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2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Power System Engineer Senior (Distribution Design)

Posting Title Power System Engineer Senior (Distribution Design) Job Requisition Number AE501845 Position Number 109581 Job Type Full-Time Division Name Electric Service Delivery (115) Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering, or in a field related to the job, eight (8) years of experience in engineering, acquired either before and/or after licensing as a professional engineer.
  • Some positions may require prior supervision or lead experience. 

Licenses or Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas; or if currently licensed in another state, the ability to obtain a Texas PE license within one (1) year of employment.

Notes to Applicants

This position resides in the Austin Energy Electrical Distribution Design Department and leads multiple teams of technical staff in the planning and coordination of all aspects of the design of medium-voltage electric distribution. Ensures teams have what is needed to effectively and efficiently complete designs and perform all intended functions. Works with multiple departments, including Construction, Planning, and other Design and Engineering departments and support groups. Identify and make improvements to processes and standards, ensuring maximum productivity and moral of teams. Identify training needs and provide knowledge transfer to individuals and teams. Review and seal distribution construction designs and documents that require a seal from a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. Maintain knowledge regarding best utility practices, utility equipment, and project coordination. Provide excellent customer service, insuring customer needs are met in a timely and effective manner.

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Resumes will not be accepted. Statements such as “see resume” will not be accepted. You may use “N/A” for fields that are not applicable. Starting salary will be based on overall relevant experience from your employment application.
The responses to the supplemental questions must reference the employment history listed in the employment history section. Once the requisition has closed, the application cannot be changed to update work history, supplemental questions, or any other information.
We reserve the right to verify high school and college education for the top candidate(s).
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Candidates selected for interview(s) may be required to complete an assessment(s) approved by Municipal Civil Service process, Rule 4.

Employees, in Good Standing, who are candidates within the department/division that the position resides in and who meet the minimum and preferred qualifications (if any) of the position will be included in the initial interview. Department/division employee must remain in Good Standing through the Top Candidate Selection phase at which time the Good Standing status will be re-verified.

Military/Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 verifying honorable discharge, at the time of initial interview to receive military/veteran interview preference.

Work hours may include after hours, holidays, and weekends.
Additional hours may be required to work outside of regular schedule.

The top candidate will be subject to a minimum 10 year criminal history background check.

This position is considered FLSA Exempt.
Exempt employees are salaried employees and, except as provided, are not eligible for overtime compensation.

Please note that Austin Energy may close the job posting at any time after 7 days from the date of the initial advertisement.

Pay Range

New Salary Range based on years of experience.


Monday – Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Work hours may include after hours, holidays, and weekends.
Additional hours may be required to work outside of regular schedule.

Job Close Date
04/08/2019 Type of Posting External Department Austin Energy Regular/Temporary Regular Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable Category Professional Location 4411B Meinardus Dr (St. Elmo) Preferred Qualifications
  • Ten (10) years or more of experience in medium voltage electrical distribution.
  • Five (5) years or more of experience in a supervisory role with four (4) or more direct reports.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and providing technical guidance.
  • Experience representing a company to and working with external customers.
  • Knowledge of the function, operation, and ratings of common medium-voltage utility equipment and material.
  • Knowledge of medium-voltage electrical theory and ability to perform power flow analysis and medium-voltage electrical calculations related to distribution design.
  • Experience interpreting electrical one-line diagrams relating to medium voltage electrical distribution.
  • Experience using AutoCAD or similar design software.
  • Experience procuring equipment and material for large scale projects.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Develops or oversees development of technical specifications and standards by applying knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering discipline, including the methods, materials, equipment and techniques used. Review, analyze and interpret plans, specifications, contracts and other related documents.
  2. Manages and coordinates engineering programs, projects or teams.
  3. Plans, researches, designs, and implements engineering studies and projects and/or program areas by applying advance technical knowledge of engineering discipline.
  4. Manages and negotiates contracts by reviewing monthly progress reports, verifying final quantities and costs, compiling requisite documentation, reviewing change orders, and auditing as-built records. Acts as a liaison among consultants, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, fabricators or suppliers and City. Negotiates problems of changes, errors or deficiencies and ensures compliance with project specifications and requirements.
  5. Leads teams of technical personnel including assigning and monitoring tasks to assure consistency with standards, quality and completeness. Reviews standards and updates as needed, technical training to staff and field personnel by reviewing business needs, evaluation of personnel, creating and applying training documentation, presentation and analysis of training.
  6. Develops and monitors budget of projects. Assist in develop, managing and submit proposed budget forecast planning for short and long term city planning.
  7. Monitor projects for regulatory compliance.
  8. Keep up with the latest developments in the utility industry, to meet North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Texas Public Utility Commission (TX PUC) standards and regulatory requirements.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
  • May be responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of engineering design principles applicable to electric utility operations such as, generation, transmission, distribution and other related fields.
  • Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry.
  • Knowledge of engineering standards, codes, practices, procedures, materials, and equipment used in the design, construction, and operation of the electric utility systems.
  • Knowledge of established engineering principles and methods.
  • Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports.
  • Ability to perform more complex engineering calculations and to analyze engineering problems.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements within the local, state and federal ordinances and laws.
  • Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports.
  • Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution.
  • Knowledge of City of Austin purchasing and contract policies and procedures.

Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation. EEO/ADA

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

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