Company Name:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Electrical Engineering

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

0-2 Years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Date Posted:

February 6, 2019

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Electrical Engineer

As the nation's oldest public University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a rich tradition of education excellence, cutting-edge research and distinguished public service.  This sense of great accomplishment extends to our workplace where employees benefit from a supportive collegial environment, advancement opportunities and the pride we all take in that all we do.

The Energy Services Department consists of seven groups:  (1) Cogeneration Systems (generates electricity and steam, and the distribution of steam throughout campus and UNC Hospitals); (2) Electric Distribution Systems (distribution of electrical power throughout campus); (3) Chilled Water Systems (producing and distributing chilled water throughout campus); (4) Water, Wastewater and Stormwater (for the use and conservation of water, as well as the proper management of stormwater and runoff); (5) Administration (provides GIS, SCADA, coordination of operational information technologies, strategic planning and management functions); (6) Sustainability Office; and (7) Three Zeros Environmental Initiative (Campus-wide initiative to move UNC toward water neutrality, zero waste to landfill and greenhouse gas neutrality).  Together these seven groups provide safe, reliable, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective steam, electricity, chilled water, sanitary sewer, reclaimed water and potable water utility services to the University's campus in a manner that moves UNC closer to the goals of Three Zeros Environmental Initiative. 

Electric Distribution Systems (EDS) receives electric energy from both the local utility provider, Duke Energy, and the UNC-CH Cogeneration Facility.  The electricity from both sources is delivered to four (4) substations, three (3) of which have been recently expanded and upgraded.  The substations have a total power capacity of 251 megawatts or approximately enough power for 26,000 homes.  Three substations are connected using an entirely new technology in high voltage switchgear, Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS).  This is the first of its type on the Duke Energy system.  This special state-of-the-art switchgear technology provides the means to completely enclose the necessary high voltage conductors and switchgear inside housings that are insulated with a special gas, sulfur hexafluoride.  These upgrades provide significant improvement in system reliability and some redundancy in the event of any system problem or failure, while allowing for continued growth and expansion of the University electric delivery system. 

The University owns and operates an electrical distribution system extending from the substations to each of the individual buildings served.  This system is comprised of 988 electric and telecommunication manholes tied together through 43 miles of duct bank containing 79 miles of underground cable and 5 miles of overhead electric lines - operating at 12,470 volts.  The electric energy is delivered using 59 high speed automated switches and 144 manual switches serving 418 transformers.  Protective relays in substation breakers, high speed switches, and 338 power quality meters report to SCADA and metering servers over 60 miles of fiber optic cable via communications switches.  Electric Distribution Systems is also responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of all roadway, parking lot and area lighting systems, presently comprised of 3,319 lights.

This is an entry-level electrical engineering position.  This position will work closely with the Planning Engineer to gain an understanding of the UNC-Chapel Hill electric system and serve as their backup.  It will also serve as a backup to the Operations Engineer once familiar with the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) and its alarms.  Additional duties include (but are not limited to) managing special projects within the engineering group, becoming familiar with the electric system model and learn how to perform the protection calculations, learn the Geographic Information System (GIS) to properly review the EDS switching procedures; and become proficient in IBM Maximo work management system use to manage assigned projects, write work orders and produce sketches.  This position will interact with both Contractor and Designers while working on the electric system.


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration from employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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