Power System Engineer Senior

City of Austin, TX
November 5, 2023
Austin, TX
Job Type


Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in engineering, plus seven (7) years of experience related to engineering.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas; or if currently licensed in another state, the ability to obtain a Texas PE license within one (1) year of employment.

Notes to Applicants
The purpose of this position is to provide operational support and perform engineering analysis utilizing the Advanced Distribution Management System ( ADMS ). This is a 24/7 on-call job to ensure the critical SCADA / ADMS system used by the System Control Center Operators, Field Crews, Call Center Representatives, and more have accurate and up to date information. These critical positions need a clear view of the Austin Energy Power Grid at the Distribution level, so that they have the information they need to make appropriate decisions in identifying outages, crew locations, customers affected, and the state of our distribution system.

Working with Austin Energy provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, career development opportunities and more. Please click HERE for more information.

Employment Application:

The City of Austin employment application is an official document; incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Please be sure to detail on the application all current and previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
  • The Employment Record should be complete with job titles, employment dates, job duties, functions, and responsibilities for each position held. Starting salary will be based on overall relevant experience from your application.
  • Résumés will not be accepted and statements such as "see résumé" will not be accepted. You may use "N/A" for fields that are not applicable.
  • Please note that Austin Energy may close the job posting at any time after 7 days from the date of the initial advertisement. Once the job posting has closed, applications cannot be changed.

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.
  • If you are identified as a top candidate and are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.
  • This position requires a criminal background investigation.

Work Schedule:

  • 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.

Fair Labor Standards Act:

This position is considered FLSA Exempt. Exempt employees are salaried and, except as provided, are not eligible for overtime compensation.


If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.

Pay Range
$47.75 - 62.07

M-F 40 Hours

Job Close Date 11/28/2023
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Energy
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 2500 Montopolis Drive, Austin 78758
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Experience:

  • Experience modeling medium voltage electrical models
  • Experience configuring, managing, promoting database changes, and maintaining real time databases for control systems
  • Experience leading the coordinating, lab testing, and commissioning of communications for field devices with field technicians.
  • Experience troubleshooting communication issues with field devices.
  • Experience creating and editing control system network displays including mapping remote points.
  • Experience utilizing software to perform coordination studies.
  • Experience performing DER hosting capacity studies.
  • Experience with ADMS Software.
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.

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.
Performs complex power system analyses, such as protective coordination, fault studies, load flows, service reliability, load forecasts, power quality, voltage stability, system expansion studies, and market operations. Prepares and reviews standards, equipment specifications, design procedures, and test procedures. Develops and prepares engineering designs, drawings, circuit maps, control diagrams, charts, databases, plans, and other documents for transmission and distribution systems, generation and substation facilities, market operation and settlement systems and SCADA / EMS . Provides technical expertise in materials, design, welding, equipment standards, relay coordination, technology or other areas related to the utility industry. Formulates, prepares, and implements operating and safety procedures and guidelines, and operating manuals for system facilities including substations, transmission, distribution, and generation. Prepares necessary reports to regulatory agencies. Assists in providing technical and financial inputs for projects in electric utility budget process. Identifies, investigates, and analyzes engineering design problems, and develops corrective actions. Provides technical leadership for major or complex engineering and construction projects, and works closely with field personnel to support project energization. Assists efforts to keep up with the latest developments in the utility industry, to meet North American Electric Reliability Council ( NERC ), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC ), Electric Reliability Council of Texas ( ERCOT ) and Texas Public Utility Commission (TX PUC ) standards and regulatory requirements.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • May be responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

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 engineering design principles applicable to electric utility operations, such as generation, transmission, distribution and other related fields.
  • Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry.
  • Knowledge of engineering standards, principles, methods, codes, practices, procedures, materials, and equipment used in the design, construction, and operation of the electric utility systems.
  • Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements within the local and state ordinances and laws.
  • Knowledge of City of Austin purchasing and contract policies and procedures.
  • Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports.
  • Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution.
  • Ability to perform more complex engineering calculations and to analyze engineering problems.

Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
The 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.

The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual's AIDS , AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* The Minimum Qualifications for this position are: Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in engineering, plus seven (7) years of experience related to engineering. Licenses and Certifications Required: Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas; or if currently licensed in another state, the ability to obtain a Texas PE license within one (1) year of employment. Do you meet the minimum requirement?

  • Yes
  • No

* Please provide your PE license number and state of registration:
(Open Ended Question)
* Provide a brief description of your experience with medium voltage electrical models and duration of experience in (mm/yy).
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience with real time databases used in Electric Utility Control Systems.
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience leading the commissioning of communication for field equipment.
(Open Ended Question)
* Provide a brief description of your experience with troubleshooting communication issues with field devices.
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience creating and editing control system network displays.
(Open Ended Question)
* Do you have experience with performing coordination studies for overcurrent protection?

  • Yes
  • No

* Describe your experience performing hosting capacity studies.
(Open Ended Question)
* How many years of experience do you have with ADMS system?

  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • Less than 2 years
  • Less than 3 years
  • Less than 4 years
  • 5 years or more

* This position requires a criminal background check. By selecting the following, you are acknowledging that you understand if you are selected as a top candidate for this position, you will need a successful CBI to be hired.

  • I acknowledge and understand this position requires a Criminal Background Check.

* Do you have the ability to travel to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties?

  • Yes
  • No

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