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Position Summary

Transmission Planning Engineers have largely been responsible for modeling the transmission system and performing system simulation and associated assessments, as needed both annually and periodically.  Transmission Planning Engineers are responsible for ensuring that the CPS Energy transmission system is secure and reliable. This is accomplished by proposing projects or remediation with sufficient lead time to meet present and future system needs under normal and contingency conditions.


Grade 16

Tasks and Responsibilities

The primary duties of the Transmission Planning Engineer will be to model seasonal and future power-flow base cases; coordinate tie-line data with neighboring companies; prepare data for and review seasonal transmission loss-factor calculations; and provide requested transmission system data and power-flow support documents to market participants.  As needed, the Engineer resolves any impending power-flow modeling issues and provides technical support to the ERCOT Reliability & Operations Subcommittee (ROS).  The Engineer also assists in the development of CPS Energy processes for compliance with North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) planning standards.

  • Perform power flow, voltage stability, dynamic stability, switching surge, and short circuit analyses
  • Participate in ERCOT activities, including travel to various ERCOT meetings and training seminars
  • Develop study reports and project recommendations
  • Participate in ERCOT base case development and updates
  • Prepare CPS Energy Long Range Transmission Plan
  • Input and update line constant data
  • Develop and update database applications
  • Provide technical support to system operations
  • Monitor and assess NERC reliability standards, develop compliance-related procedures, perform compliance related activities and develop auditable documentation

Minimum Skills

Oral/Written Communications

Personal Computer Usage

Project Management

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities

Ability to demonstrate expertise and proficiency in the design of electrical distribution design standards, field operations or construction practices and the use of various operational systems.

Applies engineering and critical thinking skills in the investigation, analysis and implementation of issues and or tasks

Identify and recommend improvements to processes and procedures

Knowledge in providing support/analytics to project management.

Knowledge of operational methodologies of utility systems

Ability to handle complex assignments, be a self-starter, be able to meet goals and deadlines on own initiative with minimum supervision

Demonstrated capability with effectively communicating complex ideas and analysis verbally, in document format, and in presentation format at the executive level

Experienced in functioning as lead over a project that involves coordinating with multiple personnel.

Applies knowledge of fundamental electrical concepts, practices, and procedures

Possess a valid driver’s license with a history of a safe driving record in accordance with CPSE policies, procedures, safety standards, and applicable laws and regulations

Demonstrates proficiency in basic management of projects and assignments

Makes some independent decisions and often makes recommendations which affect the section, department and/or division

Preferred Qualifications

  • Registered as a Professional Engineer or as an Engineer in Training in the State of Texas
  • Experience in performing transmission planning analyses (power flow, stability, transient, short circuit)
  • Experience with transmission planning software (PSS/E, PowerWorld, CAPE)
  • Knowledge of power systems analysis
  • Experience with Microsoft Access or comparable database applications
  • Experience with object-oriented programming language (emphasis on Python and Visual Basic)
  • Experience in technical writing or college course work in technical writing
  • Experience with MicroStation or comparable CADD software
  • Knowledge of NERC reliability standards applicable to transmission planning and experience with NERC compliance programs


Demonstrating Initiative

Serving Customers

Building and Supporting Teams

Working Safely

Communicating Effectively

Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering field from ABET accredited

Required Certifications

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.

CPS Energy
Full time
San Antonio, Texas 78205, US