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National Grid Lead IT Engineer - Energy Management Systems in Liverpool, New York

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National Grid is hiring a Lead IT Engineer for our Energy Management System group in Syracuse, NY

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

This position is responsible for supporting the overall operation of National Grid’s Energy Management System (EMS). Demonstrated experience with any of the following is desirable: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems; Support includes diagnosis of data acquisition issues, model & database updating, and one-line display development. Support will include the day-to-day needs of control room operating staff and other end users. It is a requirement that supporting the SCADA/EMS real-time operation will include serving on an on-call rotation during non-business hours. The candidate must possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and team work.

Key Accountabilities

  • Need an enthusiastic individual to coordinate with control center operations and engineering & planning to maintain and update the EMS model.

  • Provide day-to-day EMS support by effectively responding to the needs of control room operating staff, field personnel, and other end users in respect modeling, real-time state estimation and security analysis. Including but not limited to limits, ratings, D-curves, and generation & load patterns.

  • Interact with the regional ISO and surrounding LCCs to coordinating modeling and data transfer between systems.

  • Maintain an operator training simulator and coordinate with training groups to help develop training scenarios.

  • Actively update and maintain the annual Load Shed and Voltage Reduction Plans in the EMS databases.

  • Actively participate in support and troubleshooting problems in all aspects of the EMS/SCADA system, and specifically data acquisition issues:

  • Data circuit and communication issues as they related to the real-time SE / SA.

  • Protocols used by the EMS to collect data from field Remote Terminal Units (RTUs). These protocols include DNP3.0.

  • The Inter-Control Center Protocol (ICCP)

  • Actively maintain and administer the National Grid EMS remote access interfaces. These interfaces encompass the PI Historian application and EMS Thin Client.

  • Participate in on-call rotation as required to support operations department and maintain high EMS availability.

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required


  • Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology from an accredited school with a focus on Power Systems preferred.

  • Experience in supporting Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems; Data Acquisition knowledge and protocols used in SCADA/EMS systems for power system operation and planning; power system modeling and advanced application functions on an Energy Management System is desirable but not required.

Other desired knowledge includes:

  • Knowledge of the NERC CIP 001 – 014 Cyber Security Standards and requirements

  • Electric utility market systems experience (ISO-NE and NY-ISO)

  • Working knowledge of Oracle and SQL

  • Knowledge of Windows and Linux Operating Systems

  • Experience with multi-processing programming

  • Candidate should have a basic understanding of networking infrastructure and protocols including Routers, Switches, Hubs, TCP/IP, Firewalls and SNMP.

  • Working knowledge of RTU functions and RTU protocols, such as DNP 3.0.

More Information

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.