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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Principal EMS Engineer (DEADLINE EXTENDED) in Sacramento, California


Posting/Working Title:

Principal EMS Engineer (DEADLINE EXTENDED)


Grid Planning

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To analyze, plan, design and oversee software and hardware implementations and related solutions to complex real-time systems problems for SMUD power generation, transmission, distribution, and gas operations systems to provide for safe, reliable and economical operation of SMUD’S power system.

This position is a Civil Service position with a salary range of: $129,480 - $171,507

Cover Letter Requirement To be further considered you must submit responses to the following questions in the cover letter portion of your application.

Describe the number of years of experience, the type of experience, and the company where experience was acquired, for the following areas:

  • Supporting, maintaining and enhancing Energy Management Systems.

  • Implementing changes, maintaining and performing activities associated with Full Network Model.

  • Supporting, maintaining and enhancing Transmission Network Applications (State Estimator, Power Flow, Contingency analysis).

  • Supporting, maintaining and enhancing Operator Training Simulator

PLEASE NOTE SMUD has posted the EMS Engineer position at all levels (entry, journey, senior and principal) however depending on the applicant pool we will only be hiring one person from these four postings. If you would like to be considered for various levels please ensure to submit applications to those postings as well.

Job Code:

50139903 PRIN EMS ENGR

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineer Registration in the State of California

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Minimum Qualifications:

Education: BS/BA degree from an accredited college or university majoring in Electrical Engineering

Experience: 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in advanced real-time systems development and operations on an energy management system; management of technically oriented project; support of generation, gas operations, transmission and distribution operations; inter-utility operations and practices.

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Physical Requirements:

The health and wellbeing of our employees and our community is our top priority. SMUD follows CDC guidance and adheres to all local, county and state orders. To this end, if you are scheduled to come on a SMUD campus, you will need to monitor your health (ensuring your temperature is below 100.4° and you’re free of COVID-19 symptoms), wear a face covering, and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Thank you for your support! Stay safe and well.

Position Location:

Sacramento - S Street

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs project planning, design, development, installation, testing, operation and maintenance for SMUD Energy Management Systems (EMS) for computer-based real-time scheduling, Operator Training Simulator (OTS), Transmission Network Applications (TNA), monitoring, control, automation, accounting and analysis of SMUD generation, transmission, distribution and gas pipeline facilities and Balancing Authority (BA)operations, including federally-mandated hydro dam, reservoir monitoring, and interfaces to hydromet system monitoring and control

  • Designs, implements, tests and maintains complex enhancements and modifications to the EMS, provides engineering support for real-time client/server hardware and computer environment systems, including remote terminate units, uninterruptible power supplies and diesel generators, HVAC and halon fire suppression systems and procures and installs related hardware, software, application programs and database environments and maintenance services. Configuring and maintaining real-time ICCP communication datalinks to BPA, WAPA, PGandE, CAISO, MID, TID and WECC for the transfer of real-time electrical data

  • Provides support to System Software management staff for database administration, support power and network changes and outages, system generations and system performance issues

  • Provides expertise for EMS and the Distribution Management Systems by designing and implementing technically complex modifications and additions of advanced computer applications and data bases and supporting the complex design and implementation of the Distribution Management System interface to the EMS

  • Provides expertise and engineering support for the design and development of SMUD user-defined requirements for Balance Authority operations, Operator Training Simulator, reserve sharing as part of the Northwest Power Pool (NWPP), power system scheduling and monitoring, control, accounting and analysis of generation, transmission, distribution and gas pipeline facilities for meeting inter-utility contractual requirements and safe operating procedures. Provide data-modeling, tuning, technical support and application expertise for applications including but not limited to State Estimator, Network Sensitivity, pi Historian, Security Analysis, Voltage Stability Assessment, and Contingency Analysis

  • Provides for the operation, administration and maintenance of the operations network and domain (operational unit) by planning and overseeing the purchase, installation and maintenance of system operations and reliability personal computers, energy trading and contracts personal computers and file servers and their applications; providing for the security administration and maintenance of the physical network; and establishing and maintaining the cyber security perimeter; ensuring compliance with NERC Reliability Standards, including but not limited to CIP.

  • Provides maintenance support for existing real-time computer systems by identifying and resolving unique, complex system problems in an extremely time critical environment; supporting integration and implementation of remote terminal units; and providing support for 24 hours on-call maintenance program. Provide subject matter expertise to Operations Engineering, Market Operations, System Protection and other units/departments; and other entities outside SMUD within the Balancing Authority in their interaction with EMS enabling them to develop their operational strategies; evaluate historical demands; develop forecast needs; evaluate and identify solutions to power system problems

  • Provides contract negotiation and administration, including supervision of contractor and consultant work performance, for departmental projects. Work with vendors to clarify EMS capabilities and requirements, understand the vendor’s needs, and resolve issues that may arise as the vendors work to make changes and improvements to the EMS

  • Other duties as required

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

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