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Retail Interconnections Engineer (Waltham, MA)

About the Position: 

National Grid is seeking an Engineer in our Retail Connections Engineering Group. This group is responsible for the retail connections engineering studies, installation acceptance review, and compliance verification of complex distributed generation (DG) facilities integrated to National Grid’s electric power system (EPS) from receipt of complete application to energization.

Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

Interconnection Engineering

  • Review/authorize screening reports/feasibility studies for potential impacts
  • Prepare/develop Planning Analytical Study Report of EPS impacts
  • Develop Planning Grade Cost Estimates of entire interconnection
  • Oversight of contractor resources performing interconnection studies
  • Coordinate quality control review of planning recommendations for studies with Retail Connections Engineering department
  • Prepare/develop/issue Interconnection Study Report and coordinate issue of same by contractor resources
  • Initiate project funding and project manager request for interconnection projects upon notice to proceed including those where studies are performed by contractor resources
  • Lead contact for technical matters on reviewing customer installation and ensure compliance verification for energization of customer installation with Retail Connections Engineering and Technical Sales & Engineering Support departments including those where studies are performed by contractor resources
  • Review Customer installation and ensure compliance verification for Energization
  • Report on project status

Protection Engineering

  • Prepare/develop protection study model
  • Analyze/recommend Protective Device Coordination and equipment interrupting ratings
  • Analyze grounding, anti-islanding, fault sensitivity, and transient conditions for recommendations
  • Prepare/develop Protection Analytical Study Report
  • Review Customer protection scheme and verify acceptable settings for Energization

Substation Engineering (Substation, Meter, C&I)

  • Analyze/recommend operating control and communications media requirements
  • Develop Planning Grade Cost Estimates of substation, metering, and telemetering impacts
  • Prepare/develop Substation, Control & Integration (C&I) Analytical Study Report
  • Prepare/develop Substation, Revenue Metering and Telemetering Study Report
  • Obtain quality control review of Study Reports from Substation Design and C&I Engineering departments and Meter Engineer
  • Review Customer service connection facilities, metering and telemetering scheme, and protection scheme witness test compliance for Energization

Other engineering key accountabilities –

  • Provide technical consultation for simplified DG projects and those online
  • Monitor state jurisdictional regulatory action related to tariff compliance
  • Maintain technical guidance documents
  • Provide technical outreach
  • Participate in industry codes and standards
  • Report on project status and metrics

Qualifications

 Knowledge & Experience Required:

  • Electrical Engineering Bachelor of Science Degree earned from an ABET accredited school with up to 2 years of related experience in an entry-level position, or equivalent work experience.
  • Working towards/holder of the Registered Professional Engineering License.
  • Knowledge of National Grid’s business operations, company policies and practices.
  • Knowledge and experience in an electrical engineering environment, preferably a utility.
  • Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a matrix management environment.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of substation design, controls & integration schemes, and metering schemes.
  • Ability to perform Conceptual Engineering Analysis and Cost Estimating.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of Distribution Protection Schemes.
  • Ability to perform Distribution Load Flow Analysis.
  • Ability to perform Protection Coordination Circuit Analysis.
  • Understanding of generator connections and parallel operation with other electric sources.
  • Ability to travel overnight outside of the normal work area as needed.
  • Ability to work overtime including nights/weekends and/or holidays as required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with safe driving history.

 Capability Requirements:

  • Understanding Others: Understands what someone is saying or feeling, even if person is not very clear, and can accurately predict how someone will respond.
  • Impact and Influence: Adapts approach and considers what is important to the audience, e.g. an engineering customer, by tailoring message accordingly.
  • Leveraging Networks: Actively builds and maintains a network of relationships, outside normal business contacts.
  • Customer Orientation: Takes personal responsibility for correcting problems promptly and undefensively and communicates engineering customer expectations to monitor delivery of engineering projects and satisfaction.
  • Drive for Results: Proactively makes changes to improve performance, efficiency and effectiveness of processes, for example challenge existing engineering procedures and highlight areas for improvement.

This position has a career path which provides for promotional opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills.

The selected candidate will move laterally at their current band and market reference point and will not be eligible for a promotion at the time of accepting this position.  This applies to candidates moving within the same career path (e.g., analyst, supervisor, engineer), or to a different career path (e.g., analyst to engineer, supervisor to analyst).  The selected candidate will have an opportunity to be promoted within the career path during the annual salary planning process.

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Mar 4: Deep Energy Retrofit Open House (Sudbury, MA)

When: Sunday, March 4, 2012, 12 Noon — 3 PM

Where: 61 Oakwood Avenue, Sudbury, MA

National Grid will be sponsoring an Open House showcasing the Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) of a single family residence at 61 Oakwood Avenue in Sudbury, MA. Synergy Construction LLC, the project’s DER envelope subcontractor, and October Engineering LLC, the owner and mechanical systems installer, will be on hand to discuss the concepts and construction details. The home was built in 1961.

The owners, Deborah Wolozin and Robert Morrison, purchased the home in 2010 as a rental property in one of Sudbury’s family-friendly neighborhoods. A subsequent home energy audit and review of utility bills revealed its poor energy performance. The owners were uncomfortable passing these high utility costs onto future tenants. In the course of researching window replacements and air-sealing energy retrofits, they discovered the NGrid DER Pilot Program. The owners decided on an expanded financial planning horizon which incorporated the benefits of the pilot program to pursue a gut-rehab, deep energy retrofit in conjunction with a second floor expansion.

The super-insulated and air-tight enclosure, made possible through financial and technical support from National Grid and Building Science Corporation, will include interior spray foam insulation for air sealing and insulation in addition to an exterior insulation wall and roof build-out. A heat recovery ventilator will provide fresh air while recovering energy from exhausted air. A premium efficiency hot water heating system is being installed. A multi-split system heat pump will be installed for air conditioning and backup heating. A solar photovoltaic array is currently being designed. The project is aiming for completion by July 2012.

For more information on National Grid, the Deep Energy Retrofit Program, or for directions to the Open House, click the link to their website.