Engineer Sr

Company Name: CPS Energy

Location: San Antonio, TX, US - 78205


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Position Summary



The primary duty of a System Protection Senior Engineer is to design protection schemes to ensure that CPS Energy’s transmission, distribution and generation systems continue to maintain a high level of safety, reliability, and compliance with NERC/ERCOT regulatory requirements.  This includes the specifying of protection equipment for substation capital projects, setting protection devices in substations, generating facilities, and on distribution lines, staying current on NERC and ERCOT requirements, and evaluating new protective equipment for application in CPS Energy’s power systems.  System Protection Engineering is also responsible for designing ERCOT Polled Settlement (EPS) Meters for transmission, generation and distributed generation interconnects.



Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Design protective relay systems and settings for transmission, substation, and distribution systems including the specification and selection of protective relays, current transformers, communications equipment, and associated equipment for construction projects
  • Provides demonstrated ability to train engineers on technical issues related to the research, design, development, testing and analysis of engineering assignments
  • Exhibits the highest level of engineering judgment/technical expertise and may include limited supervisor responsibilities
  • Create engineering Design Packages
  • Create relay one-line drawings
  • Perform short circuit studies, fault calculations, and relay coordination studies
  • Provide settings for microprocessor, solid state, electromechanical relays and electronic reclosers
  • Analyze transmission, substation, and distribution protection system operations
  • Perform breaker rating studies and recommend breaker replacements
  • Develop and review material specifications for protection related equipment
  • Research and study new protective relay technologies and related equipment
  • Review and approve substation schematic drawings
  • Review and approve distributed generation (DG) installations
  • Ability to sign and professionally seal his/her own engineering work and engineering work by staff under his/her oversight
  • Model transmission, substation, and generation equipment for ERCOT short circuit case creation
  • Participate in NERC/ERCOT activities, including travel to various ERCOT meetings and training seminars
  • Monitor and assess NERC reliability standards
  • Develop/Perform NERC compliance related procedures/activities
  • Develop auditable documentation for NERC compliance
  • Reviews ERCOT EPS Metering protocols
  • Creates EPS Metering design proposals 
  • Assignments are typically in the form of broad goals or areas of responsibility



Minimum Skills
Minimum Knowledge and Abilities
Comprehensive engineering experience
Ability to effectively oversee design work of employees and contractors
Technical expert on engineering principles, practices and procedures of varied fields
Ability to oversee major engineering projects, programs and or initiatives with minimal supervision
Effective communication skills focused on understanding customer needs and developing resolution
Strong people skills, with bias for a collaborative working style
Ability to work call duty and occasional unscheduled work in the evenings, weekends, or holidays after experience level permits
Ability to travel occasionally, to off-site work, to seminars, manufacturing plant inspections, etc.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Package, including word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, electronic mail and scheduling
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced background, knowledge and application of system protection philosophies
  • Strong background providing oversight of other engineers work
  • Experience working with SEL relays
  • Experience working with Powerbase software
  • Experience working with Aspen software
  • Experience working with NERC related compliance activities
  • Master’s degree from an accredited university
Working with Ambiguity
Communicating Effectively
Setting a Strategic Vision
Driving for Results
Building and Supporting Teams
Minimum Education
Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering or related field from an an ABET accredited four-year college or university
Required Certifications
Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas
Working Environment
Work is performed indoors & outdoors. Manual dexterity, talking, hearing, and repetitive motion. Use of computing equipment, telephone, & printer/copier. Ability to travel to and from business related events. After hours work may be required
Physical Demands
Office Environment

CPS Energy does not discriminate against applicants or employees. CPS Energy is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfers and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or any other protected status. CPS Energy will comply with all laws and regulations.