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Electrical / I&C Engineer

Reports to
Manager, Electrical/I&C Engineering

Our Client is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. Our Client receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity.  In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, Our Client provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

Today, Our Client is the nation’s largest public power provider and relies on a flexible mix of energy sources – fossil, hydro, renewables, and nuclear power.  Our Client’s power service territory covers 80,000 square miles, including most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia. They provide electricity to more than 9 million people at prices below the national average. Our Client sells electricity to 154 local power companies and 54 directly served industries and federal facilities.

The Opportunity:  Our Client is seeking a technically responsible Electrical/Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Engineer on equipment, systems and processes.  The ideal candidate will perform and direct studies to evaluate the current and future electrical/instrumentation needs for Coal, Gas and Hydro fossil plants.

Reports To:                         Manager, Electrical/I&C Engineering

Location:                             Our Client’s Service Area


  • Assist plant in resolution of equipment and system problems as requested
  • Perform cross-discipline engineering work to optimize performance of plant equipment, apparatus, and facilities for Coal, Gas & Hydro fossil plants, as work needs dictate
  • Direct or conduct technical monitoring, analysis, evaluation, and investigation of plant systems, processes, and equipment
  • Initiate improvements, repairs, maintenance, modification, and retrofit activity to optimize achievement of plant/system business plan objectives
  • Identify deviations in plant equipment and system performance, determine root causes, and recommend the optimum solution for correcting the problem.
  • Troubleshoot system problems not resolved by routine maintenance or surveillance activities
  • Determine whether identified problems exist in other systems or units at the plant and replicate solutions, including informing engineers at other plants which can benefit
  • Prepare and review specifications, cost benefit rations, and estimates covering installation of new equipment or upgrading of present equipment
  • Furnish engineering data and prepare job orders and work orders to cover capitalized expenditures or retirements
  • Represent Production Engineering on Joint Project Teams
  • Serve as project engineer for assigned projects, including large, cross-discipline, and more complex projects including:
    • Lead the project team
    • Establish and accomplish valid requirements
    • Monitor all phases of project performance
    • Approve project changes within approved limits
    • Conduct lessons learned reviews at project completion
    • Assist in overseeing the daily plant monitoring and testing activities performed by Technical Services Analysts
  • Responsible for ensuring that changes to plant configuration are controlled and properly documented
  • Independently perform assignments with instructions as to general results expected
  • Receive technical guidance on unusual or complex problems
  • Other duties as assigned by supervision

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrable proficiency in:
  • Site/Field engineering for Coal, Gas, Hydro Power Plant Systems and Equipment
  • Plant Operations and Maintenance
  • Industry Standards and Codes
  • Plan and direct testing
  • Spreadsheets, Graphics, SYNTHA, etc. Software
  • Problem Solving & Analysis, i.e. Root Cause, FMEA/EMEA, Fault Tree, Weibull, etc.
  • Project Management, Construction Processes, Teamwork
  • Communication and Interpersonal capabilities
  • Initiative
  • A Bachelor of Science in Electrical or Instrumentation and Controls Engineering from an accredited engineering school
  • Full competence as a Power Operations Engineer as demonstrated by several years’ of progressive and developmental experience at an Engineer level as a plant or field engineer or in a comparable engineering position providing the required experience and knowledge of plant systems and of multiple engineering disciplines.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in engineering as evidenced by completion of an Engineering Graduate Progression Plan or equivalent post engineering graduate education and experience.
  • License as a Professional Engineer is desirable.

Compensation:  The successful candidate will be offered an attractive salary, excellent benefits, and relocation assistance.

Contact Information:  KeySource Thomas Thor has been engaged to conduct this search.  Any information exchanged and related to this role is considered proprietary and will be managed through:

Nick Messenger

Vice President, Global Business Development