Website New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Associate Engineer or Engineer (depending upon level of experience)

The Organization

NHEC is the largest member-owned electric cooperative in New England, providing electric utility service to consumers and businesses in 115 communities throughout New Hampshire.  Serving our members is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make, and our mission is to provide our members access to affordable, reliable electric service options that support and simplify their lives.  The electric utility industry is currently undergoing enormous change as consumers look for new ways to manage energy costs through renewable energy, distributed energy resources such as solar arrays and battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles.

In June 2017, we completed a five-year strategic plan, identifying four areas of strategic focus with actionable goals within those areas completed by the end of 2022.

  • Business Model. NHEC provides superior service to its members, with systems that are sufficiently flexible to capitalize on ongoing changes in technology and programs that enable members to better manage their energy usage and costs and take advantage of other opportunities as they become available in the marketplace. 
  • Voice of the Member. NHEC is a member-driven organization where every employee consistently strives to better understand and meet our members’ expectations and has access to the information necessary to do so.  We are committed to an ongoing dialogue with our members, and we focus intently on making it easy and convenient for our members to interact with us.  As a result, every interaction with NHEC is a delight.
  • Organizational Effectiveness. NHEC is described by its employees and members as nimble, collaborative, responsive to changes in the industry, constantly learning and having employees who share the drive to achieve the organization’s vision.
  • Financial Stability. NHEC remains financially strong and has the resources necessary to provide excellent service to our members as the energy industry and related services are transformed.

Headquartered in Plymouth, New Hampshire, NHEC currently has 200+ employees.  There is much to be proud of in our existing organization, and a genuine enthusiasm for what the future holds.  It is an environment in which individual leadership and initiative are highly valued and encouraged, and success is viewed as a shared accomplishment to be celebrated by all.  Ensuring our members have the energy they need, the information they want, and a partner they can trust is what makes us different.

The Position

The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) is seeking an Associate Engineer or Engineer for our Engineering Department at our Plymouth, New Hampshire location.

The successful candidate

  • Assists in the installation of electrical distribution lines, substations, and equipment to ensure quality and reliability of service to the member’s at the most economical, environmentally acceptable manner.
  • Determines future needs of NHEC’s electrical system by periodically performing system and circuit analysis including load flow, voltage drop, flicker, short circuit, and motor start analysis.
  • Develops recloser, and fuse applications along with the calculation of all related settings.
  • Assures an accurate and current electrical system model is available for distribution analysis by assisting in the development and maintenance of NHEC’s GIS & mapping system.
  • Assists Construction and Operations Groups by providing technical support when needed.
  • Renders service assistance, and advice to NHEC members concerning their electric service; review their plans for additions and other changes to provide adequate and economical facilities; consult with them concerning service problems and resolve member complaints amicably and to maintain and promote an attitude of helpfulness and cooperation.
  • Ensures NHEC maintains uniform construction standards and procedures by supervising the update of new assembly drawings, modifications to the computerized construction and work order systems, changes to line design manuals and the dispersal of updates/changes to the necessary personnel.
  • Assists in the coordination and development of the long- and short-range work plans.
  • Assures proper operation of NHEC’s electrical system and determines future needs by monitoring all critical parameters, i.e., monthly substation and metering point data, monthly outage statistics etc.
  • Improves distribution system reliability and maintainability by analyzing typical line design problems and providing guidelines and standards for uniformity in construction.
  • Assists the Engineering Department with staying current and controlling cost by working with the Departments O&M and Capital budgets.
  • Supports the cultural goals of NHEC by exhibiting self-leadership, developing, and maintaining effective working relationships, being results oriented, being innovative, and seeking feedback.
  • Increases professional and technical knowledge by attending educational classes, reading professional magazines, staying current with all relevant codes, and participating in professional societies.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (Associate Engineer Level)

Technical Knowledge/Skill:

  • Proficient with MS Office Suite especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional analytical skills and an aptitude for detailed engineering
  • Ability to work in an environment that often requires the performance of multiple simultaneous activities, where deadlines need to be met
  • Ability to learn job-specific computer applications
  • Must be able to work with the engineering staff in the designing of outside plant facilities required for the efficient operation of the electrical transmission and distribution system
  • Must be able to meet with NHEC members and/or their engineers to solve problems and/or discuss their plans for additions or new facilities

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Additional specialized training in electric utility operations and construction desirable.

Experience:

  • Zero (0) to three (3) years of related experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (Engineer Level)

Technical Knowledge/Skill:

  • Proficient with MS Office Suite especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional analytical skills and an aptitude for detailed engineering
  • Ability to work in an environment that often requires the performance of multiple simultaneous activities, where deadlines need to be met
  • Ability to learn job-specific computer applications
  • Must be able to work with the engineering staff in the designing of outside plant facilities required for the efficient operation of the electrical transmission and distribution system
  • Must be able to meet with NHEC members and/or their engineers to solve problems and/or discuss their plans for additions or new facilities
  • Must have thorough knowledge in electric circuit theory and all calculations.
  • Must have a working knowledge of the NESC, OSHA, regulations, PUC regulations and standards for electric service and standard utility specifications, construction materials and practices.
  • Must be familiar with project management skills.
  • Must be able to recognize system needs and to meet its electrical and mechanical demands to satisfy aesthetic, economic and environmental requirements.
  • Must be familiar with protection concepts, coordination analysis and device settings.
  • Must be familiar with requirements to interconnect distributed resources.
  • Professional Engineer License desirable.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Additional specialized training in electric utility operations and construction desirable.

Experience:

  • Five years of progressively responsible electric utility engineering, preferably in a rural electric system, including supervisory responsibility is preferred. This experience should include the design of underground and overhead distribution and transmission lines, distribution substations, and all applicable facilities. Should have experience in organizing and supervising work groups in coordinating and implementing plans and designs.
  • Experience in monitoring and controlling the cost of assigned major projects by coordinating the planning and preparation of line construction contracts including invitations to bid, evaluation of qualified bidders, labor and material cost analysis, preparation of construction specifications and procedures, and final inspection is desirable.

Working Conditions

Majority of work schedule within office conditions and work from home with management approval. Some field trips within the Cooperative’s service area will be required for line inspection and data acquisition, in varying weather conditions. Occasional overtime may be expected. Attendance at periodic technical seminars, conferences and civic and professional meetings can be expected. Assistance with power restoration efforts is required of all employees.  It may be required outside regular business hours that employees will be assigned functions to support power restoration.  All employees are required to provide a personal phone number where they may be reached after hours. This number will only be used for internal purpose. A valid motor vehicle operator’s license is required.

NHEC offers an excellent compensation and benefits package. 

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status