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Real Time Engineer/Specialist in Hammond, IN at NiSource

Date Posted: 8/29/2018

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    Hammond, IN
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Job Description


The Real-Time Operations Engineer/Specialist position is responsible for providing direct engineering support to real-time operations. This includes the review of anticipated and historical system conditions, the use of various analysis tools in this review, and the development of appropriate responses to these system conditions. This is a 24 by 7 rotating shift position, with an additional purpose of proactively monitoring Energy Management System network analysis tools, including state estimator performance and resolving any problems that impact state estimator solution or availability.

  • Perform near-term, next-day, and current-day power system analysis using power flow, transient stability, voltage stability & steady-state analysis software, including PSSE, MUST, GE/Alstom Energy Management System analyst tools (SE, CA, TSAT, VSAT), Powertech DSA & TARA
  • Use available applications and programs (e.g., SDX, MISO Extranet, PJM EDart, etc.) to gather specific information that aids in NIPSCO Transmission System analysis.
  • Maintain the present and planned network topology and equipment databases
  • Apply contingency list and load, generation dispatch, and interchange levels and patterns to developed study cases
  • Track system events contributing to operating guides and communicate to NIPSCO departments for future upgrades.
  • Gather information as necessary to fulfill various regulatory agency and management data requests.
  • Write and/or edit technical plans, processes, and procedures as assigned.
  • Coordinate system changes with Transmission Planners, EMS Computer Engineers, Field Operations, Neighboring TOPs, and MISO.
  • Coordinate transmission equipment ratings with Transmission Planners, EMS Computer Engineers, Field Operations, Neighboring TOPs, and MISO.
  • Preparing or revise Operating Plans documenting their findings and mitigating actions
  • Evaluate and coordinate Bulk Electric System outages as necessary during real-time
  • Develop operating limits such as voltage/transient stability limits, and evaluate transmission constraints in real-time
  • Identify constraint management options as necessary and on-demand.
  • Maintain and respond to the degradation or failure of EMS network analysis tools, including proactive monitoring and mitigation of SE solution issues
  • Provide the compliance focus and direction during abnormal and emergency conditions to ensure all the appropriate operating actions, reporting, notifications and decisions are being carried out in a timely manner.
  • Assist the System Operator decisions in real-time and suggest actions to mitigate real-time/basecase emergencies and projected N-1 contingencies across the entire NIPSCO TOP area.
  • Perform subject matter expert duties in compliance audits
  • All other duties as assigned

This position may be filled as an engineer or specialist depending on degree and experience.

Education/Work Experience

 Required for Selection:

  • BS degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Physics.
  • Ability to perform 24 by 7 rotation shift (12 hour shift on weekends and 8 hour shift on weekdays) which could include holidays.
  • Ability to use personal computers, EMS network applications and any other associated hardware and software
  • Good planning, organizational, verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to perform duties effectively under emergency and contingency situations
  • Ability to obtain NERC Certification within a time frame specified by department procedure

 Preferred for Selection:

  • NERC Reliability Coordinator Certification
  • Detailed knowledge of real and reactive power flow, voltage control, facility ratings, circuit limitations and interconnection limitations
  • Experience performing power flow and steady-state analysis, voltage stability and transient stability analysis
  • Experience drafting operational analysis plans in response to real-time or projected system operating limit violations
  • Experience performing 50/50 and 90/10 Load Forecasting
  • Experience performing outage coordination
  • Electric Power System Network Modeling Experience, including network model and network application maintenance/configuration (SE, CA, VSAT, TSAT, etc.)
  • Experience interpreting and applying NERC standards

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

 Required for Selection:

  • Fundamental knowledge of electric power systems,
  • Ability to effectively communicate and perform under emergency and contingency situations

 Preferred for Selection:

  • Knowledge of NIPSCO Transmission system, knowledge of NERC Standards
  • General knowledge of electric substation equipment and operation
  • A general understanding of the Electric Wholesale Power Market under MISO Day 3
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 before September 26th!

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.