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Engineering Associate 2

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Date: Sep 18, 2021

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

The Engineering Associate 2 position holds the responsibility for the safe, reliable, and economic round-the-clock operation of the operational technology (OT) communication systems including the fiber infrastructure.  Duties include engineering responsibilities for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation activities of our OT communication systems which support the transmission lines, substations, distribution system, gas systems, generation systems, emergency radio systems, control centers, data centers, and corporate network. The responsibilities include the following services: WAN/LAN network design/administration, new hardware & software evaluation/selection, business continuity/disaster recovery, and performance tuning/monitoring. The technologies supported include but not limited to ethernet, MPLS, MPLS-TP, VOIP, DWDM, SONET, PLC synchronization, and microwave.

GRADE:  12, 14, 15 *

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  September 5, 2021

Extended DEADLINE TO APPLY: Open Until

*Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level


Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Focuses on operational/tactical aspects of the work & recommends improvements to processes and procedures

  • Handles work content that is increasingly complex & applies engineering skills that include evaluation and ingenuity

  • Manage communication projects including project scope, schedule, and budget. Monitor project progress, verify telecommunications project costs are appropriate, and the project does not exceed budget. Complete project documentation according to standards.

  • Provide technical design, build, and support for CPS Energy’s evolving network architecture.

  • Provide advanced technical support to maintain and operate the District's telecommunication systems. Troubleshoot problems and resolve or provide problem resolution direction to others.

  • Serve as subject matter expert for the following: Ethernet switching/routing, WAN/LAN, QoS, BGP, OSPF, ISIS, VRF, VOIP, IPSEC, MACsec, SSH, SSL, TCP/IP, SNMP, MPLS, MPLS-TP and related protocols .

  • Performs network maintenance and system upgrades, including service packs, patches, hot fixes and security configurations.

  • Provide work direction to crews to install communications equipment. Monitor compliance with project plans and specifications, applicable standards.

  • Installs, maintains, repairs, monitors and administers layer 2 switch network, optical communications systems including SONET & DWDM, digital point-to-point microwave radio systems used in the control and telemetry of gas and electric systems, and power line carrier protective relaying channel equipment.

  • Act as NERC subject matter expert for the team.

  • Performs other project and process improvement initiatives 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

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

  • Experience with Computer Aided-Drafting systems and Bentley Microstation software

  • 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 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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