orders.

• Review substation inspection activities and ensure that proper inspection cycles are performed and that pertinent data is captured and reported. Lead and provide infrared and pole inspection schedules and ensure appropriate follow up is scheduled and completed.

• Collaborate with management on specific equipment replacement, upgrades, and strategic design changes. Identify high impact failures and appropriate business case development for capital project initiation.

• Insure appropriate reviews are occurring for engineering documents as they relate to maintenance activities.

• Assist Asset Maintenance crews, Construction manager and field crews to answer technical questions regarding new facilities, testing, cutovers, and commissioning services.

• Work closely with Asset Maintenance, Construction manager and field crews to ensure proper managing and documentation of testing resources, cutover, and commissioning activities.

• Work closely with all other departments to ensure safety and business compliance.

• Assist Project Controls and Property Accounting to allocate charges throughout a project life cycle.

• Ensure critical equipment replacements are in VELCO inventory.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

Who you are

Associates degree in Electrical Engineering Technology is required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.

A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in substation and transmission line construction and maintenance is required.

The fine print

• Extensive knowledge and understanding of safety, operations and equipment as they relate to the state-wide transmission system.

• Broad-based expertise in transmission system assets construction and maintenance.

• Familiarity with industry standards, regulations and quality standards.

• Competent collaborator and skilled cross functional communicator.

• Solid computer skills, including Microsoft Office and relational databases.

• Must be able to analyze data, write technical reports, and develop recommendations.

• Ability to manage multiple assignments concurrently and meet tight deadlines.

• Be able to effectively communicate with all operating areas. Excellent verbal, writing, analytical, interpretive, negotiation and project management skills required.

• Thorough understanding of electrical engineering principles, practices, and tools.

• Ability to identify and solve complex problems.

• Extremely detail-oriented and accurate.

Important Considerations

• Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

• Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.

• Must be able to travel to state-wide project sites.

• Must be able to access and navigate job sites and construction areas.

• Must be able to maintain fast pace while completing complex, analytical work, in potentially stressful situations, with competing priorities, within tight timelines and with frequent interruptions.

• Must maintain a valid driver’s license.

NOTE: VELCO’s headquarters are located in Rutland, Vermont.  This is a hybrid position and the expectation is that the incumbent will spend at least two days per week onsite and more as needed.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

At VELCO, we believe diversity, equity, and inclusion deepen expertise, perspective, and innovation. All insights, experiences, and backgrounds are needed for a brighter energy future and to create a sustainable Vermont. We welcome all to come learn, work, and grow with us.

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