Power System Principal Engineer (Transmission Planning)

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • Sep 05, 2020
Full Time Engineering Planning and Development

Job Description

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 Engineering position performs power system analyses for transmission planning and reliability. It ensures compliance with standards, rules and protocols of NERC , PUCT , and ERCOT . It ensures Austin Energy's transmission system reliability from the perspective of Transmission Planning and long-term Operations Planning. Expertise in steady state, short circuit, system protection, and congestion management analyses is required.
  • Knowledge of NERC electric reliability standards and PUCT Codes of Conduct
  • Knowledge of ERCOT (or other Regional ISO ) Protocols, Operating Guides, and Planning
    Criteria
  • Transmission planning skills and expertise
  • Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including
    preparation of written technical reports.
  • Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution


Critical duties unique to this position but not listed above include:
Perform power flow, and short circuit studies to support capital improvement project development and compiling the annual T&D plan book and justifying transmission expansion and improvements.
Update Austin Energy transmission system model in the ERCOT NMMS system.
Develop and pess ERCOT congestion management plans for Austin Energy as necessary.
Attend key pre-construction meetings and help ESD Project Management prioritize and properly sequence construction to optimize projects costs and benefits.
Attend different ERCOT Transmission Planning working groups as required by T&D Planning management.
Prepare and file new transmission projects with the ERCOT Regional Planning Group, and gain RPG approvals.

WHEN COMPLETING THE CITY OF AUSTIN APPLICATION :
  • 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. A detailed and complete employment application is required to help us better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. 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. Please be sure that your application is a reflection of your entire work history.
  • 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. Supplemental information or changes to your application will not be accepted after the job posting closes.
  • 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).
  • If you have any questions regarding your City of Austin employment application, please use the official website of the City of Austin as reference. www.austintexas.gov.


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

CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECK :
The top candidate will be subject to a minimum 10 year criminal history background check.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT :
This position is classified as EXEMPT and may require to work additional hours outside of the normal schedule to include nights, weekends, and /or holidays.
TRAVEL :
If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.

Pay Range
Commensurate

Hours
Monday through Friday

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 40 Hour Work Week

Additional work hours may be required to support the 24-hour Utility operations, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays, inclement weather and emergency closures.

Job Close Date 10/19/2020
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Energy
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 2500 Montopolis Drive
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in Transmission Planning, including transmission level steady state, short circuit and stability analysis
  • Experience using Siemens PTI PSSE software package
  • Experience in Production Cost analysis, preferably using UPlan software package and experience with production cost analysis in ERCOT Region
  • Experience in EMT analysis, preferably using PSCAD and ATP and skills in modeling inverter-based plants on distribution or transmission system, cap bank switching, and ferroresonance analysis
  • Experience in creating/ updating transmission level short circuit database updates, short circuit analysis, system protection and protective relaying
  • Experience participating as member or leader in Regional ISO Planning working groups
  • Experience with Regional ISO protocols and NERC standards compliance and audits, preferably in ERCOT Region
  • Experience in dynamic simulation of transmission systems, including dynamic load modeling, and 3-phase EMT load modeling
  • Experience in power system harmonic analysis on transmission and distribution systems, including ability to model inverters, converters and transformers for system harmonics calculations on transmission and distribution systems
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location

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.

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.Manages and coordinates engineering programs, projects or teams.Plans, researches, designs, and implements engineering studies and projects and/or program areas by applying advance technical knowledge of engineering discipline.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.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.Develops and monitors budget of projects. Assist in develop, managing and submit proposed budget forecast planning for short and long term city planning.Monitor projects for regulatory compliance.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.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* Do you meet the minimum qualifications for this position? 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. 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.
  • Yes
  • No
* Please describe how you meet the minimum qualifications for education, years of professional work experience and whether or not you do hold a current Texas PE or a PE from another state as listed in Question #1.
(Open Ended Question)
* Please describe your status regarding PE license. If you have a PE license please mention the date it was obtained and what state you are currently licensed in.
(Open Ended Question)
* How many years of experience do you have performing transmission planning activities, including transmission level steady state, short circuit and stability analysis?
  • 0 to less than 4 years
  • 4 to 8 years
  • more than 8 years
* Please describe your experience in transmission planning activities, including companies that you worked at while gaining this experience.
(Open Ended Question)
* How many years of experience do you have using Siemens PTI PSSE software?
  • 0 to less than 4 years
  • 4 to 8 years
  • more than 8 years
* Describe your experience using Siemens PTI PSSE software.
(Open Ended Question)
* How many years of experience do you have performing Production Costing analysis?
  • 0 to less than 4 years
  • 4 to 8 years
  • More than 8 years
* Please describe your experience performing Production Costing analysis. What software packages did you use?
(Open Ended Question)
* How many years of experience do you have performing EMT analysis preferably using PSCAD and ATP and using skills in modeling inverter-based plants on distribution or transmission system, cap bank switching, and ferroresonance analysis?
  • 0 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to 4 years
  • More than 4 years
* Please describe your experience in performing EMT studies. What software packages did you use?
(Open Ended Question)
* How many years of experience do you have performing transmission level short circuit, protection system and protective relay engineering studies?
  • 0 to less than 1 year
  • 1 to 2 years
  • More than 4 years
* Please describe your experience in transmission level short circuit, protection system and protective relay engineering studies.
(Open Ended Question)
* How many total years of experience do you have participating in Regional ISO Planning groups?
  • 0 to less than 3 years
  • 3 to 6 years
  • More than 6 years
* Describe your experience participating in Regional ISO Planning groups, including the years that you were a member of such working group(s) and which working group(s).
(Open Ended Question)
* How many years of experience do have in a Regional ISO protocols/NERC standards compliance?
  • 0 to less than 3 years
  • 3 to 6 years
  • More than 6 years
* Please describe your experience in a Regional ISO protocols/NERC standards compliance.
(Open Ended Question)
* How many years of experience do you have performing dynamic simulation of transmission system, including dynamic load modeling and 3-phase EMT load modeling?
  • 0 to less than 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
  • More than 5 years
* Describe your experience performing dynamic simulation of transmission system, including dynamic load modeling and 3-phase EMT load modeling.
(Open Ended Question)
* How many years of experience do you have in performing harmonic analysis on transmission and distribution systems, including ability to model inverters, converters and transformers for system harmonics calculations on transmission and distribution systems?
  • 0 to less than 1 year
  • 1 to 2 years
  • More than 2 years
* Describe your experience in power system harmonic analysis on transmission and distribution systems, including ability to model inverters, converters and transformers for system harmonics calculations on transmission and distribution systems.
(Open Ended Question)
* If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have the ability to travel to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties?
  • Yes
  • No

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