Engineering Associate III/Engineer
Lower Colorado River Authority
Austin, TX

About $71,000 - $100,000 a year

General Overview

This position is in Transmission Planning. The engineer filling this position will:

perform power system analyses pertaining to transmission and distribution system expansion, voltage stability, reliability, power quality analysis, etc. and develop technical solutions so that the transmission system can meet ERCOT, NERC and LCRA performance standards;
work with multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate the feasibility and cost of alternatives for system improvements needed to meet reliability standards;
prepare reports in order to present options and obtain approval of needed system improvements;
actively work to build relationships with utility planning engineers, system operators, and representatives of companies that connect to the ERCOT transmission system;
maintain knowledge of state and federal reliability standards, knowledge of generation and transmission technologies necessary to the planning of the transmission system, and apply appropriate economic principles in order to identify and recommend technical solutions.
must demonstrate the capacity to communicate, verbally and in writing, complex technical concepts to audiences with knowledge ranging from little or no background in electrical power systems to experts in the industry.

Experience with and knowledge of PSS®E, Python, PowerWorld, NERC Reliability Standards, and ERCOT Planning Guides preferred

Develops, defines, and analyzes solutions to moderately complex engineering problems requiring complex engineering principles. Plans and conducts engineering projects involving independent evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria. Devises new approaches to problems encountered. Schedules, and/or coordinates detailed phases of engineering work as part of a major project or in a total project of moderate scope. May act as project leader or team leader to coordinate the work of other fully competent engineers or other technical personnel on moderately complex engineering projects and or studies.

Conducts and takes full responsibility for moderately complex engineering studies. Performs field analysis, performance tests, designs, cost estimates, lays out drafting work, and the correlation and compilation of data. May coordinate the work of engineers, technicians, craft workers or others.
Identifies, investigates, and analyzes problems. Develops appropriate solutions. Drafts reports. Acts as project consultant and specialist.
Conducts tests of instruments, materials, equipment, and controls to determine operating characteristics. Develops problem solutions or improvements. Verifies accuracy of data. Ensures beneficial data is acquired and recorded.
Prepares and revises operating procedures and project outlines in connection with engineering assignments. Follows appropriate business procedures. Applies project management techniques.
Plans and designs engineering projects with moderately complex features. Performs engineering and design work. Conducts field analysis, inspections, and performance tests. Records, compiles, and reports information. Develops testing plans. Interprets engineering specifications.
Prepares technical specifications for project services, equipment and materials for which there are few precedents. Completes related computations and drafts schematics and diagrams.
Coordinates project reviews and implementation plans between individuals and sections. Ensures timely communication occur. Develops and conducts presentations to management and others.
Maintains knowledge of engineering principles. Keeps informed of technical developments, industry codes, and safety and/or regulatory requirements which have impact upon the respective engineering discipline. Fully develops knowledge of LCRA procedures, equipment, and systems.
Interprets engineering drawings and manufacturers specifications for field personnel. Coordinates and reviews the work of Engineering Associates to the extent of assuming professional responsibility for the work. Personally affixes seal or communicates necessary changes to the responsible engineer for correction.
Recommends new and improved practices and procedures related to assigned area.
Performs economic evaluations of programs and projects and renders judgement on the costs and benefits of the work from a company-wide perspective.
Upon request, prepares written (expert) testimony in support of LCRA's position in legal or regulatory proceedings.
Reviews and evaluates bids and provides recommendations.
In coordination with senior engineering staff, develops design criteria and LCRA design standards.
In coordination with senior enginerring staff, reviews operational processes and procedures and develops recommendations to optimize.
Gathers engineering information by traveling independently to various locations (substations, power plants, water systems, etc.) as necessary.
In accordance with approved Supply Management processes and procedures, serves as owner’s representative for outside engineering contracts.
May perform confined space entry.

This general overview only includes essential functions of the job and does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction and to perform any other job-related duties requested by supervisor or management.

Minimum Qualifications

Engineering Associate III:
Bachelors degree in engineering, engineering technology, engineering physics, biosystems engineering, mathematical science, physical science or related science plus four or more years of post-Bachelors engineering experience relating to the area of engineering specialization required to perform the job.

Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas

Driver’s license