about 1 year ago
Purpose of the Job
These technical and operational experts plan and carry out and supervise commissioning, testing and energisation of substation equipment and in particular protection / plant to ensure network capital investment is safe and fit for purpose.
Number of staff supervised directly – Zero but technical supervision of staff contractors and consultants 2 to 5
Number of major projects in area annually 5 - 20
£ spend annually on those projects £ 10m - £20m
When on standby duties or out of hours response to incidents to act as the lead engineer to incidents. Working in partnership with network control to resolve incidents, establish facts and using judgement and experience develop immediate solutions.
Knowledge, Skills, Experienced Required
The job holder would be expected to hold a relevant engineering degree or Higher National HNC/HND qualification or equivalent and the Power System Protection Course. Likely to have a proven track record of network operational experience as a Senior Authorised Person (SAP) or Authorised Person (AP) and experience of testing plant and protection systems.
Alternative route(s) could be an HNC in electrical power engineering, a development plan, well documented record as a commissioning engineer gaining operational experience to become SAP and having completed a wide ranging, on job experience, then it should be possible to demonstrate the competence to be a commissioning engineer
This is a complex field requiring high technical and operational understanding / proficiency and will include the ability to apply practical engineering sense from first principles using a logical disciplined approach to problem solving.
Additional IT skills will allow interaction from laptop to complex modern relay schemes to programme, test, extract fault records and interpret results with a right first time approach.
The job holder is required to communicate enthusiastically in an open and unambiguous manner. The job holder will be leading site based teams using interpersonal skills rather than positional power. In this role the job holder will demonstrate the ability to understand and rationalise conflicting points of view to reach an optimum solution.
1. Ensure high standards of safety management prevail throughout all areas of responsibility and that safety performance is maintained within parameters defined by the Executive. Promote the zero harm philosophy.
2. Plan, manage and coordinate the programme of commissioning work testing and plant acceptance testing leading to safe energisation and successful project completion for both internal and external customers.
3. Develop and agree commissioning plans and programmes for projects applying sound engineering knowledge to set standards and ensure through and complete testing of new schemes
4. At design reviews working with in house, contractor and supplier experts evaluate designs, delivering optimisation, leading to scheme design understanding, reduced risk and complete testing methodology.
5. Check and apply software programmable logic and settings to protection schemes checking operational and making adjustments to the scheme logic.
6. During commissioning testing, diagnose problems and propose modifications to scheme design to provide desired operability.
7. As a recognised expert, investigate, advise, diagnose and correct mal operations that occur during the life of the equipment. Drawing on the skills and knowledge of experienced commissioning engineers, collaboration with technical experts in other organisations propose the root cause and to develop permanent solutions to the issues. Often this is required to tight timescales when network equipment has failed in service.
8. Working with Network Control to plan, organise and complete safe energisation of plant from the network.
9. To ensure that Customer Minutes Lost (CML) and Customer Interruptions (CI) are minimised as a result of the activities of commissioning new plant and that schemes will deliver lower numbers over the life of the project.
10. To witness contractors testing and to coordinate the use of test sheets, test routines and policy applied throughout the 3 licensed areas.
11. Ensure that all settings applied to relays are confirmed back into the company database before energisation. All as built records are completed by contractors and employees to ensure records of work are maintained.
12. On standby for a licensed area to act as the sole operational response to a diversified problem solving using judgement and gathering facts to establish a view of the risks before recommending controlling a solution.
Nature and Scope
Commissioning and the associated quality assurance occur throughout the process of delivering the network capital programme. From the early broad design review to detailed design checks at the later stages. Equipment is checked, tested, safely energised and records updated as part of the process. The role is one of teamwork with many other specialists and colleagues.
Commissioning equipment requires communication and understanding with technical staff Contractors, Suppliers, and Customers as well as internally with designers and project managers. Technical problems that occur on site are normally handled locally where the job holder will find a way to achieve the end often without reference to higher authority. Using sound engineering judgement and applying precedents the job holder will make decisions about a way forward. Often there is no right answer. For this reason communication must be enthusiastic and unambiguous. Risk is often reduced by an ability to understand and rationalise conflicting points of view to reach an optimum solution.
Work is normally on sites with varying degrees of accommodation. The majority of the work is site based including outdoor and indoor construction areas and site based office locations.
Work often has to take place outside normal hours in order to lower the risk of customer interruptions whilst new plant is commissioned and tested. The planning process towards this can be very long term.
Limited technical supervision is provided to these job holders normally they will have to request help. General remote managerial supervision is provided.
The job holders contribute to the development of commissioning testing. Outline rules and policies exist to guide these staff. New developments are being incorporated into designs all the time resulting in the job holder’s continual learning. Commissioning engineers are often required to provide expertise to operational staff when faults or failures affect customers’ supplies.
The workload tends to be peaked towards the summer and early winter months and as a result of network outage risk, customer requirements and the demands of the programme a high degree of flexibility of working times is required leading to work outside normal hours. The job holder will be a major influence on prioritisation and planning of work.
Decisions on testing and energisation lay with the job holder. The job holder is normally the technical authority on site for the resolution of problems, faults, failures etc. Cooperation with experts from suppliers, internally and contractors ensures a balanced outcome to site initiated design alterations and acceptance.
Health & Safety Responsibilities
Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.
Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.
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