Engineering Associate 1

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Date: Apr 3, 2024

Location: San Antonio, TX, US, 78205

Company: CPS Energy

We are engineers, high line workers, power plant managers, accountants, electricians, project coordinators, risk analysts, customer service operators, community representatives, safety and security specialists, communicators, human resources partners, information technology technicians and much, much more. We are 3,300 people committed to enhancing the lives of the communities we serve.  Together, we are powering the growth and success of our community progress every day!


Deadline to Apply: April 26, 2024

Pay Grade


12, 14 & 16


*Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level*

Position Summary

Transmission Planning and Operation Engineering is responsible for modeling and analyzing the transmission grid for the operations horizon and the near-term and long-term planning horizons. Activities include identification of corrective action plans, model management, interconnection studies for generation, transmission and end-user interconnections, development of interconnection agreements, and working as a liaison between planning and engineering departments for interconnection projects. Providing technical support to System Operations through daily, weekly and seasonal system outage studies, maintaining state estimator models, maintaining operating procedures, and real-time system models; modeling the transmission system and performing system simulation and associated assessments, as needed both annually and periodically, including, but not limited to, power flow, voltage stability, dynamic stability, subsynchronous resonance, geomagnetic disturbance, EMP, switching surge, and short circuit analyses; Communicating with outside organizations; Maintaining compliance programs; developing study reports and project recommendations; and, developing and maintaining software, databases and associated data. 

The Engineering Associate position holds the responsibility for the safe, reliable, and economic round-the-clock operation of the generation, electric transmission, and distribution systems. Duties include Engineering responsibilities for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation activities of our power plants, transmission lines, substations, distribution system, gas systems, control centers and others. These Engineering duties may include continuous monitoring and balancing of energy flow and responding to system disturbances, along with all generation, distribution, and transmission activities that provide electric and gas services to customers.

Tasks and Responsibilities

•    Develop and perform system analysis using power systems analysis software (PSSE, PowerWorld, TNA, DSA Tools)
•    Participate in model development activities, project tracking and operator training
•    Represent CPS Energy at ISO stakeholder meetings, participate in ISO working group activities, including travel as needed
•    Develop study reports, project recommendations and able to provide stand-by support to system operations
•    Design and update database and other software applications
•    Monitor and assess NERC reliability standards, participate in audits, and develop compliance-related auditable documentation.
•    Utilizes established procedures and processes to perform assigned tasks under direct supervision
•    Develop and implement internal work processes
•    Attends seminars, continuing education opportunities for professional development
•    Exhibits the highest level of engineering judgment/technical expertise and may include limited supervisor responsibilities
•    Decisions may have significant impact on timeline, cost, safety, or reliability
•    Coaches and mentors junior engineers
•    Ensures the on-time, on-budget quality delivery of projects
•    Processes content that is substantially complex with diverse issues and problems
•    Provides demonstrated ability to train other engineers on technical issues related to the research, design, development, testing and analysis of engineering assignments
•    Provides input and/or assists with the review and evaluation of lower level personnel
•    Signs and seals required own engineering work and engineering work by staff under his/her oversight
•    Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Skills

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities

Basic knowledge of fundamental engineering concepts, practices and procedures
Ability to work in a team environment, coordinating with other related areas to complete tasks and projects
Effective interpersonal skills and written communication skills to work with all levels of personnel within the organization
Ability to perform multiple work activities with a minimum of supervision and prioritize workload effectively
Ability to use personal initiative to recognize needs and research skills to solve problems when necessary
Ability to work call duty and occasional unscheduled work in the evenings, weekends, or holidays after experience level permits
Ability to travel occasionally, to off-site work, to seminars, manufacturing plant inspections, etc.
Ability to obtain Professional Engineer License in State of Texas
Proficient in Microsoft Office Package, including word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, electronic mail and scheduling

Preferred Qualifications

•    Bachelors of Science degree or higher in Electrical Engineering from an ABET-accredited four-year college or university
•    Knowledge of power system analysis fundamentals and power systems analysis software (PSSE, PowerWorld, or TSAT)
•    Experience with project management and contract development.
•    Experience in technical writing or college coursework in technical writing
•    Experience in database applications and/or object-oriented programming (Python, SQL, Visual Basic)
•    Experience with NERC audits and reliability standards
•    Experience with ERCOT policies, protocols and guides


Power System Analysis; Powerflow; System Modeling; Transmission Planning; Compliance; Interconnection; Python; PSSE; System Stability. 


Working with Ambiguity
Communicates Effectively
Setting a Strategic Vision
Driving for Results
Building and Supporting Teams

Minimum Education

Bachelors of Science degree in an engineering field from an ABET accredited four-year college or university

Required Certifications

Working Environment

Work is performed indoors & outdoors. Manual dexterity, talking, hearing, and repetitive motion. Use of computing equipment, telephone, & printer/copier. Ability to travel to and from business related events. After hours work may be required.

Physical Demands

Office Environment

CPS Energy does not discriminate against applicants or employees. CPS Energy is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfers and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or any other protected status. CPS Energy will comply with all laws and regulations.

Nearest Major Market: San Antonio

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