Engineer I - Operations Engineering Analysis and Support

in Pulaski - Little Rock County, AR

Job Description


The Operations Engineer I is tasked with providing engineering analysis, performing engineering studies and data analysis in support of all Operations related responsibilities within the SPP Regions.  The Operations Engineer I additionally assists in coordinating these analyses and studies, as appropriate, both within the SPP Regions and inter-regionally.  Both real-time and forward engineering support is provided to the following functions:  Reliability, Market Operations, Tariff Administration and Scheduling. The Operations Engineer I may also provide coordination support for the necessary SPP organization committees, working groups and task forces.

This position works to be able to independently performs assignments with guidance from the Supervisor.   Approval is required for all expenses.

Essential Functions

  • Provide engineering support and analysis for all assigned Coordinated Operations related functions
  • Support special projects based upon experience and qualifications
  • Assist the Supervisor, Operations Engineering or more senior engineers with any special project
  • Be active on any assigned SPP, WECC, or NERC committees, working groups, or task forces
  • Possess a good level of comfort in utilizing tools such as Alarming, Real-time Contingency Analysis, real-time powerflow, offline powerflow, constraint manager, transient stability assessment, voltage stability assessment, curtailment manager and market flow calculator to perform analysis and ensure reliable system operation
  • Possess minimum knowledge in necessary modeling techniques
  • Independently request and collect information, prepare and validate data, and execute computer runs for real-time, current-day, next-day and other operational assessments of the transmission network. Only in unusual/exceptional cases would direction need to be given by more senior staff
  • Independently collect information, prepare and validate data, execute computer runs for coordination and approval of generation and transmission maintenance outage requests. In occasional situations, the incumbent may need to seek advice or direction of more senior staff
  • Be practiced in updating SPP network model data and other information for the IDC, ECC, and related load flow models and tools (e.g., SDX application)
  • Make recommendations to management on long-range coordinated operations goals and objectives
  • Participate in the development, maintenance, and support of Operations related applications and processes
  • Developing expertise or proficiency in one or more areas as a subject matter expert
  • Ensure compliance with all market operations control activities assigned to the  Analysis & Support department of Operations Engineering, subject to the annual SSAE 16 audit including maintenance of all documentation providing evidence of performance of those activities


Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering from an ABET accredited university. Degree should be in a calculus-based engineering field such as: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Systems Engineering

Experience Requirements:

  • No experience necessary


  • Strong inter-personal and team building skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Competent with data handling software such as Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access
  • This position requires duties to be performed on a 12-hour shift rotation
  • Understanding of and compliance with SPP Policies and Procedures


  • Emphasis on power system analysis and electric utility operations
  • Advanced degree in a related field of study
  • Fundamentals of Engineer (FE) License

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands:

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to make decisions, interpret data, and problem solve.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand or sit for extended periods; use hands to operate a computer keyboard and standard office equipment.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 10 pounds.
  • Requires the ability to work and collaborate with managers and employees at all levels to exchange ideas, information, and opinions to facilitate the task.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of workweek are Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Working extended hours may be required.

Travel Requirement:

This position requires minimal travel (approximately 10%)

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Job Posting: 3052137

Posted On: Sep 13, 2021

Updated On: Oct 13, 2021