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Principal Planning Engineer


Perth Office - CBD, WA, AU

2 Apr 2024

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 experts.


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Planning Engineer at Head Office in Perth CBD, on a Permanent Full-Time basis.


About this role


As the Principal Planning Engineer, you will be required to provide engineering technical leadership and mentoring to the Transmission Planning Area and develop strategies and analysis in response to large scale complex engineering challenges.


This position is accountable for leading and undertaking power system studies relating to steady state, dynamic, transient, power quality and small signal power system performance.  You will also be required to:

  • Provide accurate and robust technical advice to support Area Manager decisions, initiatives and business objectives.
  • Provide technical, economic and commercial quality assurance assessment of Planning Engineer reports, including new connection studies, existing plant modifications, incident reports and operational procedures etc
  • Deliver sound justification of complex transmission projects and operational advice and assist with managing stakeholder expectations regarding delivery of their project.
  • Using ongoing research, development and the introduction of innovative technology in improving processes.
  • Development of process, procedures, tools and documentation to support the provision of system normal and planned outage network limit equations to AEMO.
  • Assist Planning Engineers with the determination of complex network limitation equations.
  • Perform risk assessment, including development of contingency plans to deal with the risks associated with systems operating conditions beyond the Planning Criteria, unplanned delays of network reinforcements, unforeseen load connections, etc.
  • 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.
  • Perform specialist techno economic analysis to develop and optimise plans for the whole of the electricity system that co optimises the generation and transmission system cost to achieve the best outcome for Western Australia. Communicate this complex analysis to key decision makers in Western Power and across government.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Contributing to the development of open and trusting workplace relations and communication and the development of a trained resource skill mix.
  • Mentoring of Planning Engineers and Senior Planning Engineers to nurture an environment of technical excellence, economic principle and commercial acumen.


About you 


We are seeking someone with experience and attributes that include:


  • Degree Qualification in Engineering (Electrical) discipline
  • Eligible for CPEng / NPER registration
  • At least 9 + years relevant broad and extensive knowledge and expertise with demonstrated strong 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.
  • Generator compliance testing.
  • Economic and financial evaluation techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge of the techniques and systems associated with effective dynamic, transient, power quality and capacity planning assessments. Specific knowledge of power system analysis in respect to dynamic, transient and other performances and including harmonics and electromagnetic transients and corona.
  • Strong knowledge of power system plant and application, with direct experience in planning or power system analysis.
  • Good understanding of energy and capacity market principles and strong knowledge of utility regulatory frameworks.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the development, implementation and maintenance of constraint equations.
  • Broad and or deep range of technical knowledge and expertise gained through comprehensive experience in generator compliance testing, small signal stability analysis and control system tuning requirements.
  • 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 22 April 2024


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