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Substation Engineer

Grand River Dam Authority

Grand River Dam Authority

Tulsa, OK, USA
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2023
Job Description


PURPOSE OF POSITION: This is an unclassified (exempt) position performing electrical engineering duties for the T&D Engineering Department of the Grand River Dam Authority as assigned by the Substation Engineering Manager.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports directly to the Substation Engineering Manager or designated supervisor.

SUPERVISED PERSONNEL: Normally does not supervise any other positions. May assume specific temporary supervisory duties for certain project functions and/or training duties.


  • Performs engineering analysis, calculations, design, studies, and other duties associated with maintaining, constructing, and operating high voltage substation facilities.
  • Creates specifications; prepares bid documents; evaluates bids received; prepares and presents reports and recommendations as required for purchase of materials, equipment, services, and miscellaneous items associated with high voltage substations and other assigned projects.
  • Assists in the design of relay systems and transmission system in conjunction with substation projects. Provides technical expertise and representation at review meetings, as required.
  • Assists in troubleshooting and may supervise repair activities as assigned.
  • May assist in the training of substation maintenance technicians for installation, testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance procedures involving new equipment.
  • Coordinates or verifies work of outside contractors and/or engineering firms concerning substation design activities; monitors work orders, project progress, change orders, and contractor payments of assigned areas.
  • May represent GRDA in regional organizations concerning substations and/or substation related topics.
  • Creates, organizes, and maintains records for assigned oversight areas of department.
  • Assists with the update of departmental construction standards and other departmental records.
  • After-hours work may be required under system emergency or storm conditions.


  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a power emphasis from an accredited college or university.
  • Additional courses or practical experience in electrical power substation design, systems analysis, computer programming, and project and facility management are desirable.
  • Ten (10) years of professional engineering experience in an electric utility environment or as a consulting engineer.


  • Must have a valid Oklahoma driver's license.
  • PE registration in Oklahoma preferred. If not registered, must have ability to acquire PE registration within 5 years of employment.


  • Functional competency with personal computers; prefer experience with Excel, Access, and Word.
  • Must be capable of methodical analysis of complex technical problems.
  • Must possess and demonstrate excellent writing and composition skills.
  • Must be comfortable giving verbal presentations before groups.
  • Must be capable of managing construction projects designed by self and others; prefer candidate with previous experience in Project Management of substation projects.


  • Must be able to walk, climb stairs, crawl, work from ladders and elevated platforms. Must not have a fear of heights, confined spaces, or working around high voltage equipment.
  • Ability to lift, move, and carry weights of up to 50 lb. on an irregular basis.
  • Must possess mental, visual, and auditory acuity for attention to visual and auditory detail. Manual dexterity is required for operation of test equipment, small tools, and the installation, adjustment, and repair of control devices.


  • Work is usually performed in an office environment with outdoor excursions for design, testing, and troubleshooting of equipment when necessary.
  • Repair work may be performed outdoors and/or indoors in a high noise/high temperature environment with possible work in confined spaces. Emergency repair work may be required during inclement weather and at any time in any season.


  • Work is performed primarily at the Engineering & Technology Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Specific work site and substation locations exist throughout the northeastern quarter of Oklahoma and/or other locations, as assigned.