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Senior Power System Engineers

Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton or Christchurch
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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  • Analyse the stability of the power system, engage with industry participants Verify and calibrate dynamic simulation models of transmission and generation assets Support development and deployment of power system tools and ancillary services

Use your outstanding technical and communication skills to help New Zealand's System Operator prepare for a 100% renewable energy future!

Transpower's Whakamana i Te Mauri Hiko outlines New Zealand's opportunity to accelerate electrification to help meet climate change and sustainability goals. Significant increases in both grid and local network connected energy resources are expected. 

About the team

Our Operations division provides New Zealand's Transmission System Operator service and is involved in working with electricity market participants, transmission and distribution network owners, and asset owners for any energy resource with a capacity greater than 1MW. To continue to have enough capability available to meet the increase in demand for our service we must look to automation and continuous improvement.

The Power System Engineering team specialises in essential power system stability analysis, and expert dynamic modelling and tool support. The team undertakes detailed analysis and modelling to ensure we understand how assets perform, and any risk they present, in order to provide the information, tools, and advice needed to securely operate the electricity market and power system. 

Our full and evolving work programme, including demand for new connections to the Grid, creates an opportunity for Senior Power System Engineers to join our team.

The opportunity

Working closely with other power system professionals across Transpower, you'll explore and prepare the System Operator for the challenges and opportunities that the transition to a 100% renewable electricity system will bring.

Thinking broadly, you'll help us engage with the Electricity Authority, and industry participants to make the required changes to our tools, the market, standards, and the Code to enable us to optimally operate the electricity system.

Ours is an evolving, predominately renewable, and unique islanded power system with a growing penetration of renewable technology. There is no shortage of challenge and opportunity, knowledge sharing, learning, and collaboration cross enterprise.

What experience will you bring?

We are looking for Engineers with seven or more years in time domain simulations and dynamic modelling. You may be working for a Transmission System Operator, Grid Owner or Engineering Consultancy, utilising well-developed communication and influencing skills, and an ability to understand, model and analyse generation and complex power systems.

You'll enjoy working both autonomously, and as part of a team, with caring knowledgeable peers as you consider the implications to power system operations, system stability, and system security. 

To be shortlisted, your CV and cover letter will demonstrate the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree (Washington Accord) in Power Systems or Electrical Engineering 
  • Knowledge, and at least seven years experience with Power System Analysis Tools to support building dynamic power system models, performing load flow and time domain simulations; ideally DSA Tools (TSAT) or DIgSILENT PowerFactory or PSCAD
  • High level, real world analytical skills, and outstanding attention to detail
  • You take an enterprise-wide view, and have the curiosity to question and look beyond the obvious to seek alternative options and solutions
  • An innate ability to work with, and direct other power system engineers though positive influence, to deliver technical projects

Why work for Transpower

It's exciting! The scale, criticality, and complexity of our environment as both New Zealand's Transmission Owner and System Operator, is incredibly stimulating.

You'll work with our people of over 28 nationalities who provide a diverse perspective and knowledge, and deep and varied experience which they love to share. Your wellbeing is supported with a range of employee health and wellness benefits and great on the job learning, professional development, and career progression over time.

We will provide assistance navigating immigration and managed isolation on arrival, if required. A contribution to relocation may be available if you are looking to move nationally, or internationally, to start a new life in New Zealand.

Next steps

If you're ready to join a fun, collaborative and results focused team who enjoy a varied and full programme of work in an encouraging and family friendly environment, please review the detailed position description via our career site and apply without delay. 

Applications close on Friday, 30 September 2022.

However, applications will be reviewed as they are received. While Wellington is our preferred location for this role, for highly experienced candidates, our Auckland, Hamilton, or Christchurch locations may be considered.

To apply for this job, please click 'apply now' or go to our job site and enter the job code 24445SK.


Transpower owns and operates the National Grid – the high voltage transmission network connecting areas of generation with towns and cities across New Zealand.

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