Sr. Substation Engineer

Austin, TX

Job Description

Sr. Substation Engineer opportunity:

General Overview -

Plans, conducts, and directs major engineering projects involving independent evaluation, selection,adaptation, and modification of standards, techniques, procedures, and criteria.  May act as project leader or team leader to coordinate the work of other fully competent engineers or other technical personnel on more complex or major engineering projects and or studies.  Provides deep specialized expertise in at least one engineering sub-discipline.
- Conducts and takes full responsibility for complex engineering studies which require advanced knowledge within the assigned discipline.  Performs field analysis, performance tests, designs, costs estimates, layout of drafting work, and the correlation/compilation of complex data.  May direct or coordinate the work of other engineers, technicians, craft workers, or others.
- Provides coordination, monitors progress, interprets results to ensure timely completion of assignments.
- Recommends new and improved practices and procedures related to assigned area.
- Represents and provides leadership to task forces, the community and other outside engineering and standards organizations.
- Identifies actual or potential problems, investigates, analyzes, and develops corrective actions to be taken.  Drafts reports.  Acts as project consultant and specialist.
- Conducts tests of instruments, materials, equipment, and controls to determine operating characteristics.  Develops problem solutions or improvements.  Verifies accuracy of data.  Ensures beneficial data is acquired and recorded.
- Prepares and revises operating procedures and project outlines in connection with engineering assignments.  Follows appropriate business procedures.  Applies  project management techniques.
- Plans and designs engineering projects with complex features.  Performs engineering and design work.  Conducts field analysis, inspections and performance tests.  Records, compiles, and reports information.  Develops testing plans.  Interprets engineering specifications.
- Drafts specifications as required for projects for which there are few precedents.  Completes related computations and drafts schematics and diagrams.  Develops testing plans; interprets engineering specifications.
- Coordinates project reviews and implementation plans between individuals and sections.  Ensures timely communications occur.  Develops and administers presentations to management and others.
- Maintains thorough knowledge of engineering principles, procedures, equipment, and systems.  Keeps informed of technical developments, industry codes and safety and/or regulatory requirements which have impact upon the respective engineering discipline.
- Provides leadership in the economic evaluations of programs and projects and renders judgment on the costs and benefits of the work from a company-wide perspective.
- Interprets engineering drawings and manufacturers specifications for field personnel.  Coordinates and reviews the work of Engineering Associates to the extent of assuming professional responsibility for the work.  Personally affixes seal or communicates necessary changes to the responsible engineer for correction.
- Upon request, prepares written (expert) testimony in support of the organization's position in legal or regulatory proceedings.
- Develops design criteria and company design standards.
- Reviews operational processes and procedures and develops recommendations to optimize.
- Gathers engineering information by traveling independently to various locations (substations, power plants, water systems, etc.) as necessary.
- In accordance with approved Supply Management processes and procedures, serves as owner’s representative for outside engineering contracts.
- May provide leadership for major or complex engineering and construction projects and or studies.  May be the resident specialist in a particular discipline or operations area.
- May perform confined space entry. 
- For incumbents performing as a Cyber Security Coordinator (CSC) – A CSC is responsible for the following:  working with the NERC Compliance Department and Information Security Office to ensure that the necessary processes and procedures applicable to each NERC CIP system are developed and implemented within their respective group; reviewing projects relating to the NERC CIP systems which may have a regulatory impact, and making sure the drawings and documents for that system are updated and stored as required;  coordinating NERC compliance implementation, communication, and ensuring that users of the respective systems have the necessary training; continually monitoring implementation efforts and reporting potential violations to the NERC Compliance Manager and respective management; communicating with the Information Security Manager concerning cyber security concerns or actual incidents; and maintaining documentation of objective evidence, including Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets (RSAWs) to demonstrate NERC CIP regulatory compliance.

This general overview only includes essential functions of the job and does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction and to perform any other job-related duties requested by supervisor or management.
Minimum Qualifications:Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas plus eight or more years of post-Bachelors engineering experience relating to the area of engineering specialization required to perform the job, including providing technical leadership in engineering.
Driver’s license
 Additional Information about the Position: The Substation Engineering Department consists of a group of experienced engineers and experts who are charged with leading and supporting capital improvement and maintenance projects throughout Texas.  Company TSC plans to spend about $1.4 billion on capital projects over the next five-year planning period to support the needs of the ERCOT and LCRA TSC systems.  As the company TSC system continues to grow, the Substation Engineering Department is challenged to find new innovative ways to improve safety, reliability, and efficiency in our processes and the transmission system.  We are looking for an experienced Substation Engineer who will work as a lead in a dynamic team to help us shape the department’s future. 
Preferred qualifications:

  • Experienced Professional Engineer with a focus in Substation Design
  • Experience in both physical and protection designs
  • Knowledge and familiarity of 69kV-345kV substation systems
  • Experience in developing comprehensive scope for substation addition and improvement projects
  • Works within a team environment to achieve group goals
  • Experience in developing  technical specifications for High Voltage and Extra High Voltage substation equipment, and protection and control equipment
  • Experience with construction specifications, project cost estimates, and bid units for substation and transmission projects
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • The candidate should be highly driven, motivated, and a self-starter
  • Fundamental understanding of 3D modeling of small and large scale assemblies using Autodesk Inventor or similar software
  • Experience generating detailed construction drawings extracted from 3D models
  • Ability to verify drawings, equipment specifications, and other technical documentation is in accordance with scope requirements, procedures, regulations, codes, and industry standards
  • Experience with mentoring lesser experienced engineering associates

Work location: Austin, TX.
Work hours: Full-time; estimated to be approximately 40 hours per week, but is not limited to 40 hours per week.
Salary range: Pay will be dependent on years of experience, education, knowledge, skills and abilities. 


8 (Yrs)




Design Substation Engineering Power Engineering Cost Estimates High Voltage


Austin, TX