Senior Planning Engineer (Job: P4760)

Organization : Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (Hawaiian Electric)
Location: United States, Hawaii, Honolulu
End of contest: May 21, 2014
Type (Full time / Part time): Full Time
Under the general direction of the Director, Generation Planning, is a lead engineer performing planning and engineering analyses, project management, and other assignments to evaluate and recommend plans, policies, and methodologies for the development and enhancement of electrical power systems, including the integration of supply-side, demand-side, and transmission and distribution system needs.

The Generation Planning Division of the System Planning Department at Hawaiian Electric Company has one (1) Management vacancy available. (Role: Professional)

  • Leads, instructs, and guides a number of large and important projects of major scope and importance in a specific major responsibility area (e.g. specific island system).
  • Directs, plans, designs, specifies, develops, coordinates, and/or reviews large complex or critical integrated generation planning activities for separate island electrical power systems. Makes recommendations for capital budget items, company policy, system generation planning criteria, and new or improved planning techniques, procedures and/or methodologies. Creates, develops, reviews, and/or delivers planning generation expert testimony, responses to information requests, and other assignments supporting generation planning projects before various external agencies such as the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the State Legislature, and Public Advisory Groups.
  • Researches, develops, coordinates, and evaluates political, regulatory and technical changes, innovations, and progress related to integration of supply-side and demand-side resources. Reviews avoided costs computations related to firm power contract proposals. Directs evaluations of load and fuel forecasts with correlation to historical trends.
  • Develops, modifies, tests, implements, documents, and operates complex technical engineering/scientific programming models supporting effective resource planning evaluations/recommendations. Creates, develops, maintains and directs the maintenance of critical generation resource databases. Conducts research of current and emerging applications programming technological advances, specifically in modeling and simulation techniques.
  • Assigns, directs, and reviews work assignments of planning, engineering and clerical personnel and provides training as appropriate. Prepares and presents administrative reports/documents such as project status, strategic action plan (goals and objectives), budget inputs, and training requirements. Serves as technical advisor and/or consultant for inter- and intra-departmental work groups. Serves as Company Representative on specific assignments.

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Thorough knowledge of engineering principles and theories normally acquired through a college level curriculum resulting in a bachelor's degree in a relevant engineering discipline or equivalent experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of utility planning principles with particular concentration in electric power systems including but not limited to, production simulations, normally acquired through a college level curriculum in a relevant engineering discipline or equivalent experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of personal computers and/or mainframe systems, and related software applications to include word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, resource planning/optimizing specialized simulation models, and the ability to develop, modify, test, implement, document, and operate complex technical engineering/scientific computer models in programming languages such as Visual Basic or C++.
  • Extensive knowledge of generation resource planning methodologies including the integration of supply and demand-side resources. Understanding of transmission and protection considerations and constraints.
  • Extensive understanding of methods of avoided costs computations, and a thorough understanding of island-specific executed purchase power agreements between Independent Power Producers, Cogenerators, and Qualifying Facilities.
  • Extensive knowledge of utility economic analysis methods including, but not limited to, derivation of financial parameters, calculation of revenue requirements, and the ability to perform various economic analyses.
  • Thorough knowledge of PUC, environmental, and all other state and federal laws and regulations as related to integrated resource planning activities.
  • Professional engineer registration highly preferred to allow development and/or delivery of expert testimony before the PUC.

Skills Requirements:

  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal/leadership skills with the ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals, occasionally dealing with sensitive, difficult or confrontational issues.
  • Analytical, organizational, and conceptual skills to handle various complex projects and programs.
  • Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Ability to assign, direct, and review work assignments of engineering and clerical personnel, and create studies and coordinate projects independently without supervision.

Experience Requirements:

  • Extensive (8+) years experience in power system planning, design, operations, or technical/scientific computer applications.

How To Apply

Hawaiian Electric Company employees who meet the minimum requirements should apply on-line at HR Suite by clicking on the link: http://hrsuite

(Should you have problems linking to the on-line application, please call the HR Service Center at 543-4848.)

All others who meet the minimum qualifications should apply at hawaiianelectric.com/careers

Submittal of an application for the position:

  1. Authorizes Hawaiian Electric Company to share any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
  2. Releases and waives Hawaiian Electric Company from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company; and
  3. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer.

NOTE: To the extent permitted by law, Hawaiian Electric Company may conduct a criminal conviction record inquiry for the past 10 years. Hawaiian Electric Company is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender/sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. If you require accommodations during the application process, please contact the HR Service Center at 543-4848.

Salary & Benefits

Currency USD
Role Professional
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Schedule Monday - Friday
Work Hours 7:30am - 4:00pm
Lunch (Minutes) 30
Primary Work Location Waterhouse


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