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2 - 5 years
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Bachelor's Degree

Power System Principal Engineer (Transmission Planning)

Posting Title Power System Principal Engineer (Transmission Planning) Job Requisition Number AE501780 Position Number 100497 Job Type Full-Time Division Name Electric Service Delivery (115) Minimum Qualifications
  • 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 supervises Power System Engineers performing advanced Power System Analysis and Transmission Planning. It ensures compliance with standards, rules, and protocols of NERC, PUC, and ERCOT.
The City of Austin employment application is an official document; incomplete applications will not be considered. Please be sure that your application is a reflection of your entire work history. Describe your specific experience for each position. Include all job duties, responsibilities, and employment dates. Any gaps in employment must have an explanation and dates of unemployment.
Resumes and cover letters are optional. 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 should reference the employment history listed in the employment history section. Your application and resume (if submitted) should accurately reflect the same employment / education information. 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).
If you have any questions regarding your City of Austin employment application, please use the official website of the City of Austin as reference.
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.
This position may travel between various locations on occasion.
Shift may change according to departmental needs.
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 requires the use of an ERCOT Digital Certificate (EDC) and therefore will require a Security Review to determine if the candidate meets all the requirements for issuance of the EDC.
This position will require yearly NERC continuing education credits after NERC Operators Certification is obtained.
The term “essential functions” means the fundamental job duties of the employment position the individual holds or desires. The following are the physical and cognitive requirements as they relate to this position.
Strength Abilities:
Lifting – 20 lbs. – 60 lbs. – Up to 33% – Monthly
Carrying – 20 lbs. – 60 lbs. – Up to 33% – Monthly
Functional Abilities:
Sitting – Greater than 66% – Daily
Standing, Driving, Walking, Crouching/Squatting, Bending/Stooping – Up to 33% – Monthly
Climbing – Up to 33% – Daily
Reaching (Above shoulder, Below Shoulder) – Up to 33% – Monthly
Gripping (Power Grip, Pinch Grip) – Up to 33% – Monthly

Manual Dexterity/Fine Motor Control:
Writing, Manual Controls – Up to 33% – Monthly
Keyboarding – Greater than 66% – Daily

Conversation, Telephone, Audio/Video Equipment -Up to 33% – Daily

Color – 33% – 66% – Daily
Depth, Far Vision – Up to 33% – Daily
Near Vision – Up to 33% – Weekly

Cognitive Ability:
Decision making (Low Level, High Level), Handling variety of tasks at once, provide supervision – Up to 33% – Daily
Timely task completion, Problem Solving – 33% – 66% – Daily
Analytical ability, Calculations, Concentration – Greater than 66% – Daily

Working Conditions:
Contact with co-workers/public, working alone – 33% – 66% – Daily
Overtime, Traveling, Working in remote location, Automobile – Up to 33% – Monthly
Environmental Conditions:
Inside work – Greater than 66% – Daily
Outside work, uneven terrain, high vehicular traffic areas, direct sunlight, lighting (bright) – Up to 33% – Monthly
Lighting (dull) – Greater than 66% – Daily
Must have the ability to read, write, and speak English.
Exempt employees are salaried employees and, except as provided, are not eligible for overtime compensation.
Non-exempt employees will be compensated for any additional hours worked when such compensation is required by law.
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

$41.78 – $58.07


Monday – Friday; 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Job Close Date
12/12/2018 Type of Posting Departmental Only Department Austin Energy Regular/Temporary Regular Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable Category Professional Location SCC - 2500 Montopolis Dr, Austin, TX 78741 Preferred Qualifications

1) Graduate degrees(s) in Electrical Engineering in the field of Power System (Master’s in EE or higher) from an ABET accredited program.
2) Four (4) years of experience participating (as member or leader) in a Regional Transmission Planning and Operations working groups (such as ERCOT SSWG, VPWG, NDSWG, OCWG, and/or PLWG).
3) Eight (8) years of experience in Transmission Planning and transmission level steady state analysis.
4) Three (3) years of experience in transmission operations data updates, such as use of ERCOT NMMS and NOMCR system/ process.
5) Three (3) year of experience in power system operations engineering studies.
6) Two (2) years of experience with Regional ISO protocols and NERC standards compliance and audits.
7) Four (4) years of experience using Siemens PTI PSSE software.
8) Two (2) years of experience in application of ISO:9001 quality management system, preferably in transmission planning.
9) Two (2) years of experience performing transmission planning analysis using NERC transmission planning standards and Regional ISO transmission planning guides.

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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