Power System Engineer Senior

Full Time • Posted Nov. 9

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Company Description

Austin Energy At-A-Glance

Serving Austin Since 1895

Customer Driven. Community Focused.

Austin Energy is an enterprise of the City of Austin. Community-owned since 1895, it provides electric power and retail energy services to the Greater Austin area. The Austin City Council sets rates and terms and conditions of service. Austin Energy is part of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Five of the nation’s 20 largest cities own their electric utility. Only two other cities — the City of San Antonio and the City of Los Angeles — are larger in population than Austin. In the United States, 2,020 public entities, mostly cities, own their own electric utilities. Together, public power serves 49 million Americans.

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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

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. 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 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 should 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

ASSESSMENTS:
Candidates selected for interview(s) may be required to complete an assessment(s) approved by Municipal Civil Service process, Rule 4.

GOOD STANDING COA EMPLOYEES:
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.

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.

TRAVEL:
This position must travel between various locations to meet with vendors as part of the regular job duties.

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 considered FLSA Exempt.

Exempt employees are salaried employees and, except as provided, are not eligible for overtime compensation.

CLOSING OF REQUISITION:
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

$38.60 – $51.01

Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Additional hours outside of this schedule may be required.

Job Close Date 11/20/2018Type of PostingExternalDepartmentAustin EnergyRegular/TemporaryRegularGrant Funded or Pooled PositionNot ApplicableCategoryProfessionalLocationVarious LocationsPreferred Qualifications

Power System Engineer Sr:
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, ensuring customer needs are met in a timely and effective manner.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of experience in medium voltage electrical distribution.
  • Experience in a supervisory role assigning and monitoring work and providing technical guidance.
  • Experience reviewing and sealing electric utility engineering work of other engineers.
  • Experience managing multiple projects.
  • Experience representing a company and working with external customers.
  • Experience using AutoCAD or similar design software.
  • Experience procuring equipment and material for large scale projects.
  • Knowledge of medium-voltage electrical theory and ability to perform power flow analysis and medium-voltage electrical calculations related to distribution design.

     

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. 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.
  2. Prepares and reviews standards, equipment specifications, design procedures, and test procedures.
  3. 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.
  4. Provides technical expertise in materials, design, welding, equipment standards, relay coordination, technology or other areas related to the utility industry.
  5. Formulates, prepares, and implements operating and safety procedures and guidelines, and operating manuals for system facilities including substations, transmission, distribution, and generation.
  6. Prepares necessary reports to regulatory agencies.
  7. Assists in providing technical and financial inputs for projects in electric utility budget process.
  8. Identifies, investigates, and analyzes engineering design problems, and develops corrective actions.
  9. Provides technical leadership for major or complex engineering and construction projects, and works closely with field personnel to support project energization.
  10. 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.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of experience in medium voltage electrical distribution.
  • Experience in a supervisory role assigning and monitoring work and providing technical guidance.
  • Experience reviewing and sealing electric utility engineering work of other engineers.
  • Experience managing multiple projects.
  • Experience representing a company and working with external customers.
  • Experience using AutoCAD or similar design software.
  • Experience procuring equipment and material for large scale projects.
  • Knowledge of medium-voltage electrical theory and ability to perform power flow analysis and medium-voltage electrical calculations related to distribution design.

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