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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

Operations Engineer - Shift

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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 closely with the ERCOT Control Room System Operators providing engineering support through execution of power flow studies, stability assessments, outage coordination support, system applications support, and troubleshooting of all software tools to maintain impeccable situational awareness. 
  • Maintains high-quality, continuous execution of the online ERCOT State Estimator, Real-Time Contingency Analysis, and Voltage/Transient Stability Analysis tools.
  • Must be able to think and react quickly in a high-stress, high-urgency environment.
  • Performs independent engineering studies including power flow and stability analysis utilizing advanced applications.
  • Assesses grid conditions and recommends appropriate action based on engineering studies.
  • Develops and authors appropriate management plans for mitigation of temporary and ongoing grid vulnerabilities.
  • Identifies network model and applications quality issues and works with ERCOT support groups to resolve associated problems.
  • Assists with execution of ERCOT System Operations procedures and recommends improvements if needed.
  • Works side-by-side with ERCOT System Operators and in direct communication with ERCOT Market Participants to maintain reliability and security of the ERCOT Interconnection.
  • Gathers information and notifies ERCOT management and engineering support groups of noteworthy grid events and incidents.
  • Troubleshoots all situational awareness tools available to Control Room staff.
  • Logs information regarding grid conditions to continually track the status of the ERCOT Interconnection and highlight recurring concerns.
  • Supports the ERCOT Network Model database load process.
  • Processes off-hours ERCOT Outage Scheduler submissions as needed.
  • Prepares daily/regular reports to inform ERCOT departments of current grid status and recent developments.
  • Serves as subject matter expert for System Operations Support cross-training and project assistance.
  • Must be able to quickly develop proficiency with grid applications, particularly Alstom EMS Suite, Powertech DSATools, and ABB MMS Suite.
  • Expertise with MS Office Suite, with emphasis on Excel including macros and some VBA coding.
  • Willingness to work a rotating 12-hour shift, including nights and weekends.

REQUIREMENTS:

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:

Engineer 2

  • Minimum 1 to 2 years (in excess of degree requirements stated above) of progressively responsible experience as a power system engineer or similar type role. 
  • Experience within the electric utility industry preferred.


Engineer 3

  • Minimum 3 years (in excess of degree requirements stated above) of progressively responsible experience as a power system engineer or similar type role.
  • Experience within the electric utility industry required

Sr. Engineer

  • Requires minimum 5 years related work experience in excess of degree requirements

Certifications & Licenses:

  • Professional Engineer registration in Texas preferred.
  • Must be able to obtain NERC System Operator Reliability Certification within first 6 months of employment. Prefer someone that already has their NERC Certification.

Position is open to a level 2, level 3, or senior engineer depending on level of experience.

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