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Strategic Project Engineer  (Full Time)
Location: MEA


Position – Status


Who Can Apply

MEA Employees & General Public

Posting Date

February 26, 2024 3:30PM

Closing Date

Open Until Filled


Strategic Implementation


$102,980 Min DOE



Union Representation


Hours of Work


Work Location

Palmer, AK and/or Hybrid



This position is responsible for participating and consulting on Railbelt system studies and project development for the Association along with providing essential engineering support to the Strategic Implementation division. This position will play a key role in the evaluation of the Association’s long-term planning in generation and transmission assets while supporting current day-to-day activities.



1.     Direct and administer engineering services contracts relating to various power system studies.

2.     Evaluate generation and transmission investments with respect to their conformity with the Association’s goals and objectives.

3.     Responsible for and prepares support documentation for strategic planning, power requirement studies, financial forecasts, and business plans.

4.     Develop and execute various strategic projects to deliver timely, economically, and safe completion.

5.     Maintain knowledge of power system related technologies, materials, construction techniques, and industry trends to guide long range planning.

6.     Operates power system PSSE/ PowerWorld models to accurately reflect the Railbelt by benchmarking and model validation.

7.     Model contingency events to verify system operation and configuration.

8.     Review actual operating data and compare with projected values to evaluate the accuracy of projections and models.

9.     Develop test scenarios for real-time equipment testing and modeling within the reliability and operating constraints of the power system.

10.  Provide engineering support and is the subject matter expert to Division leadership.

11.  Monitor and report the progress of assigned projects relative to schedule and compare the results to current budget and work plan.

12.  Prepare detailed plans, specifications, and estimates for project grants and budgeting.

13.  Assist with the development of special studies to support project selection and technical operation.

14.  Participate in external working groups on behalf of the Association.

15.  Promotes a safety culture in which safety is a value. This culture is based on joint and individual engagement, ownership, and accountability regarding job safety and responsibility to perform work safely and adhere to safe work practices.

16.  Performs the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner.

The above items are not intended to be all inclusive of the essential functions or requirements of this type of work as they are subject to change based on operating necessity. The employee will also perform other related business duties as assigned.



Qualified candidates are required to have:

-         A bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical, or a relevant engineering discipline.

-         Three (3) years of relevant experience to include but not limited to PSS/E or PowerWorld power flow and dynamic stability programs.

-         A valid driver’s license and a driving record, which is acceptable by the Association’s Driving Policy and insurable by the Association and the Association’s insurance carrier at standard group rates.

Preference may be given to candidates with:

-         A State of Alaska Professional Engineer (PE) license.

-         Responsible engineering experience in project development.



·         Support a culture of safety excellence through active involvement in safety improvement and promote a sense of shared responsibility for safety.

·         Knowledge of the FERC Accounting System and ability to interpret the National Electrical Safety Code and other relevant codes and regulations.

·         Knowledge of substation operations and procedures, Association policies and procedures, and applicable regulatory agencies.

·       Knowledge of construction methods and standards, materials, and equipment used in electrical design and wiring, maintenance procedures and practices, and safety procedures and practices.

·         Knowledge and skill in Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD, GIS software, or other relevant software.

·         Skill in effectively communicating with diverse audiences.

·         Skill and ability to produce a variety of detailed reports that are simple to complex in nature.

·         Ability to solve problems based on facts and sound engineering judgment.

·         Ability to translate engineering knowledge into sound, economical design.

·         Ability to expeditiously manage simultaneous projects from inception to completion with limited supervision.

·         Ability to organize, coordinate and schedule various projects; prepare comprehensive reports.

·         Ability to develop and document new procedures and techniques to assure quality and expedite response of service to internal and external customers.

·         Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with various stakeholders.

·         Ability to maintain a strong sense of propriety concerning confidential matters.

·         Ability to facilitate cooperation and work functionally across all levels of the organization.

·         Ability to self-motivate improvement based on successes and failures.

·         Ability to analyze processes for efficiency and make recommendations for improvements.

·         Embrace and embody the Association’s Core Values through decisions, actions, attitude, and behavior to directly contribute to the success of the organization.



·      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position; this list is not inclusive of all the physical demands that may be required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·         Physical demand activity percentages:

-         Major occurs 60% or more of work time.

-         Moderate occurs between 20-60% of work time.

-         Minor occurs less than 20% of work time.

·         Physical demand requirements:

-         Ability to understand, read, and carry out written instructions.

-         Ability to understand, read, and verify documents electronically, verbally, or hard copy.

-         Major amount of standing, sitting, finger use, eye-hand coordination, communicating, hearing, seeing (near and far).

-         Moderate amount of handling of items.

-         Minor amount of walking, lifting/carrying/pushing up to twenty (20) pounds, stair climbing, ladder climbing, balancing, kneeling, crouching, crawling, turning/twisting, bending at waist, feeling/touching of items, and foot-hand-eye coordination.



·         The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·         This position primarily works in an office setting; however, this position may require field work in variable weather conditions.  The incumbent must be able to work in variable weather conditions including, but not limited to rain, high winds, temperatures in excess of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, large amounts of snow, possibly over long periods of time and in darkness, etc.

·         This position is subject to insect bites and stings.



This position is classified as an exempt, non-represented position; and therefore is not eligible for overtime compensation.  All Association employees are expected to work widely varying amounts of time outside the normal shifts to assist in power restoration or other needs of the Association.



MEA requires a post offer substance abuse test. Any positive test result or refusal to consent will disqualify an applicant from employment.


MEA is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.


Individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in any portion of the application or interview process should advise MEA in advance by calling 907-761-9218.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


To apply, please visit to submit an application by the closing date.

Matanuska Electric Association, Inc.

163 East Industrial Way (P.O. Box 2929), Palmer, Alaska  99645

Telephone: (907) 761-9218/ Fax:  (907) 761-9264

MEA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Veterans/Disabled employer.


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