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Operations Engineer

Date: Aug 2, 2022

Location: Kahului, Hawaii (HI), US, 96732

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.


External Posting End Date: 06/19/2022 at 11:59 PM HST



The Dispatch Department of the System Operation Division at Hawaiian Electric Company - Maui County has one (1) Management vacancy available. (Role: Professional)


Provides analysis, operational guidance, and technical support of power system operation to ensure service reliability and operational safety. Conducts assessments on the performance of current and future generation equipment and the feasibility of new generation technologies for integration into the system. Utilizes continuous improvement best practices such as LEAN Six Sigma to enhance and achieves high performance with a safety mindset and operational excellence. Practices the Company’s service promise and standards, WeConnect philosophies, decision priorities, and core Company values.



  • System Load Planning
    • Performs load flow and operational planning studies of existing generation, transmission, and distribution system for planned outages, contingencies, and operational problems. Investigates and evaluates abnormal voltages, equipment loading, and overload capabilities; initiates and follows up on corrective action. Provides direction to the Control Center in operating the system considering reliability and financial impact to the company. Reviews future generation, transmission, and distribution asset proposals and planning studies. Travels to field sites for system checks.


  • System Operation Forecasting
    • Creates generating unit operating schedules to meet forecasted peaks with adequate operating reserves and operating restrictions (e.g., unit cycling, must-run units, unavailable units, etc.). Tracks daily system demand, analyzes trends, and forecasts system peaks. Obtains and evaluates the status of operating capabilities, limitations, and outages of all generating units. Prepares daily capacity and equipment outage reports.  Provides generation and system information required by the City, State, and Federal Agencies. Supports the planning and integration of renewable energy resources into existing and/or new generation equipment. Develops solutions to grid management and control tool issues. Manages growth of distributed energy resources through the assessment of impacts to the electrical system and development of solutions to maintain the grid stability and safety.


  • System Production Modeling and Simulations
    • Provides support for the System Operation Department planning processes through analysis of operating performance parameters and providing input into the prediction models such as production simulations. Provides analysis of the production simulation results and evaluates the level of confidence for the model outputs. Maintains and tunes operating systems (i.e., EMS, OMS, etc.), engineering models, and engineering applications.


  • System Design Assessment
    • Informs and advises the Engineering and System Planning departments of immediate and anticipated problems on the system which requires design or planning corrections, and improvements. Reviews and comments on Engineering/Planning studies, designs, and drawings for system improvements. Coordinates and assist with commissioning and completing system and power plant related projects. Travels to project sites, as needed.


  • Performs post-disturbance analyses of major outages and proposes improvements to restoration sequences and other operating procedures.


  • Investigates and provides accurate and factual information on specific events affecting the system. Provides Corporate Communication, Regulatory, Customer Service, and Energy Services departments with information on interruptions and emergency outages. Investigates and takes appropriate action to resolve customer complaints, problems, or questions. Provides information to assist with investigations on claims. Performs field checks, as required.


  • Provides after-hours consultation to assist dispatch personnel in the resolution of power system operating problems. Assists Dispatch personnel in storm or large outage conditions. Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent in appropriate education and experience required. Emphasis in the field of Power System Analysis is highly desirable.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and related software applications (e.g., spreadsheets, word processing, etc.).
  • Thorough knowledge of policies and procedures contained in such documents as the Accident Prevention Manual, General Information Manual, Company/Union agreement, etc.
  • Professional Engineer license desirable to provide professional level skills, knowledge, and experience.


Skills Requirements

  • Ability to handle difficult and/or sensitive issues while using tact, courtesy, and discretion.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to influence and persuade various groups or individuals.
  • Leadership skills and abilities to work with a variety of individuals occasionally dealing with sensitive, difficult, or confrontational issues.
  • Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Ability to conceptualize new ideas quickly.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver’s license. Must meet the standards for frequent or required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy. These standards may be adjusted periodically to meet business and safety objectives.
  • Demonstrated analytical, computational, organizational, and conceptual skills to handle various projects and programs.


Experience Requirements

  • Extensive (8+) years of experience in the areas of generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical energy with experience in load flow analysis, production simulation, dispatch studies, production, and system operation. Experience preferred in the Power Supply, System Planning, Engineering, and/or System Operation Departments.


Role: Professional

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday

Work Hours: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Lunch: 60 Minutes

Location: Kahului Baseyard - Maui 


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.” 

For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:

This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  

Nearest Major Market: Maui
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii