Senior Engineer - Transmission Line Design (Civil Engineering)

Confidential Company  •  Pittsburgh, PA

8 - 10 years experience  •  Business Services

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/10/17
Confidential Company
Pittsburgh, PA
8 - 10 years experience
Business Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/10/17

Duquesne Light Company, headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, is a leader in providing electric energy and has been in the forefront of the electric energy market, with a history rooted in technological innovation and superior customer service. Today, the company continues its role as a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy, providing a secure supply of reliable power to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Overall Purpose 

The Transmission Line Engineers analyze and design lattice steel towers, steel poles, and wood structures. The Engineer uses a robust industry-standard software program known as PLS-CADD, PLS-Pole, TOWER, and MFAD. The Engineer will be expected to work independently on completing designs, reviewing drawings, and understanding clearance codes such as the NESC. The ability to work independently as well as in teams is necessary, as the Engineer will coordinate transmission work withother Duquesne Light Departments including Project Management, Transmission Planning, Asset Management, ROW, Surveying, Shops, Procurement, and Substation Engineering. The Engineer must be able to communicate engineering concepts and train others in transmission design. The Engineer must be able to implement project management skills for outsourced projects and review all transmission engineering documents, drawings, and designs that are submitted by contractors.


# Responsibilities: 


1. The Engineer designs new steel structures, models/analyzes existing steel lattice structures, designs reinforcements, designs concrete foundations, and completes transmission line designs. The Engineer prepares design solutions for maintenance projects. The Engineer prepares bill of material lists, prepares P&P drawings, prepares stringing charts, etc… The Engineer works with Project Management and Procurement to purchase the items. Experience in PLS-CADD, PLS-Pole, PLS-Tower, and MFAD is required. The Engineer ensures sound engineering principles are employed in accordance with all applicable Duquesne Light Company standards and federal, state, and local codes - ASCE, NESC, OSHA, etc.


2. The Engineer will lead capital transmission line projects, outsourced to contractors. Responsibilities include: civil designs, structural designs, environmental drawings, geotechnical investigations, access roads, PUC/LON applications, clearance studies, and review of PLS-CADD models. The Engineer prepares steel pole specifications, construction specifications, engineering scope of work documents, schedules, and estimates for any bidding events. The Engineer prepares and completes technical reviews of vendors for bidding events. The Engineer acts as the engineering project manager and provides technical direction and support for the engineeringcontractor. The Engineer gives sound engineering decisions and directs the contractor to follow all engineering guidelines. The Engineer is responsible for reviewing construction drawings and obtaining a bill of materials list. The Engineer ensures all deliverables are met and on-time.


3. The Engineer calculates NESC and OSHA clearance requirements and prepares clearance studies for customers. The Engineer performs technical studies and arrives at conclusions/recommendations for capital projects, maintenance projects, and emergent civil engineering work. The ability to work independently is desired. 


4. The Engineer provides thorough updates on a weekly, monthly and annual basis for the work plan to the Manager. The Engineer participates in the Civil/Transmission Line department staff meetings.


5. The Engineer is involved in developing company standards for transmission line design. The Engineer works collaboratively with other engineers and DLC departments to develop documents, standards, and process improvements.


6. The Engineer is involved in answering transmission design questions, code questions, and must be able to answer PLS-CADD specific questions. The Engineer prepares training classes to teach employees more about transmission line standards, procedures, designs, etc…


7. The Engineer visits the field in response to current construction projects, maintenance emergent work, field verification, field inspection, constructioninspection, etc…The Engineer must be able to answer field questions on transmission line projects.


 Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (or ElectricalEngineering) from an ABET accredited college or university is required.
  2. Utility or transmission design experience is required. Experience in PLS-CADD, PLS-Pole, Tower, and MFAD is required.
  3. Must embrace a safety culture and maintain safe work environment for co-workers and the public.
  4. Must possess strong organizational, computer, and problem solving skills.
  5. Must be able to communicate effectively with good verbal skills and writing skills.
  6. Must have strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with people at all levels across Duquesne Light organization.
  7. Ability to make practical decisions without undue delay, based on the best information available.
  8. PE license in the state of Pennsylvania 
  9. 7+ years of experience in utility  


Physical Requirements:

  1. Work location is typical office environment - desk and computer work is required.  Evening and weekend work may be required.
  2. Must be able to walk on uneven ground to various facilities and right-of-way locations for field investigations as required. 
  3. Must possess valid driver’s license and be able to drive to various company locations.  May be required to drive in inclement weather to support emergency service restoration obligations. 



Primary Focus is on daily deliverables, outputs and reporting.  Typically accountable for managing ones own time and work flow.  Responsibilities are generally tactical in nature and work is typically complex in nature requiring the incumbent to draw on previous knowledge to perform role. Has a well established capabilities, acts as a resource to less experienced staff on routine issues.


Decision Impact:

Problems and issues faced are vague.  Draws on significant past experience to perform role. Proficient in the body of knowledge of given discipline or speciality area. Accountable for direct level of reasoning and decision making.


Duquesne Light Company is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of the employment relationship, without discrimination because of race, age, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran or any other unlawful basis, as defined by applicable law, and fostering a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and retaliation. This policy affects decisions including, but not limited to, hiring, compensation, benefits, terms and conditions of employment, opportunities for promotion, transfer, layoffs, return from a layoff, training and development, and other privileges of employment. An integral part of Duquesne Light's commitment is to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws concerning equal employment and affirmative action.


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