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EMS Administrator Sr (Energy Management Systems)

Apply now Job No: 493542
FT/PT: Full-time
Regular/Project/Seasonal: Regular
Location: Austin, TX 78744
City: Austin
State: Texas
Categories: Operations/Maintenance (Power, Water, Transmission, Telecom), Other

At a senior level, seeking a Power System Engineer who provides software and hardware support for LCRA TSC’s real-time controls environments including the Energy Management Systems (EMS) and Substation Wide Area Network (SUBWAN), associated ancillary systems and servers in areas such as design, development, user administration, configuration, deployment, installation, tuning, monitoring, maintenance and updating. Participates in managing incidents, problems and anomalies including recognition, analysis and resolution. Maintains awareness of NERC, FERC and ERCOT Reliability standards including Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards. Ensures compliance with applicable NERC standards. Participates in maintaining Availability of the controls environments. Documents changes made to systems or equipment through appropriate change management, communications and record keeping practices.

This position utilizes in-depth knowledge of best practices and experience in own discipline to provide and improve services. Takes a new perspective to solve complex problems. Works independently and receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience. May direct the work of other staff members.

What you will do:

Database Administration
 Configures and sets up alarms, limits, ratings, and calculated points in EMS consistent with
Transmission Engineering and Transmission Operations and EMS Technical Support's methodologies.
 Provides data from EMS database by writing basic SQL queries.
 Manages user's access to EMS databases and EMS User Interface.
 Supports adding/modifying/removing remote terminal units (RTUs) in the Energy Management System
(EMS) database in conjunction with work happening in the field using EMS specific processes.

Application Administration
 Provides technical expertise on EMS/SCADA application features and functionality.
 Provides support to EMS/SCADA system software and applications by developing new applications as
well as troubleshooting issues and working on fixes.
 Works with EMS/SCADA and other application vendors for upgrades and routine maintenance.
 Checks for security patches and follows change management procedures to install and test patches.

Network Administration
 Maintains the Network Infrastructure associated with the EMS and SUBWAN.
 Troubleshoots network systems including local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), and
networks supporting substation operations.
 Maintains and configures firewalls, routers, and switches using standard protocols.
 Creates and maintains numerous VPN’s and new firewall additions.
 Maintains network management software.
 Researches, analyzes and implements software patches or hardware changes to fix any network
 Drafts, updates and follows detailed work instructions relating to network maintenance using established
processes and procedures.
 Identifies best and cost effective network solutions that meet stringent security and availability
 Support the asset identification/categorization process for devices/servers in the EMS and SUBWAN
environments for regulatory purposes.

System Administration
 Performs periodic patching of Linux based servers and ancillary systems. Tests the EMS applications
functionality after patching.
 Checks patch sources for applicable patches and prepares change documentation.
 Develops custom scripts to help with administration and maintenance of EMS applications and servers.
 Provides password management and user management.
 Performs periodic backups and test restoration of backups.
 Resolves operational issues with EMS software and applications.

What qualifications you must have:

- Nine or more years of experience in the respective focus area. 
- A degree(s) in computer science, information technology, telecommunications, engineering, or relevant field may be substituted per LCRA guidelines for certain years of experience.

What qualifications it would be nice for you to have:

Knowledge of EMS/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications or prior work experience
in a mission critical or controls environment. Experience working in State Estimation, Contingency Analysis, and Power Flow Studies.
Bachelors degree with 6+ years experience or Masters with 4+ years of experience.
A degree in Electrical Engineering focusing on Power Systems.

Database Administration:
 Experience updating databases and writing SQL queries to extract data
 Knowledge of substation field devices (RTUs)
 Knowledge of electrical equipment at substations (e.g. breakers, bus, switch, line, etc.)

Application Administration
 Knowledge of standard software application development methods and relational databases
 Knowledge of Web services and Service Oriented Architectures
 Knowledge of UNIX, shell and/or Windows-based programming
 Skill in debugging programs
 Skill in interpreting users’ needs and developing solutions to solve users’ problems
 Skill in programming usingJava, C,C++ , Python and PL/SQL programming

Network Administration
 Hands-on knowledge of firewalls, switches and routers
 Fundamental understanding of TCP/IP and associated routing and switching protocols

System Administration:
 Knowledge of UNIX shell scripting

What we offer you:

- Competitive salary & medical, dental, vision and legal insurance

- 401(k) match up to 8%

- Paid time off, sick leave and disability benefits

- Wellness program including wellness incentive

- Extensive learning & development program

And more - all to create a compelling and rewarding work environment.


Equal Opportunity Employer

LCRA provides equal employment opportunities and a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All employment decisions at LCRA are based on business need, job requirement and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal and state legal requirements governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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