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Real Time Power System Engineer - Shift I/II/III/Sr.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas

Position Type:
Rqd Education: Certification
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: August 4, 2022
Reference Code: R1112
Working in Grid Operations at ERCOT provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to the real-time operations of the electric power grid while developing your engineering and leadership skills. Our world class, exceptional engineering teams work collaboratively with generators and control room operators to solve the energy demands of today using cutting edge technologies and resources.

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.

Real Time Power Engineer 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.
  • Works closely with the ERCOT Control Room System Operators providing engineering support through execution of power flow studies, stability assessments, outage coordination support, system applications support, and troubleshooting of all software tools to maintain impeccable situational awareness
  • Maintains high-quality, continuous execution of the online ERCOT State Estimator, Real-Time Contingency Analysis, and Voltage/Transient Stability Analysis tools
  • Must be able to think and react quickly in a high-stress, high-urgency environment
  • Performs independent engineering studies including power flow and stability analysis utilizing advanced applications
  • Assesses grid conditions and recommends appropriate action based on engineering studies
  • Develops and authors appropriate management plans for mitigation of temporary and ongoing grid vulnerabilities
  • Identifies network model and applications quality issues and works with ERCOT support groups to resolve associated problems
  • Assists with execution of ERCOT System Operations procedures and recommends improvements if needed
  • Works side-by-side with ERCOT System Operators and in direct communication with ERCOT Market Participants to maintain reliability and security of the ERCOT Interconnection
  • Gathers information and notifies ERCOT management and engineering support groups of noteworthy grid events and incidents
  • Troubleshoots all situational awareness tools available to Control Room staff
  • Logs information regarding grid conditions to continually track the status of the ERCOT Interconnection and highlight recurring concerns
  • Supports the ERCOT Network Model database load process
  • Processes off-hours ERCOT Outage Scheduler submissions as needed
  • Prepares daily/regular reports to inform ERCOT departments of current grid status and recent developments
  • Serves as subject matter expert for System Operations Support cross-training and project assistance
  • Must be able to quickly develop proficiency with grid applications, particularly Alstom EMS Suite, Powertech DSATools, and ABB MMS Suite
  • Expertise with MS Office Suite, with emphasis on Excel including macros and some VBA coding
  • Must be able to obtain NERC System Operator Reliability Certification within first 6 months of employment
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 studiesefficiencies departmental/organizational
  • Assists in developing tools, processes and procedures that enhance system reliability and
  • 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

Experience - Engineer 1 requirements
  • No minimum work experience required
Experience - Engineer 2 requirements
  • Minimum 1 year experience as a power system engineer or similar type role
  • Experience within the electric utility industry preferred
  • Willingness to work a rotating 12-hour shift, including nights and weekends
Experience - Engineer 3 requirements
  • Minimum 3 years experience as a power system engineer or similar type role
  • Experience within the electric utility industry preferred
  • Willingness to work a rotating 12-hour shift, including nights and weekends
Experience - Senior Engineer requirements
  • Minimum 5 years experience as a power system engineer or similar type role within the electric utility industry
  • Willingness to work a rotating 12-hour shift, including nights and weekends
  • Bachelor's Degree : Electrical Engineering or related field (Required)
  • or a combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge to a major in such fields is required
  • PE Professional Engineer (Preferred)
  • NERC System Operator Reliability Certification (Preferred)
Physical Work Location: Taylor, TX

Level of position is open to a level 1, level 2, level 3, or Senior Engineer depending on candidate's experience that is identified. All levels requirements are described in the job description.

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.

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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.