Operations Engineer (Distribution Operations / SCADA)

Johnson City, TX, US, 78636

PHYSICAL OFFICE LOCATION: PEC Headquarters - 201 South Avenue F, Johnson City, TX 78636 


Hybrid Work Options Available


$104,042.88 Minimum Starting Base Pay* + KPI Bonuses + Competitive Benefits

Qualifications may warrant greater starting base pay within the full pay range.  Individual base pay is determined by experience, job-related skills, and relevant education or training.


Position Summary

This position is responsible for the maintenance and support of engineering data for the Control Center’s distribution and /or transmission system operational models and engineering support for routine and emergency system operations.




Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain engineering data for the Distribution / Transmission System Operational Models
  • Research and implement updates to the Control Center Engineering Database using equipment reports from Transmission Planning, Engineering Planning, Substation Design, Substation Maintenance, and Technical Services
  • Support engineering and GIS aspects of the daily model import process and Distribution EMS, OMS and DMS model maintenance
  • Perform engineering analysis for load allocation, and load forecasting to maintain seasonally adjusted system models
  • Perform engineering analysis using the System Operational Models to support daily and emergency operations
  • Support operators in modeling and analysis for planned switching using the System Operational Models
  • Support operators in modeling and analysis for emergency operational decisions using the System Operational Models
  • Identify operational limitations and communicate to engineering planning for development of projects
  • Support operators in storm response through monitoring of the outage situation, assessments of operator, crew, and contractor crew resources, and performing emergency switching analysis
  • Participate in post event analysis with Operations Managers, District Operations, Transmission & Substation Maintenance, and System Maintenance
  • Provide project management of specific Control Center projects as needed including implementation of Control Center dashboards and centrally controlled grid automation projects
  • Provide engineering support for centrally controlled grid automation projects including SCADA controlled capacitor banks, SCADA controlled regulators, and Fault Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration (FLISR) projects
  • Perform feeder reliability Root Cause Analysis and Distribution Fault Anticipation (DFA) analysis in support of distribution system reliability
  • Support analysis, investigations, and reporting associated with relay misoperations and human error events
  • Collaborate with other engineers by completing activities to maintain distribution facilities and providing information and analysis for distribution maintenance, system-hardening and reliability improvement programs/projects.
  • Serves as a liaison to external customers; provides job and outage status updates, requests additional design information, investigates outages and power quality issues, follows up on member technical questions and provides information and support to the Distribution Operations Center.
  • Contributes engineering analyses for contingency planning and response efforts for system outages; works with operators and line crews to solve routine field problems; reviews outage reports daily for accuracy and develops solutions to mitigate (similar) future outages.
  • Displays professional and clear communication with internal customers and members, both verbal and written.



• Maintain the security of confidential information

• Stay abreast of advances in technology

• Demonstrate regular and prompt attendance

• Performs other related duties as necessary or assigned




Supervisory and/or Leadership Responsibilities





Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • 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
  • 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, & Licensing)

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related engineering field
  • Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas OR
  • Eight years of directly related work experience OR
  • Six years of related work experience and a Post Graduate Engineering degree in a related discipline
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License




Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations 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



This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of essential duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties that may be assigned based on the needs of the Cooperative.




Position Open Until Filled


Pedernales Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity 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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