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Job: T&D Engineering Supervisor, Communications & CIP

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UNS Energy Corporation, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned electric and gas distribution utility in Canada. UNS Energy Corporation’s public utility subsidiaries, Tucson Electric Power Company, UNS Electric, Inc. and UNS Gas, Inc., provide electric and gas service to customers in southern and northern Arizona. For more information about UNS Energy Corporation, visit
Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable electric service to approximately 414,000 customers in Southern Arizona. Although our company has been in business for more than 120 years, we continue to look for innovative ways of providing value, comfort, convenience and security to our customers every day. We’re evaluating cutting-edge energy technologies, reshaping our energy portfolio and expanding our renewable power and energy-efficiency programs. While our line of work can be challenging, it can also be rewarding. Our team of dedicated professional’s values engagement, enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration.
In return, TEP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes a 401k plan with a generous company match, a company-sponsored pension plan, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and much more.
We are currently seeking a talented individual for the position of T&D Engineering Supervisor, Communication & CIP. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, organizing, budgeting, and directing the overall operation of the specific Engineering area assigned in accordance with policies and procedures, current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations governing the Utility industry.  Creates and reviews engineering designs, construction drawing packages for new and existing substation related projects, and related specifications for projects in the assigned engineering group.  May perform engineering studies, design calculations and evaluates alternative designs or processes related to substation and other facilities and related standards.  May specify and review material and equipment required for assigned projects and assists in the evaluation of suppliers and products.  May act as a project engineer for assigned projects.
Position-Related Responsibilities
  • Supervises, coordinates, provides leadership to, and facilitates the activities of the assigned work group, including safety, prioritizing, workflow allocation, quality control, staff scheduling, performance reviews and employee relations.
  • Develops designs and evaluates possible alternatives to meet both major and minor substation project requirements.  Assigned projects may be at voltage levels ranging from 4kV up to 500kV.  The primary design responsibilities encompass physical layout of the substations and associated equipment and facilities, major equipment and overall material specification and ordering, equipment factory acceptance, substation design and calculations for power equipment and facilities, wiring and cable design, commissioning checkout creation, and functional checkout. Works closely with the project manager on overall project management from inception to energizing.
  • Develops detailed design specifications appropriate for the use in compiling material lists, procurement activities for equipment, materials and service required for project completion.
  • NERC Facility rating tracking.
  • Works closely on all projects with engineers and Managers from the Substation, Protection, Communications, Automation, CIP and Metering Engineering sections who develop all physical, protection, control schematic drawings and do all communication and automation equipment related design.
  • Works closely with Civil, Transmission and Structural Engineers to determine physical locations of equipment and proper sizing of structures and site design and grading.
  • Evaluates, from an engineering standpoint, vendors, manufacturers, equipment and/or components available to meet project specifications and in conjunction with the Materials Procurement Department recommends awards that optimize cost and reliability.
  • Assists with providing budgetary estimates of projects for departmental or interdepartmental incorporation into the Capital Budget.
  • Develops and monitors work progress on project schedules to assure proper coordination of events during the design, construction, testing and energizing phases of a project.
  • Initiates job tasks (work orders) and tracks expenditures as may be required to complete Capital Budget project assignments. 
  • Leads formal and informal meetings concerning assigned projects and is able to communicate effectively with all levels of personnel both in the office and field crews.
  • Assists with departmental and interdepartmental training to assure proper installation, operation and/or maintenance of substation equipment when requested.
  • Assigns, directs and reviews the work of assigned engineers and/or other employees associated with an assignment.  Consults on problems of a technical nature encountered during various work assignments.
  • Reports to the Manager, Engineering and performs other assignments as requested.
  • This position may provide services to affiliates of the Company subject to the UNS Energy Code of Conduct and the related Policies and Procedures.
Management Responsibilities
  • Ensure that the Company’s management principles, policies and programs are consistently practiced and continually support the Affirmative Action Plan.
  • Assume fiduciary responsibility for operating the business and provide recommendations on cost improvement measures.
  • Ensure that the Performance Management program is administered uniformly and effectively.
  • Administers personnel functions, including recruiting, review and approval of job descriptions and salary classifications, and selection and placement of personnel.  Participates in hiring, termination, promoting, assignment and direction of staff.  Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations and standards, company policies, practices and ethical obligations to investigate, evaluate and recommend appropriate resolution to employee complaints.
  • Promotes and participates in the professional development, personal growth and career planning of staff.  Motivate, recognize and reward, coach, counsel, train; provide feedback to employees during performance reviews.   Participates in Leadership Development programs.
  • Addresses disciplinary and/or performance issues, according to company policy, and communicates effectively with employees regarding corrective action. Has input into the adjustment of grievances and administration of discipline.
  • Plans day-to-day operations, estimates personnel needs and schedules and assigns work.  Evaluate the structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
(Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.)
  • A bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in power or mechanical equipment related classes related field, or equivalent combination of bachelor’s degree and work experience.
  • Proficient in all aspects of time management, project organization, and technical analysis.  
  • Demonstrates strong leadership skills and supports all decision making with superior technical knowledge and economic analysis.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups across functional lines. Must have high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. Position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy.
  • Broad-based business knowledge, including financial analysis and project management
  • and a thorough knowledge of electric utility services, products, service requirements, construction standards, codes, ordinances, franchise agreements, Blue Stake laws, right-of-way and easements.
  • Proficient in the use of personal computer applications, including but not limited to, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Maximo and/or other Work Management Systems, WinIGS and Microsoft Project are a plus.
Supervisor, Level I:
  • Assigns work to section personnel and evaluates work status to ensure satisfactory progress and completion.
  • Three to five years of relevant experience, preferably professional experience at an electric utility company in an engineering role or illustrate equal competency.  Prior supervisory experience preferred.
Supervisor, Level II:
  • Oversees and assures that all activities are performed in a manner which optimizes costs and efficiencies for the organization.
  • Will act as a technical mentor to new or less experienced engineers and perform work on engineering projects as required.
  • Arizona Registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.), Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or Master of Business Administration preferred.
  • Eight (8) years or more professional experience at an electric utility company in an engineering role or illustrate equal competency.
  • Prior supervisory experience required.


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