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Transmission Control Center Manager

Cedar Park, TX, US, 78613

Position open until filled.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for leading and coordinating the work in the Transmission Control Center.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage a team responsible for operating, monitoring, protecting and ensuring the safety of PEC’s transmission system
  • Oversee and manage the electrical system security and contingency analysis to minimize the number and extent of unscheduled outages on PEC transmission system
  • Provide technical management for the team, ensuring that objectives are met and all relevant standards/procedures are followed
  • Ensure operational issues are identified and resolved; ensure operational procedures and working practices are current and appropriate for the purpose
  • Oversee the transmission dispatching activities performed by the SCC transmission dispatchers
  • Ensure PEC’s transmission system is operated safely, reliably, efficiently and in accordance with NERC, ERCOT and other applicable government and industry criteria
  • Manage department operations and functions to ensure customer and corporate deadlines are met and resources are used effectively and efficiently
  • Ensure planning, scheduling and construction and maintenance projects are properly coordinated with all stakeholders
  • Ensure appropriate coordination between PEC personnel and foreign utilities and required AC intertie switching with involved utilities to minimize disruption to PEC operation
  • Ensure the safety of operating personnel and the protection of PEC electrical equipment by overseeing the system shutdown and cut-sheet process
  • Monitor and manage expenditures, ensuring that all financial targets are met, and examine any areas where budgets/expenditures vary from plan; assists with the definition and operation of effective financial controls and decision making
  • Review organizational development needs and training strategies to determine required learning and development outcomes for the team
  • Provide direction and communication between transmission and distribution operations as needed
  • Review all procedures to ensure they concur with PEC’s Transmission Services Health and Safety Handbook and the Transmission Switching Procedures
  • Direct and assist in System Emergencies (Black Start, System Outages, etc.) to reduce customer outage time and restore system integrity
  • Review planned daily switching to meet security guidelines and possible effects on Special Protection Schemes and assists with unplanned outages to ensure system reliability
  • Responsible for notifications pertaining to the PEC transmission system equipment outages or pending situations that could result in customer outage, line overloading, equipment overloading or transfer limitations
  • Review all written logs pertaining to daily events to ensure proper logging and readability
  • Responsible for System Operations Daily Report, System Faults notifications, ERCOT Advisory, Watch, and Emergency notifications, and any other notifications concerning PEC’s transmission system or ERCOT related information
  • Attend annual ERCOT Black Start Regional training, annual ERCOT Training Seminar, and any other training and seminars as mandated by management, NERC, and ERCOT
  • Direct and oversee shed firm load during ERCOT Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) events, or any events where shedding firm load is necessary to maintain the integrity of the transmission grid and/or for the safety of personnel and equipment
  • Restore load following force majeure and mandated load shedding events
  • Approve all Transmission Orders prior to implementation
  • Available to work various shifts and answer calls 24X7 from operators for support of critical real time decisions regarding transmission reliability
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other departments for capital project planning
  • Collaborate with safety department on the safe reliable operation of the transmission grid
  • Coordinate with training to ensure needs of transmission operations are met
  • Track and improve the use of error elimination tools to ensure the safe reliable operation of PEC transmission system
  • Maintain the security of confidential information
  • Stay abreast of advances in technology
  • Demonstrate regular and prompt attendance
  • Performs other related duites as necessary or assigned


Supervisor and/or Leadership Responsibilities:

A full range of supervisory activities, training, evaluation, counseling and recommendation for termination. This includes, but is not limited to, effectively communicating organizational policies and other information to subordinates, ensuring that employees have a clear understanding of their responsibilibites. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of EMS/ Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications or prior work experience in a mission critical or controls environment
  • Knowledge of using computer systems, which may include setting up and using hardware and software programs, entering data, configuration, or processing information
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service
  • Knowledge of technical presentations and reporting
  • Knowledge of construction materials and products
  • Experience working on EMS based infrastructure and comfortable building and executing training scenarios
  • Skilled in time management
  • Skilled in prioritizing and managing changing priorities
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to listen and understand information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, analyze and resolve conflict and problems
  • Ability to listen and understand information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, analyze and resolve conflict and problems


Minimum Qualifications- (Education, Experience, Certification & Licensure):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • Ten years of directly related work experience, including 3 years control room supervisory experience
  • NERC System Operator certification
  • ERCOT System Operator certification preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The phsyical demandsdescribed here are represntative of those that must be met by an employee to sucessfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • The employee may be required to stand; reach with hands and arms, stoop and kneel
  • The employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • The employee may be required to lift, carry, push, pull or move up to 25 pounds
  • The employee may be required to travel
  • Exempt employees receive a fixed bi-weekly salary to compensate them for all hours worked during each pay period
  • This position may be required to work more than 40 hours per week




Pedernales Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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