Power Control System Technician II (SCADA)

Austin Energy - Austin, TX

Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
Associate Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to the job, plus two (2) years of experience in a field related to the job.
Experience may substitute for education up to two (2) years.

Licenses or Certifications:
Valid driver's license.

Notes to Applicants

Position Description:
The purpose of the Power Control System Technician II position is to provide support for the SCADA EMS system real-time operation on a 24×7 basis. SCADA Technicians will work on CIP projects, the smart grid initiatives project, SCADA-EMS, RTU configurations, data concentrator configurations, system enhancements, upgrades, system issues, cyber security, and network infrastructure related to SCADA/EMS. This position requires skill in strategic thinking, organization, action planning, purchasing, procurement, and interfacing with vendors on technical requirements. May act as a lead or point of contact for work that is related to business customer support including control engineering, relay engineering, generation, distribution/transmission workgroups, power marketing, planning, and substation engineering. SCADA-EMS is mission-critical for the electric industry and is analogous to the Air Traffic Control System for the airline industry.

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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. Gaps in employment must include an explanation and dates of unemployment. 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.

Your skill level in some of the competency areas for this job may be assessed through skills testing.

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.
This position requires pre-employment screening under NERC CIP.

Driving Requirements:
This position requires a Valid Texas Class C Driver License or the ability to acquire one by your hire date.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, hold a current applicable driver license, and pass a Driver Record Evaluation (DRE). Please review the City of Austin Driving Standards. DRE will be verified through the Department of Public Safety. Job offer is contingent upon having a driving record that meets the City’s Driver Record Evaluation Standards.

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 in order to maintain the safe delivery of electric service 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 is required to work the On-Call rotation schedule.
Essential Job Functions: The term “essential functions” refers to the fundamental job duties of the employment position the individual holds or desires. The physical requirements of the position must be met with or without reasonable accommodations. The following are the physical and cognitive requirements as they relate to this position:
Bending, lifting, walking, carrying, pushing, pushing and using a force equal to lifting fifty (50) pounds throughout the day.
May work outside in extreme weather conditions to include: cold, hot, wet, heavy winds, storms, etc.
Fine dexterity control and forceful gripping for both right and left hands. Manual/physical dexterity while working in extreme weather conditions. Finger dexterity needed to hold tools and equipment components. Manual dexterity for reaching overhead, over shoulders, and turning body side to side.
Climbing and crawling on hands and knees to access equipment; squatting; kneeling; bending; stooping; prolonged standing while working on equipment.
Good color vision in order to view documents, blue prints, etc. Utilization of eyes for long periods of time while working on detail and or reading plans, materials instructions, schematics, etc.
Physical and mental capacity to safely operate a motor vehicle during day or night
Ability to wear personal protective equipment.
Ability to communicate in a high-noise area.
Safety and risk conscientious 100%.

Pay Range

$31.33 – $40.73

Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This position is considered “essential” which may require you to work outside of normal business hours.

Job Close Date 12/03/2019
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Energy
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Technical
Location System Control Center, 2500 Montopolis Dr, Austin, TX
Preferred Qualifications
Experience with RTU’s, PLC’s and data concentrators such as QEI, DAQ, GE (D20) and SEL (RTAC’s)
Experience installing, maintaining and troubleshooting instrumentation, control and utility electrical equipment
Experience with protocols such as DNP 3.0 Serial, DNP 3.0 TCP/IP and MODBUS
Experience with network communication protocols: basic TCP/IP networking and Wireshark analysis
Experience interpreting schematics, blueprints, cable schedules, wiring diagrams, one-lines and circuit diagrams
Demonstrated understanding of utility transmission and/or distribution systems

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.

Install, enhance, troubleshoot, calibrate and repair systems and/or equipment including: SCADA/AGC, Energy Management System, active map board, low power radio, multi-address radio, voice radio, digital & wireless telephone peripheral equipment. Install, configure and test electronic measuring (metering) systems. Operate electronic testing equipment.
Install and maintain substation electrical equipment i.e., circuit breakers, transformers, OCBs, switches, motors, meters, relays, remote terminal units, analog/digital telemetry, relay communications systems, fault recording systems, and fault locating systems, etc. Install optical fiber, wire, conduit, coaxial cable, etc. Install and maintain power transformers. Install, configure and test protective relays.
Familiar with ANSI Standards for electric systems, ERCOT Protocols and Operating Guides, and communication network protocols; DNP 3.0, TCP/IP, IEEE 802b, Modbus, and ICCP.
Maintain stock and parts inventories. Use various electrician hand tools i.e., snips, screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, to perform installation, modification and preventative maintenance of various systems.
Proficient with schematics, blueprints, cable schedules, wire diagrams, one-lines. Perform trip checks, point-to-point checks, circuit analysis, and in-service checks of substation equipment.
Connect power cables to equipment e.g., generators, alarm systems, lighting systems, etc.
Coordination with project engineers to ensure systems reliability is met by reviewing blueprints and schematics for the installation, testing and revisions of various systems.
Maintain documentation for all systems and proficient with computer software.
Maintain compliance for ISO and ERCOT reports.
Answer customer questions and provide assistance as needed.

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 utility communication, relaying and monitoring and control systems.
Knowledge of applicable processes, techniques, and methods.
Knowledge of Federal, State, Local laws, and ordinances.
Knowledge of Electric Utility policy, and procedures.
Knowledge of leadership and training techniques
Skill in oral and written communication.
Skill in using computers and related software applications.
Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
Skill in reviewing and interpreting of blueprints and schematics for relay applications.
Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
Ability to train others.
Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.

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

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American 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 TTY (512) 974-2445.