The SCADA Engineer will collaborate with Engineering, Technical Systems and System Operations. This position manages a SCADA system that is a guide for substation controls, distribution automation devices, and utility system strategies. The Engineer will apply his technical knowledge and skills to ensure the electrical system meets the present and future requirements and is rendering safe, efficient and dependable service to its Member/ Owners at the lowest possible cost. Applies and provides recommendations to the Cooperative of current and future technologies for the distribution and transmission system, and smart grid systems. Plans and directs analysis of complex engineering and business problems to be solved by the Cooperative considering applicable regulations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Including the following (Other duties may be assigned)
Monitors, programs, reviews and troubleshoots the SCADA system, the related communications network, and suggests network and infrastructure improvements. Provides guidance and/or assistance in the maintenance, upgrade and integration of the Energy Management System and makes recommendations to the Manager of Engineering, for future plans for expansion and integration of these systems.
Manages projects and schedules for control operations, smart grid applications, behind the meter applications, communication upgrades including fiber optic systems and analyzes how distributed generation systems affect the utility grid.
Participates in the development of the Cooperative's technologies, its associated equipment, and procedures as they relate to engineering, design, and safety. Makes recommendations on any needed modifications and additions to ensure that they are current.
Utilizes a variety of engineering planning and design software (Survalent, Milsoft, NISC Suite), increasing the reliability of the power grid. Prepares, presents and recommends changes to all plans and studies relating to system protection, device coordination, and device placement.
Works closely with the optical fiber communications group for a smooth integration of next generation grid devices in the SCADA or related network. Determines and applies all current technologies for fault location, isolation and restoration (FLISR), Volt VAR optimization (VVR), and conservation voltage reduction (CVR); and makes recommendations for future extensions.
Document current procedures of device operations, control schemes and construction specifications. Develop and implement a training program with all line crew, system operations personnel, and engineers.
Responsible for assisting Manager of Engineering, in budgets and special projects for the department.
Cordially and efficiently handle and assist others in dealing with Member/ Employee questions and complaints.
Represent the Cooperative at organizations, in meetings, associated user groups at the local, state and national levels where objectives of the Cooperative can be served.
Work primarily in a climate controlled environment with minimal safety/ health hazard potential. Working under time sensitive schedules and stressful deadlines should be expected. Tobacco free, professional office environment. Some irregular hours that include nights, weekends and holidays may be necessary. May require fieldwork. Be subject to working trouble calls when needed. Traveling outside the service area and overnight travel may be required.
Sedentary, sitting, walking and lift of move up to 25 pounds to a height that can be done safely and without injury, bending, frequent near vision use for reading and computer use, frequent stressful conditions (cardiovascular).
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.) or Electrical Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T.) is required.
A minimum of 5 years engineering experience in an electrical utility system is required.
Registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Texas is preferred, but not required.
Experience in electrical power systems, Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) engineering software and substation control systems is required.
Must have valid Texas driver's license and related insurance.
About Bandera Electric Cooperative
Bandera Electric Cooperative proudly distributes electricity to more than 27,000 members and more than 35,000 active meters across seven counties in Central Texas. Roughly 120 employees operate and maintain more than 4,600 miles of power lines.
BEC's mission is to enhance the quality of life by providing highly reliable electric and other related services, that are valued by our members, at the lowest possible cost.
As a cooperative, we are locally owned and operated by the members we serve. BEC is democratically governed by a board of directors elected by our members to represent their voice in the business of the cooperative. The board ensures the cooperative is legally and ethically run according to its bylaws and code of ethics.