Engineer IV – System Protection – Lakeland Electric

Posted By: Garnie Holmes Job Board ,

SALARY: $39.69 - $61.57 Hourly
$3,174.84 - $4,925.21 Biweekly
$6,878.81 - $10,671.29 Monthly
$82,545.71 - $128,055.49 Annually

OPENING DATE: 05/13/19

CLOSING DATE: Continuous

This is a highly responsible engineering position. An employee in this class is responsible for the performance of difficult and complex engineering design, operation, and construction tasks associated with the planning and design of a variety of projects and studies needed to support the electric power facilities. Duties will involve directing engineering and task forces engaged in major facility projects and assuming the role of Project Manager or Senior Engineer. Independent judgment and action in planning details of work and in making technical decisions is required. Work is under the general direction of a supervisor and is evaluated upon completion.


  • Prepares scope of work for a given project including project management and quality control work to be done by other parties associated with the project.
  • Prepares specifications, engineering plans, diagrams, schematics, equipment/materials, and cost estimates for required aspects of projects and studies.
  • Provides project management and quality control of work done by parties associated with projects and studies.
  • May lead personnel from other divisions and City departments on cross-departmental projects and studies.
  • Leads other engineers and technicians on multi-disciplinary projects and studies.
  • Oversees contract maintenance and repair projects.
  • Investigates and analyzes operation and maintenance problems, both short term and future, to determine solutions.
  • Prepares feasibility studies and makes recommendations to improve the performance of systems and equipment.
  • Estimates costs for construction, including materials, labor and project management.
  • Reviews and ensures compliance with project schedules and budgets.
  • Acts as a representative/liaison with other utility and industry organizations involved in projects and studies.
  • Oversees the designs and/or implementation of significant modifications or improvements to electric power facilities.
  • Provides construction management and contract interface with construction crews, as needed, for major construction projects.
  • Develops and produces presentations on projects for department management.
  • Oversees filing and records system for projects from initiation to project close out.
  • Prepares complex forecasts, studies, technical reports, and related items.
  • Prepares cost estimates for equipment, materials, and labor, along with preliminary design work, in support of the budgeting process.
  • Provides direction for lower level engineering, technical and trades personnel.
  • Direct others in the operation and testing of equipment and controls, survey work, and non-destructive testing programs.


  • Oversees and performs the design of power system protection additions and modifications for all levels of transmission and distribution lines, substations, and power production facilities.
  • Independently performs short circuit studies, fault investigations, protection system design development, and relay coordination studies.
  • Verifies protective relay logic through the functional testing of the relaying systems.
  • Oversees and makes recommendations on miscellaneous projects associated with power system protection.
  • Performs and leads technical and economic evaluations for new protective relay purchases to support the system protection needs, budgeting processes, and project management.
  • Trains and mentors other engineers and technicians in system protection processes.
  • Knowledge of NERC Reliability Standards Compliance requirements is preferred.


  • Function as team leader, assigning, instructing and checking the work of others.
  • Act as a NERC Compliance Standard Coordinator and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) in an appropriate area of your expertise to support Lakeland Electric's compliance with the National Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards Requirements.
  • Includes all areas of Engineer Technician position responsibilities.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Assumes supervisory responsibilities such as employee work assignments, performance appraisals, and addresses business and personnel difficulties for a small work group.
  • Supervises various engineers, technicians, and trades personnel in the various phases of project management. Also directs outside contractor's personnel and coordinates closely with other City personnel on construction projects.


  • Master of Science in Engineering from an accredited university or college and Four (4) years of experience in electric utility engineering work.
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering from a regionally accredited four (4) year college or university and Six (6) years of experience in electric utility engineering work.
  • A Professional Engineering License from the Florida State Board of Professional Engineers preferred.
  • Required Documents: College Diploma or Unofficial Transcript and Resume


  • Must possess and maintain a valid state of Florida driver's license.
    • Must maintain a valid telephone number.
    • May be required to attend meetings at locations other than primary work location.
    • May be required to work overtime, or alternate hours, as necessary for the efficient operation of the department.
    • Position may be designated as Mission Critical by Department Director.
    • May be required to pass and maintain quality for:
    o Respiratory Protection Physical.
    o Pulmonary Function.
    o Qualitative and Quantitative Fit Test(s).


  • Extensive knowledge of fundamental and applied engineering sciences, principles, and practices.
  • Extensive skill in the use of engineering, and mathematical references and tables, charts, and computer equipment required in professional engineering work.
  • Extensive knowledge of design and test codes, sources of technical information and safety requirements related to electric power facilities.
  • Considerable knowledge of permitting requirements for City, County, and State agencies.
  • Extensive knowledge of project expenditures and budgetary cost controls.
  • Highly capable of establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with supervisor, co-workers, consultants, other utilities, other City employees and the general public.
  • Extensive knowledge in the process of establishing contracts for the procurement of goods and services.
  • Ability to instruct others in the use of various portable test equipment and meters, and survey instruments and to perform engineering and surveying calculations.
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret, plans, specifications, technical reports, and engineering drawings.
  • Ability to instruct others in the performance of routine technical computations, making estimates, compiling statistical information, and performing analysis.
  • Highly capable of understanding, following, and/or transmitting complex oral and written instructions.
  • Highly capable self-starter, self-motivated, detail oriented, a team player and to be able to carry out assignments independently with only general oversight.
  • Highly capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and in a proficient manner, while maintaining schedule flexibility as needed.
  • Ability to plan and direct the work of subordinate engineers and technicians.
  • Ability to direct project development and installation of equipment.
  • Extensive skill in evaluating the cost benefit of modifications and designs.
  • Ability to read, understand, interpret and implement process and procedures to comply with NERC Reliability Standards.


Delivery, Technical Support or Electric System Compliance & Security:

  • Requires sedentary and active work that involves walking or standing some of the time, exerting up to 30 pounds of force on a recurring basis, and routine keyboard operations, operation of City general purpose vehicles (automobile or pick up truck), some job duties may be performed in an office environment while other duties may require field work at various outdoor job sites.
  • The job risks occasional exposure on to electrical or mechanical or chemical hazardous conditions, extreme noise levels, dusts pollen, bright or dim lights, extreme cold or heat, wet or humid conditions, fumes, noxious odors, and heights.
  • The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, depth perception, and texture perception and sense of smell.

All City of Lakeland positions are subject to testing (e.g. written, oral, performance, computerized, interview, and/or any combination). Candidates selected for testing will be notified via email or telephone. Please check your e-mail and telephone messages regularly, including "junk" folders. Test times and locations to be announced.