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Weatherization Inspector

Electric Reliability Council of Texas

Location:
Position Type:
Rqd Education: Certification
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: August 31, 2022
Reference Code: R1125
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.

JOB SUMMARY

Ensures ERCOT meets its obligations in accordance with regulatory requirements to perform generation and transmission weatherization and maintenance compliance inspections/audits for Texas power plants and transmission facilities in compliance with the requirements of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and ERCOT Nodal Protocols. These evolving requirements are intended to ensure continuing reliable operations of the electric power grid under extreme cold and hot weather conditions. Performs on-site and remote inspections of generating stations and transmission facilities. Monitors and determines whether weather emergency preparedness reliability standards are met. Work involves inspecting, providing inspection reports, identifying areas of potential non-compliance, requesting mitigation and corrective action, and verifying remedial work has been completed. This position requires the Weatherization Inspector to work independently, interact professionally with internal and external personnel of various position levels from individual contributors to senior management, meet deadlines, and work well within a team environment.

JOB DUTIES

Level 1
  • Communicates with generator and transmission owners
  • Responsible for coordinating, performing, and detailed reporting on inspection/audit activities within assigned ERCOT Weather Zones
  • Conducts site visits for generation and transmission compliance inspections/audits which includes physical inspection of equipment, and verification of compliance for weatherization and maintenance with work orders, preventative maintenance records and checklists
  • Maintains regular communication with the weatherization team providing relevant information and line of sight on work activities to ensure compliance with all applicable requirements
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and attention to detail to communicate and collaborate with diverse groups in a tactful and diplomatic manner
  • Builds strong professional relationships both internally and externally
  • Promotes a safe working environment
  • Has an understanding of applicable standards
  • Performs all work according to applicable rules and regulations including regulatory and safety requirements as well as organizational policies and procedures
  • Becomes Certified under ERCOT's Weatherization Inspector Training Program and completes annual continuing training requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned
Level 2 - Above plus
  • Maintains a thorough understanding of applicable standards and guiding principles for inspection strategies
  • Develops and maintains a good understanding of the ERCOT competitive energy markets
  • Suggest solutions to improve accuracy, efficiency, and timeline of inspection activities
  • Collaborates to help create the timeline for mitigation, corrective action, and re-inspection
  • May provide on the job training or help oversee the work of others
  • May participate in RFP's and vendor management and/or consultant services
  • Other duties as assigned
Senior - Above plus
  • Develops detailed solutions and improvements to procedures to improve accuracy, efficiency, and timelines of inspection activities
  • Assists in the scheduling of multiple site inspections across Texas
  • Continuously improves working knowledge of the market, power systems, and various types of technologies used by Market Participants within the ERCOT market
  • Serves as the departmental representative on cross-functional teams, proactively providing technical, business, and policy guidance
  • Leads the work of projects and internal audits as assigned by management
  • Acts as mentor and advisor to less experienced inspectors
  • May represent ERCOT at stakeholder forums, on committees, and/or in working groups
  • Other duties as assigned
Lead - Above plus
  • Collaborates to ensure implementation of regulatory standards and future enhancements
  • Responds to executive and management inquiries and special reporting requests
  • Serves as a recognized technical expert for the department within and outside the organization
  • Maintains knowledge of emerging trends and industry best practices
  • Expected to represent ERCOT at stakeholder forums, on committees, and/or in working groups
  • Other duties as assigned
EDUCATION
  • Bachelor's Degree: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field (Required)
  • or a combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge to a major in such fields is required which can include experience in power generation and transmission facilities
CERTIFICATION
  • ERCOT Weatherization Inspector Certification is required to be passed within the first year of hire and must complete annual continuing training requirements.
EXPERIENCE

Level 1 - No minimum work experience required. Related work experience in the electric utility industry is preferred.

Level 2 - Requires a minimum of 1-year related work experience in the electric utility industry in excess of degree requirements

Senior - Requires a minimum of 5 years related work experience in excess of degree requirements

Lead - Requires a minimum of 8 years related work experience in excess of degree requirements

Preferred
  • Related work experience in thermal power plant maintenance or operations (some ERCOT region experience preferred)
  • Familiarity with power plant weatherization in thermal and intermittent (all technologies preferred)
  • Familiarity with inverter-based resource operations, limitations, and equipment
  • Familiarity with transmission operation and equipment
  • Tech savvy with good working knowledge of MS Office Suite
  • Vendor and Project Management experience
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
  • Travel required. May travel up to 75% for multiple days at a time.
  • Ability to walk, climb stairs and ladders, stand for prolonged periods of time, and access power plant, transmission facilities, and load resource facilities while wearing appropriate PPE
  • Ability to gain clearance for escorted and/or unescorted access for plant visits and inspections as needed
  • Hold and maintain a valid Texas Drivers License, have an acceptable driving record, and a reliable personal vehicle
  • Must have dependable access to the internet
INSPECTION LOCATION
  • Inspections will generally occur at various power generation and transmission facility sites owned by market participants
  • May be required to be on-site at the Taylor or Austin facilities at least once a month, or more based on the business needs and as determined by the Manager
There are multiple positions available. The level will be determined by the candidate's level of work experience and qualifications.

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.