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Alaska Power Association Newsletter 8-1-17



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Coffman Engineers adds Staff
 
APA Awards Scholarships
 
Alaska Students Take Part in Youth Rally
 
Fed Gov't Buildings Looking at Energy Usage
 
Help Prevent Forest Fires
 
Employment opportunities
 
 
 
Industry Links
 

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Alaska Power Association
Alaska Power Association is the statewide trade association that represents the electric utilities that supply power to more than a half-million Alaskans from Barrow to Unalaska, through the Interior and Southcentral, and down the Inside Passage.
 
July 2017
 Dear APA/AIE Members and Friends,
 
It's just a reality in Alaska that once August begins we know our summer is coming to an end soon. This means we're looking forward to fall activities at Alaska Power Association, and they are numerous.
 
Our 66th Annual Meeting will be in Kodiak, Alaska this year from September 13-15. We have an excellent slate of speakers lined up, with presentations on topics ranging from a utility electric car program to community solar to drone usage by electric utilities. For more information about the APA Annual Meeting, visit our website by clicking here. There is still time to register and to sponsor our largest annual event.
 
In October, two workshops will bring in subject matter experts to present continuing education to our members' employees. On October 11, ARECA Insurance Exchange (AIE) will be offering our annual Insurance Workshop. This event is open to all APA members (whether or not you are an AIE subscriber), and the workshop provides informative presentations designed to increase our members' understanding of the insurance business and what it all means.
 
Following the Insurance Workshop, APA's Annual Accounting and Finance Workshop takes place in Anchorage October 12-13. The annual workshop caters to accounting professionals from APA's member utilities. During the two days of training sessions, member-generated topics will be presented by experts and peers. This annual event explores the best practices in the accounting profession.
 
Rounding out the fall workshop season is the annual APA Communicators' Forum, taking place November 2, at the APA offices in Anchorage. This is the premier event for electric utility communicators in Alaska. If member and public relations is your game, you'll want to be at the APA Communicators' Forum. Keep an eye out for more information on this later this year.

As always, keep in touch!
 
 
Crystal Enkvist, APR
APA Executive Director
ARECA Insurance Management Inc., Executive Vice President
  
APA Supporting Member Coffman Engineers Welcomes New Staff
 
Coffman Engineers is pleased to announce the addition of four new employees: Edward Lightwood, P.E. has joined the civil engineering department; Nicholai Smith, P.E. has rejoined the electrical engineering department; and, Ryan Gilchrist and Korey Hughes have been hired as drafters/designers.
 
 Edward Lightwood, P.E.
 
Lightwood is a professional, licensed engineer in Alaska with 30 plus years of experience. He has vast knowledge in project management, contracts, planning, engineering, procurement and construction.  He has worked in a wide variety of areas and projects including highways, aviation, site development, environmental, and oil and gas. Prior to joining Coffman Engineers, Lightwood worked at R&M Consultants, successfully operated a small engineering firm, and then managed and delivered EPC projects and programs for ConocoPhillips. He is excited to be working at Coffman Engineers and adds, "As a Senior Project Manager, I am excited to join the Coffman Team and look forward to helping in the successful delivery of projects, sharing, learning, and helping Coffman grow stronger and into new markets."
 
Nicholai Smith, P.E. 
 
Smith, a prior employee of Coffman Engineers, received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He is responsible for electrical design of power, lighting, and communication systems. Smith has worked on commercial and industrial facilities and is a certified commercial energy auditor. He states, "I am pleased to rejoin the Coffman team and look forward to my continued success here."
 
Ryan Gilchrist
 
Gilchrist obtained an Associates degree in Architectural and Engineering Technology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and previously worked at CH2M Hill in Anchorage. He will work in the civil engineering department and will utilize his eight years of experience providing CAD expertise in Autodesk programs, 3D Modeling and BIM software.
 
Hughes completed the Architectural Engineering Technology (CAD) Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and is a certified drafter for civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering. He will work directly with the mechanical and piping department at Coffman Engineers as well as electrical and instrumentation design teams.       
 
Coffman Engineers is proud to celebrate 38 years of providing clients with multidiscipline engineering
solutions and is ranked at #198 in Engineering News-Record's 2017 Top 500 Design Firms list. Our services include civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, commissioning, process piping,
instrumentation and controls, corrosion control, alternative and renewable energy, and land
surveying. Coffman Engineers has more than 400 employees servicing clients across the U.S. and overseas from offices in Anchorage, Alaska; Bozeman, Montana; Charleston, South Carolina; Fulton, Maryland;Hagatna, Guam; Honolulu, Hawaii; Hood River, Oregon; Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego,California; and, Seattle and Spokane, Washington. For additional firm information, please visit
www.coffman.com or follow us on Twitter @CoffmanEngineer and LinkedIn.
 
  
APA Awards Alaskans with Scholarships
 
Alaska Power Association recognizes that the future of our state's electric utility industry is being educated in vocational schools and universities right now. We also recognize that education is expensive, and each year we seek out individuals who show promise as potential members of our industry to support them along their education journey.  
 
The Hank Nikkels Scholarship for Engineers offers awards to Alaskans studying an engineering program in the state. The scholarship is named for Hank Nikkels, a 25-year management employee of Anchorage's Municipal Light and Power who passed away in 2002. The APA-IBEW Local 1547 Scholarship is a joint effort between APA and IBEW to help Alaskans studying at in-state vocational schools who intend to work in the electric industry.
 

Below are this year's scholarship recipients from both of our programs.
 
Hank Nikkels Scholarship:
Katarina Godden - $3,000 scholarship: Katarina was a Nikkels Scholarship recipient last year, and the APA Scholarship Committee was impressed with her continued achievement with her studies along with her recommendations, which included instructor letters predicting her long and successful career as an electrical engineer.
Evelina Natekin - $3,000 scholarship: Evelina was chosen by the Committee due to her academic achievement, her personal essay, which addressed the future needs of the electric utility industry, and her work with foster kids. Committee members were impressed with the forward-looking nature of Evelina's essay.
 
APA-IBEW Local 1547 Scholarship:
Doug Bierma - $1,000 scholarship: Doug was chosen by the Committee due to his high-level achievement in his studies and for compelling letters of recommendation that reflected his leadership and personal character. Doug is a foster-parent who has very much impressed his instructors.
Malachi Thorington - $1,000 scholarship: Malachi's strong academic achievement and letters from instructors noting his great work ethic and advancement as a wireman earned him a scholarship award.
 
For more information on APA's scholarship programs, contact Michael Rovito, APA Director of Member and Public Relations, at 907-771-5711, ormrovito@alaskapower.org.
  
Alaska High School Students Join Electric Co-op Youth Rally
 
From left, Tanya Lautaret, chaperone, Kat Hale from Kenny Lake, Hannah Delker and Derek Lewis, from Soldotna.
 
Each year, a group of Alaska students and a chaperone fly to Boise, Idaho for a gathering of high school students from around the Northwest United States for the annual Idaho Consumer-owned Utilities Association Youth Rally.
The Youth Rally provides a week of immersive learning (and some fun) to teach young leaders about the electric cooperative business model and leadership skills. Several Alaskans typically come home with college scholarships they earned by participating in the rally. Through the sweltering summer heat of Boise, the high schoolers go about making life-long friends, learning something new, and potentially receiving a helping financial hand as they look toward college.
 
This year, three students and one chaperone jumped an early morning flight from Anchorage to reach the Youth Rally, bringing their Alaska spirit with them.
They were shuttled safely by Tanya Lautaret, Homer Electric Association's Member Services supervisor and this year's chaperone. A this time, Homer Electric Association (HEA) and Copper Valley Electric Association (CVEA) participate in the Youth Rally, each choosing their students based on criteria decided by each co-op.
 
From HEA, students Derek Lewis and Hannah Delker joined CVEA's student, Kat Hale, a Kenny Lake resident. As usually happens each year, the students performed exceptionally, representing Alaska expertly and maintaining our state's reputation as one of the most fascinating ones at the Rally.
  
From the Lower 48: Federal Government Begins Looking at Energy Usage in its buildings
 
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) reports that the General Services Administration (GSA), a federal government agency created in 1949 to help manage and support the functioning of federal agencies, is beginning to take a hard look at energy consumption in its nearly 10,000 buildings.
 
According to NRECA, Kevin Kampschroer, the director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings at the GSA, said the GSA is using extensive sub-metering to get a detailed look and how energy is consumed in federal government buildings.
 
The nearly 10,000 buildings that make up the federal government's building portfolio amounts to 370 million square feet, with many of those buildings built decades ago before modern building standards.
 
The same sub-metering techniques the GSA is implementing has worked, according to Kamschroer. He pointed to the Empire State Building in New York City, which he said has lowered costs for both tenants and landlords with the date gleaned from sub-metering.
 
"We can take the data analytics off of the backs of hundreds and hundreds-thousands in GSA's case-of building engineers and collect it so we can analyze it with highly technical people, find out what the trends are across the country, across regions and local areas, and react much more quickly," the article quotes Kampschroer as saying.
 
Other benefits of crunching the data numbers have involved an instance of stopping power theft. The NRECA article describes power spikes at a Food and Drug Administration facility in Maryland on Saturdays. Turns out, a construction project adjacent to the building had tapped their line and was stealing electricity from them.
 
Going forward, the GSA expects to reap energy savings from the sub-metering project. According to Kampschroer, the project has "an extraordinary amount of untapped potential."
  
It's Still Summer for now: Help Prevent Forest Fires
 
By Abby Berry, NRECA
 
n 2016, more than 65,000 wildfires burned 5.4 million acres of land in the United States according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. The worst part? Many of these wildfires could have been prevented.
 
While some wildfires are caused by lightning, approximately 90 percent are caused by human error. Many times, wildfires occur when campfires are left unattended, debris is burned improperly or cigarettes are carelessly discarded.
 
A wildfire can grow rapidly out of control when the three following conditions are present: oxygen, fuel and a heat source. The fuel can be any materials that are flammable near the wildfire, and the heat source can be a variety of things, like campfires, cigarettes or even warm winds. 
 
When these three conditions are met, a violent wildfire can ensue.
 
By taking a few extra precautions, campers and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the sights of nature without causing a wildfire. Here are a few tips from National Geographic to help prevent wildfires:
  • Never leave a fire unattended, and make sure you completely extinguish the fire when you're done. Drench the fire with water and stir the ashes until cold.
  • Play it safe when using fueled lanterns, heaters and stoves. Lighting and heating devices should be cool before refueling. Keep flammable liquids and fuel away from appliances.
  • Never discard cigarettes, matches and smoking materials from moving vehicles, or anywhere on park grounds. Completely extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them.
  • When burning yard waste, follow local ordinances. Avoid burning in windy conditions, and keep a shovel, water and fire retardant nearby to keep fires in check.
If conditions are right and you find yourself in the path of a wildfire, evacuate immediately. Listen to local emergency notifications for the most up-to-date information. Better yet, make a wildfire plan for you and your family before a fire occurs.
Visit https://www.ready.gov/wildfires for more information about wildfire safety and prevention.
 
 
 
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Employment Opportunities (As of July 31, 2017)
 
Naknek Electric Association is seeking a Customer Service Representative
 
SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE POSITION
Rate of Pay: Depends on Experience
 
APPOINTMENT INFORMATION: This is a full time position. Occasional overtime may be required and this position may also involve weekend work or performance of duties before or after normal business hours.
 
DUTIES: This position will be responsible for the daily operation of the customer service front desk. Duties include answering a multi-line phone system, taking customer payments and answering customer inquiries. Prepares reports, maintains updates on consumer account records daily and processes new applications for service and cooperative membership. Is the primary point of contact between customers, office staff, plant operators and the line crew. Performs other administrative support duties as assigned.
 
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Qualifications and rate of pay will be determined by evaluating experience and education. Qualifications requirements include:
 Ability to provide clerical services.
 Effective communication skills.
 Knowledge of computers and common office software.
 Experience providing customer service.
 Ability to type 40 words per minute.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
 Completion of High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
 Favorable suitability of standard pre-employment background check prior to employment.
 Valid Drivers License required.
BENEFITS: Working for Naknek Electric Association offers a comprehensive benefits package that may be made available after a favorable standard employee evaluation six (6) months after date of hire.
HOW TO APPLY:
 Letter of Interest
 Resume
 Two (2) professional or personal references
 Company Job Application
Completed application packages should be submitted to DKing@NEA.Coop and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Incomplete applications may result in no consideration.
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is seeking a Maintenance Technician - Construction 
 
Headquarters:  Anchorage, AK
FLSA:         Non Exempt
Travel:       >90% within Rural Alaska
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc. has an opening for a Maintenance Technician - Construction.
OBJECTIVES
To organize and direct construction work on site required to serve member villages with electrical energy through a diesel generation and distribution system.
  1. To assist Maintenance Technician II on site required for O & M projects to serve member villages with electrical energy through a diesel generation and distribution system.
  2. To instruct power plant operators during the operations and maintenance period in use of equipment, methods and safe practices involved in construction.
  3. To correct operational problems and perform maintenance and repair on the distribution system and power plants.
  4. To maintain good relations with the village council and member-owners and build their understanding and confidence in AVEC's program.
AVEC provides a stellar benefit package and a competitive salary, salary is DOE. Standard pre-employment drug and alcohol screening as well as a background check are required.
Interested applicants must submit a completed application to applications@avec.org  or mail to:
Human Resources Department
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc.
4831 Eagle St. Anchorage, Alaska 99503
This position is open until filled.
AVEC IS an EOE.
 
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is seeking a Maintenance Technician - Electrician
 
Headquarters:
  Anchorage, AK
FLSA:         Non Exempt
Travel:       >90% within Rural Alaska
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc. has an opening for a Maintenance Technician - Electrician.
OBJECTIVES
To organize and direct construction work on site required to serve member villages with electrical energy through a diesel generation and distribution system.
  1. To assist Maintenance Technician II on site required for O & M projects to serve member villages with electrical energy through a diesel generation and distribution system.
  2. To instruct power plant operators during the operations and maintenance period in use of equipment, methods and safe practices involved in construction.
  3. To correct operational problems and perform maintenance and repair on the distribution system and power plants.
  4. To maintain good relations with the village council and member-owners and build their understanding and confidence in AVEC's program.
AVEC provides a stellar benefit package and a competitive salary, salary is DOE. Standard pre-employment drug and alcohol screening as well as a background check are required.
Interested applicants must submit a completed application to applications@avec.org  or mail to:
Human Resources Department
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc.
4831 Eagle St. Anchorage, Alaska 99503
This position is open until filled.
AVEC IS an EOE.
 
 
 
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is seeking a Lineman
 
Lineman I
Headquarters:  Anchorage, AK
FLSA:         Non Exempt
Travel:       >90% within Rural Alaska
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc. has an opening for a Lineman (Apprentice - Journeyman Level).
OBJECTIVES
To organize and direct construction work on site required to serve member villages with electrical energy through a diesel generation and distribution system.
  1. To instruct villagers during the construction period in use of equipment, methods and safe practices involved in construction.
  2. To correct operational problems and perform maintenance and repair on the distribution system and power plants.
  3. To maintain good relations with the village council and member-owners and build their understanding and confidence in AVEC's value, mission and goals.
Principal Tasks and Duties
  1. Receives plans and work assignments from the Line Superintendent, checks that materials are on site, and on equipment availability, prior to departure for site.
  2. Checks that necessary materials, supplies and equipment are available on site, takes action to meet needs.
  3. Installs and retires power distribution systems (de-energized only). No work performed on energized systems.
  4. Corrects operational problems and performs preventive maintenance and repair on distribution systems and diesel plants (if possible) while on construction projects or as assigned.
  5. Instructs workers on proper use of all equipment, material, handling of cable, and of safe work practices.
  6. Prepares necessary trip reports on assigned projects and other general reports as necessary.
  7. Works in a safe manner and insures the property of others or other Cooperative equipment is not damaged.
  8. Complies with all aspects of the OSHA (Occupational Safety Health Standards).
  9. Makes every effort to avoid any environmental damage, oil spills or similar mishaps and take prompt containment and cleanup action if mishaps come to their attention.
  10. Intermittent requirement to supervise village helpers.
  11. Employee must be insurable by the Cooperative insurance company at standard insurance rates, the individual must maintain a driving record during all periods of employment which permits insurability at standard insurance rates, and the individual must be willing to consent to release of information regarding his/her driving record on an annual basis.
  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education Requirement(s): High School Diploma (or equivalent)
AVEC provides a stellar benefit package and a competitive salary, salary is DOE. Standard pre-employment drug and alcohol screening, background check as well as a post-offer physical are required.
Interested applicants must submit a completed application to applications@avec.org  or mail to:
Human Resources Department
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc.
4831 Eagle St.
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
 
Nakenek Electric Association is seeking a Journeyman Lineman
 
Naknek Electric Association Inc. is currently accepting applications for a Journeyman Lineman position. This full time union position requires the performance and responsibilities required of a Journeyman Lineman. The position is governed by the terms of the agreement between NEA and IBEW Local 1547. The rate of pay will be in accordance with that agreement. The position includes an excellent benefit package.
 
Requirements include but are not limited to: Experience working on energized overhead and underground construction, operation and maintenance in transmission, substation and distribution systems. Applicants must have or be able to obtain a valid Alaska CDL driver's license, provide and maintain an insurable driving record and have a current First Aid/CPR certification. Applicants must be a high school graduate or have a GED. Applicants must have completed an apprentice lineman program and have a current Journeyman Lineman card. Applicants must be available for emergency call outs and overtime as required.
 
Naknek Electric Association is located in the Southwest region of Alaska which is home to the largest commercial wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world and unparalleled sports fishing and hunting. Our surrounding landscape is known for its abundant fish and wildlife, including salmon, bear, moose, caribou, walrus and whales. The Bristol Bay region has a rich rural history and culture, and also host five national parks and wildlife refuges and several designated wilderness areas.
 
Application packets may be emailed or faxed upon request and can also be picked up at the NEA office in Naknek, Alaska.  To request an application packet or for further information please call: Dianne King , General Manager at  907-246-4261.
 
Matanuska Electric Association is seeking a Human Resources Generalist
 
If you like a fast-paced, progressive environment and have a passion for HR this job is for you.  Matanuska Electric Association, Inc. (MEA) is currently recruiting for a Human Resources Generalist specializing in Benefits.  Come join our dynamic, collaborative team where you will have an opportunity to contribute your HR expertise at one of the most desired employers in the Mat-Su Valley.
MEA is a progressive generation, transmission and distribution member-owned cooperative, with a service area of over 4,200 square miles, serving over 60,000 members.
 
MEA offers a strong compensation package which includes exceptional benefits (medical, Rx, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account, employer-paid defined benefit plan, 401(k) with employer match, paid holidays, and paid time off increasing with tenure).
For a complete list of detailed job qualifications and to apply online, please visit MEA's website at www.mea.coop.
MEA is an EEO/M/F/D/V employer.
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is seeking a Network Administrator 
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc., a generation and distribution utility serving 57 villages in Alaska, is seeking a Network Administrator in Anchorage, AK. This position is responsible for a wide variety of network and system support and maintenance ensuring stable, efficient and secure operation and performance of the cooperatives networks and equipment. Primary duties and experience is needed in the following: monitors local and wide area network traffic, provides user technical support, installs, upgrades, and configures PC's and printers, assists with VoIP phone systems, assists with administration of wireless technology, troubleshoots local area network problems.
 
Education Requirements: AA/Two Year Degree
Experience Requirements:  Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in a broad range of information systems and platforms including WAN/LAN administration, system security, backup/recovery, and user support; Extensive experience with Windows Operating Systems, LAN & WAN, E-business knowledge; Extensive experience and knowledge of VMWARE systems, infrastructure and virtualization concepts; Working knowledge of PC applications, hardware, software and peripherals; Familiarity with AS400/Client Access systems; Experience researching, testing and presenting preliminary selections and adaptations of technological alternatives for cooperative software and processing needs.
 
AVEC provides a stellar benefit package and a competitive salary, salary is DOE. Standard pre-employment drug and alcohol screening as well as a background check are required. 
 
Interested applicants must submit a completed application to applications@avec.org  or mail to:
Human Resources Department
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc.
4831 Eagle St. Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Applications may be downloaded from www.avec.org. Resumes submitted without a completed application will not be considered. Open until filled. EOE
 
Matanuska Electric Association is seeking a Meter Relay Technician 
This position will install, replace, repair and maintain all relay and metering devices and accessories, maintain all substation relays, meters and controls, repair and maintain all special instruments and repair and maintain such other devices as may be designated by the Association to measure or regulate power use. The hourly wage is Union Scale - $46.54 per hour.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
  1. Testing, repairing, and rebuilding of transformers, oil circuit reclosures, sectionalizers, voltage regulators, and other electrical apparatus.
  2. Regularly scheduled maintenance in the field, such as load tap changers, may be performed.
  3. Assists in the repair and installation of all substation equipment.
  4. Inspects all substation equipment for possible problems and reports findings accordingly.
  5. Assists in other related work such as monthly substation reads and SCADA work.
  6. Assists with various activities connected with the Association's hazardous waste management program.
  7. Performs snow removal functions as required.
  8. May operate equipment in substations as required to accomplish maintenance and construction work on substation metering and relay equipment.
  9. Removes, installs, tests, calibrates, cleans, and repairs protective relays and metering equipment in field or in shop.
  10. May be assigned to do inventory work for the Association.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel.
 
ESSENTIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS
  • Qualified candidates are required to have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology.
  • Requirements also include three or more years' experience directly related to power metering repair or testing, or two years of relay experience with emphasis on substation over current and fault current relays of 138 kV to 12.4 kV.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed some coursework in the following areas:
  • relaying
  • switching
  • power metering
  • substation operation
  • digital communications
  • electrical distribution and transmission
  • Preference will also be given to those candidates with experience in the construction and maintenance of RUS-related distribution systems.
  • Candidates must provide verification of OSHA CFR 1910.269 training within the past year (if the selected applicant does not have this training, or cannot provide this documentation, the Association may make training materials available to the selected applicant).
  • Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska driver's license (or ability to obtain as required under State of Alaska regulations) and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by the Association and the Association's insurance carrier at standard group rates.
  • The successful candidate must possess (or be able to obtain within 60 days) a valid first aid card and a valid CPR card.
The application period for this position is open until filled. For more information about this and other career opportunities at MEA, visit their career page by clicking here.

 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is seeking a Lead Diesel Mechanic in Bethel, Alaska 
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc., a generation and distribution utility serving 57 villages in Alaska, is seeking Lead Diesel Mechanic for its Bethel, Alaska plant. This position requires experience maintaining diesel engines and associated equipment, including overhauling, troubleshooting, tear down and rebuilding of the engines. This position will also act as a Lead and resource for Plant Operators and Mechanics at the Bethel plant. Qualified applicants must have knowledge and experience with circulating pumps and other mount driven equipment, as well as working understating of electrical and power generating systems. Some welding and fabricating knowledge is preferred, but not required.
Must be able to lift, wrench, and manipulate parts, equipment and tools both mechanical and stationary. Current generation system at this location includes six (6) 16-645 EMD engines with heat recovery systems.
Must be able to work flexible hours, shift work as needed, and on call.
Education Requirements: High School Diploma (or equivalent)
Experience Requirements:  
5-7 years of similar experience and complexity
AVEC provides a stellar benefit package and a competitive salary, salary is DOE. Standard pre-employment drug and alcohol screening as well as a background check are required.  Interested applicants must submit a completed application to applications@avec.org  or mail to:
Human Resources Department
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc.
4831 Eagle St.
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
 
Matanuska Electric Association is seeking a Safety Manager
 
This position manages the Association's safety programs, monitors site safety compliance, performs safety inspections and ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state and local safety standards and regulations including emergency response actions. Acts as a resource to provide interpretation of established safety standards, evaluating working conditions for adherence to safety and health regulations. Develops and maintains a series of programs that reduce or eliminate occupational injuries, illnesses, deaths, and financial losses. Manages safety personnel and key staff to perform risk assessments and provides training to promote a culture of safety excellence. Plans, develops, and deploys the Association's strategic Behavior Based Safety Culture initiatives. Develops and implements the Association's health & safety training matrix to address training requirements for all employees. Interfaces with key stakeholders on internal and external safety concerns to develop effective, professional relationships. Implements and interprets Association's policies, directs employees to work safely and provides oversight of contractors hired by the Association to ensure work is performed in compliance with terms of the contract.
 
Qualified candidates are required to have a Bachelor's degree in, safety, business administration or a related field, or may substitute directly related experience of at least ten (10) years with an electrical utility. Directly related utility experience should be in Operations, Dispatch, or Safety.
 Preference will be given to those candidates with appropriate educational credentials and/or safety certifications. Additional preference will be given to those candidates whose prior experience evidences successful supervisory and project management experience. It is desirable to possess a safety certification, which is recognized as an industry standard i.e. Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
 Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska driver's license (or ability to obtain as required under State of Alaska regulations) and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by the Association and the Association's insurance carrier at standard group rates.
 Must possess, or be able to quickly obtain, a current valid CPR/AED and First Aid card.
The application period for this position is open until filled. For more information, visit MEA's career page by clicking here.
 
Matanuska Electric Association is seeking a Senior Electrical Engineer
 
Step into an instrumental role in providing engineering services for Alaska's second largest electric cooperative, Matanuska Electric Association, Inc. (MEA).  MEA is a progressive generation, transmission and distribution member-owned cooperative, with a service area of over 4,200 square miles, serving over 60,000 members.
MEA is currently recruiting for a Senior Electrical Engineer and District Engineer.  These positions are responsible for directing a wide variety of engineering services required to improve and maintain the Association's electrical transmission and distribution system and requires individuals who have excellent collaborate leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills.  Qualified candidates must be self-directed with strong project management and analytical skills.
MEA offers a strong compensation package which includes exceptional benefits (medical, Rx, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account, employer-paid defined benefit plan, 401(k) with employer match, paid holidays, and paid time off increasing with tenure).
For a complete list of detailed job qualifications and to apply online, please visit MEA's website at www.mea.coop.  MEA is an EEO/M/F/D/V employer.
 
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is seeking a Customer Service/Utility Billing Representative
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Customer Service/Utility Billing Representative. Educational and experience requirements include a High School Diploma, or equivalent, plus 1 - 3 years of experience in Accounts Receivable, Customer Service, and/or Utility Billing processing. Excellent communication and customer service skills, ability to process and understand accounts receivable and billing processes and functions. Excellent skills using complete Microsoft Office Suite is also required. Primary functions of this job include answering high volume multi-line phone system, taking customer payments, answering customer inquiries, performing monthly billing processes, maintaining and updating consumer account records, processing of new applications for service and membership, and assists with all other necessary functions to support the success of the department. Starting wage is DOE. AVEC offers a stellar benefits package. Standard pre-employment background check and drug & alcohol screenings are also required. Interested candidates must submit a completed company application is required and may be submitted to applications@avec.org or mailed to:
Human Resources Department
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc.
4831 Eagle St.
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Applications may be downloaded from www.avec.org . Resumes submitted without a completed application will not be considered. Open until filled. EOE
 
 
Matanuska Electric Association is seeking a District Engineer 
 
This position is responsible for supervising the District Engineering section, which provides the engineering required to extend, improve, and maintain the Association's electric distribution system.
Qualified candidates for this position are required to have a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Project Management.
 Qualified candidates are required to have five years of directly related electric utility experience
 A minimum of five years of progressively responsible supervisory experience is required.
 Additional related experience in the electric utility distribution area may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year for year basis.
 Proficiency with RUS construction specifications is desirable.
 Preference will be given to those candidates whose prior experience evidences responsible engineering experience in electrical distribution facilities or related areas.
 Prior experience administering and interpreting collective bargaining agreements is desirable.
 Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska driver's license (or ability to obtain as required under State of Alaska regulations) and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by the Association and the Association's insurance carrier at standard group rates.
NOTE: Complete achievement of certain of the above specifications may not be required if, in the opinion of the Association hiring supervisor, a particular candidate possesses significant offsetting characteristics, such as past accomplishments, experience, education, or estimate of future potential. Should an applicant be deficient in certain educational achievements, offsetting experience may be substituted or vice versa.
The application period for this position is open until filled. For more information about this and other job opportunities at MEA, visit MEA's careers page by clicking here.
 
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is seeking an Electrical Engineer, P.E.
 
This position will design electrical power generation and distribution facilities for isolated utility power systems in rural Alaskan communities, produce design drawings, specifications and procurement documents and provide technical support for facility construction and maintenance.
Essential Functions
A. ENGINEER
1. Develop engineering calculations, design drawings and project specifications for utility construction and maintenance projects
2. Design diesel engine generator installations to operate under minimal supervision with automated and non-automated switchgear to provide continuous utility power
3. Develop supervisory control and data acquisition systems and communication systems to automate plant processes and provide remote monitoring
4. Analyze power distribution and generation systems for capacity, load balance, system protection coordination and arc flash analysis
5. Integrate multiple generators, and ancillary equipment, including distributed renewable generation facilities to operate on small isolated grids, maximizing generating efficiency and maintaining power quality.
6. Design overhead and underground power distribution facilities
7. Maintain accurate system drawings and engineering records
8. Provide technical and project support for construction and maintenance of Cooperative facilities
9. Inspect and test completed installations and certify functionality and compliance with design standards.
10. Take on-call responsibility when assigned in rotation with other engineers and managers to receive and handle emergency and trouble calls after hours as forwarded from the answering service.
11. Complete tasks and provide support as directed by the Manager of Engineering.
ADDITIONAL ESSENTIAL FUNCATIONS:
1. Clearly and concisely communicate using the English language, through the use of drawings, written words and speaking.
2. Provide accurate technical calculations and reasoned design of mechanical and electrical facilities
3. Attend meetings and correspond with AVEC staff, AVEC members, vendors and contractors.
4. Provide organized, self-motivated work progress, prioritizing efforts for the greatest benefit to the Cooperative.
5. Demonstrate general knowledge of AVEC's operations, policies, tariff, products and services.
6. Answer and handle calls directed to you through the call center.
7. Preserve confidentiality of cooperative issues when relating to employees, members and general public.
8. Thoroughly understand the work to be done and understand and adhere to ethical design and construction practices.
9. Travel to work locations in remote Alaskan communities to design, inspect and test power generation and distribution facilities.
 
An employee in the Engineering department may be required to perform any other reasonable duties assigned in order to fulfill the objectives of the cooperative.
Position Specifications
 
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field from ABET accredited college program.
 
Experience: A minimum of four years of relevant experience in electrical engineering.
Certification: Professional Electrical Engineering License to practice in the State of Alaska or licensure in another State with ability to obtain Alaska license within 6 months.
 
The application period for this position is open until filled. For more information, visit AVEC's jobs page by clicking here.
 
 
The General Manager is responsible for the safe, efficient, and reliable operation of MKEC's electrical power generation and distribution systems and bulk fuel tank farms in Chuathbaluk, Crooked Creek, Red Devil, Sleetmute and Stony River. For more information, call(907) 524-3361 or email ernie@raventechservices.com.
 
Events Calendar 
 
APA &AIEmeetingsandevents:
ARECA Educational Foundation IRC Meeting Aug. 10, 2017 Anchorage, APA office
ARECA Insurance Exchange IRC Meeting Aug. 10, 2017 Anchorage, APA office
APA/AIE Annual Meeting Sep. 12-15, 2017 Kodiak, Conv. Center
ARECA Insurance Exchange Workshop Oct. 11, 2017 Anchorage, Fireweed
Electric Utility Accounting and Finance Workshop Oct. 12-13, 2017 Anchorage, Fireweed
APA Communicators' Forum Nov. 2, 2017 Anchorage, APA office
APA/AIE December Meeting Series Dec. 6-7, 2017 Anchorage, AK
APA/AIE Holiday Open House Dec. 7, 2017 Anchorage, APA office
   
Electric industryevents and training opportunities:  
National Hydropower Association AK Regional Mtg. Sep. 19, 2017 Girdwood, AK  
Southeast Conference Annual Meeting Sep. 19-21, 2017 Haines, AK  
United States Society on Dams Workshop Sep. 20-22, 2017 Girdwood, AK  
Leadership Skills #4: HR Basics Sep. 27-28, 2017 Anchorage, Hilton  
NWPPA/APA Alaska Electric Utility Conference Nov. 15-16, 2017 Anchorage, Egan Center  
Substation Series: Substation Overview & Inspect. Nov. 13, 2017 Anchorage, Egan Center  
Electric Utility System Operations Nov. 13, 2017 Anchorage, Egan Center  
Substation Series: Sub. Transformers & LTC Maint. Nov. 14, 2017 Anchorage, Egan Center  
Electric Distribution Systems Nov. 14, 2017 Anchorage, Egan Center  
Alaska Pot and Power Workshop Dec. 4, 2017 Anchorage, TBA  
Alaska Rural Energy Conference Apr. 10-12, 2018 Fairbanks, AK  
 
 
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