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Senior Planning Engineer (Telecom)

Date: Jan 17, 2023

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96813

Company: hawaiianel

We recognize our competitive advantage -- our people. We believe in our people, who share our vision of meeting the needs of our employees, customers, and communities and who carry out the continued success of the company.


Our employees are committed to the company's foundational values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and community commitment. In turn, we invest in our employees, providing opportunities for challenge and advancement and offering a competitive compensation package.



The P EH TELECOMMUNICATIONS - PLANNING Department of the P TELECOMMUNICATION Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 1 Management vacancy available. (Role: Professional)



Performs planning and engineering analyses, project, budget, and asset management, evaluation and recommendation of high-level network architecture, projects, programs, initiatives, policies, standards, processes, and methodologies for the development and enhancement of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ telecommunications infrastructure.



This department is a One Company entity; most job responsibilities will require collaboration across counties (operating companies), and many strategic decisions and high-level telecommunications criteria and plans will impact all counties (operating companies).

  • Leads team members and participates in the following: plans, designs, develops, and revises a telecommunications strategy and master plan, and performs the continual evaluation and update of its short-term action plan. Makes recommendations for capital budget items. Designs, recommends, and influences criteria, studies, plans, network diagrams, route selections, architecture, technologies, and partnerships, for the logical and orderly development and enhancement of the telecommunications systems. Prepares and presents presentations to peers up to the executive level, as well as to external entities. Prepares requests for proposal for planning consulting services, evaluates proposals and makes recommendations. Reviews studies and designs of planning consulting engineers. Manages the telecom governance processes and policies.
  • Provides telecommunications technical and planning support on company initiatives including Grid Modernization, Integrated Grid Planning, renewable energy corporate goals, and interconnections requirements, and customer programs. Participates on various committees, task forces, and special projects which require knowledge of telecommunications systems. Acquired and maintains updated data and inventory of telecommunications projects, infrastructure, capacity, and other pertinent data to enable planning analyses. 
  • Develops or improves project-specific and general policies, procedures, and standards for telecommunications projects, programs, and initiatives. Advises and recommends planning criteria and minimum operating requirements for utility-owned and leased communications services.  
  • Manages projects and processes, facilitates meetings, assigns tasks to team members and oversees said work, communicates with and presents to various personnel and executives across operating companies. Recommend enhancements to processes or adjustments to technical recommendations that may impact all operating companies.
  • Conducts field inspections to verify field conditions and check compliance with specifications, then prepares reports of findings.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Advanced knowledge of engineering principles and theories normally acquired through a college level curriculum resulting in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant discipline from an accredited engineering school, or a Master of Science in a technical field related to telecommunications, or twelve (12) years of relevant experience in the design and planning of communications infrastructure and systems and/or operating experience of the same.
  • Professional Engineer Registration in State of Hawaii, Electrical Engineering, desired. 
  • Extensive knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and standards of telecommunications engineering design, project engineering, project management, program management, outside consultant contract administration and supervision, and standards development associated with electric utility and telecommunications systems.  
  • Extensive knowledge of telecommunications planning principles, preferably with particular concentration in the electric utility environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge or experience with IP networking technologies (such as MPLS), transport networks, and wireless architecture and technology (such as microwave, RF radio, LTE networks).
  • Thorough knowledge of personal computers, the Internet, and related software applications used to develop word documents, spreadsheets, graphs, project schedules, and presentations.
  • Thorough knowledge of budgeting and forecasting systems and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of PUC, federal, state and local laws, regulations, standards, and procedures as related to telecommunications activities.
  • Working knowledge of the electric utility’s business and system operations and the associated applications that require telecommunications within the organization; and, working knowledge of electrical system protection, reliability, stability, and safety.
  • Working knowledge of utility rates and tariffs, renewable energy corporate goals and interconnection requirements, Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative, and existing and developing company initiatives such as Grid Modernization, Distributed Energy Resources, and customer programs, and cybersecurity as related to telecommunications.


Skills Requirements

  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently with general to minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate and work with a variety of individuals at various levels across operating companies, occasionally dealing with sensitive, difficult, or confrontational issues while using tact, courtesy, and discretion.
  • Ability to think in a strategic manner and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to complete work assignments with great attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent written, oral, active listening, and presentation, analytical, organizational, and conceptual skills.
  • Ability to remain flexible and handle multiple projects in a demanding work environment and adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Full competency in software programs used to develop word documents, spreadsheets, graphs, project schedules, and presentations.
  • Ability to assign, direct, and review work assignments of team members, entry level professionals and/or support staff.
  • Ability to work effectively and communicate with outside contractors, consultants, governmental agencies, community groups, customers, and business allies.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver's license to conduct on-site surveys/inspections of projects. Must meet the standards for required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy. 


Experience Requirements

  • Advanced knowledge of engineering principles and theories normally acquired through a college level curriculum resulting in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant engineering discipline from an accredited engineering school, or a Master of Science in a technical field related to telecommunications, or twelve (12) years of relevant experience in the design and planning of communication infrastructure and systems and/or operating experience of the same.
  • Extensive (10+ years) experience in telecommunications system engineering (design), or a combination of telecommunications engineering and planning, and/or telecommunications operations, in one or more of the following communication areas including, but not limited to, analog and digital and/or IP microwave systems, overhead and underground fiber optic installations, fiber optic terminations, spread spectrum radios, wireless mesh and backhaul systems, coaxial and solid copper cable systems, synchronous optical networks, local area networks, IP networks, wide area networks, multiple address system radio networks, SCADA systems, VHF and UHF mobile radio networks, LTE systems,, commercial cellular and local exchange carrier leased services.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working for an electric utility or on electric utility telecommunications systems.


Role: Professional 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday

Work Hours: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm 

Lunch: 30 Minutes

Location: HECO Ward Avenue  – Oahu 

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the Senior Planning Engineer (Telecom) [Req ID 8094] position is 101,500.00 to 131,800.00. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications.


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.


The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at


Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Should there be no candidates with this experience, the company may consider applicants without such experience who meet the knowledge/skill requirements. If such a candidate is hired, he or she will initially be placed on a development plan commensurate with his/her education and experience level.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.

By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

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Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii