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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
72223.00 Per Hour
Little Rock, Arkansas
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree



The Engineer acts as a subject matter expert for all systems, applications, data exchanges, data interfaces and network models used by and in support of the operational and planning functions performed by SPP.  The Engineer ensures that correct input data and accurate resultsare present in these systems in order that SPP’s Reliability  Coordination, Market Operations, Tariff Administration, Scheduling Operators, Congestion Hedging, Economic Planning, Generation Interconnections, Modeling, Transmission Planning, Reliability Planning and Special Studies may make informed decisions. 


These functions require accurate and effective engineering decision making, sometimes in stressful situations.


Essential Functions:


Engineering Concepts and Tools:


  • Develop and maintain competence with the administrative and communication tools      for word processing, spreadsheet development, time keeping, etc. 
  • Develop and maintain an intermediate level of familiarity with the SPP Transmission      System and with transmission planning concepts.
  • Develop and maintain an intermediate level of expertise and proficiency with the      SPP power system analysis tools, data management tools, software, and      processes necessary to support the interconnection study process.


Engineering Responsibilities:


  • As directed by the manager or more senior engineers, provide key technical      support in a team environment and work towards becoming a Subject Matter      Expert in one or more assigned areas.
  • Develop, maintain, and improve engineering processes and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain intermediate project management skills, taking responsibility      for the timely and accurate completion of all assigned projects.
  • Governing Processes:
  • Develop and maintain an intermediate level of familiarity with the content and      concepts contained in the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff, FERC &      NERC governing documents, SPP Business Practices, SPP Criteria, and the      SPP organizational group structure, and be able to initiate and implement revision      requests. 
  • Develop and maintain a more detailed understanding of the specific governing and      process documents specific to the evaluation of generator interconnection      requests and be able to apply them and relate them to customers and      transmission owners.


Stakeholder Relationships:


  • Develop and maintain positive stakeholder relationships as necessary to accomplish      SPP objectives and assigned directives. 
  • Develop and maintain necessary relationships with internal and external technical      staff and customers to collect data, collaborate on analysis, and share      results of work products. 
  • Develop positive technical, supervisory, leadership, and management level      relationships as necessary to accomplish SPP objectives and assigned      directives. 
  • Facilitate stakeholder feedback discussions to reach a positive stakeholder consensus      to the fullest extent possible.
  • Develop basic staff secretary skills (Meeting minutes, action items, Robert’s      Rules of Order, etc.) for technical working groups by providing technical      & logistical support to active staff secretaries.


Engineering Judgment:


  • Exercise intermediate decision-making skills for technical studies and services to adapt between standard and non-standard techniques
  • Independently complete assigned technical processes, studies, and tasks with intermediate scope and minimum supervision.
  • Be able to take responsibility for key processes and see them completed accurately and in a timely manner. 


Teamwork and Leadership Skills:


  • Provide key technical support in a teamwork environment.
  • Independently handle several SPP technical processes, studies or tasks with limited scope and minimum supervision.
  • Assist more experienced engineers with advanced studies and technical process with appropriate supervision.
  • Maintain awareness of more experienced engineering decision-making behavior in anticipation of future development of fundamental leadership abilities.
  • As directed by the manager or more senior engineers, provide training, guidance, and mentoring to new staff members as needed to advance the goals of the department.


SPP Culture and Core Values:


  • Embrace and promote the SPP Culture, Mission and Core Values in attitude toward stakeholder relationships, current work assignments as well as long term goals and strategic initiative of the organization.
  • Incorporate a fundamental working understanding of the SPP Culture Drivers, Mission      and Core Values and apply this directly to all engineering assignments and      any SPP related effort, not necessarily limited to engineering.
  • Understand and comply with SPP Policies and Procedures.


Education Requirements:


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited university. Degree should be in a calculus-based engineering field such as: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical  Engineering, or Systems Engineering


Experience Requirements:


  • Sr. Engineer – Five (5) years of job related experience
  • Engineer      II - Two (2) years of job-related work experience
  • Engineer      I - No experience required


Other Requirements:


  • Strong inter-personal and teamwork skills along with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good  working skills with communication and data handling software such as Microsoft Office© Word, Excel, Access




  • A  Professional Engineer License
  • Advanced degree in related field of study
  • Experience working in the electric utility industry
  • Experience with power system analysis tools


Work Environment:


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


Physical Demands:


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time, talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop. The employee may be required to lift and move up to 10 pounds.


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:


This is a full-time position. Days and hours of workweek are Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Working extended hours may be required.


Travel Requirement:


  • This position requires minimal travel (approximately 15%)

    Should you elect to apply for this position SPP will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days, but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.

Southwest Power Pool is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “reasonable accommodation” as a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows a qualified individual with a disability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of a particular job, and does not cause an undue hardship for the employer.  SPP adheres to the ADA and reasonable accommodations may be to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions

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