Southern California Edison Sr. Power Systems Operations Specialist (PSO3) in Irvine, California

Job Description


Are you looking to make a difference in your career? We’re working on smarter grids, cleaner energy and tools to help people manage energy more efficiently.

About Transmission and Distribution

Southern California Edison’s (SCE's) Transmission and Distribution Organizational Unit (T & D) is responsible for planning, engineering, constructing, operating, and maintaining transmission and distribution facilities throughout the 50,000-square-mile territory. T&D is the steward of roughly $19 billion in assets that safely and reliably deliver electricity to 14 million residents via SCE’s 5 million customer accounts.

Position Overview:

SCE has launched the Reliability Operations Center in 2017. With the advent of more smart devices on the grid, analytics can play a role in troubleshooting issues real time and reducing customer outage times. The position of the Power System Operator (PSO) 3 will help design and develop reliability strategy for T&D. The PSO will monitor and suggest troubleshooting strategies to our field organizations and support data diagnostics and analytics to determine fault location, predictive failure analysis, and other future technologies. The PSO will coordinate among multiple disciplines such as engineering, system operations, field crews and dispatching.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Identify system disturbances and leading indicators of impending failures or additional insights while remotely troubleshooting specific outage incidents.

  • Recommend new processes and build tools designed to increase reliability and efficiency using information gathered from trends, patterns, low/flickering voltage, and related conditions.

  • Analyze telemetry across multiple independent systems such as the Energy Management System (EMS), Distribution Management System (DMS), OMS and network management system (AMI Smart Meter) to identify issues and analyze trends.

  • Work with T&D partner organizations (distribution, engineering, mapping, SC&M, etc.) to prioritize abnormalities-- particularly those requiring repair and/or reconfiguration of our circuitry and equipment

  • Direct Material Performance Failure Reports (MPFRs), identify root causes, and recommend a corrective action deployment approach


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Seven years or more work experience in electric systems operations, troubleshooting and/or engineering

  • Available to work a rotating shift or fixed hours, along with storm support, including weekends and holidays.

Desired qualifications:

  • 8 years or more of electrical engineering experience

  • Proficient working with applications such as: Outage Management Systems (OMS), Energy Management System (EMS), Distribution Management System (DMS), and Network Management System for AMI meters.

  • 8 years or more of experience in the capacity of distribution or transmission system operator, lineman, or troubleshooter.

  • Demonstrate experience effectively communicating technical or complex information to others with diverse backgrounds.

  • Knowledge in computer science (Python, SQL, R)


  • Relocation is available for this position

  • Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as employees for any employer in the United without visa sponsorship.

  • This position has been identified as a NERC/CIP impacted position - Prior to being hired, the successful candidate must pass a Personnel Risk Assessment (PRA) or Background Investigation. Once hired, the candidate must complete specified training prior to gaining un-escorted access to assigned work location and performing necessary job duties

Southern California Edison, an Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, serves a population of nearly 14 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. Join the utility leader that is safely delivering reliable, affordable electricity to our customers for over 125 years.

SCE is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status