Power System Engineer Senior (Substation)

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • Nov 13, 2019
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Job Description

Posting Title Power System Engineer Senior (Substation)
Job Requisition Number AE502040
Position Number 106770
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Electric System - Field Ops
Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in engineering, plus seven (7) years of experience related to engineering.

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
    Position Description:
    This position serves as a technical subject matter expert for the Substation Engineering department. The work assigned involves applying high levels of engineering knowledge and experience with electric utility substation physical, civil and electrical design.

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    Employment Application:
    • The City of Austin employment application is an official document; incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • Please be sure to detail on the application all current and previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
    • The Employment Record should be complete with job titles, employment dates, job duties, functions, and responsibilities for each position held. Gaps in employment must include an explanation and dates of unemployment. Starting salary will be based on overall relevant experience from your application.
    • Résumés will not be accepted and statements such as "see résumé" will not be accepted. You may use "N/A" for fields that are not applicable.
    • Please note that Austin Energy may close the job posting at any time after 7 days from the date of the initial advertisement. Once the job posting has closed, applications cannot be changed.
    Assessments:
    • Your skill level in some of the competency areas for this job may be assessed through skills testing.
    If you are selected as a top candidate:
    • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED , undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution.
    • If you are identified as a top candidate and are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.
    • This position requires a criminal background investigation.
    • This position requires pre-employment screening under NERC CIP .
    Technical Licenses and Certificates:
    • This position requires the employee to be a 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.
    • Please review the guidelines for PE licensing at: https://engineers.texas.gov/lic_app.htm
    Work Schedule:
    • This position is considered FLSA Exempt. Exempt employees are salaried and, except as provided, are not eligible for overtime compensation.


    Pay Range
    Commensurate

    Hours
    Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. with some flexibility.

    Job Close Date 12/10/2019
    Type of Posting External
    Department Austin Energy
    Regular/Temporary Regular
    Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
    Category Professional
    Location 2526 Kramer Lane, Austin, TX 78758
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering
    • Experience performing substation engineering work including physical and electrical design for an electric utility
    • Experience reviewing and sealing engineering substation design work of other engineers
    • Experience with AutoCAD
    • Experience with substation project estimates, bill of materials, equipment specifications, manufacture drawing approvals, and technical presentations
    • Experience conducting substation grounding studies using CDEGS
    • Experience providing engineering field support to electric utility technical personnel

    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.
  • Performs complex power system analyses, such as protective coordination, fault studies, load flows, service reliability, load forecasts, power quality, voltage stability, system expansion studies, and market operations.
  • Prepares and reviews standards, equipment specifications, design procedures, and test procedures.
  • Develops and prepares engineering designs, drawings, circuit maps, control diagrams, charts, databases, plans, and other documents for transmission and distribution systems, generation and substation facilities, market operation and settlement systems and SCADA / EMS .
  • Provides technical expertise in materials, design, welding, equipment standards, relay coordination, technology or other areas related to the utility industry.
  • Formulates, prepares, and implements operating and safety procedures and guidelines, and operating manuals for system facilities including substations, transmission, distribution, and generation.
  • Prepares necessary reports to regulatory agencies.
  • Assists in providing technical and financial inputs for projects in electric utility budget process.
  • Identifies, investigates, and analyzes engineering design problems, and develops corrective actions.
  • Provides technical leadership for major or complex engineering and construction projects, and works closely with field personnel to support project energization.
  • Assists efforts to 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, principles, methods, codes, practices, procedures, materials, and equipment used in the design, construction, and operation of the electric utility systems.
  • Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements within the local and state ordinances and laws.
  • Knowledge of City of Austin purchasing and contract policies and procedures.
  • Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports.
  • Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution.
  • Ability to perform more complex engineering calculations and to analyze engineering problems.


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.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* This position requires graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in engineering, plus seven (7) years of experience related to engineering. Do you meet this requirement?
  • Yes
  • No
* Please describe how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.
(Open Ended Question)
* Are you a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas; or if currently licensed in another state, do you have the ability to obtain a Texas PE license within one (1) year of employment?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering?
  • Yes
  • No
* Describe your experience performing substation engineering work including physical and electrical design for an electric utility.
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience reviewing and sealing the engineering substation design work of other engineers.
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience using AutoCAD.
(Open Ended Question)
* Please describe your experience with substation project estimates, bill of materials, equipment specifications, manufacture drawing approvals, and technical presentations.
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience conducting substation grounding studies using CDEGS.
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience providing engineering field support to electric utility technical personnel.
(Open Ended Question)
* If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)?
  • Yes
  • No

Optional & Required Documents
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