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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
81702.00 - 112409.00 Per Hour
Hastings, Nebraska
United States
Engineering - Electrical
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5+ years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Electrical Engineer



Performs a variety of professional engineering work associated with electric power plants, electric substations, electric transmission and distribution networks, SCADA (System Control and Data Acquisition), communication systems and Pollution Control Facility.



  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college or university.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a valid driver’s license.


  • Two years of increasingly responsible experience in the electrical engineering industry.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Nebraska.


Protection and Controls: Develop, implement, and maintain HU’s Protection System Maintenance and Testing Program for transmission and distribution systems. Responsible for planning, designing, and review of new or modified substation or generator protection system implementations. Perform or review protective relay settings calculations and implement
the application of relay settings to new or existing facilities. Responsible for planning, designing, and review of new or modified DC control systems for substation and generation facilities. Plan, coordinate, and manage testing of protective relays and DC control systems related to substation and generation facilities.


NERC: Develop, implement, and manage HU’s NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) Compliance Program. Prepare, coordinate and review the submittal of data to regulatory authorities. Participate in NERC self certifications and compliance audits. Utilizing engineering expertise, interpret and write HU compliance documents. Develop, track, and maintain compliance controls and evidence. Serves as primary lead for the City Utility department NERC program.


Power Plant Generation: Assist HU power plant personnel with design, maintenance, and troubleshooting of power plant electrical and control systems, including protection, excitation, governor, and Distributed Control System. Electrical system modeling for short circuit and Arc-Flash analysis. Project management duties for large electrical equipment and systems replacement.


SCADA: Manage and administer HU’s SCADA system for its gas, water, sewer and electric networks. Perform investigation, analysis, design and integration of new or modified elements incorporated into the SCADA network. Program, develop and maintain all elements of the SCADA system, including the SCADA master server, RTUs and Intelligent Electronic Devices. Develop and modify SCADA graphics for use by operators and other personnel.


Communications: Design, maintain, and troubleshoot communications used in SCADA fiber network for data retrieval, device control, protection field devices, and network security.


Project Management: Lead various electrical projects for updating and improvement of the electrical system by working
with contractors, preparing drawings, specifications, bid documents, and construction management.


Arc Flash: Work with other departments to develop, implement, and maintain HU’s Arc Flash Safety Program. Responsible for performing and maintaining HU’s arc flash hazard analysis for its generation and substation facilities, as Position Title ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Department Utilities FLSA Status Exempt (salaried) Date Revised 9-20-18 Subject to Recall May assist during emergencies, outages, or equipment failure. Shift Work No Residency Requirement None Union Non-Union Supervision Received Director of Engineering Supervision Exercised No
Electrical Engineer Revised 9-20-18 well as electric transmission and distribution networks. Develop, modify and analyze software models used to perform arc flash incident energy calculations in accordance with NFPA, NESC, and IEEE guidelines.



  • Prepare one and six year capital improvements and capital budgets.
  • Prepare preliminary and final design of various projects.
  • Estimate project costs.
  • Design, create, and maintain electrical drawings using AutoCAD.
  • Plan, design, and test electrical equipment for power generation, plants, substations, electric distribution, transmission networks, and communication systems.
  • Make recommendations concerning the engineering, design, operation and maintenance of power plants, electric substations, electric distribution and transmission networks, and communication systems.
  • Perform technical operational analysis and makes recommendations concerning motors, transformers, generators, switchgear, substations, metering and control systems, SCADA system, and electric distribution and transmission networks in accordance with applicable codes and regulations including the National Electric Safety Code.
  • Develop software models and perform short circuit calculations, analyze fault current contributions and load flows and
  • perform coordination investigations for HU and customer installations. Participate in the development of power flow,
  • dynamic, and under-frequency load shedding models in support of NERC, Regional Transmission Organization and
  • Regional Reliability Entity requirements.
  • Provide engineering assistance to the operations and energy marketing departments in support of HU’s participation in
  • the SPP Integrated Market. Integrate and troubleshoot control signals for the automatic dispatch of generation units.
  • Forecast city power load.
  • Write and present technical reports.
  • Assist Operations group in analyzing problems.
  • Inspect contractors work, perform construction management, and coordinate major construction projects for substations and transmission lines.
  • Coordinate the work of consultants. Operate department vehicles.
  • Perform related work and all other duties as assigned.
  • Assist various departments in analyzing operational problems and providing recommendations for improved reliability, performance, and efficiency. May serve as member of various employee committees.


This position requires knowledge, skill or the ability to obtain skill in the following areas:

  • Extensive knowledge of design and operational principles of electrical transmission and distribution systems, substations, switchgear, metering and control, SCADA, and communication networks.
  • Extensive knowledge of electrical engineering principles, procedures and practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of power generating principles procedures and practices with emphasis on steam generation plants and combustion turbines.
  • Ability to perform complex mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to perform complex technical analysis of engineering projects.
  • Ability to develop effective solutions to operational problems with equipment and facilities.
  • Ability to think independently and to use logic along with all of the known facts to render appropriate decisions.
  • Ability to give direction to other employees and contractors.
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings, etc.
  • Ability to operate department vehicles.
  • Ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with fellow employees, contractors, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate with those contacted in the course of conducting work.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • General knowledge of construction trade activities.




Proficiency in the use and operation of equipment including but not limited to the following:
Personal computer, Electrical modeling software, AutoCAD programs, Print/Copying machines SCADA system equipment, Relay test equipment, Power analyzer, Infrared camera equipment Department vehicles, Various Meters and Monitors, Hand and power tools, Two-way radio Office equipment including calculator, multi-line telephone, photocopier/scanner

The work environment locations and characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Office setting, quiet to moderate noise levels
Duties are regularly performed on the day shift, but may be called upon at other times for maintenance, repair or operational work of an emergency nature or as otherwise required.


Occasionally (1%-33%)
Acidic, harsh or oily substances; Blood-borne pathogens; Chemicals/hazardous waste; Contaminants; Electrical hazards; Extreme brightness; Extreme darkness; Extreme heat (non-weather); Fumes or airborne particles; Infectious bacteria; Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings; Outside weather conditions; Radiation; Toxic or caustic chemicals/chemical spills; Vibration; Wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather); Confined spaces; High or precarious place; and Moving, mechanical parts
Constantly (67%-100%)


Occasionally (1%-33%)
Change of position, Reach across Midline, Crouching/Squatting, Crawling, Balancing, Stooping, Kneeling, Climbing, Tasting/Smelling, Arm/Hand, Leg/Foot, Simple Grasp, Firm Grasp, Fine Manipulation
Frequently (34%-66%)
Standing, Walking, Sitting, Reaching, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Near Acuity, Far Acuity, Depth Perception, Color Distinction, Field of Vision
Constantly (67%-100%)
Handling, Fingering


Occasionally (1%-33%)
Lifting/Lowering (waist level): 25-50 lbs; Lifting/Lowering (chair to floor): 25-50 lbs; Lifting/Lower (above shoulder): 25-50 lbs; Carrying: 25-50 lbs; Pushing/Pulling: 25-50 lbs


In compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, Hastings Utilities provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


The above description is intended to describe the duties of an employee in general terms and does not necessarily describe all duties. The job description is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




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