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Communication & Control Engineer/Specialist Job Family in Hammond, IN at NiSource

Date Posted: 7/25/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Hammond, IN
  • Date Posted:
    7/25/2018
  • Job ID:
    921312

Job Description

Introduction

This position is responsible for the initial design, installation, testing and maintenance of the communication and SCADA control systems that monitor, control, and protect the capital investment that has been made in the NIPSCO gas and electric transmission, distribution, and hydroelectric generation and lake level control infrastructure. Performs communication and SCADA system troubleshooting and problem correction. Works with other Gas and Electric departments to coordinate outages, design, build and commissioning new substations, communications systems, and energy management control systems. Work Schedule can include extended hours or overnight stays out of the area. Personnel are subject to 24/7 emergency callout. 

Responsibilities
  • Originates and/or reviews project design drawings and verifies field wiring to insure strict adherence to proper communication and control practices and NIPSCO standards.
  • Provides engineering support on site and directs various operating and construction personnel to insure that all communication and SCADA equipment is installed, tested and operates properly.
  • Performs acceptance, calibration, functional testing and final operational checks of communication and SCADA equipment for new substations or renovation projects.
  • Performs final acceptance and functional testing of all Distribution Automation circuits, sequences, Load Transfer, Dead Bus Transfer, and Auto Restoration routines.
  • Performs RTU to EMS/DMS/ Hydro control system checks for analog, status, and SCADA control points. These tests check integrity of the databases, screen links to different system displays, and analog slope checking.
  • Performs final field acceptance testing of new communication and SCADA equipment (radios and MUX channels, tower lighting equipment, antenna systems, battery systems, RTUs, distribution automation switches, power line carriers, line relaying equipment and other associated equipment).
  • Performs scheduled inspection and functional test maintenance of communications and line relaying equipment to insure continued reliability.
  • Maintains, calibrates, backs up, and repairs system monitoring equipment (microwave alarm system, microwave level monitoring system) located at the Electric Dispatch Control Center.
  • Responds anytime, day or night, to investigate and provide solutions to field or control center problems with communication and SCADA control design or equipment problems.
  • Provides technical assistance and engineering services to various departments within the company and to industrial and commercial customers for revenue generation.
  • Conducts communication frequency interference testing for various groups within the company.
  • Documents all equipment test data and maintains the most current version of substation communication and SCADA prints.
  • Keep microwave station logs and verify that equipment operation complies with FCC rules and regulations.
  • Designs microwave and SCADA communication schematic diagrams for new systems.
  • Originates ground designs for microwave stations. Provides the field-testing of the recommended installation to insure adherence to design parameters.
  • Provides training and assistance for various departments inside the corporation.
Qualifications

This position will be filled as an Engineer or Specialist depending on degree and experience.

Engineer I / Specialist I

  • Graduate from a four year ABET accredited college or university with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering  OR Engineering Technology
  • Understanding of basic engineering/technical theories and principles.
  • Understanding of basic practices of researching technical design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting recommendations
  • Ability to deal with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to perform duties with moderate direction

Desired Qualifications

  • Understanding of basic principles of project management
  • PMP Certification
  • Experience in the electric utility industry

Engineer II / Specialist II

  • 2 to 4 years of electric utility experience and a graduate from a four year ABET accredited college or university with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering OR Engineering Technology
  • All of the qualifications for Engineer I including:
  • Increased understanding of basic engineering/technical theories and principles.
  • Increased understanding of basic practices of researching technical design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting recommendations
  • Ability to perform duties with limited direction

Desired Qualifications

  • Understanding of basic principles of project management
  • PMP Certification
  • Experience in the electric utility industry
Inclusion & Diversity

Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others' perspectives/convictions, engaging others' opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.

Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Treat others with respect and consideration.  Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.


How To Apply

For immediate consideration, please apply on-line at careers.nisource.com before August 22nd!

Equal Employment Opportunity

NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.

By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities.