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Principal Engineer

at City Of Gainesville, FL

Pay: $75338 to $116398/year
$75338 - $116398
Posted: 6/13/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2429813
Keywords: engineer, electrical

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Overall Job Objective

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Gainesville Regional Utilities, the 5th largest municipal electric utility in Florida, seeks an Electrical Principal Engineer who will perform high level, independent, professional and technical electrical engineering work. The successful candidate will be required to support a wide variety of engineering projects, both as an individual contributor, project leader, and team leader.

To be considered for this position you must have a bachelor's degree in engineering from an ABET accredited educational institution and at least 8 years' experience as an electrical and/or controls engineer with fossil steam driven electric units and industrial gas turbines for power generation.
The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas:
  • Experience with the design, installation, commissioning/startup of DCS systems for steam electric generating station applications.
  • Applicable knowledge of ABB/Bailey Infi-90/Symphony DCS systems.
  • Strong knowledge of protective relaying systems for large generators and plant auxiliary systems and NERC regulations.
  • Strong knowledge of: 
    • 480-volt and 4160-volt electric motors in industrial plant applications. 
    • 480-volt motor control centers and 4160-volt breakers and switchgear.
    • Electric drives, motor operators and positioners for valves and dampers.
    • Instrumentation for steam electric generating stations. 
  • The operation and maintenance of field control elements and their relation to control logic. 
  • 480-volt and 4160-volt cable systems for steam electric generating stations. 
  • Transformers (single and 3 phase)
  • Knowledge of Smart Transmitters
  • Experience with GE Mark V or Mark VIe Gas Turbine Controls with HMI 
  • Experience with DGC (Digital Generator Controller) Generator Voltage Regulator for rotating brushless exciters on Westinghouse steam turbine generators 
  • Familiarity with B&W / BHA SQ-300 Precipitator automatic voltage controls 
  • Experience with rack-mounted servers which includes installation, maintenance and support.
  • Experience with generator stator and rotor inspections and major maintenance
  • Knowledge and understanding of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, as well as Root Cause Failure Analysis Methodology.
  • Good organizational and communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to solicit input and support of others at various levels in an organization.
  • Experience managing Contractors and various journeyman craft technicians
  • Experience managing Capital projects, including budgeting, design review, writing job specifications, review of bids, selection of contractor, execution of project, commissioning of project, and facilitation of training as required.
  • Experience serving as a team leader coordinating the work of others.
Preference will be given to candidates who also have experience with:
  • Allen Bradley PLC-5 with RS-Logix 5/5000 software and ControLogix PLC with RS-Logix 5000 software
  • Wonderware Intouch HMI
  • Spectrum Model 300 CEMS
  • SEL and GE protective relaying
  • Low and medium voltage VFD (variable frequency drives)
GRU is a self-generating multi-service utility owned by the City of Gainesville. Our combined services make us the most comprehensive utility service provider in the state. We serve approximately 90,000 electric customers in the area and also offer natural gas, water, wastewater, and telecommunications services. We are proud to be "owned by the people it serves."

The City of Gainesville serves as the cultural, educational and commercial center for North Central Florida, and is home to Florida's largest and oldest university. Thanks to our dedicated and hard-working employees, Gainesville is an award-winning City with something for everyone! The City also offers an outstanding benefits package to our employees.
**May establish an eligibility list**
**May fill multiple positions**
 AA/EO/DFWP Employer

Job Description

Utility specific industry and organization-recognized, independent professional performing advanced technical engineering work requiring knowledge and application of the latest advancements in the field.
Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under general supervision.  Work in this class is distinguished from higher classes by its lack of managerial responsibility and from lower classes by its emphasis on the application of intensive and diversified knowledge and advanced engineering skills and coordination of engineering staff to complex and novel projects.
Provides technical guidance on unusual, non-typical, complex problems and projects requiring a high degree of creativity, foresight, mature judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented engineering problems.
Note: It should be understood that the job competencies, duties and requirements of the Engineer IV / Utility Designer IV are inherently included in this position.
Depending on area of assignment:
Prepares or coordinates the preparation, review, and approval of engineering analyses, specifications, and reports for complex projects.
Plans, organizes, and supervises the work of engineer(s), utility designer(s), engineering technician(s) and/or consultants.  Evaluates progress and performance of the staff and results obtained, and recommends major changes to achieve overall objectives.  May involve performance management responsibilities.
Initiates and maintains extensive contacts with key engineers and officials of other organizations, requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues.  Requires guidance by management in addressing customer requirements.
The individual contributor may serve as a resource or guide by advising others on how to use processes within a system or as a member of a collaborative problem-solving team.
Represents the organization in conferences to resolve important questions and to plan and coordinate work.
Develops and modifies engineering theories, precepts, practices, and procedures. Formulates operating policies.
Keeps abreast of new scientific methods and developments affecting the organization for the purpose of recommending changes in emphasis of programs or new programs warranted by such developments.
Develops and evaluates plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities to be carried out by others.
Serves as the technical expert for the organization in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes.  Carries out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures or carries out projects that involve a number of engineering disciplines.  Work typically results in the development of new or refined equipment, materials, processes, products, and/or scientific methods.
Serves as the technical specialist for the organization in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes for an assigned area of responsibility (i.e., subject matter, function, type of facility or equipment, or product).  Devises and develops new approaches to problems encountered.
Applies knowledge of engineering economic analysis to projects or systems; compares alternatives using appropriate economic analysis.  Reviews and approves the economic analysis and engineering recommendations prepared by others and interprets results to support policy, ratemaking or budgeting.
Provides guidance, assistance, and interpretation to others.  Guidance relating largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters.
Designs and evaluates engineering projects and activities with internal departments, outside consultants, and contractors on complex projects.
Interprets, organizes, executes, and coordinates assignments.
Initiates and maintains extensive contacts with key engineers and officials of other organizations, uses skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues, including the initiation and maintenance of extensive contacts with these parties.
Develops and makes technical presentations.
Develops, implements, and maintains an annual work plan and annual budget.
Attends work on continuous and regular basis.
May coordinate major areas of engineering activities.
May act in absence of supervisor.
May be responsible for enforcing the drug policy.
Will be required to respond under emergency conditions.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor of Science in engineering degree from an ABET accredited educational institution and eight (8) or more years of experience in the area of assigned engineering responsibility.  Appropriate co-op time and/or an advanced degree in engineering, business or other relevant courses of study may substitute for up to one year of experience.
Valid State of Florida Professional Engineer license may be required.
Must meet the FBPE requirements as defined in Chapter 471 of the Florida Statute and obtain and maintain "Professional Engineer" Licensing as required by Water/Wastewater Engineering, Public Works, Energy Delivery and Principal Engineers assigned to the water/wastewater, and special projects areas of Strategic Planning.
Valid Florida Driver License required.
May require supervisory experience.
Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions.
May work at heights of over 100 feet on open grating or from aerial device.
Work may require physical strength and agility sufficient to safely perform all essential functions.
Work may require use of personal protection equipment including hearing protection, eye protection, foot protection, hand protection, and head protection.
Work may require exposure to hazardous conditions and noxious chemicals.
Work may require performance of tasks in extreme heat and confined areas.
Depending on area of assignment:
Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and a proficient knowledge of specialized software utilized in the engineering discipline as required by the individual department.
Ability to make decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have an important impact on engineering and other activities.
Ability to receive supervision and guidance that relate largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters.
Ability to devise new approaches to problems as encountered.
Ability to exercise sufficient professional experience and subject matter expertise to assure competence in the specific engineering discipline.
Ability to assume full technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing, and coordinating assignments.
Ability to plan and develop engineering projects concerned with unique or controversial problems which have an important effect on major programs.
Ability to apply complex and most current industry engineering theories, practices, and techniques to atypical challenges encountered in the organization.
Ability to exercise judgment, sensitivity, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental and/or subjective criteria, as opposed to criteria that are clearly measurable or verifiable.
Ability to resolve a variety of complex problems such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of standard materials, and coordination of personnel.
Ability to perform in a high-level individual-contributor position that may provide limited supervision or coordination of work among one or more engineer/designer I, II, III or IVs, engineering technicians, consultants and other support personnel who assist in specific assignments.
Ability to work effectively with elected officials, charter officers, department heads, and representatives of other agencies, other city employees, and the general public.
Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills including persuasion, consensus building and negotiation of critical issues.
Ability to perform involved mathematical and engineering computations.

** This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position. The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.
REVISION DATE: 10/8/2009
A Social Security card is required at time of employment.

Veteran's preference for City employees in promotion shall apply only to a veteran's first promotion AFTER reinstatement or reemployment, without exception (55a-7.0111). The Applicants claiming veteran's preference are responsible for providing required documentation at the time of submitting an application for a vacant position (55a-7.013). Eligible Veterans must attach all documentation to application. Preference is given to Veterans and spouses of Veterans according to the Florida Administrative Code.

Pursuant to Florida public records law, applications are subject to disclosure.

The City of Gainesville is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in hiring. Minorities, Women, and Disabled are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability and require special accommodation during the selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department at (352) 334-5077.