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Engineering Associate

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Date: Jan 8, 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!


Deadline to Apply: Open until Filled

Pay Grade

12, 14, 15

Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level.

Position Summary

The Civil Engineer or Civil 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 Civil Engineering related responsibilities for the design, construction, and maintenance activities of our transmission lines, substations, distribution system, and others. 

Tasks and Responsibilities

Design foundations (pier and slab) to support Transmission & Substation structures. 

Civil design of substation sites to meet drainage, access, and grade requirements.

Coordinate and obtain all necessary permits for Substation and Transmission projects.  

Designs and/or analyzes structures for Substation, Transmission & Distribution projects. 

Designs facilities to meet the requirements for EPA Spill Prevention Control and Containment rules. 

Designs facilities to meet the requirements for Edwards Aquifer Authority and the Texas Commission of Environmental Equality. 

Directs or participates in surveying to lay out installations and establish reference points, grades and elevations to guide construction. 

Develops schedules, budgets, and estimates quantities, and cost of materials for projects.

Analyzes geotechnical reports to determine the adequacy and strength of soil for foundation and pavement design. 

Analyzes survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography and other topographical or geologic data to plan projects. 

Inspects project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety standards. 

Uses SAP to determine project costs, procure materials and contract services, and monitor project progress. 

Actively participates with transmission line routing and siting to include new substations.

Performs other duties as assigned. 

Attends seminars, continuing education opportunities for professional development

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

Texas Professional Engineer (PE) certification

Proficiency with Microstation (preferred) or AutoCAD 

Proficiency in Steel structure design of Transmission and Substation Structures

Proficiency in Reinforced concrete foundation design

Proficiency in Geotechnical engineering with respect to concrete slab & pier foundations and retaining wall design.

Proficiency in Microstation Inroads/Openroads design software. 

SAP and Project System SAP experience

Experience in Transmission and/or Electrical Substation Design or other electric utility engineering.

Experience modeling transmission lines & structures using the Power Line Systems software suite (i.e. PLS-CADD, PLS-POLE, Tower).

Experience with hydraulic & hydrologic model software developed by the US Army Corp of Engineers (e.g. HEC-RAS, HEC-2, HEC-HMS, etc). Experience with similar programs based from the USACE software is also acceptable (i.e. CulvertMaster, FlowMaster, HydroCAD, WRCS, RiverCAD, etc).

Experience in land development and site work design including applicable permit requirements for the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) or experience designing and/or analyzes structures for Substation, Transmission & Distribution projects.

Knowledge of general construction practices 

Possess a valid Texas Driver’s License with a history of a safe driving record in accordance with CPS Energy policies, procedures, safety standards and applicable laws and regulations.


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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