Operations Systems Engineer, Expert - (Rocklin or Vacaville)

PG&E
Vacaville, California 95687
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Department Overview

EMS Operations Systems Engineers ensure that EMS situational awareness applications, network models, advanced applications, and Operations Planning study tools are functioning at a high level to provide confidence that the PG&E transmission system is operating in a safe and reliable manner. In addition, the EMS Operations Systems engineers provide operational and project related support of the Energy Management System (EMS) in collaboration with EMS end users. The EMS team provides 24-hour rotational EMS support for PG&E Grid Operations. 

EMS Operations Systems Engineers are responsible for EMS troubleshooting, EMS SCADA applications, EMS network applications and models, DTS applications and models, coordinating data needs with external teams, and supporting Grid Operations to ensure an overall high level of service to end users. EMS Operations Systems Engineers follow all PG&E processes and procedures and collaborate closely with key stakeholders to ensure systems, software, models, and data are meeting end users’ needs. EMS Operations Systems Engineers will participate in activities such as meetings, Grid Operations support, Training support, or systems support as needed and as directed by EMS management.

 

Position Summary

Operations Systems Engineer, Expert, Network Applications will report to the Supervisor, Operations Systems and be a member of the EMS Network Applications team. Expert Engineer leads complex engineering projects, is a recognized expert within their area of responsibility, and applies extensive knowledge of concepts, principles, and practices to resolve complex problems with only general direction.  Provides technical leadership and coaching.  Researches and identifies practical solutions to highly complex problems.  Identifies opportunities and brings in ideas to help improve company performance.  Independently completes assignments of broad scope and complexity with few precedents or standards, and assignments that require integration of information from a variety of sources.


Responsibilities

  • Act as a subject matter expert for supporting the real-time applications used by the reliability coordinators – state estimator, contingency analysis (with RAS/SPS modeled), voltage stability and transient stability.  Ensure robust, high quality solutions by tuning the network model and correcting issues with real-time telemetry, models, etc.
  • Design, develop and implement modification to EMS system models to reflect ongoing changes to the transmission, generation and SCADA systems
  • Timely response to control center personnel for information or solution to power system application problems (Powerflow, State Estimation, Contingency Analysis)
  • Responsible for identifying and addressing gaps in EMS processes.
  • Participate in the effort for integration of Synchrophasor data into existing EMS tools such as state estimation. Perform software testing for Synchrophasor applications such as oscillation detection, phase angle monitoring, situational awareness, voltage stability, etc.
  • Assist in the development and operationalization of procedures and ensure compliance with applicable NERC Standards.
  • Provides real-time and on-call technical support to operations by analyzing and resolving EMS application and data issues to ensure high quality application solutions.
  • Leads development and implementation of new system concepts based on end user needs and input from vendors.
  • Supervising the work of multiple teams. Supervising and overseeing the technical aspects of projects.
  • Independently plans, architects, and designs complete complex EMS system solutions and projects.
  • Leads development of department standards, processes, and procedures.
  • Identifies, analyzes, and improves existing business processes to meet existing/new goals and objectives.
  • Searches for and discovers practical solutions to highly complex problems.
  • Provides leadership, direction, and assistance to technical employees and teams. Coaches and develops others.
  • As assigned ensures the cost-effective implementation of the highest priority projects while optimizing capital investments. Manage projects within the project budget and schedule.
  • Conceives and investigates areas in which engineering precedents are not tested and contributes to new designs and techniques that are regarded as major advances in the company and/or industry.
  • Leads and supports industry initiatives, including those sponsored by NERC, WECC, CAISO, or other appropriate forums.
  • Is seen as a subject matter expert in EMS and DTS Applications. May have ownership of one or more NERC standard and is expected to participate in NERC/WECC audits
  • Provides post-event analysis of events such as EMS application failures, modeling issues, data loss, etc.
  • Provides on-the-job training and guidance for engineers with less experience.

Requirements

Qualifications

Minimum:

  • 7 years of experience in power system or control system engineering.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Control Systems Engineering, or other technical field.

Desired:

  • Extensive knowledge of the GE Grid Solutions/Alstom EMS
  • Advanced level knowledge in EMS advanced applications (state estimation and contingency analysis), voltage stability analysis, transient stability analysis, Synchrophasor based analysis tools.
  • Working proficiency with industry standard power flow analysis applications. Competitive candidates must have strong technical and analytical skills.
  • Competitive candidates should demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to take initiative.
  • Operational knowledge of the Transmission System.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Knowledge of California and Federal regulatory requirements such as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), NERC/CIP, WECC, CPUC, and CAISO.
  • Able to influence others to achieve understanding, acceptance, and commitment to act in support of ideas, programs or causes.
  • Strong understanding of the overall EMS architecture

 

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