Manager, Substation Engineering

Founded in 2011, Silicon Ranch is a fully integrated provider of customized renewable energy, carbon, and battery storage solutions for a diverse set of partners across North America. The company is one of the largest independent power producers in the country, with a portfolio that includes more than four gigawatts of solar and battery storage systems that are contracted, under construction, or operating across the U.S. and Canada. Silicon Ranch owns and operates every project in its portfolio and has maintained an unblemished track record of project execution, having successfully commissioned every project it has contracted in its history. In recognition of its holistic approach to land management, which the company has trademarked Regenerative Energy®, Silicon Ranch was named 2020’s “Most Forward-Thinking” company by Solar Power World.

  • We focus on providing excellent customer service, while developing creative and cost-effective custom renewable energy, carbon, and battery storage solutions.
  • We work with a diverse set of customers including utilities, electrical cooperatives, military and defense facilities, and industrial and commercial businesses.
  • Our customized approach delivers clean energy in a manner that reduces environmental impacts, restores soil health and biodiversity, and aids in economic development in local communities through capital investment, increased tax revenues, and job growth.
  • Silicon Ranch develops to own all its projects for the long-term, a distinction that means the company is deeply committed to its partners and communities and stands behind the performance of its facilities day in and day out.

We are experiencing significant growth and are looking for someone for the following position to join our dynamic and fast-growing team:

Position: Manager, Substation Engineering

Location: Remote

Overview:
Reporting to the SVP of Energy Delivery, the Manager Substation Engineering is the executive who oversees and executes the Preliminary design activities of the generation Substation engineering teams and is responsible for the day to day activities of that group. They will be leading the technical development, design, and provide technical construction support of project interconnections. This including the project substation, transmission line, overhead distribution lines and distribution interconnections. The Manager is responsible for assuring adequate staffing for execution of projects, which may be comprised of external resources.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical direction to engineers and contractors in the execution of Substation preliminary design scope on medium and large sized PV projects.
  • Responsible for supporting all Substation, distribution, medium voltage collection, transmission, and BESS related design efforts.
  • Development of Preliminary scoping and substation designs for EPC RFP development.
  • Provide technical substation engineering support to the operations project management team in support of ongoing projects.
  • Spearhead multiple team initiatives to support the continued growth of the substation engineering team.
  • Review contracts and summarize electrical system design requirements.
  • Review electrical system specifications and drawings to ensure compliance with applicable codes and contracts.
  • Develop engineering execution schedules and assign tasks to appropriate personnel.
  • Develop and maintain company design and engineering standards.
  • Ensure all work design and engineering standards conforms with agreed codes and practices.
  • Prepare/review load lists, power system studies, single lines, equipment layouts, area classifications, sizing calculations, schematics, equipment specifications, data sheets, requisitions, and technical bid analysis.
  • Review and advise on complex engineering, design, analysis, or other technical tasks within the electrical discipline utilizing current technology, available standards, calculation software, templates and cataloged products.
  • Coordinate with construction and project management groups to ensure cost effective electrical designs.
  • Participate in major equipment selection and technical vetting.
  • RFP support services, including proposal design reviews.
  • Manage Independent Engineer relationship to assure prompt response.
  • Manage and support review of interconnection requirements.
  • Manage and support review project documents to assure compliance with codes and contracts.
  • Plan workload and assignments of team members (internal or external).
  • Manage outside consultants to properly maintain resourcing levels.
  • Collaborate with Asset Management team to troubleshoot existing systems or develop repair and remediation plans.
  • Mentor and educate team on changing trends in technology, best practices and safety.

The position will require interaction with clients including: utilities, financial institutions, off-takers, investors, government agencies, and other organizations. Candidate must be capable of working in multi-disciplinary teams, identify and understand client issues, and work collaboratively to develop and communicate creative solutions. The position suits a person with initiative who is prepared to “roll up their sleeves” to get the job done in a high paced, dynamic environment.

Reporting: This position reports to the SVP of Energy Delivery

Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering; Additional educational qualifications such PE or MBA desirable.

Experience: 10+ years of relevant work experience

Senior level experience with medium to large projects and proven experience leading an electrical engineering team consisting of at least 5 engineers / designers. Must have experience in and be able to estimate man-hours required for completion of work and successfully prioritize and assign work per schedule requirements. Engineer must have recent experience in verifying completeness and quality of work performed.

Proficient with AutoCAD (desired), and MS Office.

Experience on HV interaction with transmission owners/agencies for design and permitting.

Experience with SCADA and DAS

Experience with design of PV projects interconnection requirements, strong technical understanding of solar power systems utility interface.

Knowledge of the ANSI, IEEE, IEC, NEC and other industry codes, specifications and standards as it relates to utility integration.

Familiar with and able to specify high, medium and low voltage electrical equipment.

Experience with Interconnections, and interfacing with utilities.

Comfortable presenting to and interacting with consultants, authorities with jurisdiction, and regulatory agencies.

Strong leadership skills and experience, with the ability to lead and interact with engineers and designers with clearly established expectations.

 

To apply, send your resume and the position title to careers@siliconranch.com

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