Austin Energy Electrical System Controller Senior in Austin, Texas
Posting Title Electrical System Controller Senior
Job Requisition Number AE503022
Position Number 108669
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Electric System - Field Ops
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus three (3) years of experience in a field related to performing electric generation, distribution, substation, or construction tasks, including two (2) years of experience as an operator responsible for transmission and distribution in an electric system control center.
Graduation with an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university focused on Geographic Information System ( GIS ), Power, and Computer Technology, or a related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience.
Licenses or Certifications:
North American Electric Reliability Corporation ( NERC ) Operator Certification
Notes to Applicants
The Electrical System Controller ( ESC ) Sr. position will manage all aspects of the ECC training, compliance and switching programs under the direction of the Day Shift Supervisor and AE’s RCO .
The ESC Sr responsibilities include:
Perform analysis, develop, design and implement annual System Operator Training, evaluating System Controllers and retain necessary evidence for audit purposes and for the application of CEH .
Write and update required GWP’s plans, procedures, guides and guidelines for the ECC .
Create and update reference material and various distribution lists and other data used by System Operators.
Represent AE at various internal and external meetings.
Receive, review and approve outage requests from internal and external entities on AE’s distribution and transmission system.
May coordinate switching projects between field crews, engineers, neighboring TSPs and ERCOT .
Write switching procedures; and
Work in the control room as-needed.
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Please be sure to detail on the application all current and previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
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If you are selected as a top candidate:
Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED , undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required.
You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution.
You must also provide proof of your professional licenses or certifications.
This position requires a criminal background investigation.
This position requires pre-employment screening under NERC CIP .
This position is categorized as Essential Personnel with the City of Austin. Essential staff are required to work during emergencies or bad weather if they are scheduled to work and, in some cases, when they are not scheduled. Essential employees ensure the continuance of key operations for the City of Austin.
Work hours may include after hours, holidays, and weekends
Shifts may change according to departmental needs.
Employee may be required to work additional hours outside of regular work schedule.
This position follows the 24/7 shift coverage.
The DuPont 12-hour rotating shift pattern uses a set of multiple teams working 2 twelve-hour shifts to provide 24/7 coverage.
Fair Labor Standards Act:
Non-exempt employees will be compensated for any additional hours worked when such compensation is required by law.
$44.40 – $57.72
40 Hour Work Week
Additional work hours may be required to support the 24-hour Utility operations, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays, inclement weather and emergency closures.
Job Close Date 02/28/2023
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Energy
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Location 2500 Montopolis Dr., Austin, Texas 78741
Experience in a lead or supervisory position in a transmission or distribution electric system control center.
Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite) Word, Excel, Outlook
Experience with Schneider ADMS , OSI EMS or iTOA systems.
Experience with Smart Grid equipment.
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.
Monitors interconnects with other electric utilities and Electric Reliability Council of Texas ( ERCOT ) to determine correct generation needs, monitor electric system voltage, and make adjustments as needed.
Bears responsibility for monitoring instrumentation control panels, operating substation switching equipment by remote control, operating the computerized electric control system, monitoring weather conditions for system operation needs, and operating radio and pager system for communication with work crew to resolve outages.
Dispatches service and trouble calls to field service personnel by monitoring the electric utility grid, and troubleshooting and providing solutions to problems in the electric transmission and distribution system.
Bears responsibility for review and assignment of switching operations for real-time field crew work assignments.
Coordinates division and/or section activities with other divisions and utilities by reviewing systems-scheduled outages and dispatch of personnel. Discusses division and/or section operations with on-coming shift personnel.
Bears responsibility for monitoring, analyzing, and troubleshooting systems disturbances; and determining methods to restore electric power and/or correct system disturbances.
Records data on appropriate form and/or log for tracking of crew and work assignments and electric utility grid systems monitoring. Provides calculations for reports.
Researches and evaluates information as needs of customers. Answers citizen questions and provides assistance.
Bears responsibility for carrying out any real-time verbal instructions requested by ERCOT to maintain system security in the absence of supervision.
Assists in the design and implementation of new work processes and procedures.
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others.
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 Emergency Action plans, including the Blackstart and load shed plans.
Knowledge of electric utility system restoration procedures.
Knowledge of procedures and methods used in energy control center operations.
Knowledge of proper safety practices, procedures, and regulations applicable to work being performed.
Knowledge of advanced electronic principles and circuits.
Knowledge of equipment and methods used in construction and maintenance of high voltage electric utility transmission and distribution systems.
Knowledge of City overhead and underground power transmission and distribution systems, inter-ties, and critical areas.
Knowledge of switching equipment procedures and regulations governing its operation.
Knowledge of meters, relays, transformers, and other equipment used in receiving and delivering electrical power.
Knowledge of modern electronic equipment for controls on boilers, turbines and generating systems.
Skill in reading instruments, charts, and schematic drawings.
Skill in the use of equipment required to control generation levels.
Skill in effective oral and/or written communication.
Skill in operating various control systems to affect necessary switching and routing of electricity.
Skill in preparing clear and concise written reports and maintaining records.
Skill in interpreting and analyzing applicable data.
Skill in solving generation transmission and distribution problems.
Skill in reading drawings, plans, and simple blueprints.
Skill in reading instruments, charts, and schematic drawings.
Skill in performing basic mathematical calculations.
Skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with other City employees and the public.
Skill in directing others in procedures designed to correct outages or safely reroute power.
Ability to multi-task and prioritize work.
Ability of conflict resolution.
Ability to work 12-hour shifts.
Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or Texas Relay by dialing 7-1-1.
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- The minimum qualifications for the position of Electric System Controller Senior requires graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus three (3) years of experience in a field related to performing electric generation, distribution, substation, or construction tasks, including two (2) years of experience as an operator responsible for transmission and distribution in an electric system control center. Graduation with an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university focused on Geographic Information System (GIS), Power, and Computer Technology, or a related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience. Licenses and Certifications required: North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Operator Certification. Do you meet the minimum qualifications?
- Do you have a valid NERC Operators Certification?
- Describe your experience as a transmission operator. Include the name on the company and dates of employment.
(Open Ended Question)
- Describe your experience as a distribution service operator. Include the name on the company and dates of employment.
(Open Ended Question)
- This position requires operators to work 12 hour shifts that rotate (DuPont schedule), night shift, day shift, weekends and holidays. Are you able to work this type of schedule?
- This position will require you to be "on call" outside of the scheduled work day, and you may need to respond to "call back" assignments. Are you willing and able to fulfill an "on call" assignment in addition to the regular 40 hour work week?
- This position requires the use of an ERCOT Digital Certificate (EDC) and, therefore, will require a Security Review to determine if the candidate meets all the requirements for issuance of the EDC. Do you consent to a Security Review?
- If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)?
Optional & Required Documents
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