Senior Planning Engineer

Western Power

Location: Perth

Job Type: Not Specified


Do you want to deliver work that truly matters to our community?

There’s never been a better time to join the energy industry! At Western Power we’re working towards our vision for a clean energy future and we’re looking for diverse, passionate people to join our team of world leading expert.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Planning Engineer in our Perth Head Office, on a permanent full-time basis.

About this role

As a Senior Planning Engineer at Western Power you will be required to:

  • Develop concept solutions (network and non-network) to resolve network constraints in a timely and economical manner and progress projects in a manner consisrtent with the Program Governance Framework.
  • Prepare and justify connection advice for larger generators and customers, including connection and shared network augmentations, and assist with managing stakeholder expectations regarding delivery of their project.
  • Lead Joint Planning Teams and provide a technical network planning function into the options analysis and scope development.
  • Perform specialist studies relating to rotor angle, small signal, frequency and voltage stability, electromagnetic transients and corona.
  • Perform incident investigations and work with generators and customers to define control system settings to maximise power system security. Witness and assess generator compliance tests.
  • Develop, maintain and validate the Digsilent Powerfactory base case model including generator and load dynamic models.
  • Provide technical support to the Asset and Operations planning teams including Senior, Principal Engineers including the Area Manager and Engineering Team Leaders where required. Provide mentoring capability to planning and graduate engineers.
  • Responsible for accurate budgeting and cost tracking of customer and internal projects so as to meet budgetary estimates and avoid overrun.
  • Prepare limit equations defining power system transfer capability for use by AEMO and Network Operations.
  • Monitor, report and investigate power quality at the transmission level
  • Perform risk assessments and make recommendations (including development of contingency plans) to deal with the transmission network related risks which are managed by the Area.
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders (includes, but not limited to System Management, Access Solutions, Customer Relations, AEMO, planners, designers, project managers, peers in other Functions and customers).

About you

We are seeking someone with experience and attributes that include:

  • Degree in Engineering (Electrical or equivalent)
  • Eligible for CPEng / NPER registration
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise with demonstrated technical experience covering the following areas:
    • Planning, design, operation and maintenance of electricity transmission networks;
    • Large generation and load connection studies including assessment of dynamic behaviour, control system assessments and tuning of parameters.
    • Economic and financial evaluation techniques.
  • Knowledge of performing load flow and dynamics studies in Powerfactory or equivalent software packages.
  • Knowledge of specialist studies relating to rotor angle, small signal, frequency and voltage stability, electromagnetic transients and corona;
  • Understanding of energy markets and good appreciation of regulatory frameworks.
  • Knowledge of modelling requirements for performing transmission network power system studies.
  • Broad knowledge of transmission system plant and its application, including the planning criteria, specifications and design requirements
  • Proficiency in key computer systems and specialty power system analysis applications
  • High competency in report writing with excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.

Joining Western Power

Our people play a vital role in creating an innovative, safe, and supportive workplace, living our values and delivering exceptional service to the communities in which we operate.

We are committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, women, young & mature age workers, the LGBTQI+ community.

We are an employer of choice, offering our employees a range of benefits that include:

  • Competitive salary plus 11% superannuation
  • Flexible work arrangements that support part time work, flexible working hours and working from home arrangements
  • Professional Development opportunities including training initiatives and study assistance
  • An award-winning employee recognition and benefits programme
  • Access to five Employee Network Groups – First Nations, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Diverse Sexualities and Genders, Women, and People with Disability – which celebrate and communicate the diversity of our workforce and connect diversity and inclusion to our broader business activities
  • The opportunity to purchase up to four weeks of additional leave per year
  • Access to salary packaging, social club activities, and discounted health insurance and gym membership

Important information

We are committed to our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2021 - 2027 and ensuring that people with disability have equal opportunities to gain and maintain employment with Western Power. It is strongly encouraged that people with a disability who meet the inherent requirements of the position description apply for this role.

We are also proud to have launched our Innovate RAP in Mar 2022 (Reconciliation Action Plan). Our Innovate RAP outlines our commitment to the Reconciliation journey in WA.

Our recruitment process requires that all candidates who progress to the pre-employment stage must hold a police clearance issued within the last six months.

Join us and play a part in powering the future of Western Australia.

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Applications close on 5th December 2022

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