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Date: Jan 10, 2022

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!

Position Summary

Identifies and fulfills Communication Systems & Infrastructure Engineering needs while providing the following functions: Project Schedule Management; Budget Management; Analysis of Communications Infrastructure needs; Design of Communications


GRADE:  12*

*Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level 1-3

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Open Until Filled

UPDATE:  Deadline to Apply:  January 26, 2022

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Developing ongoing vision and strategy for communications systems at CPS Energy.
  • Determining strategy and architecture for future deployments of communication systems.
  • Management of multiple communication projects and coordination of various project stakeholders.
  • Perform continuous reviews of existing communication infrastructure for capacity, performance, product, protection, and technology updates and improvements.
  • Develop and maintain project schedules, timelines, allocation of resources, budgets, costs to complete project work.
  • Develop projections of future budget needs in both Operation and Maintenance expenditures and Capital Investments
  • Develop and prepare specifications for purchase orders for materials, equipment and construction services.  Work closely with purchasing throughout the bidding, analysis, and award phases of the purchasing process.  Evaluate bids for technical completeness, cost and other factors as required.
  • Manage the use of contract services, prepare construction job packages, evaluate work for completeness and technical accuracy, evaluate billing, provide technical advice as required.
  • Management of external contractors for the installation and repair of communications infrastructure.
  • Oversee preventative maintenance inspections and modifications of communications infrastructure.
  • Ensure all safety procedures and guidelines are being followed in/outside Substations during construction and modifications of communications infrastructures.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with customers and contractors.
  • Develops procedures and guidelines for communication facilities and systems. (Continuity book)
  • Collaborate with other corporate business units to proactively identify communication system needs and develop plans to facilitate them.
  • Design optical networks used to control gas and electrical control systems.  Also includes supporting the communications necessary for power plant, corporate and energy delivery systems.
  • Analyze fiber optic network infrastructure for percent utilization, future growth needs, and maintenance requirements.
  • Design of new fiber optic infrastructure including route studies, analysis of projected loading on support structures, sag and tension of aerial cables, support hardware requirements, cable vibration and galloping, and general constructability.
  • Design of tower and support structures including development of wind and ice loading cases, foundation design, existing and planned antennas and hardware.
  • Design/Manage of communication shelters and communication rooms including equipment layouts, rack elevations, cable entrances, heat loads and cooling requirements, power and lighting, surge protection, grounding, and structured cabling requirements.
  • Design of analog and digital radios to include Microwave, Multiple Address, Two-way voice, Mobile Data and Paging.  Includes operating and obtaining licenses through the FCC.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and training to junior engineers in diverse subject areas related to communications and general utility engineering practices including but not limited to microwave systems, opto-electronics, fiber optic and metallic outside plant cabling, inside plant structured cabling, structural engineering requirements, protective relaying, construction practices, and utility business practices.

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

Broad knowledge of other related areas and how they influence operational/tactical aspects

Experience with ESRI GIS software and Arc FM Designer software

Experience with SAP and Work Manager software


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.

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