Performs difficult and complex professional and administrative work planning and directing the activities of professional, technical, skilled, and semi-skilled employees in the construction, operation, and maintenance of a small municipal electric system.
Plans and directs the general activities of the department related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the small municipal electric system.
Analyzes and approves projects to extend services to developments and industries, approves extension of lines and engineering projects.
Forecasts future power needs; plans, organizes, and directs activities necessary to achieve needs.
Attends meetings and works closely with TVA as wholesale power supplier and regulator to ensure compliance with TVA power contract in all areas.
Reviews, negotiates, and administers SED and TVA contracts with customers.
Communicates regularly with TVA on wholesale rate changes, power supply/FERC updates, and regulatory issues.
Consults with subordinates on work problems, plans, blueprints, specifications and other working papers relating to proposed utility operation, construction, installation, and improvement projects.
Prepares annual operating budgets, analyzes and projects expenditures and cash flows.
OTHER JOB DUTIES
Markets the utility and its services to prospective developers and industries; partners with economic development organizations to enhance commercial and industrial recruitment.
Keeps abreast of modern power distribution and administration methods and practices.
Oversees professional consultants providing engineering, planning, rate studies, and other professional and administrative services to the department.
Bids and administers department contracts for tree trimming, cleaning services, mowing and landscaping, uniforms, poles, transformers, large material purchases; capital outlay items, and capital projects.
Prepares rate actions for board approval including monthly Fuel Cost Adjustment.
Investigates serious customer complaints and works to achieve a peaceful resolution.
Represents the electric department and the City of Springfield to the public in a positive manner at all times.
PRIMARY JOB CHALLENGES
Maintaining a thorough knowledge of all facets of electric utility operations.
Adjusting to diversity of industry competencies necessary to function at a small utility.
Keeping electric utility up to date with current technology and changing industry trends.
Maintaining a stable, competent, and energized workforce in a very competitive market.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Comprehensive knowledge of electric utility organization and operation.
Comprehensive knowledge of the material, methods, practices, and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, and repair of electric transmission and distribution systems.
Comprehensive knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of electrical engineering as applied to electric utility system construction and maintenance.
Thorough Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Electric Department and City of Springfield.
Thorough knowledge of business management practices as applied to the operation of the utility.
Practical knowledge of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system operation and structure.
Practical knowledge of fiberoptic cable applications for utility operations.
Practical knowledge of SCADA and other load analysis and control tools and techniques.
Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including but not limited to Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
Ability to plan, assign, and coordinate the work of the organization.
Ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and convincingly, both orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with city officials, employees and the general public.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in electrical engineering, business administration, or related field required; Minimum of five (5) years of practical experience in electrical engineering and/or engineering management; Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in supervision and administration. Master’s degree in business administration preferred, or a combination of education and experience equivalent to the required knowledge and abilities.
Must possess a valid Class D driver license issued by the State of Tennessee; Must pass a drug screen and a physical examination based on the essential functions of the job given by the city’s designated physician.
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Tennessee desired.
Employee will work both indoors and outdoors and will sit, stand, stoop, walk, and lift objects (less than 25 pounds).
Employee will work in office environment and operate personal computer and/or laptop.
Employee will operate an automobile and/or truck with radio transmitting and receiving capabilities for constant communication access.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in electrical engineering, business administration, or related field required; minimum of five (5) years f practical experience in electrical engineering and/or engineering management; minimum of ten (10) years of experience in supervision and administration. Master's degree in business administration preferred, or a combination of education and experience equivalent to the required knowledge and abilities. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Tennessee desired.