Siting Specialist I in Roanoke, VA at EASi

Posted: 8/17/2019

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Position Summary

EASi has been a leader in providing engineering support services and technology solutions for the global market for more than 35 years, with expertise in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, embedded systems and manufacturing engineering. With 2,400 dedicated employees across the U.S. and India, EASi offers comprehensive and innovative solutions, specializing in energy and utilities, automotive, transportation, medical devices and consumer/industrial products.

This role is responsible for coordinating the siting activities to identify the most suitable locations for transmission lines and substations and supports the siting team's decision in necessary regulatory hearings, approvals, and/or landowner negotiations. The multimillion-dollar electric transmission projects can range from small scale to hundreds of miles in length traversing multiple states. Understand the full range of issues related to the successful siting of a transmission project and will be accountable for making sound recommendations and decisions. Areas of required expertise include environmental (cultural, natural and visual resource assessment), utility corridor siting (utility regulatory requirements, stakeholder interaction, and permitting requirements), GIS, and project management.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ensure that transmission siting activities are performed in accordance with the policies, practices and standards of the Company and regulations and procedures as required by federal, state or local regulatory agencies.
  • Work interdependently with a multidisciplinary project team through a logical and legally defensible siting process to identify buildable and cost-effective routes and facilities which minimize environmental impacts.
  • Archive information gathered and document the rationale for the selection of the route or site for use in regulatory proceedings, permitting efforts, and landowner negotiations.
  • Identify and manage siting risks to the overall Project scopes, schedules, and budgets.
  • Develop and monitor siting tasks, cost estimates and schedules.
  • Prepare siting study reports, risk assessments and related GIS constraint mapping.
  • Coordinate with regulatory agencies, local officials, and the general public to gather information about sensitive features in the study area.
  • Oversee the oversight of outsourcing related to siting.
  • Coordinate regulatory and local zoning applications (writing, exhibits, testimony, interrogatories, schedule, etc.)
  • Participate in stakeholder meetings and public workshops.
  • Assist in preparing testimony and testify before federal, state and local agencies concerning transmission routing and substation siting.
  • Organize and facilitate project meetings related to siting.
  • Assist in evaluating the impact of proposed legislation and regulations on transmission projects and provide input to the development process.
  • Build networks that extend through AEP and other companies, and regulatory agencies.
  • Improve standardization and process development.
  • Make presentations to civic groups, property owners, regulatory agencies, and AEP employees.
  • Conduct field reconnaissance to evaluate proposed route alignments and potential impacts.
  • Perform other duties as requested or assigned.
  • Some overnight travel to facilities and projects (field work) is required periodically. Position requires some travel and exposure to situations which require knowledge, understanding, and adherence to applicable safety procedures, and ability to hike one to three miles.
  • 20 to 30 % of travel time associated with this position.

Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental science, landscape architecture, planning, GIS, geography or related field.
  • A minimum of one to two years of experience working as a Transmission Siting Specialist or equivalent.
  • Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office computer applications is desired.
  • Ability to work with and within a diverse team is a must.
  • Excellent written, organizational, presentation, oral communication and time management skills. The ability to handle multiple projects and assignments is critical.

Requisite Abilities and Skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop policies and standards for the acquisition of cost effective and time sensitive easement acquisitions.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage time effectively and efficiently, show capable of having organizational and planning skills, as well as having an aptitude for accuracy and attention to detail
  • Proficient in written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledgeable in real estate values and accepted practices
  • Team player with ability to work in a highly cross-functional and virtual environment
  • Ability to plan, set, and achieve goals
  • Superior level of personal character and integrity

Amazing begins here. EASi is a leading global services company specializing in engineering and sciences. For more than 35 years, EASi has delivered critical services across a range of industries, including energy and utilities, transportation, heavy equipment, consumer and industrial products, medical devices, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, as well as academic and health care research. By adapting to the constantly evolving needs of our customers, we have built specialized expertise and a multidisciplinary perspective - leveraging cutting-edge technology and processes - to constantly improve and innovate. Through EASi's flexible solutions and consultative approach, customers in engineering and sciences can expect unparalleled quality, increased speed to market and collaborative customer engagement services.

Headquartered in Hanover, Maryland, EASi has 3,700 dedicated employees across North America, Europe and Asia. EASi is an Aerotek company, a leader in the recruiting and staffing industry. Aerotek is an operating company of Allegis Group® Inc., a global leader in talent solutions. To learn more about EASi, visit

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.

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Jonathan Farroni