Electrical Operations Engineer

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Upton, NY, USA
  • Oct 15, 2020
Full time

Job Description

Electrical Operations Engineer

Job ID 2334Date posted 09/17/2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview


The Facilities & Operations (F&O) Directorate's mission isto support the science and technology and environmental restoration missions of the laboratory by providing a safe, environmentally sound, and reliable infrastructure; to provide high quality crafts and fabrication services to our customers as needed and to protect people, property, and national security.

The Energy & Utilities (EU) Division operates and maintains BNL’s:

  • Electric Transmission & Distribution System;
  • Central Steam Facility;
  • Central Chilled Water Facility;
  • Potable Water Treatment Facility;
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility;
  • Site Fire Alarm Systems;
  • Building Electrical Systems;
  • Site Energy Management Control System (EMCS);
  • Energy procurement and Energy Metering Systems

The Energy Utilities Division, within the Facilities and Operations Directorate has an opportunity to fill the position of Electrical Power Engineer which is anchored at the Energy & Utilities Office Building 452 and reports directly to the Energy & Utilities Division Manager.

Position Description
Responsibilities Include:

  • Maintenance, design, and operation of large-scale facilities and systems including medium and low voltage electrical power transmission and distribution systems. 
  • Assisting in the planned maintenance and outages on equipment located in utility plants and buildings.
  • Participating in reviewing and executing safety procedures, conduct of operations in a safe and conscientious manner, following safety rules, procedures, and actively participating in safety programs, such as confined space, lock-out/tag-out, etc.
  • Writing of electrical switching and safety procedures for line crew personnel.
  • Assisting the supervisors of the utility plants in routine maintenance and repairs as necessary to keep the plant operating at optimal efficiency.
  • Creating and presenting electrical safety training to both management and collective bargaining employees.

Position Requirements
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Facilities, or Marine engineering and a minimum of three (3) years of broad facilities and operations experience, with knowledge of the building trades applicable to operations, maintenance, and design.
  • Experience with overhead and underground 69kV, 13.8kV, and 2.4kV, 480V, 208V transmission and distribution systems.
  • Understanding of building system design and construction.
  • Preparation, review, and approval of electrical system design documents including one-lines, three-lines, DC control schematics, short circuit and voltage drop calculations.

Experience and knowledge of the following:

  • NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code®
  • IEEE C2 - National Electrical Safety Code®
  • NFPA 70E- Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
  • OSHA 1910.269
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to read and interpret underground utility drawings, one-line electrical diagrams, and P&I drawings.
  • Requires experience with protective relay selection, relay settings, coordination studies, equipment testing, and start-up problem resolution.
  • Ability to use AutoCAD to produce design drawings, modify drawings, and create as-built drawings.
  • Excellent teamwork, effective written and oral communication skills are required; must be able to analyze data, write technical reports, and develop work packages.
  • Ability to read and understand underground utility maps.
  • Must be able to occasionally work weekends or nights to support power outages or planned maintenance.
  • Must be able to read, write, and verbally communicate in English.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s license.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Arc Flash Calculation Software SKM Power Tools for Windows
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural and mechanical drawings.
  • Experience with electrical SCADA systems.
  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of centralized chilled water plants, steam plants, water supply and treatment, and sewage treatment plants.
  • Experience with Rockwell Automation ControlLogix PLC systems and software.
  • Experience with preventative maintenance management software.
  • Engineer-In-Training or Professional Engineer status in New York State.
  • Experience coordinating and interfacing with collective bargaining unit personnel.
  • Familiarity with substation maintenance procedures and equipment such as vacuum breakers, SF6 circuit breakers, transformers, battery systems, etc.

Environmental, Safety, and Health, Considerations:

  • Standing, bending, and lifting, up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to enter confined spaces
  • Ability to climb fixed and portable ladders and work at heights up to 30 feet.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Work outdoors/cold environments or indoors/hot environments

Selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate position level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge, skills, as well as years of relevant experience.  Occasional travel may be required to attend training classes, special meetings, conferences, or events.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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