Engineering Associate 2 (Transmission Engineering)

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Date: Sep 13, 2023

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!

Pay Grade

GRADE: 14, 16, 17*
*Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level*

Position Summary

The Transmission Engineering Associate position holds the responsibility for the safe, reliable, and economic round-the-clock operation of the electric transmission system. Duties include engineering responsibilities for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation activities of our electric transmission lines, producing design packages for electric transmission capital projects required to ultimately provide service and increased reliability to our customers, generating project estimates & schedules, participating in root cause analyses, studying encroachment cases, developing & managing contracts for labor and materials, making site visits to monitor construction activities, and other engineering activities as they arise.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Transmission Engineer performs engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction of electric transmission lines.  Job tasks related to this position are:

  • Plans, designs, and oversees construction of electric transmission lines
  • Analyzes existing transmission lines for conductor upgrades and communications cable additions.
  • Researches and studies new technologies, methods, and equipment.
  • Drafts, finalizes, approves, accumulates and issues drawings, material lists, manuals and schedules for construction and revises transmission records to reflect as-built conditions.
  • Coordinates, schedules and plans transmission project activities and provides technical support.
  • Specifies, requisitions, and approves material for transmission projects.
  • Develops, approves, and maintains material specifications and construction standards.
  • Develops design processes and procedures.
  • Provides transmission project budget estimates and monthly spending projections.
  • Writes construction contracts and manages contractors on projects.
  • Estimates quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility.
  • Uses SAP to determine project costs, order material and monitor project progress.
  • Participates in routing & siting projects.
  • Supports COSA Civic Projects where transmission towers and/or lines are in conflict.
  • Reviews encroachment requests for customers and developers.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Skills

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities

Ability to handle complex assignments, be a self-starter, be able to meet goals and deadlines on own initiative with minimum supervision
Demonstrated ability to effectively work as an individual contributor and contributing team member
Ability to work in a team environment, coordinating with other related areas to complete tasks and projects
Ability to research and solve problems
Effective interpersonal skills and written communication skills to work with all levels of personnel within the organization
Ability to build relationships with coworkers and customers
Demonstrates proficiency in basic management of projects and assignments
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.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Package, including word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, electronic mail and scheduling

Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience with Bentley MicroStation software and PLS-CADD
  • Experience with SAP and Work Manager software
  • Experience related to transmission engineering


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 or Demonstration of advanced skills or specialization applicable to the business area (Approval by Business Unit Executive Leadership, as related to the business need for Engineering Associate 2’s without their EIT)

Required Certifications

Engineer In Training (EIT)

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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