Planning Engineer ll/lll/Sr.
Electric Reliability Council of Texas
AT ERCOT, our diverse and dynamic work environment provides a platform on which employees can work together to build the future of the Texas power grid and wholesale market utilizing the latest technologies and resources. It is an exciting time as ERCOT transforms to meet the needs of our partners and our state. We encourage you to join our talented, dedicated workforce to develop world-class solutions for today and tomorrow's energy challenges while learning new skills and growing your career.
ERCOT is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion at all levels of our company. It is the cornerstone of our corporate values of accountability, leadership, innovation, trust, and expertise. We accept and celebrate those that join us and recognize that individuals with a wide variety of talents, ideas, and experiences propel the innovation that drives our success. A diverse and inclusive workforce strengthens us and allows for a collaborative environment to solve the challenges that face our industry today and in the future.
ERCOT offers the flexibility to work both in and out of the office within the state of Texas, providing our employees with an enhanced work life balance.
As a system planning engineer at ERCOT, you will enter a collaborative place to influence and shape the future design of the electric power grid while developing your engineering and leadership skills. Our world class system planning teams work creatively to perform steady-state and dynamic contingency analysis using the most advanced power flow models.
Provides engineering analysis and technical support to ensure continuing reliable operations of the electric power grid in compliance with NERC Standards, ERCOT Protocols and Market Guides.
Provides electrical engineering analysis and technical support for the planning and operation of the electric power system. Implements appropriate system modeling, develops tools and procedures to monitor and control the system, performs system studies, analyzes simulated or actual operating results, develops solutions to current or future system issues, and appropriately reports findings and recommendations.
- Designs and performs steady-state contingency analyses using powerflow models (PSSE, VSAT, TSAT, or Powerworld) under the direction of a senior level engineer or management.
- Prepares near term and long term transmission planning assessments in accordance with NERC Reliability Standards, ERCOT Protocols and Planning Guides.
- Designs and performs production cost modeling (UPLAN) studies to accomplish economic transmission planning under the direction of a senior level engineer or management.
- Leads and performs studies to provide recommendations on transmission projects costing from $10 million to over $100 million to meet reliability criteria and improve economic efficiency of the ERCOT System. Prepares reports and presents results to stakeholders. May provide on-the-job training or oversee the work of other developers.
- Works under the direction of a senior level engineer or supervisor/manager to complete departmental goals and assignments.
- Performs all work according to applicable rules and regulations including regulatory requirements and organization policies and procedures.
- Learns how to use and develop software tools that enhance system reliability and departmental/organizational efficiencies.
- Under direct supervision, participates in teams to obtain input, address comments and perform studies.
- May provide on the job training or help oversee the work of other engineers/analysts.
- May act as mentor and advisor to less experienced engineers/analysts.
- Typically works independently on assignments and projects.
- Participates in multifunctional teams to obtain input, address comments and perform studies.
- Assists in developing tools, processes and procedures that enhance system reliability and departmental/organizational efficiencies.
Participates with other ERCOT departments to select and implement system changes as needed.
- Serves as a technical Subject Matter Expert for the department
- Makes independent decisions except in instances of unusually complex engineering scenarios
- Works on the most complex engineering issues where analysis of situations requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Has the ability to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways
- May coordinate, provide presentations and participate in stakeholder meetings with ERCOT personnel, Market Participants and industry Regulatory agencies
- Fosters and leverages strong working relationships with team and other internal departments
- Lends professional expertise to guide projects and help teammates assigned by manager
- Acts as mentor and advisor to less experienced engineers/analysts
- Leads multifunctional teams to obtain input, address comments and perform studies
- Demonstrates skills as an expert user of power system software applications and tools, spreadsheet programs, and database programs
- Maintains knowledge of emerging trends and industry best practices
- Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, or a combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with knowledge equivalent to a major in such fields.
- Engineer 2 - Minimum 1 to 2 years (in excess of degree requirements stated above) of progressively responsible experience as a power system engineer or similar type role. Experience within the electric utility industry preferred.
- Engineer 3 - Minimum 3 years (in excess of degree requirements stated above) of progressively responsible experience as a power system engineer or similar type role. Experience within the electric utility industry preferred.
- Engineer Sr - Minimum 5 years (in excess of degree requirements stated above) of progressively responsible experience as a power system engineer or similar type role. Experience within the electric utility industry preferred.
- This position is Hybrid. Employees will be required to be on-site in Taylor, TX at least 2-3 days per week, or more, as needed based on the business needs as determined by management
- On-site schedules are flexible or may be rotated based on business needs as determined by the Manager
- Remote work is required to be performed from your Texas residence.
- Employees may opt to work on-site more than required or 100% of the time
The foregoing description reflects the minimum qualifications and the essential functions of the position that must be performed proficiently with or without reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. It is not an exhaustive list of the duties expected to be performed, and management may, at its discretion, revise or require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This job description is not intended to create a contract of employment with ERCOT. Both ERCOT and the employee may exercise their employment-at-will rights at any time.
About this Employer
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers -- representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 52,700+ miles of transmission lines and 1,030+ generation units, including PUNs. It also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 8 million premises in competitive choice areas. ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature. Its members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities, transmission and distribution providers and municipally owned electric utilities.