Planning Engineer - Butte

$61,400 - $132,100 yearly
  • Northwestern Energy
  • Butte, MT, USA
  • Feb 05, 2024
Full time Engineering

Job Description

About this position:

The Planning Engineer is tasked with finding innovative engineering solutions to solve complex issues of today's electric grid and designing the grid of the future. This position is part of a dynamic planning team that performs transmission planning studies and related activities across Montana and South Dakota. This Engineer should be able to work both independently and be a high contributor to the team.

We offer great benefits:

NorthWestern Energy is a fully regulated electric and natural gas utility serving Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. We employ 1,500 amazing people and serve 753,600 customers who are our neighbors in our communities. We are a top employer and offer competitive benefits, including:

  • 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%
  • Healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision for you, your spouse and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Programs (Offering up to six free counseling sessions, per person, per issue, per year for employees, spouses and dependents to include financial heath)
  • Life Insurance (Company pays basic employee policy; spouse, dependent insurance also available)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Competitive pay (Scheduled performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities.)
  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Paid training opportunities
  • Paid time off starting on your first day, plus 11 paid holidays

Benefits may vary by position or as negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

About this job:

  • Use sound analytical skills to model, perform transmission studies, propose solutions to problems, and plan the transmission system for Montana and South Dakota
  • Develop base cases and conduct transmission system studies, using power flow and stability simulation software
  • Maintain compliance with all related reliability standards including industry and regulatory
  • Prepare reports and present results to management and/or internal and external customers
  • Make recommendations to management on system improvements to mitigate identified problems
  • Provide engineering support for operation activities
  • Travel to jobsites, off-site meetings, and trainings (up to 5% travel per year) including overnight stays when necessary
  • Participate in regional transmission groups (such as WECC and SPP)
  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics
  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

Am I right for this job? Here's the success profile:

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • S. Engineering degree required, Electrical Engineering preferred
  • Basic understanding of electric system and transmission system fundamentals
  • Professional Engineer's Licensure or ability to obtain licensure
  • Excellent computer skills and proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Computer programming skills preferred
  • Knowledge & experience with power system modeling software preferred (such as PSS/E)
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written required
  • Valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record
  • Company travel and extended hours may be required