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Date: Dec 28, 2018

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!



Each candidate will be matched to a particular grade level for a level 1-3 based on the management team's qualitative assessment of the candidate's skills, abilities and previous experience to align with CPS Energy internal peers and organizational needs.

Position Summary

Provide engineering and technical support, on a 24x7 basis, to analyze, plan, specify, develop, procure, maintain and enhance the various systems, procedures and processes used to monitor and control, in real-time, CPS Energy transmission, distribution and gas facilities via installed SCADA technology.


GRADE 12 - Deadline to apply, January 22, 2019 (or until filled).



Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Provide engineering and technical support to Operations Staff by ensuring SCADA applications and integrated systems work as expected so CPS Energy can effectively control and monitor its transmission, distribution, and gas systems in real-time.  
  • Formulate models and provide engineering direction and support in the development and modification of existing SCADA subsystems, functions, applications, databases, processes, procedures, and documentation in such a way as to maximize system accuracy, reliability and usability. 
  • Perform network model database changes to add, delete, and modify elements in the SCADA application to support reliable and accurate real-time controls of the CPS Energy transmission, distribution, and gas systems. 
  • Ensure SCADA database accuracy by performing SCADA point checkouts with field personnel to ensure reliable and accurate representation of SCADA models in real-time operations. 
  • Support electric advanced power flow and state estimation functions for real-time system operations use (e.g. state estimation, Volt-VAR optimization, fault location and isolation, etc.). 
  • Ensure regulatory compliance by creating, maintaining, and verifying SCADA cyber security controls as well as related documentation. 
  • Assign and direct technical work of others including vendors and consultants. 
  • Work with Enterprise IT personnel to maintain the reliability and availability of all SCADA system functions. 
  • Support archiving and reporting tools used by other departments within CPS Energy. 
  • Support SCADA Operator Training Simulators so that System Operators have a viable simulator for annual required training. 
  • Identify SCADA application issues or enhancement opportunities and coordinate with application vendor to develop a software update and test plan. 
  • Work independently to verify vendor software patches.  Develop detailed test and implementation procedures to install new software (code) onto a real-time control system. 
  • Use technical expertise and creativity to develop and implement innovative solutions to complex problems that increase value delivered to CPS Energy operations and customers. 

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

  • Knowledge of power systems analysis and design and/or Natural Gas delivery systems. 
  • Familiarity with Electric Grid Modernization/Optimization or Distribution Automation (Smart Grid) 
  • Experience with Electric or Gas SCADA or other type of real-time system. 
  • Knowledge of SCADA Protocols: DNP serial/IP, ModBus, ICCP 
  • Familiarity with PHMSA, NERC CIP and BES reliability standards 
  • Knowledge and fluent use of Linux Operating systems and Shell Scripting 
  • Knowledge and fluent use of Windows Operating systems and PowerShell 
  • Basic to intermediate TCP/IP networking skills 
  • Knowledge of some high-level programming languages a plus (Visual Basic, Javascript, Perl, Awk, C++, C#, PHP, Python ,etc.) 
  • Knowledge of Oracle DB software and SQL+ query language (or other RDBMS technology) 
  • Knowledge of common communication protocols: RS232, TCP/IP, SSH, HTTP 
  • Experience with and ability to read output of ASE test set for protocol level debugging 
  • Experience or knowledge of OSI PI usage and administration 
  • Familiarity with advanced SCADA applications such as State Estimation and Volt Var Optimization programs. 
  • Experience troubleshooting telemetry errors and performance problems as they relate to SCADA systems. 
  • Ability to solve complex technical problems through creativity and the use of applied technologies to bring value to CPS Energy and customers 
  • Ability to get Engineer In Training certification or Texas Professional Engineer license


Working with Ambiguity

Communicating 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.

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