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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Location:
Taylor, Texas
Country:
United States
Industry:
Engineering - Other
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Network Model Engineer 1

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Provides engineering analysis and technical support to ensure continuing reliable operations of the electric power grid in compliance with NERC Standards, ERCOT Protocols and Market Guides.

JOB SUMMARY 

Provides electrical engineering analysis and technical support for the planning and operation of the electric power system.  Implements appropriate system modeling, develops tools and procedures to monitor and control the system, performs system studies, analyzes simulated or actual operating results, develops solutions to current or future system issues, and appropriately reports findings and recommendations.

  • Works under the direction of a senior level engineer or supervisor/manager to complete departmental goals and assignments.
  • Performs all work according to applicable rules and regulations including regulatory requirements and organization policies and procedures.
  • Learns how to use and develop software tools that enhance system reliability and departmental/organizational efficiencies.
  • Under direct supervision, participates in teams to obtain input, address comments and perform studies.
  • May provide on the job training or help oversee the work of other engineers/analysts.
  • May act as mentor and advisor to less experienced engineers/analysts.
  • Typically works independently on assignments and projects.
  • Participates in multi functional teams to obtain input, address comments and perform studies.
  • Assists in developing tools, processes and procedures that enhance system reliability and departmental/organizational efficiencies. Participates with other ERCOT departments to select and implement system changes as needed.
  • Analyzes transmission network data including Transmission and Generation element parameters.
  • Works closely with ERCOT System Operations, System Operations Support, Market Operating Services Support, Client Services, System Planning and Metering.
  • Works with EMS and Transmission Planning load flow, Locational Marginal Pricing (LMP),  and other analysis software to provide accurate power system models and associated cases.
  • Supports detailed model changes delivered by Network Operations Model Change Requests (NOMCRs) and Planning Model Change Requests (PMCRs) to maintain an accurate Network Operations Model, Annual Planning and other models contained within the ERCOT modeling system.
  • Assists with the validation of the Network Model Management (NMMS) and Model On Demand (MOD) databases, testing of the models and associated power flows.
  • Creates and utilizes data mining mechanisms and techniques to improve reporting accuracy and efficiency.
  • Provides training and evaluation of members of the Engineering Development Program (EDP).
  • Coordinates and works with the NDSWG (Network Data Support Working Group) members on data exchange and transmission network model maintenance via the NOMCR process.
  • Coordinates and works with the SSWG (Steady State Working Group) members on data exchange and transmission network model maintenance via the PMCR process.
  • Coordinates and works with the SPWG (System Protection Working Group) members on data exchange and transmission network model maintenance via ASPEN and PSSE change files.
  • Reviews new technology implementations that affect the model, suggesting and implementing methods to accurately model these technologies.
  • Develops, maintains, and supports database infrastructure, model data exchange interfaces, and data export formats.
  • Manage updates and upgrades of NMMS and MOD applications to specify and implement desired new functionality.
  • Reviews and develops methods to increase model accuracy including data comparisons and validity checks.
  • Reviews Contingencies, Special Protection Systems, Remedial Action Plans, Mitigation Action Plans, Outages, and other issues that possibly affect models.
  • Reviews, drafts, and implements improvements to the modeling process.
  • Reviews, drafts, and presents:   changes to the Protocols, Guides, procedures, training material for EDP and for Market Participants (MPs), and other supporting ERCOT documents relative to modeling.
  • Develops, enhances, and maintains reports associated with Protocol and Guide compliance criteria.
  • Provide comments and SME review of relevant NERC Standards up to and including participation on NERC Standard Drafting teams.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, or a combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with knowledge equivalent to a major in such fields.

Work Experience

  • Entry Level Position

Certifications & Licenses

  • Professional Engineer registration in Texas preferred.

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