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Power System Network Model Engineer II/III/Sr.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas

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Rqd Experience: Entry Level
Date Posted: July 18, 2022
Reference Code: R1101
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. 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.

Responsible for coordinating the integration of generation and energy storage resources into the ERCOT System from the initial application for entry into the Generation Interconnection or Change Request (GINR) process to the approval for commercial operations.This responsibility will include performing security screening studies, reviewing and approving Full Interconnection Study (FIS) scope and study reports, review of the Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement (SGIA), review of compliance with ERCOT protocols and market rules, development and approval of modeling data for all phases of the interconnection, support for modeling the generation resource in the Network Model Management System (NMMS) model, Commissioning Plan review and Energization, Synchronization, and Commissioning checklist completion.

JOB SUMMARY
  • Analyzes transmission network data including Transmission and Generation element parameters Level 1
  • Works closely with ERCOT System Operations, System Operations Support, Market Operating Services Support, Client Services, System Planning and Metering
  • Works with EMS and Transmission Planning load flow, Locational Marginal Pricing (LMP), and other analysis software to provide accurate power system models and associated cases
  • Supports detailed model changes delivered by Network Operations Model Change Requests (NOMCRs) and Planning Model Change Requests (PMCRs) to maintain an accurate Network Operations Model, Annual Planning and other models contained within the ERCOT modeling system
  • Assists with the validation of the Network Model Management (NMMS) and Model On Demand (MOD) databases, testing of the models and associated power flows
  • Creates and utilizes data mining mechanisms and techniques to improve reporting accuracy and efficiency
  • Provides training and evaluation of members of the Engineering Development Program (EDP)
  • Coordinates and works with the NDSWG (Network Data Support Working Group) members on data exchange and transmission network model maintenance via the NOMCR process
  • Coordinates and works with the SSWG (Steady State Working Group) members on data exchange and transmission network model maintenance via the PMCR process
  • Coordinates and works with the SPWG (System Protection Working Group) members on data exchange and transmission network model maintenance via ASPEN and PSSE change files
  • Reviews new technology implementations that affect the model, suggesting and implementing methods to accurately model these technologies
  • Develops, maintains, and supports database infrastructure, model data exchange interfaces, and data export formats
  • Manage updates and upgrades of NMMS and MOD applications to specify and implement desired new functionality
  • Reviews and develops methods to increase model accuracy including data comparisons and validity checks
  • Reviews Contingencies, Special Protection Systems, Remedial Action Plans, Mitigation Action Plans, Outages, and other issues that possibly affect models
  • Reviews, drafts, and implements improvements to the modeling process
  • Reviews, drafts, and presents: changes to the Protocols, Guides, procedures, training material for EDP and for Market Participants (MPs), and other supporting ERCOT documents relative to modeling
  • Develops, enhances, and maintains reports associated with Protocol and Guide compliance criteria
  • Provide comments and SME review of relevant NERC Standards up to and including participation on NERC Standard Drafting teams
  • 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
Level 1
  • 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
Level 2 - Above +
  • 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
Senior - Above +
  • 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
Education:
  • 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.
Work Experience
  • (Level 1 Engineer) - Entry Level Position
  • (Level 2 Engineer) 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.
  • (Level 3 Engineer) Minimum 3 years experience as a power system engineer or similar type role
  • (Senior Level Engineer) Minimum 5 years experience as a power system engineer or similar type role within the electric utility industry
  • (All levels) Experience within the electric utility industry preferred.
WORK LOCATION:
  • There are requirements in this role that will be required to be performed on-site. It is estimated that your business area will require this position to be on-site in Taylor, TX at least (2) days per week. Circumstances and business needs may require you to be on-site more often. On-site requirements are at the discretion of Management.
  • Remote work schedules shall be performed within Texas. Log-ins during out of state business travel, and any temporary remote work arrangements that have been submitted and approved in Workday by HR
Physical Location: Taylor, TX

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.