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Vacancy Notice for: Utility Engineer

The Independent Regulatory Commission of Dominica has a vacancy for the position of Utility Engineer. The successful candidate will be required to provide engineering support to the Regulation Division of the Commission. The individual will assist the Regulations Manager in building engineering databases of electrical utilities operating in Dominica, assist in reviewing tariff filings, analyze the electric utilities’ engineering operations, assist the Regulations Division in providing the engineering analyses necessary for tariff making, and prepare engineering reports as required. He/she will report to the Regulations Manager of the Commission.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Degree in Electrical Engineering from a recognized University.
  • A Masters Degree in Engineering or any related field will be considered an asset.
  • At least four (4) years experience working with an electric utility or in the capacity of Electrical Engineer.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic knowledge of engineering principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of utility equipment and terminology, plant classifications, operations and business practices.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of utility engineering; current technological advances; forecasting methods; theories of depreciation and utility valuation, standards and accepted practices of utility service and safety; methods and material typical of utility construction and maintenance; standards and rules typical of public utility regulations.
  • Knowledge of utility management and business practices.
  • Knowledge of all fields of utility engineering coming under the purview of the IRC.
  • Ability to read, understand and apply statutes, regulations, case law, contracts and other legal documents.
  • Ability to testify in formal proceedings before the Commission;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, prepare well documented comprehensive written reports.
  • Ability to use computer and peripherals, software (word processing, database, spreadsheet, web browser, emails, etc.)
  • Ability to learn and apply regulatory statutes and regulations, utility equipment and terminology, plant classifications, operations, and business practices; apply engineering principles; and, maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Ability to learn and apply utility engineering principles and practices, utility statutes and regulations, utility accounting, utility evaluation and methods of determining depreciation and operating costs, standards and accepted practices of utility service and safety; and learn methods and materials typical of utility construction and maintenance.
  • Ability to plan, prepare and conduct broad complex investigations; apply substantial judgment in solving regulatory issues; recognize irregularities in engineering equipment, systems and data.
  • Represent the Commission in a variety of utility regulatory forums.

RESPONSIBILITIES – The Utility Engineer is required to:

  • Provide guidance and technical expertise for authorisation of connection to the national grid;
  • Design prescription of technical standards for electrical installations and equipment;
  • Perform engineering investigations; recommend alternative courses of action; provide recommendations to assist in defining and resolving utility regulatory engineering problems; provides guidance in all areas of technical regulatory engineering problems.
  • Act as liaison between the Regulations Division on engineering matters and the Executive Director, other Commission staff, individual Commissioners, utility representatives, the public, and other utility regulatory Commissions.
  • Prepare an annual work plan and budget, with quarterly and monthly targets for each of the objectives
  • Formulate engineering review policy; prepare engineering review policy and procedures manual; coordinate the compilation of the engineering review portion of the IRC’s annual report; assist in the preparation of the engineering portion of the IRC’s budget.
  • Conduct research into and compile a reports indicating the need for future expansion of electric generating facilities.
  • Review the utility plans for electric generating, transmission and distribution facilities to determine the need, size, type, etc.
  • Review plans for electric generating facilities for licencing purposes.
  • Perform the more complex engineering work in determining the need for electric rate increases.
  • Review state-of-the-art techniques for electric rate analysis to determine their suitability for use.
  • Function as team member in the review of the larger, more complex electric rate cases.
  • Apply statutes, regulations, case law, contracts and other legal documents to his function.
  • Testify in formal proceedings before the Commission;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, prepare well documented comprehensive written reports.
  • Learn and apply regulatory statutes and regulations, utility equipment and terminology, plant classifications, operations, and business practices; apply engineering principles; and, maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Learn and apply utility engineering principles and practices, utility statutes and regulations, utility accounting, utility evaluation and methods of determining depreciation and operating costs, standards and accepted practices of utility service and safety; and learn methods and materials typical of utility construction and maintenance.
  • Plan, prepare and conduct broad complex investigations; apply substantial judgment in solving regulatory issues; recognize irregularities in engineering equipment, systems and data.
  • Represent the Commission in a variety of utility regulatory forums.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Reporting And Organisational Relationships

  • Department: Regulations Department
  • Reports to: Regulations Manager
  • Supervises: N/A
  • Liaises with Internally: Executive Director, Department Head, Other Department Staff, Administrative Officer and Accounting Officer.
  • Liaises with Externally: Utility Personnel, Government Departments, General Public

Submission of Applications:

Interested and qualified individuals are invited to submit applications comprising a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and names and contact details of two (2) referees under CONFIDENTIAL COVER to the address below, no later than Tuesday, 1st August,  2017:

Executive Director
Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC)
P.O. Box 1687, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica
Tel: (767) 440-6634 – eMail: admin@ircdominica.org

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