Cornell University, unique among peers, is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, and a member of the Ivy League.
Infrastructure, Properties and Planning (IPP), Department of Energy & Sustainability is comprised of three interactive teams (Campus Sustainability Office, Energy Management, and Utilities.) These three highly dynamic groups work in close collaboration with each other to achieve mission critical goals and strive daily to reduce the environmental footprint of the university while providing vital utilities services to Cornell's Ithaca campus.
This Electrical Engineering role is part of the Utilities and Energy Management team. The focus of the Utilities team is to take on the herculean task of ensuring Cornell's energy infrastructure system is running like clockwork on a 24 hour, 365 day per year basis. Production facilities include a combined heat and power facility, which provides both the steam for heat and electricity for campus, a hydroplant, and both on and off campus solar electric plants. All of the water for campus is provided by a university owned potable water filtration plant. Electricity from the local utility is fed through a university owned electric substation. Lastly, Utilities is also responsible for all of the distribution and collection systems located on campus including steam, chilled water, electricity, potable water and waste water. Like we said, running Cornell's utilities is a herculean task that covers a lot of ground and a lot of systems!
What you will do: You as the Electrical Engineer will take the technical lead for all work associated with utilities electric systems which includes managing the very cool utility medium voltage distribution expansion and renewal programs. Additionally, you will:
Support both our Central Energy and Hydro Plants with their power production as well as utility high voltage (115kV) which is fed in through the local grid provider, NYSEG. While of course, assuring the distribution system is safe, reliable, efficient and as environmentally friendly as possible.
Know the system forwards, backwards and inside out! Cornell has some exciting systems renewal, smart grid, and carbon reduction plans in the works so you will have the terrific opportunity to play a critical role in driving the design of our new systems. This will include drafting design requirements/standards, creating system modeling and most importantly understanding how the overall system works and how it will react to failures.
Work with the Electrical Enterprise Manager to operate, plan and execute capital planning and operating budgets ($15-20 million annually), training and leadership of the medium voltage crew, create and maintain design and construction standards, respond to campus electrical emergencies and maintain the medium voltage system.
Help develop and oversee the contracts related to the purchase and sale of electric commodity and capacity totaling up to $5 million per year and renewable energy electricity power purchase agreements totaling up to $3 million annually.
Provide engineering oversight for capital decisions, maintenance and renewal related to campus electrical distribution and operations/maintenance in the generation facilities.
Monitor NYPSC, FERC and NYISO filings in order to position Cornell to gain best reliability and value from its installed infrastructure.
Develop and oversee preventive maintenance programs, operational procedures, and safety standards; and respond to emergency outages and co-ordinate system restoration.
What we need: For this highly visible role we need someone who is a thought leader that thrives on continuous growth and professional development. At Cornell, we don't want to be just average. We want to be on the cutting edge. So, you will be the type of person who can spot an issue and not only fix it, but go all out to bring the latest technical solutions to the table and put them into action! Additionally, you will have:
Bachelors of Science in Electrical (BSEE) or equivalent along with 3 - 5 years of field experience with medium voltage electric power generation, substations, electrical protection and measurement systems, and overhead and underground distribution.
As we said, we want someone who can take this role to the next level. Therefore, we need you to have demonstrated progressively complex operational and design knowledge of current and leading edge electrical power generation systems.
We work as a team here, so extensive knowledge of project management and project experience related to a full range of utility infrastructure is key.
It is all in the numbers! We need someone who uses quantitative analysis and risk assessment tools (circuit analysis, protection studies, economic analysis, probability) to make decisions, not just their intuition.
It goes without saying that collaboration is key. You need 3 - 5 years of demonstrated success managing and coordinating indirect reports to execute construction and maintenance projects.
Experience with heavy rotating machinery in an industrial environment such as steam turbines, gas turbines, motors and generators, pumps and compressors.
Working knowledge of codes and practices for MV distribution.
Thorough understanding of protection relay co-ordination principles.
Power outages happen, so you will have experience with planned outage coordination and work scheduling.
If you have all those things, great! We have a few more things that we would prefer you to have, but it's ok if you don't:
Professional Engineering license (PE) or EIT
5 - 7 years medium voltage distribution experience
Degree specialization in power generation
Previous experience with co-generation
Project Management Professional certification
Rewards & Benefits:
Cornell provides great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year's Day) and superior retirement contributions.
Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information, follow the link. Benefits at Cornell
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